Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020

Some articles you may have missed...

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

Architecture

Innovative golf course project taking place in Mexico
Author: Tania
One of the most unusual and innovative golf projects in the world is taking shape in Mexico City, and EcoBunker technology is playing a critical role.
Greenkeeping, 6 February 2020.
www.greenkeepingeu.com/innovative-golf-course-project-taking-place-in-mexico/

Major Makeover Teed-Up At Ladybank
A leading Scots golf club is teeing-up an ambitious £240,000 makeover. Ladybank, which dates back to 1879, is regarded as one of the UK’s top heathland courses*.
Golf Business News, 16 December 2019.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/major-makeover-teed-up-at-ladybank/

Agustín Pizá creates unique practice area for private client in Mexico
Author: Richard Humphreys
Agustín Pizá has completed a ‘golf lounge’ practice area in the grounds of a private client’s home in Mexico City, Mexico.
Golf Course Architecture, 3 January 2020.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/agust237n-piz225-creates-unique-practice-area-for-private-client-in-mexico

KimberGlen begins bunker renovation work at Ladybank
Author: Richard Humphreys
Golf design firm KimberGlen has started bunker renovation work at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife, Scotland.
Golf Course Architecture, 18 December 2019.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/kimberglen-begins-bunker-renovation-work-at-ladybank

Woodbridge Completes Major Bunker Renovation Project
Woodbridge Golf Club in Suffolk has completed a major project on its heath course, on time and on budget, despite the atrocious wet weather before Christmas.
Golf Business News, 7 January 2020.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/woodbridge-completes-major-bunker-renovation-project/

Golf - the game

Women’s Golf Day Is Back And Locations Can Sign Up For Free!
Women’s golf is enjoying a resurgence that is long overdue.
Golf Business News, 21 February 2020.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/womens-golf-day-is-back-and-locations-can-sign-up-for-free/

The rise of the mixed golf tournament
Author: Tania Longmire
After successful recent tournaments in Northern Ireland and Jordan, there will be at least four professional events this year featuring men and women competing against each other.
Golf Business, 18 February 2020.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2020/02/the-rise-of-the-mixed-golf-tournament/

The benefits of shorter golf courses
Author: Tania Longmire
Numerous golf clubs are now offering shorter versions of golf than the traditional 18-hole model – including nine-hole courses and venues with several par threes, in a bid to attract golfers who want to play a round in less than four hours.
Golf Business, 18 February 2020.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2020/02/the-benefits-of-shorter-golf-courses/

Golf Gender Balance In Northern Ireland Heading In One Direction
The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, which aims to increase the participation of women and girls in golf, is being taken to new levels in Northern Ireland.
Golf Business News, 7 February 2020.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/golf-gender-balance-in-northern-ireland-heading-in-one-direction/

Greenkeeping

How to limit turf damage during winter
Author: Tania
Winter brings with it plenty of challenges for greenkeepers.
Greenkeeping, 27 December 2019.
www.greenkeepingeu.com/how-to-limit-turf-damage-during-winter/

Don’t stifle new ideas, says golf agronomist
Author: Tania
Golf course agronomist Greg Evans has warned the industry not to suppress new ideas coming from the new generation of greenkeepers.
Greenkeeping, 27 December 2019.
www.greenkeepingeu.com/dont-stifle-new-ideas-says-golf-agronomist/

Preparing your golf course for reduced irrigation water
Author: Tania
Water is essential for maintaining a golf course but our changing human consumption, agriculture, industry and, of course, climate, means water is likely to become more scarce in the next decade.
Greenkeeping, 15 December 2019.
www.greenkeepingeu.com/preparing-your-golf-course-for-reduced-irrigation-water/

Water Quality And Pesticide Interactions
Author: John Daniels
Research shows that water quality can affect the performance of certain pesticides. Understanding water characteristics and product sensitivities can improve spray program results.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 58, No 03, 7 February 2020.
www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/green-section-record/58/3/water-quality-and-pesticide-interactions.html#

Club rewarded for project to re-introduce UK’s smallest butterfly
Author: Tania
A Scottish golf club that won ‘Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year’ at BTME in January has said it hopes to inspire pollen-rich sites to connect with each other around the UK.
Greenkeeping, 24 February 2020.
www.greenkeepingeu.com/club-rewarded-for-project-to-re-introduce-uks-smallest-butterfly/

Rethinking Forward Tees
Author: Paul Jacobs
Rethinking the color and placement of forward tees during the offseason can improve their use and impact in the golf season ahead.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 58, Issue 03, 7 February 2020.
usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/green-section-record/58/3/rethinking-forward-tees.html#returnable

Industry

R&A To Fund Golf Sustainability Projects
Up to £650,000 is being provided by The R&A to fund golf course sustainability projects that are being supported as part of its Golf Course 2030 initiative.
Golf Business News, 9 January 2020.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/ra-to-fund-golf-sustainability-projects/

Here’s our top three trends from the industry that took place in the last month
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
From more signs that there is growing demand for short golf courses to the benefits of partnering with other clubs to appeal to ‘staycation’ golfers, the first month of 2020 has been encouraging for the industry.
Golf Business, 31 January 2020.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2020/01/heres-our-top-three-trends-from-the-industry-that-took-place-in-the-last-month/

New survey finds golf club costs are rising significantly
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
A Worcestershire golf club has set up a club for people over the age of 50 to play board games with each other in a move to tackle isolation.
Golf Business, 05 February 2020.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2020/02/new-survey-finds-golf-club-costs-are-rising-significantly/

The effect of climate change on Scottish golf courses to be investigated
Author: Tania Longmire
The R&A is to invest thousands of pounds into examining the effects of climate change on golf – in particular on links courses in Scotland.
Golf Business, 18 February 2020.
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2020/02/the-effect-of-climate-change-on-scottish-golf-courses-to-be-investigated/

R&A & USGA Release ‘Impacts Of Distance In Golf Report
The R&A and The USGA have issued the Distance Insights Report, which provides comprehensive research and analysis on the contributors to, and long-term impacts of, hitting distance in golf.
Golf Business News, 4 February 2020.
golfbusinessnews.com/news/innovation-centre/ra-usga-release-impacts-of-distance-in-golf%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8-report/

EIGCA Statement On The Distance Insights Report By The R&A And USGA
As golf course architects, the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and its members have a keen interest in the continued development of the game.
Golf Business News, 6 March 2020
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/eigca-statement-on-the-distance-insights-report-by-the-ra-and-usga/

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