Date: Wed 13 May 2020

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


Agustín Pizá integrates short course into range at El Cortés
Author: Richard Humphreys
Agustín Pizá has designed a new multi-purpose practice facility for El Cortés Golf Club at the Puerta Cortés Resort near La Paz, Mexico.
Golf Course Architecture, 10 April 2020

Marion Hollins To Join Class Of 2021 In World Golf Hall Of Fame
Marion Hollins, one of the only female golf course developers in history, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2021.
Golf Business News, 22 April 2020

“We fully expect our projects to move forward later this year”
Author: Richard Humphreys
Tim Lobb, principal of Lobb + Partners, speaks with GCA about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected his firm and an initiative to help the golf design industry stay connected.
Golf Course Architecture, 31 March 2020

“Nobody has ever experienced anything like this before
Author: Richard Humphreys
Over the coming weeks, GCA will be speaking with golf course architects to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their working lives. Here, Peter Harradine shares some insight into the impact for his firm.
Golf Course Architecture, 31 March 2020

Lundin completes bunker project on front nine at Laholms
Author: Richard Humphreys
Christian Lundin of (re)GOLF has overseen a bunker renovation on the front nine at Laholms Golfklubb in southern Sweden.
Golf Course Architecture, 8 April 2020

Ken Moodie completes first phase of renovation work at Pleasington
Author: Richard Humphreys
Ken Moodie has completed the first phase of a six-year renovation project at Pleasington Golf Club in Blackburn, England.
Golf Course Architecture, 17 April 2020

Mackenzie & Ebert completes redesign at The Island in Dublin
Author: Richard Humphreys
Mackenzie & Ebert has completed a redesign of the front nine at The Island Golf Club in Dublin, Ireland.
Golf Course Architecture, 6 April 2020

Design Influencer
Author: Adam Lawrence
Tribute to legendary golf course designer Pete Dye, who passed away at the start of 2020.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 60, April 2020. Pages: 56-57

Grand Ambitions
Author: Adam Lawrence
Peter Harradine rages about the presence of unnecessary bunkers on golf courses.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 60, April 2020. Pages: 68-69

The ultimate goal is producing a golf course that sits perfectly in its indigenous landscape
Tim Lobb talks about the landscape and heather restoration work he has been undertaking at British golf clubs
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 60, April 2020. Pages: 30-31

Here’s Royal Liverpool’s spectacular course changes
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Royal Liverpool Golf Club is nearing completion of the first phase of major course changes designed to retain it as a regular host of the Open.
Golf Business, 17 March 2020

Club Recognised In International Golf Awards
Royal Norwich is celebrating after being runner-up in the prestigious annual Golf Inc World Development of the Year awards
Golf Business News, 3 April 2020

“The government made the right decisions early on”
Author: Richard Humphreys
Christoph Städler discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has affected his projects in Europe and how he thinks future projects will play out.
Golf Course Architecture, 21 April 2020

Planning permission denied for major new Scottish golf course
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Scottish ministers have ruled that a major but controversial 18-hole golf course cannot be built on protected Highland land – two years after local councillors approved the plan.
Golf Business, 16 March 2020

Remembering Pete Dye
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Pete Dye: 1025-2020 One of the most innovative course designers in history leaves behind a lasting legacy
Golf Inc, March/April

Golf projects continue, with social distancing, under the shadow of coronavirus
Author: Richard Humphreys
Richard Humphreys and Adam Lawrence of GCA spoke with several golf course architects to find out about the impact of the virus on their projects.
Golf Course Architecture, 19 March


New STERF projects 2020
Six new research projects focusing on sustainable development have been started.
Sterf Newsletter, 6 April 2020

Golf - the game

GolfSixes League Hailed As ‘Game Changer’
The six-hole team format for juniors ‘GolfSixes League’ has been hailed as a ‘game changer’ by the Golf Foundation in attracting new young players and families, with high numbers signing up as club junior members in 2019.
Golf Business News , 22 April 2020

European Tour Memo Highlights Possibility Of Reduced Prize Funds And Multi-Event Venues
A memo sent out by the European Tour to its players has said they should expect to play a significantly different schedule, compete for smaller prize funds, and face the possibility of playing events behind closed doors.
Golf Business News, 15 April 2020

‘We explored every option for playing The Open but it is not going to be possible’
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The chief executive of The R&A has explained why the governing body for golf for most of the world has had to cancel the 2020 Open Championship for the first time since World War Two.
Golf Business, 6 April 2020

Dumbarnie Links still hopes to open on May 16
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
As many UK golf courses hope to reopen in May, one hopes to open for the first time during that month.
Golf Business, 24 April 2020

Waring Becomes EDGA Ambassador
European Tour star Paul Waring has signed up to officially represent the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), the international body that encourages people with disability to thrive through golf.
Golf Business News, 15 April 2020

Reopened golf clubs across Europe are busy but struggling with new rules
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Reports from across Europe where golf courses have reopened in the last few days suggest there is strong demand to play the game but venues have been fined and even closed down for not complying with new Covid-19 regulations.
Golf Business, 10 May 2020

