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Gaudet Luce Golf Club installs platform lift to comply with disability law

Gaudet Luce Golf Club installs platform lift to comply with disability law 0

🕔10:40, 27.Oct 2011

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was passed to engender a change of attitude and to open doors, literally, for disabled people in the UK. This influential piece of government legislation

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How economic problems are hurting golf clubs

How economic problems are hurting golf clubs 0

🕔10:22, 27.Oct 2011

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…” – Rudyard Kipling. If ever there was a time for keeping your head, it is 2011 – but it could be even more important in 2012! So

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Peter Walsh: How we built a six-hole course for beginners at my golf club

Peter Walsh: How we built a six-hole course for beginners at my golf club 1

🕔11:03, 26.Oct 2011

Northamptonshire County Golf Club celebrated its centenary two years ago and there is no doubt it is a well-established, traditional club. Fortunately, it also has a forward-looking management team that has served the members well. The club decided at an

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Steven Brown: How to define ‘bar waste’

Steven Brown: How to define ‘bar waste’ 0

🕔10:53, 26.Oct 2011

Here are important questions relating to a result that need to be answered. ‘Why has the overall margin decreased so dramatically?’ – Was it caused by a change in the sales mix to less profitable products? – Has there been

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Steven Brown: Should your club have a franchised, in-house or a loose catering set up?

Steven Brown: Should your club have a franchised, in-house or a loose catering set up? 1

🕔10:50, 26.Oct 2011

Of increasing importance for golf clubs is the question of food provision. Should we provide this in-house or get outside assistance? Many clubs have a varying array of ‘arrangements’ regarding their food provision and I am constantly asked about the

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Marketing: Your website is a database-building tool

Marketing: Your website is a database-building tool 1

🕔10:33, 26.Oct 2011

“British Golf Clubs not business minded, say US marketing experts.” That was the headline that greeted me recently on a golf industry news website. The company concerned, which had recently launched in the UK, accused golf clubs of not being

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Time to embrace nomadic golfers rather than view them as the enemy at the gate?

Time to embrace nomadic golfers rather than view them as the enemy at the gate? 0

🕔15:52, 25.Oct 2011

Apparently any scheme which appears to offer an alternative to golf club membership, including the EGU’s own Associate Membership programme (its discontinuation was announced this month), have brought about the demise of golf as we know it. One solution offered

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Steven Brown: Buy better and sell dearer to maximise on F&B profits

Steven Brown: Buy better and sell dearer to maximise on F&B profits 0

🕔13:49, 25.Oct 2011

In this article I thought it might be appropriate to revisit some of those areas with the latest updates and changes to the industry norms. So, here is a ‘top tips’ guide on food and beverage operations for golf clubs.

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Q&A with Ernie Els on his ‘The Els Club’

Q&A with Ernie Els on his ‘The Els Club’ 0

🕔13:38, 25.Oct 2011

Golf Club Management: Tell me about Dubai Sports City and your relationship with it. Ernie Els: The whole project at Dubai Sports City [the world’s first purpose-built sports city] is incredibly exciting – I mean, I think it’s fair to

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Howard Swan: My principles of golf course design

Howard Swan: My principles of golf course design 0

🕔13:30, 25.Oct 2011

Every member of a club, every professional golfer and every player thinks that he or she is a golf course architect and can be a golf course architect – just like each and every one of us feels that we

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Reciprocal county card schemes – the solution to the 2-for-1 problem?

Reciprocal county card schemes – the solution to the 2-for-1 problem? 1

🕔11:31, 25.Oct 2011

Many clubs do not have a full membership and the many 2-for-1 schemes for casual golfers is blamed as a contributory factor. On the other hand most clubs need income from visitors. The introduction of the EGU Associate Membership Scheme

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How a membership referral scheme can work for your club

How a membership referral scheme can work for your club 0

🕔11:20, 25.Oct 2011

For the vast majority of clubs in the UK, membership renewal falls between November and April. It has always been an administrative headache but now it is taking on even more importance as a barometer of just how well your

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Proprietary golf clubs urged to make Capital Allowance Tax claim

Proprietary golf clubs urged to make Capital Allowance Tax claim 0

🕔10:37, 25.Oct 2011

All proprietary golf clubs in the UK have been urged to make a Capital Allowance Tax claim before next year’s April Budget, when the tax allowance is ended after 62 years. A spokesman for Malpasso, which works with golf clubs on reclaiming

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Golf clubs overcharged by more than £5 million per year by energy firms

Golf clubs overcharged by more than £5 million per year by energy firms 0

🕔10:25, 25.Oct 2011

An energy expert has said that golf clubs are overcharged by about £5 million per year by their energy suppliers and that 70 per cent of golf clubs will recover about £2,000 each, if they carry out an audit. Consultant

