Date: Tue 10 Apr 2012

What's in the news?

A round up of recently published articles from a range of magazines and online newsletters. There seems to be more online newletters than usual, but I guess that's the way to go! All the usual titles have been covered, including the latest issues of Golf Management Europe, Greenkeeper International, and Greenkeeping.


Q&A with golf course designer Gil Hanse.
Author: Monte Burke, Forbes staff
Last month golf course designer, Gil Hanse, was chosen as the architect of the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Among his original designs are Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland and the Boston Golf Club.
Forbes, 4 April 2012.

Geoffrey Cornish: an icon remembered.
Author: Mark Mungeam
Geoffrey Cornish, ASGCA Past President and Fellow, and the last surviving direct link to golf architecture’s pre-war Golden Age, died on 10 February at the age of 97, at his home in Amherst, Massachusetts.
By Design, Issue 10, Spring 2012. Pages: 12-13


The five toughest holes at Augusta.
Author: Brian McCallen
Based on the club’s all-time cumulative statistics, here are the layout’s five most difficult holes, in ascending order of difficulty. Not surprisingly, the average score for each is well over par.
Links Magazine, 6 April 2012.

Golf club to use waste to develop new course.
Author: Colin Victor
Chipping Norton Golf Club in Oxfordshire has applied for planning permission to build a new golf course and driving range, which will be shaped using inert landfill.
Golf Club Management, 20 February 2012.


How Lindrick Golf Club was able to grow during the downturn.
The measures Lindrick Golf Club deployed to ensure its financial situation is healthy despite continuing regional and national economic difficulties.
Golf Club Management, 18 March 2012.

The incredible eco story that is Loch Lomand Golf Club.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland may be one of the most exclusive golf facilities in Britain, but it is also one of the most eco-friendly. Both the location that hosts the course and the surrounding area are ecologically rich due to its efforts.
Golf Club Management, 15 January 2012.

Improving the golfing experience (Wimbledon Golf Club).
Author: Barry Heathcote
Wimbledon Golf Club has just completed the first phase of works that will transform the course including the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system.
Greenkeeper International, March 2012. Pages: 34-36

Lahinch Golf Club.
Author: Thomas Dunne
Review of Lahinch Golf Club in the west of Ireland.
Links Magazine, March 2012.

Back to the future - Moortown Golf Club.
Author: Scott MacCallum
Moortown Golf Club, which hosted the first Ryder Cup match this side of the Atlantic, is beginning a restoration project which will return the course to its best, wrking closely with EIGCA Senior Member and Past President, Ken Moodie.
Greenkeeper International, March 2012. Pages: 16-23

Hunley Hotel and Golf Club.
A review of Hunley Hotel and Golf Club, a modern golf resort with view over the North East Yorkshire coast.
Golf Range News, March 2012. Pages: 12-18

Rank insider.
Author: Mark Alexander
Fascinating and controversial, golf course rankings are a source on inspiration and debate. A close look at these contentious rolls of honour.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 83, April 2012. Pages: 37-39

La Manga celebrates.
Author: Peter Sim
As La Manga Club celebrates uts 40th birthday, GME looks at how Spain's first golf resort is shaping up.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 83, April 2012. Pages: 19-21

Master stroke (The Patch, Augusta)
Author: Mark Alexander
As the Masters is set to tee-off, Mark Alexander discovers how a Scottish property developer took over Augusta's public golf course, and made it work in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 83, April 2012. Pages: 25-27


Water restrictions to hit golf clubs.
Author: Tania Longmire
The technical manager of an agri-business has warned that golf courses will be first in the firing line if water restrictions are imposed on consumers in the UK this year.
Golf Club Management, 21 February 2012.

Environment: from refinery to golf course.
Author: Marc Whitney
A former oil refinery in Wyoming is now home to a community facility including golf course, nature park and jogging trails.
By Design, Issue 10, Spring 2012. Pages: 16-17

Golf - the Game

Why I prefer... Walking golf.
Author: Michael Hurdzan
Much of the lure of golf comes from being part of a group of walking golfers.
Asian Golf Business, March 2012. Pages: 68-70


Worth reading: The grandest illusion.
Author: Robert Vasilak
How the Masters golf tournament has created unrealistic expections among golfers.
World Golf Report, March 23 2012.

