Date: Wed 18 May 2011

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 issue of Golf Course Architecture, Golf Club Management, Greenkeeper International, and the STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management.


Golf's most influential architects.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Who are the architects who are making the greatest contribution to the game and business of golf? Here are 15 US architects whose voices currently speak the loudest.
Golf Inc, Spring 2011. Pages: 34-40

The education of Bill Coore.
Author: Jack Crittenden
Bill Coore never studied landscape architecture in school, but that doesn't mean he didn't put in the preparation time necessary to become an influential architect. It just happened in a different way.
Golf Inc, Spring 2011. Pages: 41-42

Eleven weeks that changed golf.
Author: Anthony Pioppi
Alister MacKenzie's 1926 visit to Australia might be the most productive 77 days in the history of golf design.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 18-25


Intelligent design (clubhouse design).
Author: Nigel Harte
A well-designed clubhouse can help clubs reduce staffing and energy expenditure while maximising revenue-generating opportunities, ranging from function and dining rooms to even selling holiday apartments. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Golf Club Management, April 2011. Pages: 24-30

Classic clubhouses (Clubhouse of the Year).
Author: Michelle Weyenberg
Top winners in the year's clubhouse competition went to Arizona's authentic Tonto Verde Golf Club and Alabama's traditional Inverness Country Club.
Golf Inc, Spring 2011. Pages: 23-29

The Anti-Augusta Syndrome.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Donald Ross's legendary masterpiece, Pinehurst No. 2, has been tranformed by the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The restoration of the course will show the world of golf that the solution to the game's problems lie in its past.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 32-37

Added value: the hidden gold underlying well-designed golf courses.
Author: Bruce Charlton
The true value of a golf course can't be meaured only by the beauty of visible surface features, such as well-crafted bunkers and beautiful greens. Much of the real value lies below the surface in the form of drainage systems, bunker linings and the like.
Asian Golf Business, May 2011. Pages: 82-86

How golf course design limits growth of the game.
Author: Kari Haug
Golf is a perfect lifetime sport for women, yet women's golf hasn't grown over time. There are golf course deign barriers that limit participation by women.
Golf Inc, Spring 2011. Pages: 30-31

The Disneyfication of golf courses.
Author: Michael Stachowicz
Golf courses need to be seem as an asset to the community, like national parks. The landscape needs to become the game's greatest ambassador.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 28-29

Lost hole: Burnham & Berrow
The story of Burnham & Berrow's Majuba hole illustrates how golf changed in the first three decades of the twentieth century.
Golf Course Architecture Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 26-27


New course plans await Ryder Cup verdict.
A look at Tres Cantos, Spain and Comporta, Portugal, two of the courses in competition for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Tres Canto is being designed by Tom Fazio, with European Golf Deisgn; Coporta by Robin Hiseman, also of European Golf Deisgn.
Golf Course Architecture Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 48-51

Streamsong Golf Resort, Polk County, Florida, USA.
A mining site transformed into a golf resort.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 52-55

Support the St Andrews campaign.
Author: Paul O'Brien
The proposal to have St Andrews named a World Heritage Site can only be good for golf.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Page: 56

Not so common (Course feature: Hankley Common Golf Club).
Author: Scott MacCallum
Hankley Common Golf Club is one of the finest examples of a heathland course in the UK.
Greenkeeper International, April 2011. Pages: 18-23

Changing times at Close House Hotel and Golf Club.
Author: Colin Victor
This month sees the opening of both the Club's new course and clubhouse - within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Golf Club Management, April 2011. Pages: 42-43

A continental appraoch (GC Schmallenberg).
Author: Scott MacCallum
Profile of the German Golf Club Schmallenberg,
Greenkeeper International, May 2011. Pages: 18-22


Environmental legislation - keeping in touch with changes.
Author: Kelly Harmar
Environmental legislation changes frequently in small ways each year and the multiple amendments to acts, regulations and guidance can be confusing. This article seeks to inform of the significant changes to environmental legislation in England and Wales.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 253, April 2011. Pages: 22-23

Golf courses benefit people and wildlife.
This document highlights the benefits of turf, trees and natural areas as commonly found on golf courses. The information presented about these benefits is supported by factual, unbiased university research.
UGGA Website

Greening the game (On Course With Nature).
Author: Kevin A Fletcher; Joshua Conway
The business value of environmental stewardship.
UGGA Green Section Record, Vol 49, no 16, April 22 2011. Pages: 1

Golf Masters Green - Ten environmental courses.
A rising consumer consciousness about sustainability, an economic recession, and new technologies in turfgrass, sprinkler systems, and carbon-neutral engineering are all helping golf earn a greener reputation. From National Geographic Daily News.
Internet, April 9 2011.

