Date: Thu 18 Apr 2019

Some articles you may have missed...

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

Architecture

The Rules of Golf: Do water hazards have to contain water?
Author: Tania Longmire
In her latest article on the new Rules of Golf, Shona McRae, Assistant Director – Rules, The R&A, looks at more essentials every golfer should know.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/the-rules-of-golf-do-water-hazards-have-to-contain-water/

Environment

Establishing Monarch Butterfly Habitat On Golf Courses
Author: John Daniels
It’s a slow process that requires patience, but planting milkweed
food sources for monarch butterflies on golf courses can help
reverse the decline of these important pollinators.

gsrpdf.lib.msu.edu/ticpdf.py?file=/article/daniels-establishing-4-5-19.pdf

Golf - the game

More than £20k awarded to small golf clubs
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
More than £20,000 has now been awarded to ‘small golf clubs’ – about a third of the total allocated – to help them prepare for the new World Handicap System (WHS).
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/03/more-than-20k-awarded-to-small-golf-clubs/

Hole-In-One Club Goes Global
The UK’s most successful hole-in-one club is dramatically expanding having given away more than £4m in luxury watches in the last four years. New for 2019, The H1 Club is opening up to anyone who has ever had a hole-in-one.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/corporate/hole-in-one-club-goes-global/

Foxhills To Host Dave Pelz Golf Schools
Golfers eager to sharpen their short-game skills can combine state-of-the-art facilities and a world-renowned coaching progamme thanks to a new link-up between Foxhills Country Club & Resort in Surrey and Dave Pelz Golf Schools.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/foxhills-to-host-dave-pelz-golf-schools/

Free beer for golfers works in war v slow play
Author: Tania Longmire
A golf resort in Portugal has discovered that offering free beer to golfers is an effective way to get them to complete their rounds more quickly.
95, , 12 Feb 2019. Pages:
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/free-beer-for-golfers-works-in-war-v-slow-play/

Club applies to build 92 homes as part of survival bid
Author: Tania Longmire
A Northumberland golf club that has financially struggled in recent years has applied to have nearly 100 new homes built on part of its current course to prevent it from closing down.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/club-applies-to-build-92-homes-as-part-of-survival-bid/

Closed-down golf course set to reopen
Author: Tania Longmire
A Cheshire golf course that closed down when Mack Golf ceased trading last year is set to reopen next month
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/closed-down-golf-course-set-to-reopen/

Greater Manchester golf club is 4th to announce March / April closure
Author: Tania Longmire
A golf club in Rochdale has become at least the fourth in the UK to say it will close down in late March or early April.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/greater-manchester-golf-club-is-4th-to-announce-post-brexit-closure/

Here’s the top three things I learnt about the golf industry in February
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir discusses the two greatest things in the world – dogs and beer – and why they’ve both played a role in the industry in the last month.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/heres-the-top-three-things-i-learnt-about-the-golf-industry-in-february/

England Golf Unveils Guide To Attract Youth Club Membership
A new guide to help golf clubs gain greater understanding of young people and to attract them into the sport has been produced by England Golf.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/england-golf-unveils-guide-to-attract-youth-into-the-game/

R&A Issues Rules Clarification On Replacing A Broken Club
The R&A and the USGA have provided a clarification that introduces a Local Rule, allowing players to replace a broken or significantly damaged club, except in cases of abuse.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/ra-issues-rules-clarification-on-replacing-a-broken-club/

PGA Hails Success Of New ‘We Love Golf’ Events
The first four of the Professional Golfers’ Association’s ‘We Love Golf’ events for 2019 have been hailed as a huge success after 135 women and girls braved the wind and rain to take part in taster events held across Great Britain & Ireland.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/pga-hails-success-of-new-we-love-golf-events/

The non-golf revenue streams golf clubs are exploiting
Author: Tania Longmire
One way several golf clubs are earning increased income is from marketing themselves as health centres that provide gyms, yoga and pilates in addition to golf.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/04/the-non-golf-revenue-streams-golf-clubs-are-exploiting/

Should our golf club go for adventure golf?
Author: Tania Longmire
Benefits of adventure golf for exisiting facilities
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/04/should-our-golf-club-go-for-adventure-golf/

Golf Reinvented: 1PUTT Launches New Larger Hole Format
With golf participation down by 40% in the UK 1PUTT are revolutionising the golf experience to boost participation and enjoyment
golfbusinessnews.com/news/innovation-centre/golf-reinvented-1putt-launches-new-larger-hole-format/

Greenkeeping

Fraise Mowing Enhances Bermudagrass Control
Prolonged disruption to golf is often cited as the greatest roadblock to eradicating undesirable bermudagrasses and regrassing with a superior variety
www.usga.org/course-care/turfgrass-and-environmental-research/research-updates/2019/fraise-mowing-enhances-bermudagrass-control.html

