Northumberland club uses its own woodchip to heat clubhouse

Northumberland club uses its own woodchip to heat clubhouse 1

🕔07:35, 8.Oct 2011

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa in Northumberland has begun using its own woodchip to heat its clubhouse and hotel, ensuring the club is both carbon neutral and is saving

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Legal threat forces club to install £40k fence

Legal threat forces club to install £40k fence 0

🕔18:02, 7.Oct 2011

City of Belfast Golf Club is being forced to erect a £40,000 fence following legal action from a neighbouring resident concerned about the risk of flying golf balls. Belfast County Council was asked to contribute £20,000, following the threat of

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Abbey Hill GC’s £775k ‘pirate island’ opens

Abbey Hill GC’s £775k ‘pirate island’ opens 2

🕔09:16, 5.Oct 2011

A mini-golf ‘Pirate Island Adventure Golf’ activity centre has been opened at Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes. The facility boasts an array of features, including a huge signature ship, waterfalls, lakes, streams and islands, with rafts, treasure chests,

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More than 500 UK golf clubs are on Twitter

More than 500 UK golf clubs are on Twitter 1

🕔12:12, 1.Oct 2011

Two lists have been set up detailing all of the UK golf clubs that have Twitter accounts. As of late February 2012, it features more than 500 venues, including many of the biggest in golf, such as Celtic Manor, St

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Philip Hesketh is The Golf Show’s keynote speaker

Philip Hesketh is The Golf Show’s keynote speaker 0

🕔10:53, 30.Sep 2011

The closing keynote speaker at the GCMA’s conference in November 2011, Philip Hesketh, has been announced as the headline presenter at The Golf Show in Harrogate in October 2011. Hesketh will be looking at how golf clubs can get customers

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‘Europe’s first’ golf club to use no pesticides or fertilisers

‘Europe’s first’ golf club to use no pesticides or fertilisers 2

🕔09:35, 29.Sep 2011

A Cambridgeshire golf club, which sprays its course with natural sugars and carbohydrates instead of fertilisers and pesticides, has claimed it is the first in Europe in which the greenkeepers use no chemicals at all on its course. New Malton Golf

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Finance deals offered to concerned clubs

Finance deals offered to concerned clubs 0

🕔14:51, 28.Sep 2011

Two of the biggest suppliers of golf course machinery have responded to economic concerns by launching finance deals for golf clubs. Toro turf maintenance machinery distributor Lely UK has announced a trio of new finance deals that enable customers to

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Praise for The Wisley following course renovation 0

🕔14:36, 28.Sep 2011

The Wisley has received significant praise after its nine-hole Church course was reconstructed under the project management of course manager Stephen Byrne. The redevelopment used a new strain of pure bent grass, improved the drainage, irrigation, thatch and bunkers and

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UK’s David Withers becomes president of Jacobsen

UK’s David Withers becomes president of Jacobsen 1

🕔11:52, 28.Sep 2011

David Withers has been promoted to president of Jacobsen. David has been serving as managing director of the UK-based Ransomes Jacobsen division of the US turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, since January 2005, overseeing international operations for all Jacobsen brands as

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How to use clubhouse space more efficiently

How to use clubhouse space more efficiently 3

🕔16:00, 13.Sep 2011

As can be seen in Stuart Phipps’ article in the May 2011 issue of Golf Club Management, refurbishing the clubhouse is ambitious, expensive and can be risky – even for the wealthier clubs that Stuart advised to take advantage of

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Equality Act forcing clubs to change

Equality Act forcing clubs to change 2

🕔15:21, 13.Sep 2011

Windlesham Golf Club has become the latest golf club to vote on changing club rules due to the Equality Act 2010. In relation to the membership of its committee and the selection of the club captain, the current rules imply

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Why defibrillators are saving lives at golf clubs

Why defibrillators are saving lives at golf clubs 3

🕔14:13, 13.Sep 2011

While there are very few studies in this country about the relationship between golf and heart attacks, many managers may not be surprised to know that the American Heart Association believes that, due to a range of reasons including the

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Scores of people join Bramshaw Golf Club after it provided free coaching lessons

Scores of people join Bramshaw Golf Club after it provided free coaching lessons 0

🕔13:53, 13.Sep 2011

We all know there is no such thing as a free lunch, and this mantra, when it refers to coaching, has proven, and is proving, to be true and particularly beneficial to golf clubs. During March and April Crown Golf