‘I am gathering evidence on whether golf courses can reopen first’
Author: Tania
The UK’s culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has responded to a question specifically about golf and said he is looking at data on whether golf courses can reopen in the first wave of the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Greenkeeping, 26 April 2020

‘Golf participation saw a boom after both world wars’
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
It is said that after World War One and another pandemic, golf participation around the world doubled during the ‘Roaring Twenties’
Golf Business, 31 March 2020

Golf in Zanzibar: A review
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Zanzibar, off the east coast of Africa, has one golf course. But that was sufficient for Sarah Forrest to visit the archipelago and discover that even here there is more than enough to satisfy the holiday golfer.
Golf Business, 9 March 2020

‘Golf Must Change’, Says R&A Chief Executive
The challenge of converting the UK’s millions of casual golfers into club members was one of the key subjects raised at the annual media meeting held by R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers in St Andrews earlier this week.
Golf Business News, 28 February 2020

Guidance issued to UK golf clubs on how to reopen their courses
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The R&A has issued guidance, ranging from introducing 10 minute tee time gaps to a temporary rule that a ball is holed with the next stroke if it is within 12 inches of the hole.
Golf Business, 30 April 2020

England Golf And Golf Foundation Back R&A’s ‘Road To The Open’
England Golf and the Golf Foundation have strengthened their commitment to working more closely together in order to ensure that a greater number of young people develop a lifelong love of the sport.
Golf Business News, 28 February 2020

Royal Burgess Votes To Allow Female Members
Members of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society, the oldest golf club in the world, have voted to allow women to join for the first time in its 285-year history.
Golf Business News, 16 March 2020

Meet three remarkable women now playing on the Ladies European Tour
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Introducing three of the world’s best golfers, who have overcome cancer, deafness and even balancing school lessons with professional golf, to achieve greatness.
Golf Business, 16 March 2020


Sheep are taking over golf courses due to the lack of golfers
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
At least two closed and empty English golf clubs have been taken over by sheep during the coronavirus lockdown – where the ruminants have been taking on the grass cutting duties normally reserved for the currently furloughed greenkeepers.
Golf Business, 21 April 2020

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) changes its name to appeal more to women
Author: Tania
The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has changed its name to the Grounds Management Association partly because just one per cent of grounds professionals are female.
Greenkeeping, 5 April 2020

How To Make Your Golf Course More Bird-Friendly
Author: George Waters
From the chatter of songbirds in the morning to the sight of a solitary hawk hunting in the evening, birds can play a wonderful role in our golf experiences.
USGA Green Section Record, Volume 58, Issue 07, 3 April 2020

Keep The Main Things, The Main Things
Author: Elliott Dowling
Reducing the risk of major turf loss will be the focus of many courses this year. Proper timing and execution of preventive plant health treatments is important.
USGA Green Section Record, Volume 58, Issue 08, 7 April 2020

Summary of SCANGREEN 2015-2018
summaries of the general impressions and recommendations for the best varieties of red fescue, colonial and creeping bentgrass based on the trials in 2015-2018
Sterf Newsletter, 6 April 2020

Young Greenkeeper Education Day Proves A Hit
A Young Greenkeepers Education Day held before the Coronavirus lockdown proved a huge success.
Golf Business News, 21 April 2020

Health & Safety

Study finds older people ‘live longer’ if they play golf
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
A US study into mortality among the over 65s in the 1990s, which has just been published, has found participants tended to live longer if they played golf at least once a month.
Golf Business, 4 March 2020


Change Is Essential For Clubs To Thrive
Research indicates majority of golf and private clubs in the UK and Ireland require dramatic or significant change in the next 5 years if they are to thrive.
Golf Business News, 22 April 2020

Scottish Golf CEO Andrew McKinlay resigns
The chief executive of Scottish Golf, Andrew McKinlay, has resigned after two years in post, due to ‘the impact of Covid-19’.
Golf Business, 21 April 2020

Berkhamsted Achieves GEO Certified Status
Berkhamsted Golf Club in Hertfordshire has been recognised as one of the UK’s most sustainable and environmentally-responsible golf clubs by achieving GEO Certified status.
Golf Business News, 15 April 2020

The R&A CEO: ‘We haven’t sufficiently embraced change’
Author: Tania Longmire
The chief executive of The R&A, the governing body for golf in most of the world, has said that too many golf clubs haven’t sufficiently embraced change in the last few years.
Golf Business, 11 March 2020

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

Here are three trends from the last month that has got the golf industry talking
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
From one golf club offering membership for £1 to another announcing it wants to invest £30 million in itself, there was something for everyone in February.
Golf Business, 28 February 2020

Women’s Golf Day Announces Plans For Virtual Event On June 2
Women’s Golf Day will bring together some of the leading names in golf in a virtual celebration of the game, while raising essential funds for the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Golf Business News, 1 May 2020

Christoph Staedler is featured in a Q&A column in the June 2020 print version of Golf Monthly on hitting distance and length of courses
The Q&A is Christoph's view on distance as it came about after we issued a news release on EIGCA's position after The R&A and USGA's Distance Insight Report information.
Golf Monthy, June 2020. Pages: 105

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