Ex-greenkeeper manages seventh oldest club

Ex-greenkeeper manages seventh oldest club 3

🕔10:53, 19.Feb 2012

A former greenkeeper who now manages the seventh oldest golf club in the world hopes to inspire other course managers into club management. David Roy, managing secretary of Crail Golfing

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Pros to offer classroom teaching

Pros to offer classroom teaching 3

🕔10:25, 18.Feb 2012

Two PGA professionals at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club in Durham are to offer recreational golfers a year-long programme of classroom teaching instead of simply providing driving range lessons, a bid to improve their game. The learning will centre

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England Golf appoints two presidents

England Golf appoints two presidents 7

🕔11:10, 17.Feb 2012

England Golf has made the unprecedented step of appointing two presidents – one male and one female – to lead the organisation. The governing body of amateur golf in England, which was formed last month following a merger between the

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Golf club manager warns of Groupon threat

Golf club manager warns of Groupon threat 28

🕔10:34, 16.Feb 2012

The manager of Chalgrave Manor Golf Club in Befordshire has warned that the group-buying discount website Groupon is a threat to British golf clubs and has called on the industry to work together to defeat it. The website, which has

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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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Course signage giants merge

Course signage giants merge 1

🕔12:05, 15.Feb 2012

Two of the biggest providers of course signage and printed marketing material for golf clubs have merged. Eagle Promotions and Parsaver have formed an amalgamation after two key members of staff at Parsaver contracted long-term illnesses. Ian Henderson, managing director

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Traditional club to market to non-golfers

Traditional club to market to non-golfers 2

🕔11:45, 15.Feb 2012

A traditional, private members’ golf club in Yorkshire is to revamp its business model in a bid to secure new customers. Todmorden Golf Club, which features a clubhouse that dates back to 1764, had previously focussed almost exclusively on providing

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County partnership to fund free lessons

County partnership to fund free lessons 3

🕔16:44, 14.Feb 2012

Alnwick Castle Golf Club in Northumberland is to offer free golf lessons thanks to funding from its local county golf partnership. Northumberland County Golf Partnership will provide the financial support to the club’s PGA professional Peter Ritchie, to teach anyone

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The GCMA’s CEO joins Twitter

The GCMA’s CEO joins Twitter 1

🕔16:10, 14.Feb 2012

The chief executive of the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) has set up a Twitter account in order to stay more in contact with his members. Keith Lloyd can be found @keith_GCMA. Golf clubs have marketed extensively on the micro-blogging

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Secretary of Astbury Golf Club dies

Secretary of Astbury Golf Club dies 1

🕔15:01, 14.Feb 2012

Peter Bentley, who was the secretary of Astbury Golf Club in Cheshire last year, has died at the age of 54. “He joined the Golf Club Managers’ Association [GCMA) in 2008,” said Keith Lloyd, chief executive of the GCMA. “Peter

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Social media campaign to save golf club

Social media campaign to save golf club 6

🕔14:52, 14.Feb 2012

A municipal golf club that is set to be closed down by its local council has become the subject of a social media campaign that aims to save it. Loss-making Oadby Golf Club in Leicestershire, half of which resides in

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Job insecurity puts one in four off club membership

Job insecurity puts one in four off club membership 3

🕔17:02, 13.Feb 2012

More than one in four working adults are put off from buying a big item such as membership of a golf club due to employment insecurity, even though they can afford it. Global research company GfK NOP surveyed adults in

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McGinley takes on Ryanair’s golf bag charges

McGinley takes on Ryanair’s golf bag charges 6

🕔16:28, 13.Feb 2012

Former Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley has set himself up as competition to airlines such as Ryanair and Air Berlin, which have both recently raised charges for golfers who carry equipment with them. The Irish aircraft carrier has increased its

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Organisation restructures following CEO’s death

Organisation restructures following CEO’s death 2

🕔12:24, 12.Feb 2012

The National Golf Clubs’ Advisory Association (NGCAA), which provides legal advice to hundreds of British golf clubs, has restructured itself following the death of its chief executive, Michael Shaw, at the end of last year. Jackie Howe, who was Mr

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Two club sales highlight rural difficulties

Two club sales highlight rural difficulties 2

🕔10:50, 11.Feb 2012

Two golf clubs have been sold just a few days apart from each other in a sign that rural golf venues are struggling a lot more than their urban counterparts in current economic conditions. Mollington Grange Golf Club in Chester,

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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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Burnt body was ’embarrassed’ killer

Burnt body was ’embarrassed’ killer 7

🕔13:54, 10.Feb 2012

A burnt corpse found by a greenkeeper at Denham Golf Club in Buckinghamshire last October was that of a schizophrenic man who had previously stabbed his mother to death before beheading her, removing her left lung and setting the body

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St Andrews launches wind turbine objection

St Andrews launches wind turbine objection 5

🕔11:18, 9.Feb 2012

The hotel on the world’s most famous golf course has lodged a formal objection to a planning application by St Andrews University to build six wind turbines in the area. Last year, Herb Kohler, owner of St Andrews’ Old Course

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UK and Ireland lost 42,000 members in 2011

UK and Ireland lost 42,000 members in 2011 7

🕔13:03, 8.Feb 2012

Golf clubs in the UK and Ireland suffered a net loss of 42,700 members in 2011, according to a new survey. The drop of 3.1 per cent from 2010 brings the number of club members in the British Isles down

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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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Inactive handicaps under fire from manager

Inactive handicaps under fire from manager 16

🕔14:49, 6.Feb 2012

The manager of a prestigious golf club has criticised England Golf’s inactive handicap system as being potentially damaging to the business of golf clubs. Under the system, golfers that fail to return three qualifying scores in the same calendar year

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Guide categorises pros & managers together

Guide categorises pros & managers together 1

🕔12:35, 5.Feb 2012

A new guide that identifies the skills golf professionals can bring to a golf club places a head golf professional in the same category as a golf club manager. PGA Role Descriptors, published by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and

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2012 Open to generate 17% more revenue

2012 Open to generate 17% more revenue 1

🕔12:27, 3.Feb 2012

This summer’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire is expected to generate 17 per cent more revenue for the club’s surrounding area than the Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent in

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‘Casual sex pictures’ storm for golf club

‘Casual sex pictures’ storm for golf club 2

🕔13:56, 2.Feb 2012

Lincoln Golf Centre is dealing with a media storm after The Sun newspaper reported that it has featured in several pictures on a casual sex website. The tabloid reported that the club has launched an investigation into allegations that a

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Trainee becomes club manager in 10 months

Trainee becomes club manager in 10 months 0

🕔13:05, 31.Jan 2012

A 31-year-old man has been appointed as Redbourn Golf Club’s new general manager after just 10 months of a training programme. Ian McDowell has taken charge of the St Albans venue after embarking on Burhill Golf & Leisure’s recently-launched Manager

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Tiger and Rory beaten by driving range pro

Tiger and Rory beaten by driving range pro 0

🕔11:15, 30.Jan 2012

The man who beat Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday was working as a teacher at a driving range less than nine years ago. Robert Rock, 34, is even credited with helping to design

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American golf course was ‘drug haven’

American golf course was ‘drug haven’ 0

🕔11:28, 29.Jan 2012

A police investigation into an American golf club has claimed that the venue was a ‘hotbed of drug activity’. The exclusive Bass Lake Golf Course in Wisconsin has become embroiled in a sweeping drug investigation led by the Langlade County

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