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Forest Pines named as ‘favourite course to play’

Forest Pines named as ‘favourite course to play’ 1

🕔12:06, 18.Mar 2012

Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort has been named the ‘Favourite Course to Play’ at this year’s annual 59Club Awards. The awards recognised and rewarded ‘service excellence’ within golf throughout

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Dundonald achieves zero waste to landfill

Dundonald achieves zero waste to landfill 1

🕔12:20, 14.Mar 2012

Dundonald Links in Ayrshire is believed to have become the first links golf club in the UK to send no waste to landfill. The venue has been singled out for praise by The R&A for the achievement. The golf club

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Hard hat warning for golf club employees

Hard hat warning for golf club employees 6

🕔10:31, 8.Mar 2012

Greenkeepers at a golf club have been told by their local council that they should wear hard hats in what could become a new health and safety issue for clubs. The unnamed golf club has revealed to Brian Butler, health

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Club’s members rebuild 300-year-old stone walls

Club’s members rebuild 300-year-old stone walls 3

🕔12:07, 5.Mar 2012

A group of members at Saltford Golf Club in Somerset have saved the club a significant amount of money by rebuilding delicate 300-year-old stone walls that lie on the course themselves, instead of appointing an external contractor to do the

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Final Curtis Cup preparations concluded

Final Curtis Cup preparations concluded 2

🕔14:37, 2.Mar 2012

Nairn Golf Club in Scotland has concluded three years of preparations for its hosting of the Curtis Cup later this year. The last of 60 bunkers earmarked for revetting was rebuilt this week. “We started planning as soon as we

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Interview: Adam McColl; course AND club manager at Crews Hill GC

Interview: Adam McColl; course AND club manager at Crews Hill GC 3

🕔17:20, 26.Feb 2012

Crews Hill Golf Club, which celebrates its centenary in four years, is situated in the northern tip of Greater London in an area surrounded by rolling countryside, garden nurseries and farmland. It is often referred to as ‘the jewel of

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Cape Cornwall Golf enters administration

Cape Cornwall Golf enters administration 5

🕔13:08, 24.Feb 2012

One of the world’s most spectacular golf clubs has been placed into administration. Cape Cornwall Golf Club and Leisure Resort is located at St Just, near Penzance, where the English Channel and St George’s Channel meet on England’s only cape

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Water restrictions to hit golf clubs

Water restrictions to hit golf clubs 5

🕔15:07, 21.Feb 2012

The technical manager of an agri-business has warned that golf courses will be first in the firing line if water restrictions are imposed on consumers this year. An emergency ‘drought summit’ was called this week by the government’s land resources

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Wiltshire club to expand to 18 holes

Wiltshire club to expand to 18 holes 3

🕔12:40, 15.Feb 2012

A nine-hole golf club in Wiltshire is to expand to 18 holes and will fund the entire project by using inert landfill. Westbury Golf Club has purchased land adjacent to the golf course and has commissioned a new company, SAS

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Man drowns in freezing golf course pond

Man drowns in freezing golf course pond 4

🕔14:50, 10.Feb 2012

A man has died after trying to save his dog from a freezing pond at Wildwood Golf & Country Club in Surrey. Tim Waddingham, 53, drowned, after his five-year-old labrador fell through thin ice into the freezing water. Mr Waddingham

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Warning not to poison foxes follows tragedy

Warning not to poison foxes follows tragedy 2

🕔12:52, 7.Feb 2012

The RSPCA is warning people that have access to golf courses not to poison wild animals that could damage the course following the death of a dog. The owner of Poppy, a golden retriever, walked his six-year-old dog along Coombe

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How clubs can protect themselves and their golfers from insurance claims

How clubs can protect themselves and their golfers from insurance claims 2

🕔13:07, 3.Feb 2012

Towards the end of last year, golf clubs, already reeling in the current economic environment, learnt of a legal case that could have financial ramifications for the industry for decades to come. A golfer who was hit in the face

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2014 England Golf fixture list unveiled

2014 England Golf fixture list unveiled 0

🕔17:00, 17.Jan 2012

The fixture list for the main amateur golf events in England has been unveiled today, and two prestigious clubs at opposite ends of the country have agreed to host the blue riband men’s events. Seaton Carew in County Durham will

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Club profile: Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Club profile: Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club 0

