Gary Pearce: All Fulford staff get a bonus

Gary Pearce: All Fulford staff get a bonus 2

🕔12:16, 16.Nov 2011

Gary Pearce, the manager of Fulford Golf Club in Yorkshire, has detailed to delegates of the GCMA conference how a marketing plan at the club helped transform it and win

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How we secured a massive surplus

How we secured a massive surplus 0

🕔17:48, 15.Nov 2011

Bob Williams, manager of Chipping Sodbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire, has explained how he turned a large deficit at his club into an even bigger surplus in just two years, to delegates at the GCMA conference. As a result of

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Why a Swedish club uses sheep to help its greenkeepers

Why a Swedish club uses sheep to help its greenkeepers 0

🕔12:57, 15.Nov 2011

Three experts in how golf clubs can cut course management costs while enhancing the local environment spoke in the same one-hour session at the GCMA conference today. Philip Russell from The R&A looked at two success stories: Benyan Golf Club

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“Twitter could increase golf business by 40%”

“Twitter could increase golf business by 40%” 1

🕔12:48, 15.Nov 2011

Andy Poulton, from Wilts Web Design, explained to GCMA members that they should ignore social media at their peril. In three one-hour sessions on the internet, Mr Poulton detailed companies he knows that measure their online marketing campaigns, and concluded

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Michael Swan: Let your members pay by direct debit

Michael Swan: Let your members pay by direct debit

🕔07:08, 15.Nov 2011

Michael Swan, the head of Direct Debit Management Services at Premium Credit, told GCMA delegates that they cannot ignore the financial trauma that is sweeping Europe and has hit other parts of the world. “One effect of the economic situation

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Beth Meister: Give members belly dancing if they want it

Beth Meister: Give members belly dancing if they want it 0

🕔19:26, 14.Nov 2011

Beth Meister, president of Club Marketing and Communication LLC, gave a thought-provoking speech to GCMA delegates on the issue of marketing. Beth, recognised as one of the USA’s top marketing experts, gave examples of how clubs that she has worked

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Gregg Patterson: No pictures of dead people

Gregg Patterson: No pictures of dead people 1

🕔18:55, 14.Nov 2011

Gregg Patterson, the keynote speaker at the 2011 Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) Conference, used his speech to explain why The Beach Club in Santa Monica, USA, which he manages, has differentiated from its competitors to maintain a waiting list

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Keith Lloyd welcomes delegates

Keith Lloyd welcomes delegates 0

🕔13:44, 14.Nov 2011

The chief executive of the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA), Keith Lloyd, has opened the GCMA conference at the Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire by extolling the virtues of the event. “If one person has one apple and another

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Comment: the economy, slow play and courtesy golf

Comment: the economy, slow play and courtesy golf 0

🕔17:16, 13.Nov 2011

Like any well-run business, clubs must position themselves for the economic recovery – and that can’t be done in a hurry. It is too easy to ignore the lead-time for implementing long-term changes, and find yourself overtaken by clubs that

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Attracting birds to heathland

Attracting birds to heathland 0

🕔17:12, 13.Nov 2011

Heather creates some of the most visually striking and challenging golf courses in Britain, and also supports many species of birds and other animals. Indeed, some of our rarest birds, such as nightjar, Dartford warbler and woodlark, are found on

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Club profile: Ponteland Golf Club

Club profile: Ponteland Golf Club 0

🕔17:09, 13.Nov 2011

Ponteland Golf Club, sited just outside Ponteland village, 10 miles west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is something of a success story in the north-east of England. It has bucked the trend of many clubs in the region, having managed to not only

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Brian Butler: What constitutes gross misconduct and defective machinery liability

Brian Butler: What constitutes gross misconduct and defective machinery liability 0

🕔17:02, 13.Nov 2011

The below questions are ones Brian Butler has received recently from golf club managers Question An employee told club officials that provisions could not be delivered due to weather conditions. Catering arrangements in the club were therefore cancelled over a

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Michael Shaw: Music licensing in golf clubs

Michael Shaw: Music licensing in golf clubs 1

🕔16:57, 13.Nov 2011

On February 12, 2010, an appeal was heard against a decision of the Copyright Tribunal in regard to the rates paid to Music Licensing Organisation PPL on behalf of performers and record companies for the right to play music on

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Michael Shaw: Who is liable if someone slips on ice at your club?

