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Could your irrigation system be more efficient?

Could your irrigation system be more efficient? 0

🕔14:25, 29.Dec 2011

Water is currently emerging as one of the most topical conversations that can be found on the lips of both greenkeepers and golfers alike. The lack of natural precipitation from

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The STRI Golf Environment Awards

The STRI Golf Environment Awards 0

🕔13:59, 29.Dec 2011

STRI’s annual Golf Environment Awards’ programme is once again well under way in its search for the UK’s most environmentally conscious golf facilities. The deadline for this year’s entrants has now closed and the judging panel now has the task

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The golf course is your club’s most important asset

The golf course is your club’s most important asset 0

🕔12:35, 29.Dec 2011

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, some people in suits working in ‘financial institutions’ screwed up the global economy by lending money they didn’t have, to people who couldn’t pay (no I don’t understand that one either).

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Bob Bubka: Tiger will win his 15th major in 2012

Bob Bubka: Tiger will win his 15th major in 2012 0

🕔08:00, 29.Dec 2011

As we prepare to put a bow on the 2011 golf season, there is plenty to be excited about for 2012. It was 100 years ago that the unsinkable ship the Titanic hit an iceberg. Tiger’s iceberg was a fire

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Golf greenkeeping in Ghana

Golf greenkeeping in Ghana 0

🕔17:21, 28.Dec 2011

If you board a plane at Heathrow and head directly south until you are approximately five degrees north of the equator, you will have arrived at Accra, the capital of Ghana. Ghana has only a handful of moderately well-maintained golf

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The vibration risks from using power tools

The vibration risks from using power tools 0

🕔17:17, 28.Dec 2011

Recently, the Golf Club Managers’ Association received the following question from a club to its health and safety helpline: ‘Our greens’ staff operate power tools that emit vibration almost every day. What are the risks and how can we prevent

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Advice on achieving irrigation efficiency

Advice on achieving irrigation efficiency 1

🕔16:24, 28.Dec 2011

Water is currently emerging as one of the most topical conversations that can be found on the lips of both greenkeepers and golfers alike. The lack of natural precipitation is causing problems for both; the former with concerns about keeping

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A review of turf diseases

A review of turf diseases 0

🕔11:32, 28.Dec 2011

Over the past 20 years, the number of fungal diseases that are recognised and described for cool and warm season grasses has increased significantly. Not all occur regularly but when they do, many of these fungal diseases have the ability

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The grass species that greenkeepers consider sowing on tees and greens

The grass species that greenkeepers consider sowing on tees and greens 0

🕔11:28, 28.Dec 2011

Let’s consider the greens first. The use of fescues on greens, namely slender creeping red fescue and chewings fescue, has been promoted in certain areas as a more sustainable and forward thinking way of managing golf greens. It is certainly

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Course profile: Farleigh Golf Club and a £500K machinery investment

Course profile: Farleigh Golf Club and a £500K machinery investment 1

🕔11:23, 28.Dec 2011

Farleigh Golf Club is situated on a 350 acre estate on the North Downs in Surrey and is owned and operated by Foxhills Club and Resort. Only 15 minutes from Gatwick airport and 10 minutes from junction 6 on the

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The Rules of Golf surrounding bunkers

The Rules of Golf surrounding bunkers 6

🕔10:42, 28.Dec 2011

Here we will review three frequently asked questions pertaining to bunkers. Greens’ staff often use the winter months to carry out renovation works on bunkers which can mean that some are still recovering at the start of the spring season.

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Can we redesign the course following health and safety comments from staff?

Can we redesign the course following health and safety comments from staff? 0

🕔10:32, 28.Dec 2011

The club wants to reposition a tee which would improve the course. Some officials have objected on health and safety grounds. How can the club assess whether the health and safety objection has merit? Answer: The health and safety obligation

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Teaching managers and greenkeepers how to design a golf hole

Teaching managers and greenkeepers how to design a golf hole 0

🕔08:50, 28.Dec 2011

The way golf courses are designed has always been a fascinating part of the game, its evolution and its management to the many who share in the passion of the sport. Just as thousands of players think that they know

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Do not let a committee redesign a golf course

Do not let a committee redesign a golf course 1

🕔08:42, 28.Dec 2011

In recent years, as many managers will testify, one of the greatest threats to golf clubs have been short-sighted committees, and in particular eager captains who only have one year in place in order to leave their mark, going ahead

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The eutrophication dangers posed by fertilisers and pesticides

The eutrophication dangers posed by fertilisers and pesticides 0

🕔12:31, 27.Dec 2011

Efficient nutrient technology provides the complete package to producing a quality, sturdy sports turf-playing surface with reduced fertiliser input (in combination with beneficial organic products and  formulated organisms). The enhanced uptake of nutrients achieved from superior root development and stress

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Can foliar fertilisers help putting performance?

