Date: Wed 16 Oct 2019

Some articles you may have missed...

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

Architecture

A Model Club
Author: Richard Humphreys
Report on a site visit to EGD's Royal Norwich
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 58, October 2019
digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/golf-course-architecture/issue58/62/

The redesign of Whittington Heath GC due to HS2
Author: Tania Longmire
The HS2 project might be under review but Whittington Heath GC is already undergoing a huge redevelopment, including the building of new holes and the reworking of existing ones, due to the rail line being projected to pass through it.
Golf business, 27 August 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/08/the-redesign-of-whittington-heath-gc-due-to-hs2/

Trump Gets Green Light To Build Second Course At Balmedie
Planning permission has been given, subject to conditions, for a second golf course to be built at Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.
Golf Buisness News, 24 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/trump-gets-green-light-to-build-second-course-at-balmedie/

Woodbridge Begins Bunker Renovation Project
Woodbridge Golf Club in Suffolk has announced a major renovation project that will involve the renovation of all the bunkers of on its 27-hole heathland course.
Golf Buisness News, 11 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/woodbridge-begins-bunker-renovation-project/

Royal Portrush: Key changes for the 2019 Open
Author: Richard Humphreys
As the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, we highlight the key changes that have been made to prepare the Dunluce course for the world’s best golfers.
Golf Course Architecture, 15 July 2019
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/royal-portrush-key-changes-for-the-2019-open

Construction of new golf course in Poland set to begin in autumn
Author: Richard Humphreys
Construction of a new golf course in Poznan, Poland, is set to begin in autumn. Black Water Links, designed by Caspar Grauballe, will be the first 18-hole layout in the region.
Golf Course Architecture, 31 July 2019
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/construction-of-new-golf-course-in-poland-set-to-begin-in-autumn

Design's Greatest Challenge
Author: Adam Lawrence
How to create a course that is fun and playable for average golfers while also being a challenge for the elite
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 58, October 2019
digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/golf-course-architecture/issue58/54/

A Stately Home
Author: Adam Lawrence
Report on a site visit to Philip Spogard's renovation at Ålands Golfklubb
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 58, October 2019
digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/golf-course-architecture/issue58/74/

Excellence at Entry Level
Author: David Bily
Two projects in Switzerland that are attracting new golfers with high quality entry-level experiences
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 58, October 2019
digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/golf-course-architecture/issue58/50/

J H Taylor’s York Golf Club Updated For Modern Times
Tony Lally, Chairman of Course Development and Director of York Golf Club, describes a new Course Master Plan,
Golf Business News, 6 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/opinion/j-h-taylors-york-golf-club-updated-for-modern-times/

Extreme Makeover
Henrik Stenson’s design debut alongside golf course architect Christian Lundin, a stadium-style layout for Österåker Golfklubb in Sweden.
Golf Course Architecture, 2 September 2019
digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/golf-course-architecture/issue57/58/

Course Design Insights; The Thinking Behind Simon Gidman’s Recent Work At The Cotswold Club
Simon Gidman on "how best to blend their own architectural philosophies with the design principles already established on an existing golf course?"
Golf Business News, 16 August 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/course-design-insights-the-thinking-behind-simon-gidmans-recent-work-at-the-cotswold-club/

Environment

Declining Bird Species Flock To Ufford Park
A wildlife protection programme put in place at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa in Suffolk has succeeded in attracting two declining species.
Golf Business News, 13 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/declining-bird-species-flock-to-ufford-park/

Making your golf course more attractive to bees
Author: Tania Longmire
Some golf course attempts to make their facilities more attractive to bees have been so successful that they’re being studied at a college.
Golf Business, 2 September 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/09/making-your-golf-course-more-attractive-to-bees/

Golf - the game

Girls’ Golf To Be Celebrated In Solheim Cup Week
The Golf Foundation will be celebrating girls’ golf in style during the week of The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles
Golf Business News, 4 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/girls-golf-to-be-celebrated-in-solheim-cup-week/

Females to the fore? What golf is doing to attract more women
Golf has endured a roller coaster decade, with the number of challenges it has faced being matched only by regular bulletins predicting its demise.
BBC News, 17 July 2019
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48988889/

Scotland’s first Topgolf centre to feature three-tiered driving range
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Topgolf, the entertainment company which has been highly successful in England where there are three venues, is to open its first in Scotland.
Golf Business, 21 August 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/08/scotlands-first-topgolf-centre-to-feature-three-tiered-driving-range/

European Tour Destinations Secures Commanding Presence In New Ranking Of Europe’s Top Golf Courses
European Tour Destinations’ network of world class golf venues has once again dominated Golf World magazine’s Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe, with a total of 14 courses from across 11 of its venues making the renowned listing.
Golf Business News, 25 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/travel/european-tour-destinations-secures-commanding-presence-in-new-ranking-of-europes-top-golf-courses/