Green drainage - cost effective solutions,
Author: A J Beggs
Despite our adoption and acceptance of techniques for green construction, such as those promulgated by the USGA in recent years, most of the greens on golf courses throughout the UK remain ‘push up’ and soil based in their construction.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 3, March 2012. Pages: 24,22

Soil monitoring: keeping the superintendent informed.
Author: Alan Fitzgerald
LedgeRock superintendent Alan Fitzgerald says the use of a wireless soil sensor system has been crucial to keeping his greens pristine in tough conditions.
By Design, Issue 10, Spring 2012. Pages: 14-15

A matter of fact (seeding and preparing for summer).
Author: Keith Kensett
Is overseeding on golf greens a waste of time? Yes, unless the right environment for long-tern establishment is created.Plus Buyer's Guide.
Greenkeeping, March 2012. Pages: 28-35

Lost grass: what to do about it.
Author: Stanley J Zontek
Not every golf course has a good stand of grass every year and under every weather condition. Eventually, turf will be lost somewhere. The challenge is to effectively manage that turf loss curatively as well as preventatively.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 7, March 30 2012.

Health & Safety

Hard hat warning for golf club employees
Author: Tania Longmire
Greenkeepers at a golf club have been told by their local council that they should wear hard hats in what could become a new health and safety issue for clubs.
Golf Club Management, 8 March 2012.

Safety system for golf clubs launched.
Author: Jenny Yu
A risk assessment system that should make golf clubs safer and prevent them from being sued by injured golfers has been revamped by BIGGA and GCMA to make it more user friendly for clubs.
Golf Club Management, 24 January 2012.

You can't stop flying golf balls... But you can minimise the damage they might cause.
Author: Michael Slade
Article by the Managing Director of Bibby Consulting & Sport about minimising the risks assciated with golf.
Golf Range News, March 2012. Pages: 40-42


Golf participation in the UK holding strong.
The 2011 Sports Marketing Surveys Inc. UK Golf Participation report has revealed that the number of adults playing golf at least once on a full length course over the past 12 months has remained consistent with 2009 at close to 4 million golfers.
Golf Business News, March 16 2012.

Gil gets gold.
The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has selected US based Hanse Golf Course Design to design the golf course in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in 2016.
Golf Business News, March 8 2012.

New course for Estonia by EIGCA member Lassi Pekka Tilander.
Lassi Pekka Tilander has been contracted by an Estonian company Golfer OÜ to design a new golf course near Pärnu.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), March 6 2012.

Celebration for David Krause at GOLFmagazin Awards
Since establishing KrauseGolfDesign in 1992, the 51 year old golf course architect David Krause has designed many of the best golf courses in his adopted homeland of Germany.
Golf Business News, March 1 2012.

The golf industry in Asia: 25 years on - what have we learned?
Author: Tony Taylor
From the Executive Director of Quality Golf International. Golf continues to expand in Asia at a rate faster than almost any other region in the world from golf course design and construction in China to golf course maintenance in India.
Asian Golf Business, March 2012. Pages: 28-32

Jeff Howes Golf Design gain 36-hole China project
Jeff Howes Golf Design announce their latest project which is the 36 hole Golf & Real Estate “Liu Jiang International Golf Club” project close to the south-western city of Liuzhou, Guangxi Province in China.
Golf Business News, March 9 2012.

United States: The Closings Accelerate
Author: Robert Vasilak
Since 2006, according to the National Golf Foundation, the industry has lost 358.5 “18-hole equivalent” courses. This works out to a reduction of roughly 72 courses a year in each of the past five years.
World Golf Report, March 25 2012.

The new world.
Author: Adam Lawrence
A look at some of the countries that could be growth markets for golf development over the next few years - Russia, Brazil, India and China.
By Design, Issue 10, Spring 2012. Pages: 8-11

Slovakia: creating a golf destination?
Author: Robert J Vasilak
A Bratislava-based developer aims to build a 27-hole golf complex in the foothills of the High Tatras mountain range near Kezmarok, in northeastern Slovakia.
World Golf Report, April 4 2012.