Can foliar fertilisers help putting performance? 1

🕔12:28, 27.Dec 2011

Modern putting green management involves balancing the agronomic health of the turfgrass sward with golfers’ expectations for playing quality. Although one could argue that this has always been the case, golfers’ demands for ball roll, smoothness and consistency have escalated

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The fall and rise of Alnwick Golf Club

The fall and rise of Alnwick Golf Club 0

🕔12:24, 27.Dec 2011

According to figures presented at the English Golf Union’s (EGU) spring roadshows, 50 per cent of UK golf clubs saw a notable reduction in membership in 2009, with 19 English clubs going into administration, and waiting lists largely disappearing across

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Height of cut: Tread with caution when comparing golf courses

Height of cut: Tread with caution when comparing golf courses 0

🕔12:14, 27.Dec 2011

The last time I wrote a general article about mowing heights I got taken to task by a golf professional who (wrongly) claimed that I had publicly criticised his course and course manager. Nevertheless, I took the invitation to come

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How to achieve irrigation efficiency

How to achieve irrigation efficiency 0

🕔12:08, 27.Dec 2011

Budgets stretched to breaking point; the spectre of climate change looming; available water in increasing demand. Irrigation planning must involve a major directive towards the conservation of an ever-decreasing commodity, not forgetting however that water is essential for plant growth.

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Alistair Dunsmuir: Let your members know what your greenkeepers do

Alistair Dunsmuir: Let your members know what your greenkeepers do 0

🕔12:05, 27.Dec 2011

Over the course of the past year, I have probably interviewed more than 30 greenkeepers, and I think every one of them has tried to get the same message across to me. See if you can spot what it is

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Tips on reducing irrigation spend

Tips on reducing irrigation spend 0

🕔11:23, 27.Dec 2011

At the GCMA’s 2009 conference, The R&A’s Dr Keith Duff commented on an issue that will significantly affect all golf clubs in the medium to long term future: water management. “You must plan to use less water, as the price

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How the course can survive a dry spell

How the course can survive a dry spell 0

🕔13:47, 26.Dec 2011

As I write this article, no-one can be sure what weather we will experience up and down the country between now and summer, nor can anyone predict what sort of summer we will have. But this year we had a

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How to get the best out of oversowing golf greens

How to get the best out of oversowing golf greens 0

🕔13:40, 26.Dec 2011

Often, golf greens in the UK are heavily dominated by annual meadow-grass, a weed grass that may not perform well in winter, which produces copious seedheads and is very susceptible to disease such as anthracnose and microdochium patch (fusarium patch).

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Profile: Liphook Golf Club’s course manager David Murdoch

Profile: Liphook Golf Club’s course manager David Murdoch 0

🕔13:35, 26.Dec 2011

The marketing information that a visitor to Liphook Golf Club in Hampshire’s website will see above anything else is a quote from the magazine Golf Monthly, which states: ‘No matter what time you choose to play Liphook, you can rely

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Can we replace full-time greenkeepers with part-time ones?

Can we replace full-time greenkeepers with part-time ones? 0

🕔11:08, 25.Dec 2011

The club employs five greenkeepers. In the past it has been able to employ the five greenkeepers for 12 months, year-on-year, even though there is little work for them to do in the winter months. Due to the economic situation,

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Wetland management on golf courses

Wetland management on golf courses 4

🕔10:29, 25.Dec 2011

Wetland features are found on many golf courses in Britain, and can be natural or man-made. They include lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, ditches and flushes, and can be found anywhere from the coast to the uplands. They are important both

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Profile: Haydock Park’s head greenkeeper Terry Wharton

Profile: Haydock Park’s head greenkeeper Terry Wharton 0

🕔15:45, 24.Dec 2011

The year 1877 has undoubtedly meant a great deal to many people over the years – the Wimbledon tennis tournament first took place, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India and Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire in that

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