Date: Thu 14 Feb 2019

Some articles you may have missed...

Recent articles from printed and online resources on Architecture, Environment, the Game, Greenkeeping and Health&Safety.


Club votes to change 18-hole layout to two loops of nine holes
Author: Tania Longmire
Following a successful trial, a Scottish golf club’s members have voted overwhelmingly to change the course from an 18-hole venue to two distinct loops of nine holes.

Golf - the game

In their own words: Robert Maxfield
The CEO of The PGA talks exclusively to The Golf Business about the #WeLoveGolf hashtag, which is getting more women to play the game.

The clubs opening short-game facilities
Author: Jenny Yu
A number of golf clubs have opened short-game facilities in recent months. We look at some of these facilities to find out why this is a growing trend.

Scotland’s Golf Coast’s Answer To The Changing Face Of Golf ‘9L9’
Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat this Winter, with a change to the way we play golf in East Lothian, writes Ginny Lawson. Haddington Golf Club, a long-established parkland course in East Lothian, is attempting to adapt to the changing face of golf.

England Golf’s ‘Volunteer Buddy’ Programme Helps Grow The Game
Research shows that ‘volunteer buddies’ are vital in creating a friendly atmosphere to welcome new members to golf clubs. And two East Anglian clubs are among those which are providing the evidence.

New Counties Announced For Girls Golf Rocks In 2019
Girls Golf Rocks will be back for 2019 – with plans to involve even more girls and spread the recruitment programme further across the country.

Record 50,000 Pupils Take Part In School Golf Competitions In England
Thanks to a partnership between national charity the Golf Foundation and the Youth Sport Trust, more than 50,000 young people have taken part in an inter-school golf competition in English schools for the first time in one academic year.

Paul McGinley: Golf needs two sets of rules.
Author: Tania Longmire
The captain of Europe’s successful 2014 Ryder Cup team, Paul McGinley, has called for two sets of rules of golf – one for professionals and for amateurs – in a bid to boost participation in the game.

Scottish club sees membership increase following family-friendly approach
An historic Scottish golf club has reported that its membership figures across male, female, junior and youth categories all rose in 2018.


Three Simple Methods For Leveling Tees
Author: Pat Gross
For an attractive appearance and good playing quality, a teeing ground should have a smooth, uniform surface of closely mown turfgrass that exhibits good density and resiliency.

USGA Funds Millions Of Dollars To Turf Research To Benefit Golfers Worldwide
Author: Cole Thompson
The USGA funds research projects that have the potential to improve golf course management and the golf experience through the Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program.

Petrol Tank Company can undertake annual checks on golf clubs’ tanks
Author: Tania Longmire
The Petrol Tank Company is offering to undertake annual checks on golf clubs’ tanks where its engineers carry all the necessary equipment to perform this task.

Alternative ways to improve the air, light and nutrition on your golf course
Author: Tania Longmire
Enhancing a golf course when legal and financial issues impact on the use of chemicals is not easy for a greenkeeper. There are, though, alternative products that get to the root of the matter.

Irrigation guidelines
"Industry guidelines to support best management practices for golf course irrigation" is the now published.

Fact sheet - Biotic winter damages
A new fact sheet in the series "Handbook - turf grass winter survival" has been released.

Bringing a Putting Green Back to Life
Author: Jim Skorulski and Addison Bardne
Success is measured as much by one’s response to a crisis as one’s ability to avoid a crisis.

How can turf managers provide a top quality surface during the winter months?
Author: Tania
Golf is a year round sport, and players’ expectations (unrealistic as they may be) for quality playing surfaces, remain the same in the depths of winter as they are in the height of summer.

Health & Safety

Greenkeeper sets up mental health support page on Facebook
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The head greenkeeper of Hazel Grove Golf Club in Cheshire has set up a successful Facebook page that provides mental health support to greenkeepers in the industry.

Mental health charity built flood defence at golf club
A mental health charity that provides horticultural training has helped to create an environmentally-friendly flood defence to protect Rothbury Golf Club in Northumberland.


R&A Issues Clarification On Caddie Lining Up Rule
Golf’s ruling bodies have issued a clarification on where and when a caddie can stand behind a player who is lining up a shot following two controversial incidents at two different events.

UK Golf Federation Champions ‘Open Access To Golf’
The UK Golf Federation (UKGF) whose members champion ‘open access to golf’ is building a huge momentum towards its golf show, supported by OGRO; “GolfBIC” takes place on March 18th at the Forest of Arden Resort

STRI Group Appoints Turfgrass Consultant Gwynn Davies
STRI Group has appointed Gwynn Davies as a turfgrass consultant to support extensive business growth and service development in the UK and overseas markets.

Here’s the top three things I learnt about the industry in January
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir finds that even this publication is no longer a Brexit-free safe space – and details why bifurcation is a word on some golf administrators’ lips.

In their own words: Steve Mona
Author: Tania Longmire
The chief executive of the World Golf Foundation (WGF) talks about the latest political and research developments that have been showing the health benefits of playing the game.

Rethink your driving range
The game of golf is changing, right here, in front of the first tee. There is a new breed of golf practice center that is now based on entertainment, fun, competition, amazing food & drink, plus a great deal of sizzle.

Laidlaw Honoured With Journalism Award By PGAs Of Europe
Broadcaster and journalist Renton Laidlaw has been awarded the 2018 PGAs of Europe Special Recognition Award for his services to, and impact upon, European golf, alongside his friend and colleague, Göran Zachrisson.

Golf club ordered to pay £10k after employee suffers burns
Author: Tania Longmire
Golf clubs have been warned that they should take seriously the health and safety of their staff after a Kent venue was ordered to pay more than £10,000 after an employee suffered burns.

Bridlington Golf Club is saved
An historic golf club has had its future secured after East Riding of Yorkshire Council agreed to sell the 118 acres of land that the golf course resides on to it.

Global Golf Post Launches Enhanced Digital Offering
Digital golf news brand Global Golf Post has launched a new website, Global Golf Plus +, that promises to deliver quality golf journalism produced by the publication’s experienced staff of writers, editors and contributors.

Old Course Hotel Launches Caddie School For Servicemen
The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews has launched a month-long Caddie School for former soldiers in partnership with St Andrews Legacy.

Owner says golf clubs will ignore new CONGU ruling
The owner of a golf club in southern England has said ‘pretty much all’ golf clubs will ignore a new directive that the ‘drop where lost’ golf rule should not be permitted in club competitions

American Golf sells 11 courses
Author: Jack Crittenden
Drive Shack, the parent company of American Golf Corp., took a giant step forward in its plan to sell off the courses in its portfolio to fund expansion of its golf entertainment facilities, which are similar to Topgolf.

Toptracer Expansion Continues With Kiwi Courses
Toptracer Range is continuing its worldwide revolution of practice range facilities as a duo of leading venues in New Zealand have chosen to invest in the company’s state-of-the-art technology.

Golf Course Design