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Marketing: How to get your local press on board

Marketing: How to get your local press on board 0

🕔10:06, 25.Oct 2011

Clubs are increasingly looking for new members to help keep their finances fit, but, short of erecting signboards at the roadside blazing forth the fact, how can they tip the wink to their local catchment? Well how about the local

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Q&A with Simon Doyle, the head of agronomy at Troon Europe

Q&A with Simon Doyle, the head of agronomy at Troon Europe 0

🕔16:41, 24.Oct 2011

GCM: How did you end up as an agronomist? Simon Doyle: I was in Ireland when an opportunity came up to go out to Japan as an assistant agronomist for a US-based consultancy firm. Things progressed from there before joining

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Person profile: John Scott – golf club manager and soldier

Person profile: John Scott – golf club manager and soldier 0

🕔16:32, 24.Oct 2011

John Scott, former serving Secretary and a member of the GCMA for several years has recently returned from military service, as a Royal Marine, in Iraq and Afghanistan. John joined the GCMA whilst the manager of Wrexham Golf Club, in

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International clubs forge reciprocal deal to attract members

International clubs forge reciprocal deal to attract members 1

🕔12:47, 24.Oct 2011

Two major golf clubs, one in China and one in Cyprus, have formed a reciprocal partnership to attract more members to both. Eléa Golf Club in Cyprus has signed the agreement with the world’s largest golf facility, Mission Hills China. The

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Bentley Golf Club to redesign its 17th hole

Bentley Golf Club to redesign its 17th hole 0

🕔11:23, 24.Oct 2011

Bentley Golf Club in Essex is to redevelop its par three 17th hole and has commissioned a company to formulate a ten-year plan for the overall improvement of the course. Advances in technique and technology mean that the 1972 layout

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Bearwood Lakes removes ryegrass from its rough

Bearwood Lakes removes ryegrass from its rough 0

🕔11:03, 24.Oct 2011

The course manager of Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Daniel Lightfoot MG, has timed his selective herbicide treatments, targeting ryegrass and Yorkshire fog, to coincide with the natural fescues’ autumn senescence. The result is minimal visual impact on the course now,

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Podcasts for greenkeepers to listen to as they mow launched

Podcasts for greenkeepers to listen to as they mow launched 0

🕔10:48, 24.Oct 2011

Educational podcasts for greenkeepers to listen to as they cut the grass has been launched by a fellow greenkeeper. ”The idea for producing an audio greenkeeping and sports’ turf industry podcast came to me a few years ago,” said Matthew

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How to attract members: Make it possible for them to pay by direct debit and offer flexible subs

How to attract members: Make it possible for them to pay by direct debit and offer flexible subs 0

🕔13:29, 23.Oct 2011

The lure of lavish golfing retreats in far-flung corners of the globe is just too irresistible for many enthusiasts, it seems. The onset of cheap flights throughout Europe and the prospect of plunging prices for long-haul journeys open up access

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Why The Club Company doesn’t rely on golf income at its 10 golf clubs

Why The Club Company doesn’t rely on golf income at its 10 golf clubs 0

🕔10:04, 23.Oct 2011

The Club Company currently operates 10 golf clubs in England and all have been developed into the country club format that is a hallmark of the group. “We know that the country club approach works for us,” said Thierry Delsol,

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How clubs in Devon are recruiting more women and children as members

How clubs in Devon are recruiting more women and children as members 0

🕔09:03, 23.Oct 2011

In an age when golf club memberships are falling and the average age of golfers across the country is still in the 50s, the state of the game is often said by ‘experts’ to be parlous. It isn’t. With Rory

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Noel Mackenzie: Understanding the science of agronomy prior to irrigation and drainage

Noel Mackenzie: Understanding the science of agronomy prior to irrigation and drainage 1

🕔08:57, 23.Oct 2011

When it comes to irrigation, what do we need to understand about what goes on in that 2-4mm of turf on our greens? The loss of water from the plant and playing surfaces (transpiration and evaporation – the combined effects

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£200k golfing rival to Gleneagles approved

£200k golfing rival to Gleneagles approved 0

🕔07:43, 23.Oct 2011

Proposals for a £200k golf development in Perthshire have been approved by local councillors who are keen on attracting tourists to the area. The directors of 102-year-old Pitlochry Golf Course want to build a new nine-hole golf course and practice

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Jack Nicklaus on the design and agronomy of his Portuguese course

Jack Nicklaus on the design and agronomy of his Portuguese course 0

🕔16:00, 22.Oct 2011

The Monte Rei Golf Club on the Algarve opened in 2007 and is already one of Iberia’s premier golf resorts. Set in the picturesque foothills of Portugal’s Algarve with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão Mountains to the north

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