Player survey results focus greenkeepers actions on what players want.
Greenkeepers and club managers now have access to the results of the Syngenta Golf Player Survey, which could now help them focus their efforts and investment on providing what golf club members and visitors want to enhance their playing experience.
Golf Business News, March 28 2012.

UKGCOA releases first in-depth golf industry analysis.
The UK Golf Course Owners Association (UKGCOA) has released its first Golf Facility Benchmarking Report, which shows member clubs have seen a dramatic rise in rounds played throughout 2011.
Golf Business News, March 28 2012.


Pulling your air our (Drainage and aeration).
Author: Peter Jones
Keen to avoid the water issues that faced Celtic Manor Resort at the 2010 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles Hotel, host to the 2014 tournament, has installed a revolutionary drainage system. Plus Buyer's Guide.
Greenkeeping, March 2012. Pages: 6-13

Irrigation auditing! What is it and why is it needed?
Author: Keith McAuliffe
Despite the investment in an irrigation system, too often we encounter poorly designed or managed systems. A poor watering system may perform adequately for much of the year & any deficiencies may not show up until a critical stress period is encountered.
Asian Golf Business, March 2012. Pages: 44-49

Course Care: Water, Water Everywhere
Author: Darin S Bevard
Water resources are regularly in short supply. and even in areas where supplies are more generous, droughts occur. When water is in short supply, irrigation of golf course and other amenity turf is viewed by many as a waste.
USGA Website, February 22 2012.,-Water-Everywhere/

Sustainable Development

A giant step too far in Northern Ierland?
Author: Peter Simm
A contraversial new golf course situated close to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland has sparked a debate as to how sustainable the project could be.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 83, April 2012. Pages: 30-31

Eco-friendly golf course design.
Author: Brit Stenson
The first of a three-part series on eco-friendly golf course design, construction and agronomy written by members of IMG's Golf Course Services team.
Asian Golf Business, March 2012. Pages: 18-22

Sustainability pays.
Author: Steve Isaac
Many golf clubs have yet to appreciate the benefits that a sustainable golf course can offer.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 83, April 2012. Pages: 22-23


Nutrient fate and transport - reviewing USGA-funded research.
Author: Jeff Nus; Michael Kenna
What happens to nutrients after fertilizers are applied? How much are these nutrients transported to groundwater or surface waters, and what are the ecological effects? What can be done to minimize this risk?
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 5, March 2 2012.

Mematodes in turf.
Author: Graham Paul
Nematodes are round worms that belong to the phylum Nematoda - the second largest group of invertebrate animals after the Arthropods (Insects and bugs). This article will concentrate on the plant parasitic nematodes that affect amenity turf.
Greenkeeper International, March 2012. Pages: 30-33

A warm spring is good for golf, but...
Author: USGA Green Section
Warm early spring conditions have been great for golf, but it is important to remember many courses are not yet fully staffed and pest management programs may require adjustments.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 7, March 30 2012.:

The alchemist (grass seed).
Author: David Greenshields
The art of grass seed breeding and blending.
Greenkeeper International, March 2012. Pages: 42-43

Turf fertiliser...a question of balance and perspective
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
The increasing scope and spread of turf fertiliser in concept and composition is of benefit to grass and greenkeepers. New considerations have nudged the industry away from short-term, stand-alone quick fix solutions into a longer-term approach.
Greenkeeper International, March 2012. Pages: 25-29

Non-Overseeded Ultradwarf
Non-overseeded Ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens - faster, smoother, sooner.

Author: Brian Whitlark
In the desert Southwest, eliminating overseeding on ultradwarf bermuda­grass greens is becoming the new trend, due to poor bermudagrass recovery after overseeding, and because golfers have discovered that non­overseeded greens offer better surfaces.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 6, March 16 2012.

Long-term diet.
Author: Jeff Nus
Research at Michigan State University provides evidence that fertilizing more than the turf can use results in unwanted nitrate leaching.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 7, March 30 2012.

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