Date: Wed 21 Mar 2018

Some articles you may have missed...

Recent articles from Golf Course Architecture, Greenkeeper International, Greenkeeping, The Golf Business, and The STRI Bulletin, plus many online sources.

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Architects

"The game is supposed to challenge the player and make them think, but most importantly it is to enjoy the course"
Interview with EIGCA Past President David Krause.
Golfindustria, 15 January 2018
golfindustria.es/david-krause/

Architecture

Building putting greens on a firm foundation.
There are many ways to build a putting green; however, the USGA method is the most researched, science-based method for putting green construction.
USGA Green Section Record, February 2 2018
www.usga.org/course-care/forethegolfer/2018/building-putting-greens-on-a-firm-foundation.html

USGA Greens: 58 years of innovation and counting.
University research and frequent testing underpin the USGA Recommendations for a Method of Putting Green Construction.
http://gsrpdf.lib.msu.edu/ticpdf.py?file=/article/dowling-vavrek-usga-2-2-18.pdf

What does the future of golf course architecture hold?
How might the profession of golf course architecture change between now and 2030? Interviews with a number of architects, includiong EIGCA's Libor Jirasek.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 51 January 2018. Pages 28-37
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/what-does-the-future-of-golf-course-architecture-hold

USGA Recommendations: the revision and key changes.
The updated Recommendations include new information about material testing and modern construction methods.
USGA Green Section Record, February 2 2018
www.usga.org/course-care/turfgrass-and-environmental-research/research-updates/2018/usga-putting-green-construction-recommendations--revision-proces.html

When it comes to greens, there is no such thing as keeping it simple.
The grasses used on putting greens are specifically developed to have fine texture and high plant density to provide a smooth playing surface for golfers to enjoy.
USGA Green Section Record, February 16 2018
www.usga.org/course-care/forethegolfer/2018/when-it-comes-to-putting-greens-there-is-no-such-thing-as-keepin.html

Golf Life: Architect Jan Bel Jan gains fans with short, sweet Scoring Tees concept.
Scoring Tees shorten the golf course; Bel Jan thinks the ideal 18-hole length for these tees is between 4,000 and 4,400 yards.
Golf Week, January 21 2018
golfweek.com/2018/01/21/golf-life-architect-jan-bel-jan-gains-fans-with-short-sweet-scoring-tees-concept/

Reflections on how architecture has evolved over past 30 years.
The golf architecture landscape has changed dramatically since 1988. Back then, the players were the stars and the venues were only beginning to emerge from the confines of a neutral background.
Golf Week, February 18 2018
golfweek.com/2018/02/18/klein-reflections-on-how-architecture-has-evolved-over-past-30-years/

Trinity Forest: a golf course built on a landfill.
Building anything on a landfill is governed by environmental constraints. Millions of pounds of trash and waste are buried under a thin 'cap,' which seals the site.
Links Insider, February 26 2018
www.linksmagazine.com/trinity-forest-golf-club/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=insider2.26

A golf round in 60 minutes (shoter golf courses).
Large venues with spare land are increasingly finding that using it to create short courses attracts beginners, juniors, time-conscious adults and the elderly to their venues.
The Golf Business, February 2018 12-14
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/magazines/TGB_Feb-18/

The end of the restoration era.
The author explains why he thinks that the restoration movement is on its last legs.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 51 January 2018. Pages 38-39
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/are-we-reaching-the-end-of-the-restoration-era

Courses

The jewel in Prince's crown
There have been some significant changes taking place on the nine-hole Himalayas loop at Price's Golf Club, overseen by EIGCA Past President Tom Mackenzie.
STRI Bulletin, Issue 280 Winter 2017/18. Pages 13-15

Environment

Integrated landscape management.
Golf courses are building a reputation for their environmental and sustainability work. However, to make an impact this work should not be done in isolation.
STRI Bulletin, Issue 280 Winter 2017/18. Pages 26-29

