European Institute of Golf Course Architects
Date: Mon 16 Jan 2012
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What's in the news?

A round up of recently published articles from a range of magazines and online newsletters. All the usual titles have been covered, including the latest issues of Golf Architecture, Golf Management Europe, Greenkeeper International, and Greenkeeping.



Architects

Rules are meant to be broken.
Author: Jeff Mingay
Laying out golf holes in an inspired, artistic and functional manner is the most important element in golf architecture. Stanley Thompson consistently exhibited such powers throughout his career.
Golf Architecture ,No 13, 2011. Pages: 24-27

Family values.
Author: Bruce Weller
Despite the downturn in the economy, identical twins Bruce and David Weller appear to be busier that ever.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 81, November 2011. Pages: 40-41
www.wellerdesigns.co.uk

Architecture

The new golden age of golf course design.
Author: Michael Hurdzan
Ninety years after the first golden age of golf course architecture we may be entering a new era where every designer and client is trying to outdo one another in exiting new courses. Nowhere is this more evident than China.
Asian Golf Business, Nov-Dec 2011. Pages: 42-45
asp17.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-NOV-DEC2011/AGB-NOV-DEC2011.html

Building a glass bridge to Asia ...
Author: Robert Trent Jones Jr
Shapers approach a project from a technical, not an artistic standpoint, so they have a different perspective from that of the architect, who designs the course for its playability, and so that it will be fun and challenging and of great visual interest.
Asian Golf Business, Nov-Dec 2011. Pages: 60-62
asp17.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-NOV-DEC2011/AGB-NOV-DEC2011.html

Revealing the art of bunker revetting.
Author: Iain Wakeman
When constructing a bunker, the site must be visited and all the work that needs to be carried out should be considered, i.e. design, any contour work to enable the bunker to fit into the landscape, the bunker's size and shape, and irrigation.
Greenside, December 2011. Pages: 12-15

Rye-brows (the sleeper eyebrows of Rye).
Author: Neil Crafter
Rye's eyebrows are one of the most quiry features seen on a links course anywhere in the world.. They are low hazards constructed of vertical sections of railway sleepers, introdued by Sir Guy Campbell in 1938.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 42-43

Turnberry latest club to trial EnviroBunker.
Turnberry Resort, Scotland, is trialing EnvironBunker, an innovative bunker face and edge solution that requires no maintenance, has a design life in excess of 20 years, resists erosion and is environmentally friendly.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 81, November 2011. Page: 13

Courses

Home truths.
Author: Mark Alexander
Is there really room for another course at St Andrews? |The plans for St Andrews International Golf Club include an 18-hole course, practice range, and a high-end boutiqueclubhouse with 41 luxurious suits and spa facilities for members and their guests.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 81, November 2011. Pages: 19-21

Moving on up (Harrogate Golf Club).
Author: Scott MacCallum
An interview with the Club's Head Greenkeeper.
Greenkeeper International, January 2012. Pages: 18-20

Sutton Golf Club.
Author: Alan Mahon
Sutton Golf Club is a natural Links golf course situated on the sandy peninsula of Sutton on Dublin's East coast, where golf has been enjoyed since 1890.
Greenside, December 2011. Pages: 32-35

Safety first (Barwon Valley Golf Course).
Author: Ben Davey
The Barwon Valley Golf Course is about 70 kilometres from Melbourne. A new road was built just 20 metres from the 14th hole which lead to some remodelling in order to make the hole safe for road users.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 8-11

Best of both worlds.
Author: Scott MacCallum
Scott MacCallum visits the home of Hampshire Cricket where a superb new golf course is being built to complement the already superb cricket facilities.
Greenkeeper International, December 2011. Pages: 18-22
www.bigga.org.uk/about-us/magazine/back-issues/12-2011/best-of-both-worlds/01141.html

Seal of approval (Royal Melbourne GC)>
Author: Harley Kruse; Ben Davey
An interview with the superintendent of Ryal Melbourne GC, Richard Forsyth, about the preparations for hosting the Presidents Cup.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 16-23

Woking v Woburn.
Author: Michael Clayton
Golf on the great old British heathland courses is nothing but a pleasure.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 26-27

World heritage golf.
Author: Ross Perett; Justin Trott
Australia now has a golf course in a World Heritage Marine Park. The recently opened Hamilton Island Golf Club on Dent Island demanded a holistic commitment to the environment by the development team.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 34-41

Practice makes perfect (Barwon Heads' smart new short-game facility).
Author: paul Mogford
The opening of the club's new Short-Game Practice Facility in 2011 heralded the climax of a period of significant change at The Barwon Heads Golf Club.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 44-47

Rising from the rubble.
Author: Kristine Kerr
The planned Christchurch Golf Resort is set to play a leading role in the rebirth of Christchurch , following the series of destructive earthquakes that have, since September 2010, rocked New Zealand's second-most populous city.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 48-49

Golden opportunity (Fushun's Golden Bay GC).
Author: Ben Davey
Fushsun City, in northeast China’s Liaoing Province, is not the first place you’d expect to find a new golf course project. But this exemplifies where golf in China will be focused in the future.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. 58-63