🕔14:55, 15.Jan 2012

Established in 1909, Walmer & Kingsdown was officially opened on April 17 that year with a match between James Braid, the course designer, and famed US professional golfer Harry Vardon, fondly remembered for the ‘Vardon Grip’, or ‘overlapping grip’ –

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Course to be dug up for cables

Course to be dug up for cables 0

🕔15:34, 10.Jan 2012

A municipal golf course in Merseyside is set to have three holes dug up over a 13-week period so that an electricity cable can be laid through it. Wirrall Borough Council is likely to recommend on Thursday that the Western

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Lee Westwood club attacked by vandals

Lee Westwood club attacked by vandals 3

🕔16:32, 8.Jan 2012

The golf course that Lee Westwood grew up playing on has been damaged by vandals to such an extent that its manager fears for its future as a viable business. Worksop Golf Club in Nottinghamshire is, along with College Pines

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Profile: Bonar Bridge, Ardgay Golf Club’s only greenkeeper, Caroline Munro

Profile: Bonar Bridge, Ardgay Golf Club’s only greenkeeper, Caroline Munro 0

🕔12:33, 8.Jan 2012

Caroline Munro is no ordinary woman. She likes kickboxing, is building her own house, is raising two daughters and is head greenkeeper at Bonar Bridge, Ardgay Golf Club in Scotland. I say head greenkeeper, but she is actually the only

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Profile: St Ives Golf Club’s course manager Phil Gates

Profile: St Ives Golf Club’s course manager Phil Gates 0

🕔13:14, 5.Jan 2012

Although St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club in Cambridgeshire was founded in 1923, it was really born in 2010. For most of its life the club featured a nine-hole course on the outskirts of the town, but its members decided in

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Three surveys on the attitudes of golfers and golf clubs

Three surveys on the attitudes of golfers and golf clubs 1

🕔17:42, 4.Jan 2012

There hasn’t been a useful major survey on the golf industry since the answers to the Golf Club Membership Questionnaire were released by the English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association in 2010. And like London buses, with a

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Profile: Askernish Golf Club’s development manager, John Kemp

Profile: Askernish Golf Club’s development manager, John Kemp 1

🕔17:29, 4.Jan 2012

Last year, Stòras Uibhist, the community owner of the South Uist Estate, which covers almost the whole of the Outer Hebridean islands of Benbecula, Eriskay and South Uist, as well as a number of other small islands, panning some 93,000

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Dewsbury District invests in junior golf

Dewsbury District invests in junior golf 0

🕔14:55, 4.Jan 2012

Dewsbury District Golf Club in Yorkshire is to use a pot of money its manager has won to visit local schools and introduce children to golf. Mick Thorpe, who attended the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) conference at the end

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Club profile: Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club

Club profile: Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club 1

🕔15:29, 1.Jan 2012

Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club is bucking the trend for falling memberships with members already enquiring about subs for next year. Yet the Durham club, which features an 18-hole course plus a driving range, faced closure last year. Its owner,

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EGU and EWGA officially merge

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🕔13:02, 1.Jan 2012

As of today, the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) have officially merged into one organisation. Since 1924 male amateur golfers were run by the EGU and the ladies since 1952 by EWGA, however that changes

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Profile: Hever Castle Golf Club’s course manager David Wood

Profile: Hever Castle Golf Club’s course manager David Wood 0

🕔10:03, 1.Jan 2012

Hever Castle Golf Club in Kent is set in the mature grounds of the Hever Castle Estate, and has 27 holes for its greenkeeping team to manage. And they’re not short holes either. The 7,002-yard 18-hole Championship course, which was

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Who should chair a general meeting at a golf club?

Who should chair a general meeting at a golf club? 0

🕔17:02, 31.Dec 2011

General meetings of any description often give rise to queries touching upon the powers, duties and responsibilities of the chairperson of these meetings and there can be much confusion. Hopefully this article will go some way to dispel myths surrounding

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Profile: Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA

Profile: Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA 0

🕔16:27, 30.Dec 2011

With challenging times ahead for greenkeeping teams, Jim Croxton, the new chief executive of the British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), aims to foster better relationships between the parties that run golf clubs, enabling them to capitalise on their individual

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Club profile: Woolton Golf Club

Club profile: Woolton Golf Club 0

🕔16:17, 28.Dec 2011

Fortune favours the brave in business and it’s certainly true for Woolton Golf Club in Liverpool. In 2009 the club introduced a strategy centred on making the most of the significant assets of the 110-year-old club and added vital new

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