Golf - the Game

France to host 2018 Ryder Cup.
France will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018. The historic announcement, which will see the event return to the Continent of Europe for the first time in 21 years, was made by Ryder Cup Europe at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England.
Golf Business News, May 18 2011.


Sow solid (grass species).
Author: Richard Brown
A look at the established - and the new order - of varieties of grass species for reenkeepers to consider sowing on their tees and greens. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Greenkeeping, May 2011. Pages: 12-16

Three peaks (preparing for a tournament).
Author: Tania Sansom
The greenkeeping teams at three clubs each hosting one top golfing tournament this summer are now working flat out to ensure the events are successful: Royal St George's, Royal Aberdeen, and Killeen Castle. Plus machinery and equipment buyer's guide.
Greenkeeping, April 2011. Pages: 28-33

Falling forward.
Author: Henry Bechelet
A case study of the STRI programme's implementation on a course in Derbyshire, England.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 253, April 2011. Pages: 13-17

Drain and able (drainage).
Author: Dr Ruth Mann
STRI's Dr Ruth Mann examines how aeration and oversowing can help greens cope following significantly wet weather. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Golf Club Management, April 2011. Pages: 58-60

Plant life (mowing, height of cut and frequency).
Author: Noel Mackenzie
With there still being much interest in the controversial debate about low cutting heights, there should be some caution when compaing golf courses.
Greenkeeping, April 2011. Pages: 24-26

Putting green rootzone management.
Author: Adam Moeller
For centuries, superintendents have recognised that regular rootzone management practices are essential to the long-termperformatnce of putting greens.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 253, April 2011. Pages: 39-40

A fistful of five injurious weeds.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
Only five plants are prescribed as ‘Injurious Weeds’ under The Weeds Act of 1959 (UK), while even more notorious weeds are conspicuous by their absence. They are common ragwort, two species of thistle, and two species of broad-leaved dock.
Greenkeeper International, May 2011. Pages: 24-27

The cutting height dilema: finding the right balance.
Author: Charles White
The need for speed has brought on a new set of problems because superintendents are reducing cutting heights to achieve these increased speeds.
UGGA Green Section Record, Vol 49, no 17, April 29 2011.

End of the line for nutrients and pesticides.
Author: Kevin W. King; Sheela G. Agrawal; James F. Moore; Jim Balogh
USDA scientists investigate a novel approach to protect water quality surrounding golf courses.
UGGA Green Section Record, Vol 49, no 19, May 13 2011. Pages: 1-3

Turf nursery - luxury or necessity?
Author: A J Beggs
To most people involved in managing a golf course, having an available source of turf of a comparable standard to that on the course is essential. However there are a great many Clubs and courses which do not have access to this sort of facility.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 14, no 17, May 2011. Pages: 136, 134

Grassland management - maintaining a playable rough.
Author: Bob Taylor
The origin of golf being played on the wiry turf of the Scottish links certainly conjures up a vision that we can all aspire to, but isit realistic and can something even remotely similar be achieved on today's golf courses?
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 253, April 2011. Pages: 34-35


Go-ahead for Rio de Janeiro International Golf Resort
The Rio de Janeiro International Golf Resort® consortium, led by the UK’s International Golf & Resort Management Ltd has been given the go-ahead to start the construction of a multi-component leisure destination just outside Petropolis, Brazil.
Golf Business News, May 17 2011.

Crazy golf in china.
Author: Trevor Ledger
With an estimated 850 courses in planning or under construction, China dwarfs the rest of the world in terms of golf development. But with a dearth of native golfers, who will play all of the courses under construction?
Golf Inc, Spring 2011. Pages: 10-11

What to make of the China bubble?
Author: Jack Crittenden
China seems to be the fastest-growing golf market in the world. Despite the fact that data is hard to come by, there are reports that as many as 1,000 new courses will open over the next few decades.
Golf Inc, Spring 2011. Page: 4

Vietnamese resort plans two courses.
A Vietnamese development group has assembled a large tract in Quang Ninh Province where it plans to build two golf courses that will meld “the modern Occident technique and the romantic Orient culture.”
KPMG Newsletter, 1 May 2011.

Another Indian job for Hemstock.
Chandigarh Golf Club in India has appointed British architect David Hemstock to lead a major overhaul of its golf course.
Golf Course Architecture, 4 May 2011.

