Club profile: Haggs Castle Golf Club

Club profile: Haggs Castle Golf Club 0

🕔16:48, 2.Dec 2011

Sited in the serene mature parkland of the Pollok Country Park Estate, Lanarkshire, Haggs Castle Golf Club is a far cry from Glasgow’s bustling metropolis that lies only three miles

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How would your greenkeepers react to this?

How would your greenkeepers react to this? 1

🕔16:39, 2.Dec 2011

Not, thank goodness, an everyday occurrence, but one which arose recently at my golf club, Kingsdown, in Wiltshire. The terrible crash happened at 8.20 on a Tuesday morning, at a T-junction beside the course. A 4X4 ploughed at high speed

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Energy MP opens club’s biomass boiler

Energy MP opens club’s biomass boiler 0

🕔15:47, 2.Dec 2011

A senior MP has opened Kemnay Golf Club’s new biomass boiler, which the Scottish government gave the club £36,000 to install. A biomass boiler burns waste wood – which often fits in with a golf club’s woodland management plan –

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Pensioner missing following golf walk

Pensioner missing following golf walk 0

🕔17:12, 1.Dec 2011

A 78-year-old man who went for a walk along Cruden Bay Golf Club in Aberdeenshire has been reported as missing. Ernest Mackie was last seen on the course at around 10.40am on Wednesday morning. Police, coastguards, rescue helicopters and local

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Father and son hit hole-in-one on same day

Father and son hit hole-in-one on same day 0

🕔16:57, 1.Dec 2011

A father and son have beaten odds of 20 million to one to both score a hole-in-one within a few minutes of each other. George Harland, a 72-year-old, 27-handicapper, was playing in the ‘Hazara’ tournament at Ponteland Golf Club in

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The law surrounding red diesel

The law surrounding red diesel 0

🕔16:29, 1.Dec 2011

‘Red’ diesel has long been employed in the landscaping, local authority, horticulture and farming sectors as a far cheaper alternative to its ‘white’ counterpart. Yet vehicles and machinery operators remain confused about the conditions for its use. What is crystal

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Identify the energy spend in your clubhouse

Identify the energy spend in your clubhouse 0

🕔16:25, 1.Dec 2011

In the current economic climate, budget cutbacks are on many golf clubs’ agendas. Managers are often faced with difficult decisions on where to make savings, and measures such as staff cuts negatively impact on the quality of service for members

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Shona McRae: Clarifying the hazards golf rule

Shona McRae: Clarifying the hazards golf rule 0

🕔16:20, 1.Dec 2011

You may have watched or read of Brian Davis’ involvement in a ruling during a play-off for the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head in 2010. Davis had tied with Jim Furyk for the championship but ultimately it was a loose

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Adrian Houstoun: Do not break your loan covenant

Adrian Houstoun: Do not break your loan covenant 0

🕔16:10, 1.Dec 2011

  Not surprisingly in this economic climate, there have been some high-profile problems in the leisure and hospitality industry. Loan covenants took centre stage when accounts filed by Gordon Ramsay Holdings showed that the group had breached covenants on its

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How the Carbon Trust is helping golf clubs

How the Carbon Trust is helping golf clubs 0

🕔16:04, 1.Dec 2011

Golf clubs can obtain expert advice on reducing carbon emissions and making energy savings from the Carbon Trust. Funding and interest-free loans can put modern heating and hot water systems within the reach of clubs that would struggle to justify

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Person profile: Kyle Phillpots

Person profile: Kyle Phillpots 0

🕔15:57, 1.Dec 2011

‘Director of Education & Career Development’ is a bit of a mouthful – but when I talked to Kyle Phillpots, I appreciated how wide the scope of his involvement is within the PGA. Nonetheless, it did come as a bit

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Comment: Tips for cutting costs and emissions

Comment: Tips for cutting costs and emissions 0

🕔15:48, 1.Dec 2011

How can golf clubs secure economic benefits in their quest to reduce emissions? Having read various blogs, this is my summary: For lighting, clubs should replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting, replace all halogen spotlights with LEDs and

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Brian Butler: Liability over a greenkeeper’s death

Brian Butler: Liability over a greenkeeper’s death 0

🕔15:35, 1.Dec 2011

A fatal accident took place in 2009 at Stanedge Golf Club in Derbyshire. The details of the accident can be simply stated. The greenkeeper, John Hague was cutting the bank of a tee with a TR-3 greens’ mower, which rolled

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Greg Evans: My 2mm theory is due to science

