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Golf Information News, Vol 7, No 10, December 2010

Welcome to the latest issue of Golf Information News!
Here in Surrey we are anticipating a week of snow and possibly a white Christmas, but I expect many of you are experiencing worse weather conditions! Whatever the weather, I would like to wish you all a merry and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

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Golf participation in Europe is slowing

Golf Participation in Europe

KPMG's Golf Advisory Practice has published its Golf Participation in Europe 2010 survey, which highlights significant demand and supply changes in the European golf market.
Among a number of interestings findings, the survey highlights that the UK and Ireland experienced a 4% decrease in the number of players last year.
While the number of registered golfers grew by 5% annually across Europe until 2005, our research suggests that since then, demand growth has slowed down in the second half of the decade to 1-2% per year. The current global economic pressures have also affected many European countries, with nine having suffered a decrease in participation over the past 12 months.

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Courses Called Crackers: One Golfer’s UK Quest, by R N A Smith

Courses call crackers cover

'A part-time golf writer gets the royal treatment from a host of fine UK golf clubs in exchange for his implied promise to sing their courses' glories in this memoir that meshes a Finegan-like travelogue with the poignancy of Plimpton's Bogey Man and the vinegar of Doak's Confidential Guide.
Traveling solo, the author has his vigour roundly tested by a quest to play 36 courses. And, along the way – in a wholly honest account – the reader gets taken inside the golfer's mind when encountering the alluring yet treacherous terrain at one great links after another, along with engaging the natives who call these courses "Crackers."'

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Current Journal Contents Vol 7, no 10, December 2010

Journals

Included in this issue are references from: Golf Club Secretary December 2010, Golf Club Management November 2010, Golf Management Europe November 2010, Golf Range News November 2010, Greenkeeper International December 2010, Greenside December 2010, STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management October 20210; and online sources: Golf Business News, Golf Course Architecture, USGA E-mail Newsletter.

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Journals - Contact Details

Our thanks to the publishers, who have allowed us to include their journals in the newsletter.

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