Organic golf: a lesson in sustainability.
Author: Graham Papworth
A report on the progress of Kabi Organic Golf Course, which was opened 10 years ago. The course is planted with fruit and spice trees. The cultural practices are designed to meet national organic and biodynamic standards.
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011. Pages: 12-15

Environment

Burhill Golf & Leisure on Course for GEO Certified™ Ecolabel
Author:
Burhill Golf & Leisure, a leading golf course owner and operator in theUK, has become the world’s first multi-course owning business to enrol in the Golf Environment Organization’s (GEO) OnCourse Programme.
Golf Business News, December 9 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/burhill-golf-leisure-on-course-for-geo-certified-ecolabel/

Golf - the Game

Why SNAG (Starting New at Golf) is the future.
Author: Peter Simm
UK based International Golf Development (IGD) is helping European clubs introduce the game of golf to children from all backgrounds.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 81, November 2011. Pages: 14-15
www.internationalgolfdevelopment.com

Golf's bunny slopes.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Making it easier for new golfers to learn the game is central to growing participation. A look at how golf operators are learning from other sports in providing facilities that make learning simpler – & how golf architects are involved from the start
By Design, No 9, Winter 2011. Pages: 8-11
asgca.org/images/stories/by-design/By_Design_issue-9.pdf

Greenkeeping

Cutting the mustard (height of cut).
Author: Tania Longmire
Comments from Henry Bechelet on the height of cut debate. Cutting tighter can put real stress on the plant and make it susceptable to all sorts of problems. Greenkeepers should use techniques that take stress off the plant.
Greenkeeping, December 2011. Page: 9

The rise of digital technologies in greenkeeping.
Author: Jim Cook
Greenkeepers have access to all kinds of digital devices - from small digital timers which make sticking to machinery maintenance schedulesd easier, through digital thermometers, to the big one: digital irrigation systems.
Greenkeeper International, January 2012. Pages: 38-41

The hottest issue in golf (Water management).
Author: Stuart Hackwell
Many factors determine how much water is required to sustain turfgrass. These include climatic conditions, architectural design style, water supply, drainage, irrigation, and turfgrass selection.
By Design, No 9, Winter 2011. Pages: 16-17
asgca.org/images/stories/by-design/By_Design_issue-9.pdf

SWG shaping a new 3G future.
Author: Kevin Nash
As FIFA approves the use of third generation synthetic football pitches, Kevin Nash speaks to Southwest Greens about the use of sythetic 3G technology in golf.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 81, November 2011. Pages: 16-17
www.southwestgreens.eu

Course conditioning: harmful or helpful?
Author: Janina Jacobs
Do you complain when playing a course with slow greens or fast & firm fairways, wishing they'd speed things up a bit while watering & inproving the fairways a little more? You may have to reconsider your thinking in today's environmentally concious world.
Asian Golf Business, Nov-Dec 2011. Pages: 46-48
asp17.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-NOV-DEC2011/AGB-NOV-DEC2011.html

Beware of the OPM (oak processionary moth).
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
2006 saw Britain enter a new dimension in insect pest infestation with the discovery of oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) on newly planted imported oak trees in the London Boroughs of Richmond and Ealing.
Greenkeeper International, January 2012. Pages: 30-35
www.bigga.org.uk/about-us/magazine/back-issues/01-2012/beware-of-th-golf-course/01144.html

Weed focus: ragwort.
Author: Graham Paul
Some practical advice on controlling ragwort.
Greenkeeper International, January 2012. Pages: 43-45

Health & Safety

Safety management of trees.
Author: Joe McConville
Trees represent an important resource for the environment: they provide carbon sequestration, replenish oxygen and provide habitat for vertebrates and invertebrates. As with all resources they need to be managed.
Greenside, December 2011. Pages: 24-26

Golfer loses an eye... was this avoidable?
Author: Jon Allbutt
Health and safety expert, Jon Allbutt, examines the evidence in the recent Scottish court case where a man lost the sight of one eye while playing golf, and offers advice on how to avoid it happening again.
Greenkeeper International, December 2011. Pages: 42-43
www.bigga.org.uk/about-us/magazine/back-issues/12-2011/golfer-losesis-avoidable/01142.html

Industry

Worth reading: Nightmare on Elm Street.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Not so long ago, golf courses and housing were very popular in the US. Today, houses in those communities aren’t selling, nor are memberships in their high-priced golf clubs. The bond between golf and real estate has been broken, perhaps forever.
World Golf Report, December 30 2011.
worldgolfreport.blogspot.com/2011/12/worth-reading-nightmare-on-elm-street.html

Extensive changes at Longniddry
The Longniddry club in East Lothian, Scotland, has appointed Scottish design firm Kimber Golf, and EIGCA member, to lead an ongoing programme of course improvements and restoration.
Golf Course Architecture, 11 January 2012.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/Extensive-changes-at-Longniddry/2325/Default.aspx