R&A Launches Student Tour Series
The R&A has launches a major new initiative for student golf with The R&A Student Tour Series teeing off at the Fairmont St Andrews today and hosted by The Stirling International.
Golf Business News, 4 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/ra-launches-student-tour-series/

Women And Girls’ Golf Week Proves Hit On Course And Online
The second staging of Women and Girls’ Golf Week again proved a social media success across Great Britain and Ireland, as well as raising engagement and participation at club level.
Golf Business News, 2 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/women-and-girls-golf-week-proves-hit-on-course-and-online/

UK Golf Federation Reports Player Numbers Up In 2019
The UK Golf Federation, which represents over 350 proprietary golf courses and driving ranges in the UK, has reported major growth in both rounds of golf played and new members joining their facilities.
Golf Business News, 27 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/uk-golf-federation-reports-player-numbers-up-in-2019/

Operation 36 Announces Bold Initiative To Create 1,000,000 New Golfers
Co-Founders Matt Reagan PGA and Ryan Dailey PGA have made Operation 36 well known because of their very different approach to teaching beginner golfers.
Golf Business News, 4 October 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/operation-36-announces-bold-initiative-to-create-1000000-new-golfers/

Gleneagles Launches Love.Golf Coaching Programme
Gleneagles, venue for next month’s Solheim Cup, has staged a successful launch session of love.golf, a pioneering social group coaching programme exclusively for women.
Golf Business News, 29 August 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/gleneagles-launches-love-golf-coaching-programme/

The European Institute of Golf Course Designers creates the figure of the Equality Advisor as part of the commitment to the 'Charter of Women in Golf' of Royal & Ancient
The European Institute of Golf Course Designers (EIGCA) has subscribed to the Women in Golf R&A Charter, and the first step in this commitment is the appointment of EIGCA member Kari Haug as Equality Advisor of the Institute.
Golfindustries.es
golfindustria.es/el-instituto-europeo-de-disenadores-de-campos-de-golf-crea-la-figura-del-asesor-de-igualdad-como-parte-del-compromiso-con-la-carta-de-mujeres-en-el-golf-de-royal-ancient/

Gleneagles mows ‘tartan tribute’ into fairway
Author: Tania
Gleneagles, host venue of The Solheim Cup, September 9-15, has paid a Scottish tartan tribute to welcome the biggest event in women’s golf.
Greenkeeping, 25 August 2019
www.greenkeepingeu.com/gleneagles-mows-tartan-tribute-into-fairway/

In their own words: Keith Pelley
Author: Tania Longmire
The chief executive of the European Tour talks about the measures the organisation is bringing in to combat slow play.
Golf Business, 9 October 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/10/in-their-own-words-keith-pelley-3/

The European Tour’s four-point plan to tackle slow play
Author: Tania Longmire
The European Tour has come up with an action plan that focuses on regulation, education, innovation and field size reduction where appropriate, to tackle the issue of slow play.
Golf Business, 9 October 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/10/heres-the-european-tours-four-point-plan-to-tackle-slow-play/

Will Europe’s Solheim Cup success lead to more women playing golf?
Author: Tania Longmire
Europe’s stunning victory in The Solheim Cup last month is expected to boost female participation in the game – but …
Golf Business, 8 October 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/10/will-europes-solheim-cup-success-lead-to-more-women-playing-golf/

New Zealand Golf’s Sustainability Pledge
The golf bodies of New Zealand have announced their unified support for a new national initiative
Golf Business News, 25 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/new-zealand-golfs-sustainability-pledge/

England still dominates Europe’s golf course table
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
A new R&A report on golf around the world has found that more than three-quarters of all the golf courses in existence are located in just 10 countries.
Golf Business, 21 August 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/08/england-still-dominates-europes-golf-course-table/

In an interview with Kari Haug on her appointment as EIGCA's Equality Advisor, the article covers how golf courses can be made more playable, especially from the perspective of women and seniors.
Author:
Kari discusses how courses can be made more fun and covers the design considerations and the ultimate effect they have on the game.
Golf Club Manager magazine, September 2019. Pages: 39-42

Greenkeeping

Keeping A Sharp Edge
Author: Larry Gilhuly
Removing your ball from the hole while the flagstick is in place requires a little more care to avoid damaging hole edges.
USGA Green Section Record, 2 August 2019
www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/regional-updates/west-region/2019/keeping-a-sharp-edge.html

Fairway Regrassing – Can You Afford Not To?
Author: Paul Jacobs and Patrick Gross
The agronomic benefits of fairway regrassing have long been understood.
USGA Green Section Record, 6 September 2019
gsrpdf.lib.msu.edu/ticpdf.py?file=/article/jacobs-gross-fairway-9-6-19.pdf