Practice Tees That Please
Practice tees require a unique management program because of
gsrpdf.lib.msu.edu/ticpdf.py?file=/article/oatis-gilhuly-practice-3-1-19.pdf

Otterbine fountain at the heart Of Ladbrook Park GC
Author: Tania
With the Otterbine aerating fountain, the water is a good enough quality to use for irrigation across the course
www.greenkeepingeu.com/otterbine-fountain-heart-ladbrook-park-gc/

Health & Safety

England Golf Tees Off #SwitchOffWithGolf Campaign
England Golf are encouraging golf fans to reduce screen-time and increase green-time to improve their mental well-being.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/england-golf-tees-off-switchoffwithgolf-campaign/

How golf is helping people living with dementia and Parkinson’s disease
Author: Tania Longmire
An organisation called Golf in Society has been running days out for the last four years. Not only is this having a remarkably positive effect on the people needing care – it’s led to similar results for the bottom lines of the golf clubs involved.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/how-golf-is-helping-people-living-with-dementia-and-parkinsons-disease/

‘Pledge And PLAY’ On An Inclusive Day – In Golf And Health Week!
As the first ever Golf and Health Week takes place from 15-19 April, EDGA is to show its support of golfers with disability through a unique and fun ‘pledge and PLAY’ day, completing some 2019 golf holes in 24 hours.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/pledge-and-play-on-an-inclusive-day-in-golf-and-health-week/

Psychology professor recommends golf to reduce stress
Author: Tania Longmire
A psychologist has championed the role golf can play in reducing stress and supporting good mental health.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/04/psychology-professor-recommends-golf-to-reduce-stress/

Golf In Society Gets Behind Golf & Health Week
Golf in Society, the initiative helping people living with dementia and Parkinson’s through golf, is putting its full support behind Golf & Health Week, which begins on April 15.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/golf-in-society-gets-behind-golf-health-week/

Industry

Ryder Cup European Development Trust Appoints New Chairman
PGAs of Europe Board Director Jonathan Mannie has assumed the chairmanship of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust Board (RCEDT)
golfbusinessnews.com/news/ryder-cup-business/ryder-cup-european-development-trust-appoints-new-chairman/

Renee Powell Elected First At-Large Director Of PGA Of America Board Of Directors
Powell will serve a term through the 2020 PGA Annual Meetin
golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/renee-powell-elected-first-at-large-director-of-pga-of-america-board-of-directors/

Parliamentary Group Hosts Discussion On Women And Girls Golf
Last night (3 April) the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf hosted a panel discussion on the work being done to attract more women and girls to the sport.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/parliamentary-group-hosts-discussion-on-women-and-girls-golf/

R&A And USGA Release Progress Report On Distance Insights Project
Author:
The R&A and the USGA have issued a periodic update of progress made to date on the Distance Insights project.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/ra-and-usga-release-progress-report-on-distance-insights-project/

Golf Course 2030 – BIGGA Seminar Report
After just over a year of work, Golf Course 2030, the industry-wide initiative aiming to improve the health and welfare of Britain’s 2,500 courses, is on course with its first key deadlines.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/golf-course-2030-bigga-seminar-report/

An English First For Women’s Golf
Boldon Golf Club in County Durham is leading the way to grow the women’s game by becoming the first club in England to sign up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/an-english-first-for-womens-golf/

Hanna Honoured With PGA Captaincy
The Professional Golfer’s Association has appointed Northern Irishman Peter Hanna as its new captain.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/hanna-honoured-with-pga-captaincy/

Guide launched to help clubs attract youngsters to golf
Author: Tania Longmire
A new guide to help golf clubs attract young people into the sport has been produced by England Golf.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/03/guide-launched-to-help-clubs-attract-youngsters-to-golf/

R&A Launches Golf & Health Week
A dedicated campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of golf for people of all ages and abilities is to tee off next month.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/ra-launches-golf-health-week/

Golf In Society Programme Receives Charitable Award
Golf in Society, which delivers person-centred golf sessions for people with chronic illnesses, is the first recipient of a financial award from the new charitable arm of the not-for-profit Golf Business International.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/corporate/golf-in-society-programme-receives-charitable-award/

Media slammed for criticising golf consultants
Author: Tania Longmire
The mainstream media has come under fire from a golf industry group after it mocked a council for employing consultants with golf expertise.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/02/media-slammed-for-criticising-golf-consultants/

R&A’s Women In Golf Charter Reaps Early Results
The R&A’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the sport has been reflected in early success for the new Women in Golf Charter.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/ras-women-in-golf-charter-reaps-early-results/

Consultants Defend Council Following National Media Coverage
The association of consultants working within the golf industry has responded to national media coverage of a report which criticised a city council for spending £2,400 on golf consultancy services.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/consultants-defend-council-following-national-media-coverage/

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