Date: Wed 02 Nov 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 issues of Golf Club Management, Golf Management Europe, Greenkeeper International, and the STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management.


Architecture

Changing the scene.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Acress the world, golf course markets are changing. A look at how golf architects can help owners find the right solution to match the new requirements.
By Design, Issue 8, Fall 2011. Pages: 8-11
asgca.org/images/stories/by-design/By-Design-Fall-2011.pdf

Courses

New images of Taymouth Castle restoration and course remodelling.
New images showing Taymouth Castle, Scotland have revealed the tantalising prospect that awaits the golfing world when the restored Highland castle and remodelled James Braid golf course opens next year. The course is being remodelled by Weller Designs.
Golf Business News, October 28 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/new-images-of-taymouth-castle-restoration-and-course-remodelling/

Course renovation: saving Seve's landscape.
Author: Gail Sinden
Opened in 11989, The Westerwood's golf course was a collaboration between course architect Dave Thomas and Seve Ballesteros. Since 2007 the club has employed its greenkeepers to help radically alter the course's layout. A look at what has changed and why.
Greenkeeping, October 2011. Pages: 20-21

Continental shift (The Dutch).
Author: Mark Alexander
The Dutch, opened in May this year, was put into the bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup. The course has been designed by Ross McMurray of European Golf Design.
Greenkeeper International, October 2011. Pages: 34-38

Fields of golf (The Renaissance Club).
Author: Mark Alexander
The Renaissance Club, in North Berwick, has some illustious neighbours, but the private members club is more than holding its own and is being muted as a possible venue for the Scottish Open.
Golf Management Europe, No 80, September 2011. Pages: 25-27

Big course changes at Mach Dunes.
Extensive course changes will greet visitors to Machrihanish Dunes in Scotland next year. The course, designed by David McLay Kidd has been criticised for its excessive blindness, long walks between holes and the severity of the rough.
Golf Course Architecture, 31 October 2011.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/Big-course-changes-at-Mach-Dunes/2268/Default.aspx

Heythrop Park Resort.
Heythrop Park is set in 440 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside. The resort boast one of the UK's best parkland course, measuring 7088 yards. Designed by Mackenzie & Egbert.
Golf Range News, October 2011. Pages: 4-10

By royal appointment (renovation).
Author: Lee Todd
Following years of neglect, an original James Braid course at Taymouth Castle in Scotland is undergoing a transformation. Bruce Weller, of Weller Designs, is overseeing the remodelling of the course.
Golf Management Europe, No 80, September 2011. Pages: 16-17
www.taymouthcastlegolfclub.com

The magic of Trevose.
A review of Trevose Golf and Country Club in Cornwall, England.
Golf Range News, September 2011. Pages: 4-10

Environment

Linked in (course maintenance).
Author: Paul Rooney
The Sand Dune and Shingle Network has been given government funding to promote sustainable coastal dune management among links courses in England, Wales and Scotland.
Golf Club Management, September 2011. Pages: 60-62
www.hope.ac.uk/coast

Environmental policy - helping to secure your club's future.
Author: Richard Stuttard
Through a combination of the recession and a massive influx of new golf related legislation a large number of golf clubs throughout Europe are struggling to find a solid footing and stabilise their golf club as a successful business.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management, Issue 255, October 2011. Pages: 25-26

Taking the rough with the smooth?
Author: Keith Duff
Over the past 10 years the golf industry in the UK has built a good relationship with environmentalists through recognising the importance of areas of rough for biodiversity, and engaging in activities which have improved wildlife in these areas.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management, Issue 255, October 2011. Pages: 33-34

It's not big, but it might be clever (Additional revenue streams: the environment).
Author: Nigel Harte
Wind turbines are a divisive issue for golf clubs, because they are perceived by some to be too big and noise, while renewable engery can be unpopular. Yet they do not have to be big, they're not noisy and they can be highly lucrative. Plus Buyer's Guide
Golf Club Management, September 2011. Pages: 14-26

Event planning (Golf events and the environment).
Author: Nigel Harte
Perhaps the biggest taks a golf club can undertake is to host the Ryder Cup. A look at why last year's tournament was so green and what clubs might want to consider when they host big events.
Golf Club Management, October 2011. Pages: 50-53

Golf - the Game

Brazil: let the Games begin.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
The search for the designer of the venue that will host the golf competition in the 2016 Olympics has officially begun. The author's view on who might get the contract.
World Golf Report, October 23 2011.
worldgolfreport.blogspot.com/2011/10/week-that-was-october-23-2011.html

Rio 2016 launch golf course design contest.
The Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 announces the launch of an international contest to select a golf course design for the Rio 2016 Olympic venue.
Golf Business News, October 21 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/rio-2016-launch-golf-course-design-contest/

Global efforts to grow the game of golf: right or wrong headed?
Author: James Graham Prusa
While well publicized, top-down, junior golf and golfer development programmes provided by various golf associations are useful and needed, they could be wrong headed if they fail to actually focus on developing new golfers from the bottom up.
Asian Golf Business, October 2011. Pages: 46-54
asp18.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-OCT2011/AGB-OCT2011.html