Greg Evans: My 2mm theory is due to science 0

🕔16:24, 30.Nov 2011

When I was a young greenkeeper coming in to the profession, I was always told that you can’t beat experience and that greenkeeping was a simple art. Reduce water, don’t feed and embrace the finer grasses was all that you

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Q&A with course managers in the UAE

Q&A with course managers in the UAE 0

🕔16:21, 30.Nov 2011

Given the hot climate, how does the irrigation process differ for courses in the UAE? How much of an impact does this have on the cost per course per year? Marcus Hartup – golf course superintendent at Saadiyat Beach Golf

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Trespasser rescued from golf course

Trespasser rescued from golf course 1

🕔15:49, 30.Nov 2011

A Yorkshire golf club is erecting a fence and warning signage after an 11-year-old boy had to be rescued when he trespassed on the course. The youngster got stuck in mud that had been removed from a pond as part

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Why Aldwickbury Park won an eco award

Why Aldwickbury Park won an eco award 0

🕔15:35, 30.Nov 2011

Aldwickbury Park Golf Club’s extensive work to enhance the environment around the Harpenden-based course has been ‘highly commended’ at a national award ceremony. The club – part of Burhill Golf and Leisure, received a Highly Commended Certification during the Golf

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Ben Stow half way to joining European Tour

Ben Stow half way to joining European Tour 0

🕔15:26, 30.Nov 2011

A second year undergraduate on the unique foundation science degree in tournament golf, Ben Stow, has qualified for the second stage of the European Tour School. No other degree like it exists in Europe, as those that complete it qualify

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John Deere withdraws from irrigation

John Deere withdraws from irrigation 0

🕔15:09, 30.Nov 2011

Course machinery manufacturer John Deere is to withdraw from the turf irrigation business as part of a “strategic realignment” that will enable the company to focus on its “core equipment competencies in the worldwide golf and turf markets”. John Deere

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Turfgrass science student wins college award

Turfgrass science student wins college award 2

🕔14:56, 30.Nov 2011

Jonathan Wall, an assistant greenkeeper at the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club, has won Myerscough College’s best student award. Jonathan, a part-time student for the past three years, graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in turfgrass science and was presented with

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Course profile: Knotty Hill Golf Centre

Course profile: Knotty Hill Golf Centre 1

🕔17:43, 29.Nov 2011

Denis Craggs, the founder of Knotty Hill Golf Centre at Sedgefield, near Stockton-on-Tees in Durham, is a man with a vision – to provide affordable golf all year round for the serious golfer and casual player alike, of all ages,

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What is aeration for?

What is aeration for? 0

🕔17:33, 29.Nov 2011

Aeration is a critical component that contributes to the correct PATH for success: Provide more available oxygen and pore space within the soil; Alleviate compaction; To improve the natural biological processes taking place within the soil. For example hydraulic conductivity,

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Jim Robinson praises ladies’ golf event

Jim Robinson praises ladies’ golf event 0

🕔17:20, 29.Nov 2011

The chairman of the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), Jim Robinson, has praised the English Women’s Golf La Manga Club Challenge, which took place in Spain recently. The four-day event attracted a bumper field for some competitive off-season golf and plenty

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Rise in British golfers playing on the Algarve

Rise in British golfers playing on the Algarve 0

🕔17:10, 29.Nov 2011

The general manager of one of the Algarve’s biggest golf courses has said that 2011 has seen a significant rise in British golfers visiting the region. Jorge Almeida, general manager of Vale d’Oliveiras Resort & Spa, said that his club

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Dukinfield Golf Club win the Lombard Challenge

Dukinfield Golf Club win the Lombard Challenge 0

🕔17:02, 29.Nov 2011

David Green revealed ice in his veins to coolly par the closing hole and earn his Dukinfield Golf Club victory in the inaugural Lombard Challenge, a PGA pro-captain Tournament. The 31-year-old, who has been head pro at the Manchester club

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The Marrakech Golf Club to open next year

The Marrakech Golf Club to open next year 0

🕔16:56, 29.Nov 2011

The Marrakech Golf Club, Assoufid, one of the best new courses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, featuring spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, is set to open in spring 2012. The championship layout, a design by Scottish

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Golf clubs can apply for RHI

Golf clubs can apply for RHI 2

🕔15:31, 29.Nov 2011

Golf clubs can now apply for the lucrative Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – a government-backed scheme that will pay them for generating heat and hot water via renewable heating technologies. As from November 28, 2011, clubs can apply to Ofgem

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