TGI chair calls for club pros to have ‘more strings to their bows’

TGI chair calls for club pros to have ‘more strings to their bows’ 1

🕔14:15, 5.Dec 2011

The chairman of the TGI Golf Partnership, Gordon Stewart, has said that PGA professionals must promote their skills and services more than they ever have before. Reflecting on how the

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Dead body unnoticed for two days

Dead body unnoticed for two days 0

🕔18:34, 4.Dec 2011

The man whose body was found by Whitecraigs Golf Club in Scotland has been named as Chris Walker. Police believe the 52-year-old man, who had been reported missing a month earlier, had been dead at the club for about two

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Course profile: Brookmans Park Golf Club

Course profile: Brookmans Park Golf Club 1

🕔17:02, 4.Dec 2011

It would be fair to say that Brookmans Park Golf Club, set in the leafy suburbs of Hertford, carries with it an unassuming, yet strong and quietly confident, aura. Easy to see why when you realise the quite refined history

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Why go to a bank when you have members?

Why go to a bank when you have members? 1

🕔16:50, 4.Dec 2011

Nearly all businesses have the need to borrow funds from time to time. In the case of golf clubs, the amount of finance required can be very significant (particularly if the club is considering a capital project such as redeveloping

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Steven Brown: The in-house versus outsourced catering debate

Steven Brown: The in-house versus outsourced catering debate 2

🕔16:45, 4.Dec 2011

Now, I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer and I have even been described as being a sandwich short of a picnic, BUT – I do have a degree! Yes, I have a degree in HINDSIGHT. It’s

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Brian Cook: Make golf more about strokes than holes

Brian Cook: Make golf more about strokes than holes 0

🕔16:41, 4.Dec 2011

Traditional golf has evolved over the centuries into the modern game that we enjoy / endure today. At the highest level, it is played with high tech equipment over an expensively manicured course with luxurious clubhouse facilities; and for fabulous

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Advice for golf clubs re children in golf

Advice for golf clubs re children in golf 0

🕔16:34, 4.Dec 2011

The safeguarding regulations introduced in October 2009 applies to golf clubs. The advice from the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) outlines that: • There is a duty for organisations to refer information to the ISA. This means that if your organisation

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Brian Butler Helpline: Non-performing staff

Brian Butler Helpline: Non-performing staff 0

🕔16:27, 4.Dec 2011

A lady in my office keeps leaving work early to pick up her son who has been getting into trouble at school. She is now beginning to miss important work deadlines. Although I want to be sympathetic, I am considering

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The Law: Could your golf course be registered as a ‘town green’?

The Law: Could your golf course be registered as a ‘town green’? 0

🕔16:22, 4.Dec 2011

There have been a number of articles and commentaries recently published following the Supreme Court’s decision in R (Lewis) v Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council [2010] UKSC 11 to uphold the registration of a former golf course as a ‘town

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Nine-hole club unveils £500k extension plan

Nine-hole club unveils £500k extension plan 0

🕔10:29, 4.Dec 2011

The nine-hole Crow Nest Park Golf Club in Yorkshire has unveiled plans for a £500,000 renovation to the east wing of its clubhouse. The 17-year-old club, which was bought by Halifax businessman Mick Stansfield this summer after spending three years

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Comment: Research into golf club memberships

Comment: Research into golf club memberships 1

🕔17:02, 3.Dec 2011

In the business world, inter-company comparisons are an essential management tool, so it is fitting that clubs should use the same aids. An impressive document I have obtained is prepared by Hillier Hopkins, a firm of accountants with several offices

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The new clubhouse at Southern Valley Golf Club

The new clubhouse at Southern Valley Golf Club 0

🕔14:53, 3.Dec 2011

The demographic of UK golf clubs has witnessed a sea change over the last 15 years as more pay-and-play and proprietary clubs enter the market, offering the weekend or nomadic golfer an alternative to the traditions of members’ clubs. With

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Attracting birds to parkland courses

Attracting birds to parkland courses 0

🕔14:09, 3.Dec 2011

Many golf courses in Britain have been built in, or come to resemble, parklands. Whilst most people will easily recognise a parkland setting, it is more difficult to define, as it usually contains a variable mix of grassland, woodland, wetlands

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The boom in female membership at Gog Magog Golf Club

The boom in female membership at Gog Magog Golf Club 1

🕔13:59, 3.Dec 2011

Four years ago the ladies of the Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge took stock of their numbers: they were falling, their age profile was rising and only a tiny trickle of new members were joining. If it continued there

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How GolfMark has helped Mill Green GC 1

🕔13:52, 3.Dec 2011

Mill Green Golf Club, near Welwyn Garden City, has been awarded the elite GolfMark status (the national scheme which identifies and recognises junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities) for its work in encouraging youngsters and beginners to play golf. According to

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Natural gas company tries to buy golf club

Natural gas company tries to buy golf club 0

🕔10:04, 3.Dec 2011

An energy company has made three offers to buy part of Knott End Golf Club, a private members’ club in Lancashire. Halite Energy is a group that runs underground natural gas storage facilities. Its first offer is for the sale

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How Abbey Hill GC has reduced irrigation usage by 10%

How Abbey Hill GC has reduced irrigation usage by 10% 0

🕔16:54, 2.Dec 2011

How do you reduce water consumption while still maintaining your golf course’s pristine fairways and greens? Abbey Hill Golf Centre recently faced this issue – which course managers all over the world have been increasingly pondering as environmental and economic

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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 away, where redevelopment and expansion are commonplace for the UK’s

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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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