Michael Shaw: Who is liable if someone slips on ice at your club? 0

🕔16:53, 13.Nov 2011

The severe winter may suffer this year will result in extra work for orthopaedic surgeons and an increase in the fortunes of panel beaters and for those of us in Herefordshire, an increase in the workload of farmers extracting cars

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Peter Dawson: The Olympics and driving distances

Peter Dawson: The Olympics and driving distances 0

🕔16:50, 13.Nov 2011

Sitting in the Copenhagen Conference Centre in late 2009, at the 121st Session of The International Olympic Committee, and hearing IOC president Jacque Rogge announce that golf will again be part of the summer Olympic games is an abiding memory

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Is your energy billing system overcharging you?

Is your energy billing system overcharging you? 0

🕔16:45, 13.Nov 2011

Managers might reasonably believe that their energy concerns start and end with obtaining the cheapest unit cost and finding ways to reduce consumption. However, there is a black hole that is costing Britain’s businesses an inestimable combined cost, but which

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Business rates Q&A with Nick Sercombe

Business rates Q&A with Nick Sercombe 12

🕔16:41, 13.Nov 2011

All the questions are taken from the 2009 GCMA Conference. The answers are still relevant today Question: The wording accompanying the draft Rateable Value for 2010 appears to indicate that the Valuation Office (VO) will be sympathetic to appeals, is

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Steven Brown: Join the cask beer bandwagon

Steven Brown: Join the cask beer bandwagon 0

🕔16:33, 13.Nov 2011

Now I can’t quite remember back in the day to Roman times when a new alcoholic beverage hit our shores that was to make such an impact on the world of brewing that it left an indelible mark that lasts

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Rules of Golf: Distance Measuring Devices

Rules of Golf: Distance Measuring Devices 0

🕔14:51, 13.Nov 2011

The advent of distance-measuring devices and their use in the game divides opinion at many levels. Many golfers are fans of these devices as they feel it puts them on a level footing with tournament professionals who have caddies providing

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Profile: Paul Worster, course manager and former BIGGA chairman

Profile: Paul Worster, course manager and former BIGGA chairman 0

🕔14:35, 13.Nov 2011

“Renovating a bunker is actually very therapeutic,” Paul said as we met – which was curious, since he was smartly dressed in shirt-and-tie (a BIGGA – the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association – one, of course). But he was

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Comment: Golf clubs do not have the luxuries that train operators do

Comment: Golf clubs do not have the luxuries that train operators do 0

🕔14:26, 13.Nov 2011

Just like the average member of, or visitor to, a golf club, the economic situation of the last few years has not left me with no money, but it has changed the way I have approached personal expenditure. In short,

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Ardglass wins golf award due to 20% growth

Ardglass wins golf award due to 20% growth 2

🕔13:56, 13.Nov 2011

Ardglass Golf Club in Eire has been named as Ireland’s ‘Links Golf Course of the Year 2011’ following a 20 per cent increase in business. The award, handed out by minister for arts, heritage and the gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, was

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Footballer to sue Turnberry Golf Club

Footballer to sue Turnberry Golf Club 1

🕔14:16, 12.Nov 2011

A former goalkeeper for Glasgow Rangers Football Club is to sue Turnberry Hotel and Golf Club in Scotland after he fell off a ladder there two years ago. Peter McCloy was working at the world-famous golf resort as a starter in

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Saunton GC raises £13k for chemo unit

Saunton GC raises £13k for chemo unit 0

🕔10:24, 12.Nov 2011

Saunton Golf Club in Devon has raised more than £13,000 for a new chemotherapy unit at North Devon District Hospital. A charity golf event last month featured 75 players and was supported by more than 40 golf club suppliers and

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Caledonian GC rejects proposed merger

Caledonian GC rejects proposed merger 0

🕔10:20, 12.Nov 2011

The members of one golf club in Aberdeen have rejected an offer to merge with another two clubs following fears for the future of all three due to the loss of a local football stadium. Northern, Bon Accord and Caledonian

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Robbery at Alwickbury Park Golf Club

Robbery at Alwickbury Park Golf Club 0

🕔09:57, 12.Nov 2011

Alwickbury Park Golf Club’s greenkeeping shed has been broken into and power tools have been stolen. The incident happened at the Hertfordshire club during daylight on a weekday afternoon nearly three weeks ago. A Stihl pole saw, a Kawasaki strimmer,

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Tenby Golf Club raises £1,500 for Alzheimer’s

Tenby Golf Club raises £1,500 for Alzheimer’s 0

🕔09:49, 12.Nov 2011

Tenby Golf Club’s ladies’ section has raised £1,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, following a year of fundraising. The sum was raised through a range of events that included a Boxing Day swim and a

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