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How one golf club’s finances are healthy because it has installed a wind turbine

How one golf club’s finances are healthy because it has installed a wind turbine 2

🕔13:04, 13.Sep 2011

For several years, almost unnoticed, golf course landscapes in this country have changed as several clubs have built wind turbines by their holes, as they have benefited from, so to speak, the huge windfalls they can bring in. However, this

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EWGA grants bring women and girls into golf

EWGA grants bring women and girls into golf 1

🕔15:33, 12.Sep 2011

Over 3,000 women and girls were encouraged to take up golf in 2010 thanks to a grant from the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). The EWGA Women & Girls Grant was made available to all 32 County Golf Partnerships (CGPs)

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Roseberry Grange Golf Club is saved

Roseberry Grange Golf Club is saved 0

🕔15:32, 12.Sep 2011

A municipal golf club that doubles up as the only local pub for two villages, which was on the verge of being closed down earlier this year, has had its future secured after the local council decided to effectively rent

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Handicapping changes are criticised

Handicapping changes are criticised 0

🕔15:23, 12.Sep 2011

The European Golf Course Owners Association  (EGCOA) has criticised proposed handicapping changes by the European Golf Association (EGA), stating that they are so complicated that they will make club membership seem unattractive. The proposed system, which the Austrian Golf Federation

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Lexden Wood GC is up for sale for £895,000

Lexden Wood GC is up for sale for £895,000 1

🕔15:18, 12.Sep 2011

Lexden Wood Golf Centre in Colchester, which was placed into administration in May, is up for sale at a guide price of £895,000. The club, which features  an 18-hole golf course that was redesigned four years ago, a nine-hole pitch

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Frank Newberry becomes GTC trainer

Frank Newberry becomes GTC trainer 0

🕔15:15, 12.Sep 2011

A motivational speaker who has spoken at various GCMA events – and is speaking at the GCMA conference this November – has become a quality assured training provider for the Greenkeepers’ Training Committee (GTC), a provider of education and training

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Independent body rejects merging exhibitions

Independent body rejects merging exhibitions 0

🕔15:14, 12.Sep 2011

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), an independent body tasked with analysing the Institute of Groundsmanship’s IOG SALTEX show, which took place earlier this month, and Harrogate Week, run by the British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), which takes place in

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The clubs that are making huge profits through hosting weddings

The clubs that are making huge profits through hosting weddings 1

🕔14:54, 12.Sep 2011

 With almost every golf club exploring revenue streams in addition to selling golf memberships these days, it is hardly surprising that many have now set themselves up as wedding venues. Often out of town and off the beaten track, lush

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Petition to cut VAT rate for playing golf

Petition to cut VAT rate for playing golf 2

🕔14:37, 12.Sep 2011

A GCMA member and former British Women’s Open champion has launched an e-petition to reduce the rate of VAT for playing and watching sport from 20 to five per cent. Vivien Saunders OBE, who has campaigned against VAT being applied

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‘Golf club fraudster is a danger to the public’

‘Golf club fraudster is a danger to the public’ 0

🕔14:36, 12.Sep 2011

A man who is accused of trying to defraud golf clubs in Northern Ireland this summer has been told by the country’s most senior judge that he must stay in custody to protect the public. Gavin Chism, a 27-year-old baker,

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Scotland to invest £2 million in golf

Scotland to invest £2 million in golf 1

🕔14:32, 12.Sep 2011

The Scottish government is to copy the Ryder Cup model set by the Welsh Assembly, by investing £2 million in golf clubs.

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Is ‘Speedgolf’ the solution to slow play?

Is ‘Speedgolf’ the solution to slow play? 2

🕔11:52, 17.Feb 2011

Several golf clubs are trialling ‘Speedgolf’, in which scores are calculated according to strokes and the time it took to play the round.

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Golf club member gives £100,000 of his own money to his club

Golf club member gives £100,000 of his own money to his club 0

🕔12:30, 28.Jan 2011

A member of Douglas Park GC in Scotland has given one of the largest donations in history to a golf club – £100,000 – because the club needed the money.

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Amazing image of a sinkhole that appeared on a Scottish golf course

Amazing image of a sinkhole that appeared on a Scottish golf course 0

🕔11:07, 14.Jan 2011

This is the amazing image of a 14-foot deep sinkhole that appeared on Traigh Golf Club’s course in Invernessshire in Scotland.

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