All of the UK’s links golf courses could disappear by 2100.
An alarming report from the UK’s leading environmental organisation charity has found that every links golf course in the UK is in danger of disappearing in less than a century due to climate change.
The Golf Business, February 7 2018
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2018/02/all-of-the-uks-links-golf-courses-could-disappear-by-2100/

Golf - the Game

The modern swing: how far is too far?
In search for the perfect swing, various theories have been competing regularly, for every 15 to 20 years the emergence of a leading method.
Kristel Mourgue d'Algue's Golf Stories, February 23rd
mailchi.mp/c2c3a495a3a1/the-modern-swing-how-far-is-too-far?e=f24ee38c9a

Can we please stop playing the Open at St Andrews all the time?
To the surprise of exactly nobody, the 150th Open Championship will be held at St Andrews in 2021. We can all agree that it could and should be played nowhere else. But we should restrict the best venue, the Old Course, to one Open per decade.
National Club Golfer, February 14 2018
www.nationalclubgolfer.com/news/stop-st-andrews-open-championship/?utm_campaign=The+Niggle%3A+14th+February&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_content=&utm_medium=email

Golf Participation

One of the last major men-only UK golf clubs to admit women.
One of the last remaining men-only golf clubs in the UK, Royal Aberdeen, the sixth oldest golf club in the world, has voted to allow women to join the club.
The Golf Business, February 8th 2018
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2018/02/one-of-the-last-major-men-only-uk-golf-clubs-to-admit-women/

Health & Safety

New survey provides more evidence that golf is good for you.
A new survey on physical activity has found that playing golf can improve life satisfaction, happiness and feelings of being worthwhile, while reducing levels of anxiety.
The Golf Business, January 23 2018
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2018/01/new-survey-provides-more-evidence-that-golf-is-good-for-you/

Industry

Five-year bunker project at Effingham Golf Club reaches completion.
A five-year bunker reconstruction project at Effingham Golf Club in Surrey, UK, has been completed, led by EIGCA Member Tom Mackenzie.
Golf Course Architecture, 19 January 2018
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/five-year-bunker-project-at-effingham-golf-club-reaches-completion

Is it time to market to German golfers?
A new survey has found that German golfers spend almost double the amount on foreign golf holidays than British people do.
The Golf Business, January 22 2018
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2018/01/is-it-time-to-market-to-german-golfers/

New course for LOBB + PARTNERS in Turkish capital
Hard on the heels from the completion of the Country Life Golf Club in the resort area of Bodrum, Tim Lobb has signed up to design his fourth course in Turkey.
Golf Business News, 15 February 2018
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/new-course-for-lobb-partners-in-turkish-capital/

Sustainable Development

Golf & Water, Case Studies in Water Stewardship (Volume II)
With support from The Toro Foundation & Rainbird, 20+ courses are highlighted for their smart use of one of nature’s most precious resources.
ASGCA Insights, 15 February 2018
asgca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Water_Golf_Vol-II_LR.pdf

The consumption of water by the golf courses, 'insignificant' according to the National Agreement for Water
Golfindustria, 21 February 2018
golfindustria.es/el-consumo-de-agua-por-los-campos-de-golf-insignificante-segun-el-pacto-nacional-por-el-agua/

Turfgrass

Turfgrass nutrition: the benefits of compost.
Compost can be a useful tool for greenkeepers who would like to provide their turf with a little extra nutrition.
Greenkeeper International, March 2018. Pages 52-54

Fine leaved ryegrasses make tee divots all but disappear.
Switching from fescues to ryegrass cultivars to repair divots has delivered noticeably improved grass coverage on the tees at the Drumpellier Golf Club.
Turf Business, February 2018. Pages 42-43
flickread.com/edition/html/5a800e551e65f#42

The rise of ryegrass (fescues and cultivars).
One of the biggest changes in golf course management in recent years has been via the role dwarf cultivars play: once derided, they now offer an appealing fineness of leaf and, perhaps more importantly, are drought tolerant.
Greenkeeping, March 2018. Pages 12

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