Greenkeeping

Measring success - the story of the 2011 Open Championship.
Author: Alistair Beggs
STRI's involvement in the preparation of the course at Royal St George's intensified during the previous year as data on agronomic and playing performance began to be gathered.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management, Issue 255, October 2011. Pages: 17-20

Controlling earthworm casts on golf courses.
Author: Daniel A Potter; Carl T Redmond: David W Williams
Excessive earthworm casts are a worldwide problem on golf courses and sport fields when they disrupt the playability, aesthetics, and maintenance of playing surfaces.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 49, no 41, October 21 2011. Pages: 1-4
turf.lib.msu.edu/gsr/article/potter-controlling-10-21-11.pdf

Moss and its management.
Author: Alistair Beggs
Occurrences of moss are very common in turf, and can develop for a variety of reasons. For the most part moss contamination can be dealt with despite a tightening of legislation and the removal of effective products from the UK market.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 14, no 23, November 2011. Page: 184

Greenkeepers in clover.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
A look at how best to face up to the challenge of clover.
Greenkeeper International, October 2011. Pages: 26-28
www.bigga.org.uk/about-us/magazine/

Industry

Russia: finally, a little life.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Report of a new golf course to be built in St Petersburg, designed by EIGCA member Lassi Pekka Tilander.
World Golf Report, October 16 2011.
worldgolfreport.blogspot.com/2011/10/week-that-was-october-16-2011.html

Will China's golf boom hit a hole-in-one, or land in a bunker…
Author:
About 250 courses are under construction in China, and about 600 more are on the drawing board. This may be the only country in the midst of a golf boom.
Asian Golf Business, October 2011. Pages: 8-12
asp18.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-OCT2011/AGB-OCT2011.html

Harradine: designs to grow the game.
Exclusive interview with renowned golf architect Peter Harradine about his distinctive philiosphy in golf course architecture
Golf Business Community (KPMG), October 18 2011.
www.golfbusinesscommunity.com/article/harradine_designs_to_grow_the_game

Harradine in Kazakhstan.
Harradine Golf has signed a new design contract with Terra Incognita for an 18 hole golf course in Shuchinsk (Kazakhstan).
Golf Business News, October 27 2011.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/harradine-in-kazakhstan/

Talking points:India - the next big thing?
Author: Robert J Vasilak
In a recently published "country snapshot" KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice put forward the opinion that India may need to build up to 100 new courses to satisfy the demand over the next decade.
World Golf Report, October 28 2011.
worldgolfreport.blogspot.com/2011/10/talking-points-india-next-big-thing.html

French restoration projects for Pont.
Pont and Boissonnas have formed an exclusive partnership to serve the French market, aiming at restorations of classic Colt and Simpson courses, renovations of modern courses, and also new courses.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), November 1 2011.
www.golfbusinesscommunity.com/article/french_restoration_projects_for_pont

Rapid success for new Dutch course.
Author: Adam Lawrence
The new De Stippelberg golf course in the Netherlands has made a remarkable debut, with over 1,200 members signed since its June opening. Designed by Michiel van der Vaart and Philip Spogárd with the assistance of veteran Dutch architect Gerard Jol.
Golf Course Architecture, 8 September 2011.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/Rapid-success-for-new-Dutch-course/2232/Default.aspx

Worldwide changes for golf.
Author: Henry Delozier
Henry DeLozier of Global Golf Advisors highlights four key worldwide trends in the golf business.
By Design, Issue 8, Fall 2011. Pages: 16-17
asgca.org/images/stories/by-design/By-Design-Fall-2011.pdf

Irrigation

Irrigation: draining down for winter.
Author: Tony Ware
Another cold winter has been predicted for the UK this year, which could mean a repeat of last December's problems when water in many clubs' irrigation systems froze, causing costly frost damage that took months to fix.
Greenkeeping, October 2011. Pages: 38-39

MJ Abbott masters Open water (irrigation).
Author: Ellie tait
Irrigation on a golf course is essential if you want to ensure that the course is always presented perfectly, but is it so essential on a links course?
Golf Management Europe, No 80, September 2011. Pages: 34-35

Sustainable Development

Cambridgeshire golf club is the first to use no chemicals.
New Malton Golf Club claims it is the first in Europe in which the greenkeepers use no chemicals at all on its course. Instead, it has used only organic products for the last two years, resulting in a 90% drop in maintainence costs and water consumption.
Greenkeeping, October 2011. Page: 2

Turfgrass

Dollar spot and integrated pest management.
Author: Julie Wheater
A look of one of the most common turf diseases.
Greenkeeper International, October 2011. Pages: 42-43

Moving north with ultradwarf bermudagrass greens.
Author: Bud White (USGA)
Ultradwarf bermudagrasses are bcoming more popular in the upper South and Transition Zoneand these grasses are migrating north where there is a conversion of bentgrass to the ultradwarf bermudagrasses.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management, Issue 255, October 2011. Pages: 35-37

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