Irrigation And Rootzone Depth Effects On Drought Resistance Of Fairways
Author: Mike Kenna
A pivot irrigation system creates a range of moisture conditions on each plot and has wheels that simulate golf carts making sharp turns on the turf.
USGA Green Section Record, 6 September 2019
www.usga.org/course-care/turfgrass-and-environmental-research/research-updates/2019/irrigation-and-rootzone-depth-fairways.html

Preventative approach helps turf ahead of renovations
Author: Tana
As renovation activity kicks off across the country, greenkeepers are being warned that the stress caused by these practices could trigger outbreaks of disease in the autumn if not prevented now.
Greenkeeping, 12 September 2019
www.greenkeepingeu.com/preventative-approach-helps-turf-ahead-of-renovations/

Light The Way To Healthy Putting Greens
Adequate sunlight is an absolute necessity for maintaining high-quality turf. Unfortunately, tree shade adversely affects putting green turf growth at countless golf courses.
USGA Green Section Record, 4 October 2019
www.usga.org/course-care/green-section-record/57/19/light-the-way-to-healthy-putting-greens.html

Ganton Golf Club upgrades its irrigation system
Author: Tania
Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire has upgraded its irrigation system with Toro Lynx central control and Infinity sprinklers on the greens and aprons.
Greenkeeping, 5 October 2019
www.greenkeepingeu.com/ganton-golf-club-upgrades-its-irrigation-system/

Capillary Concrete reduces the risk of bunker washouts
Author: Tania
Don’t fear rain, make it your friend! With Capillary Concrete™ this is possible, in fact you can reduce the risk of washouts and improve playability and even get a long term return on your investment.
Greenkeeping, 3 October 2019
www.greenkeepingeu.com/capillary-concrete-reduces-the-risk-of-bunker-washouts/

BIGGA Mourns The Death Of Walter Woods BEM
Walter Woods BEM, 84, was the former links superintendent at St Andrews Links until his retirement in 1996.
Golf Business News, 23 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/bigga-mourns-the-death-of-walter-woods-bem/

Why is there still little consistency when it comes to green speed?
Author: Tania
Do you set a main season target for daily green speed? Is this a routine play target and / or tournament target and how do you measure and monitor against this? Who sets the target? Why is it set, who checks it and is the system for measuring repeatable?
Greenkeeping, 8 September 2019
www.greenkeepingeu.com/why-is-there-still-little-consistency-when-it-comes-to-green-speed/

Health & Safety

England Golf To Support Sport England Health Campaign
England Golf has announced its full support for Sport England’s new ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign, which has been launched to help people in England living with long-term health conditions to remain active.
Golf Business News, 30 August 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/growing-the-game/england-golf-to-support-sport-england-health-campaign/

Scottish Golf CEO calls for doctors to prescribe golf
Author: Tania Longmire
The CEO of Scottish Golf, Andrew McKinlay, has called for the game to be prescribed on the NHS to help combat mental and physical health problems.
Golf Business, 14 August 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/08/scottish-golf-ceo-calls-for-doctors-to-prescribe-golf/

Industry

European Tour Unveils New Brand Strategy
The European Tour has unveiled a new logo and brand strategy that underlines its new guiding principles of ‘Innovation, Inclusivity and Globality’.
Golf Business News, 23 September 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/corporate/european-tour-unveils-new-brand-strategy/

Mackenzie Earns Place On Sustainable Design Register
Golf course architect Tom Mackenzie has successfully completed all the requirements of the EIGCA’s Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Development programme (RSSGCD)
Golf Business News
golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/mackenzie-earns-place-on-sustainable-design-register/

The new World Handicap System will start in November 2020
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The new World Handicap System (WHS) will come into operation on November 2, 2020.
Golf Business, 25 September 2019
www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2019/09/the-new-world-handicap-system-will-start-in-november-2020/

National Golf Foundation Appoints First Chief Research Officer
The National Golf Foundation (NGF) has promoted David Lorentz to the newly created position of Chief Research Officer.
Asian Golf, 26 August 2019
www.agif.asia/2019/08/national-golf-foundation-appoints-first-chief-research-officer/

Open host renews sustainability merit
Author: Tania
The host of this year’s Open Championship, Royal Portrush Golf Club, has renewed its sustainability distinction, the ‘GEO Certified’ status.
Greenkeeping, 3 October 2019
www.greenkeepingeu.com/open-host-renews-sustainability-merit/

Le Golf National Invests In New Short Game Area
Le Golf National’s management team is continuing to invest in its facilities, building a substantial new training area for short game practice.
Golf Business News, 21 August 2019
golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/le-golf-national-invests-in-new-short-game-area/

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