Golf in Cyprus.
Golf has been played in Cyprus for many years, and was introduced to the island by the British military, who created a basic course some years ago. Today, there are four main courses: Minthis Hills, Secret Valley, Aphrodite Hills and Eléa Resort.
Golf Range News, April 2011. Pages: 4-11

Spotlight on ... The Netherlands.
Author: Adam Lawrence
The Dutch golf market has continued to grow when other countries have stahnated.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 44-47

Four more courses at Mission Hills
Another four courses - all designed by the firm of Schmidt-Curley - have opened at the Chu family’s second Mission Hills resort on the Chinese island of Hainan. The resort now has ten courses in play.
KPMG Newsletter, 21 May 2011.


The heat of the moment (irrigation).
Author: Nigel Harte
Cliate change and an increasing global population are putting pressure on water supply and costs, which will impact on golf clubs. Clubs can prepare for this now via a new water management mnidset. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Golf Club Management, April 2011. Pages: 52-57

Sprinke sparkle (irrigation).
Author: Adrian Mortram
From the hardware of your irrigation system to the composition of your course's soil structure, there are numerous ways to achieve irrigation efficiency. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Greenkeeping, April 2011. Pages: 34-38

Irrigation in the Middle East.
Author: Peter Harradine
The harsh environment in the Middle East has been tamed by applying established and proven prinicples of irrigation, with particular emphasis on salinity, common sense and wter economy.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Page: 43

Rain men.
Author: Adam Lawrence
With water a precious resource across the world, golf courses are taking steps to protect and make best use of their supply.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 24, April 2011. Pages: 38-43


Money can grow on trees.
Author: Kelly Harmer
Energy crops and how they could be of great benefit, and offer significant financial savings, to golf clubs.
Greenkeeper International, May 2011. Pages: 30-33

Do I comply? (Golf course legislation.)
Author: David Mears
Every golf club wants to comply with turf maintenance legislation, but due to confusion surrounding the law, not all do. An examination of three of the most common areas of confusion: oli and fuel storage, washpads, and waste management.
Golf Club Management, April 2011. Pages: 44-45

Suit claiming golfer's ball hit gardener dismissed.
A DuPage County judge today dismissed a civil lawsuit against a Naperville golfer whose tee shot on the 17th hole of St. Andrews Golf and Country Club “pulled” off the course and hit a woman gardening nearby in her backyard.
The Chicago Tribune, February 25 2011. Pages:,0,1835974.story

Sustainable Development

How golf courses are getting greener.
Author: Sharon Oosthoek
Article on sustainability from CTV News.
Internet,May 2011.


Foliar feeding (fertilisers).
Author: Matt Nelson
How to optimise putting green programming throught the use of foliar fertilisers. A look at how the latest research and technology can impact on a green's playing quality. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Greenkeeping, April 2011. Pages: 10-15

Moss in turf and on hard surfaces.
Author: Grham Paul (Sherriff Amenity)
Moss ia believed to be one of the earliest plant forms to have evolved on dry land.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 253, April 2011. Pages: 18-21

The curable diseases.
Author: Kate Entwistle
New fungal and non-fungal diseases are causing headaches for greenkeepers all over Europe, but the fight against them is winnable provided you know what it is you are actually battling with.
Greenkeeping, May 2011. Pages: 6-11

Understanding annual bluegrass weevils.
Author: Daniel C Peck; Maria Derval Diaz-Lyke; Masanori Seto
By better unstanding the movements of this serious insect pest, golf course superintendents can more effectively target its control.
UGGA Green Section Record, Vol 49, no 15, April 15 2011. Pages: 1-5

The park grass experiment and the fight against dogma.
Author: Micah Woods; Frank Rossi
This classical Park Grass experiment is ongoing more than 150 years after the first fertilizer treatments were applied. The results of this experiment and the conclusions we can draw have multiple applications to modern turfgrass management.
UGGA Green Section Record, Vol 49, no 16, April 22 2011. Pages: 1-4

Gather no moss.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
Mosses are primative chlorophyll-containing green plants one rung up the evolutionary ladder from the algae and one rung down from ferns and bracken. A look at underlying causes and treatment of moss in turfgrass.
Greenkeeper International, April 2011. Pages: 25-28

Turfgrass insect management.
Author: Dr Clint Waltz; Kris Braman
Turfgraa provides a favourable environment for insects, many of which provide great benefit by conditioning the soil. Other, however, can be harmful and are expensive to manage.
Asian Golf Business, May 2011. Pages: 60-63

Phosphorus - misunderstood and abused!
Author: James Graham Prusa
Of all the nutrient elements that are essential to all life including the growth of plants, phosphorus is the most misunderstood, abused and wasted element in fertility management.
Asian Golf Business, May 2011. Pages: 64-70

Dollar spot and integrated pest management.
Author: Julie Wheater
Dollar spot is one of the most common diseases in the USA, and for the unlucky turfgrass manager in the UK it can be devastating to golf greens, tees and fairways.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 253, April 2011. Pages: 8-11

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