Nine hole expansion at Finnish club.
The Nokia River club, located near the city of Tampere in Finland is planning to expand to 36 holes and has hired Finnish architect, and EIGCA member,Lassi Pekka Tilander to masterplan the project.
Golf Course Architecture, 11 January 2012.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/Nine-hole-expansion-at-Finnish-club/2324/Default.aspx

Serbia: Serbs up!
Author: Robert J Vasilak
After three years’ of delays, the first 18-hole golf course in Serbia is expected to break ground in the fall of 2012. The course, to be designed by Peter Harradine, will take shape in Surcin, a western suburb of Belgrade, the nation’s capital.
World Golf Report, January 11 2012.
worldgolfreport.blogspot.com/2012/01/serbia-serbs-up.html

Double success for PGA Catalunya Resort in Today’s Golfer Travel Awards.
PGA Catalunya Resort, designed by EIGCA member, David Williams, is celebrating a double success in the inaugural Today’s Golfer Travel Awards after it became the only destination in Spain to feature in the shortlists for both ‘Best Course’ & ‘Best Hotel’.
Golf Business News, January 16 2012.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/travel/double-success-for-pga-catalunya-resort-in-todays-golfer-travel-awards/

Golf in India.
Author: Phil Ryan; Paul Reeves
This article, about the range of golf courses in India, was extracted and edited by the authors from their recently published book on the subject - www.eigca.org/news/EIGCA80727.ink
Golf Architecture, No 13, 2011.

Golf club to sell site for housing.
Author: Simon Moss
Basingstoke Golf Club members have paved the way for more than 1,000 new homes to be built on the site after agreeing to sell their land. From This is Hampshire.net
This is Hampshire.net, 12 December 2011.
www.thisishampshire.net/news/9414148.Golf_club_to_sell_site_for_housing/

Golf Club to Pursue Claim for HS2 Compensation
The Government’s decision to approve HS2 is "potentially disastrous" for Whittington Heath Golf Club, reports Tamworth Herald. The railway line has been planned to go through the middle of its course, which is considered among the best in the country.
Golf Business News, January 13 2012.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/golf-club-to-pursue-claim-for-hs2-compensation/?utm

New golf equipment technology ... may be good for the game.
Author: Michael Hurdzan
A debate on whether new golf equipment will negatively impact existing golf courses.
Asian Golf Business, January 2012. Pages: 26-29
asp17.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-JAN2012/AGB-JAN2012.html

Dealing with Tough Economic Times.
Following the announcement that Whitemoss Golf Club in Perthshire is to revert to farm land, the Scottish Golf Union has this morning released a statement entitled ‘How Scottish Golf Clubs are Dealing with Tough Economic Times’.
Golf Business News, December 9 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/dealing-with-tough-economic-times/?utm

Norfolk club to return to agricultural use?
The captain of a Norfolk golf club which will close believes the course will be returned to agricultural use.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 81, November 2011. Page: 8

Finalists selected for Olympic course design
The finalists are: Tom Doak, Gil Hanse, Martin Hawtree, Robert Trent Jones II, Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, Gary Player, and Peter Thompson and Ross Perrett.
KPMG Golf Business Community, December 6 2011.
www.golfbusinesscommunity.com/article/finalists_selected_for_olympic_course_design?utm_source=gbcnewsalert&utm

Young golf course architects beat the world’s elite.
Top quality golf course designs from 30 high-profile projects in 19-countries have been surpassed by the Danish-Dutch partners Spogárd &VanderVaart. GOLF Inc. have awarded them the coveted ”Development of the Year Award”.
Golf Business News, December 9th 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/young-golf-course-architects-beat-the-worlds-elite/

More golf clubs are doing better in 2011.
A survey by A4G, supported by the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA), of 105 golf clubs in the UK reveals that 46% of clubs have increased membership, 48% saw green fee sales increase, and 71% experienced no cash flow difficulties.
Golf Business News, December 16 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/more-golf-clubs-are-doing-better-in-2011/

Turfgrass

Artificial turf golf courses - is Asia ready?
Author:
Artificial turf has benefited from new technology to create some very realistic turf and is finding its way onto golf courses. Synthetic turf not only saves money by eliminating the use of water and fertilisers, but also is not effected by disease.
Asian Golf Business, Nov-Dec 2011. Pages: 28-36
asp17.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-NOV-DEC2011/AGB-NOV-DEC2011.html

Nematodes.
Author: A J Beggs
In a healthy soil nematodes abound and they are normally kept in check by pressures from competing organisms and not least themselves. There are essentially four different types of nematode and only one type directly impacts plant health.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 1, January 2012. Page: 8

Home from the hills.
Some of the hardiest of all grass varieties are finding their way into new turgrass mixtures that can create the perfect fairway playing surface.
Greenkeeper International, December 2011. Pages: 52-53

Truly tropical turf weeds.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
Weeds in the hot wet tropics smother turf and take over amenity grassland spreading from these sites to cover hard surfaces at a phenomenal rate.
Greenkeeper International, December 2011. Pages: 46-50
www.bigga.org.uk/about-us/magazine/back-issues/12-2011/truly-tropical-turf-weeds/01143.html