Date: Thu 17 May 2012

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 Business Development, Golf Course Architecture, Greenkeeper International, Greenkeeping and the STRI Bulleting for Sports Surface Management


A modest legacy (Geoffrey Cornish).
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Geoffrey Cornish was not a legend, a visionary or a celebrated golf course architect. But the designer, who died in February at the age of 97, left a legacy.
Golf Inc, Spring 2012. Pages: 16-19

Bill Coore: Zen and the art of golf course design.
Author: John Paul Newport
With his partner and two-time Masters champ Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore has laid out and overseen construction of many of the most highly regarded U.S. courses built in the last 20 years.
Wall Street Journal, April 7 2012.


Disputed ownership of golf olympics golf venue.
Author: Rob Harris
The land earmarked for the golf course has become the subject of a legal challenge, with competing parties engaged in court proceedings asserting their respective ownership rights.
Golf Dispute Resolution, April 22 2012.

How fast greens are changing the game of golf.
Author: Michael Hurdzan
When the speed of greens gets too fast for the slope, the skill factor escalates beyond a responsible probability and now it is only random chance or luck that causes the ball to fall into the hole.
Asian Golf Business, May 2012. Pages: 66-69

England: Harry Colt , railroaded.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
A recently approved railway in England is going to destroy a Harry Colt-designed golf course.
World Golf Report, April 18 2012.

Clubhouse of the year.
Author: Jack Crittenden
Martis Camp and Boot Ranch headline this year's seven best clubhouses by working with local materials, local artisans and interweaving the clubhouses into the lanscape.
Golf Inc, Spring 2012. Pages: 34-41

Brownfield golf.
Author: Dimitri van Hauwaert
A new project which is transforming a landfill site outside the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 28, April 2012. Page: 48

Yas Links: among Golf Digest's Top 25 Courses.
Yas Links, The Middle East’s only links golf course, has been named one of the world’s top 25 by influential US magazine, Golf Digest.
Golf Business News, April 19 2012.

Lost hole - Sunningdale, England.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Sunningdale Golf Club's New Course was designed by Harry Colt. Probably the most famous hole on the New is the par three fifth, a classic knob-to-knob one shotter, made legendary by the old photos showing a hige gaping bunker in front of the green.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 28, April 2012. Pages: 24-29

Why Shadow Dunes matters.
Author: Brian Curley
Chinese golf developers have overwhemingly inisted architects design them 'standardised courses, of a particular length and a particluar par. Brian Curley hopes this might change soon.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 28, April 2012. Pages: 30-31

Life is messy; so should golf be.
Author: Michael Stachowicz
What urban design can teach us about golf courses.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 28, April 2012. Pages: 32-33

Mountain lions.
Author: Adam Lawrence
As pristine sites for golf become ever rarer across the world, increasingly the challenge for designers is to produce playable courses on properties that are not ideally suited for the game.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 28, April 2012. Pages: 34-39

Rethinking the resort.
Author: Toby Ingleton
Resort golf has often been associatedwith courses that are beautiful but bland. But now, a new generation of destinations is springing up golf offering golf that is more than just a pleasant day out in the sunshine.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 28, April 2012. Pages: 40-45


Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
Author: Thamas Dunne
Profile of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales
Links Magazine, 11 May 2012.


Wildlife find could save golf venue.
Author: Emma Williams
A golf course that its local council wants to convert into a housing estate, a football stadium and a secondary school could be saved by the discovery of wildlife living within its grounds.
Golf Club Management, 9 May 2012.

Phosphorus remediation.
Author: Chad Penn; Greg Bell; Jason Warren; Josh Mcgrath
Improving water quality with phosphorus removal structures.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 10, May 11 2012.

Dundonald achieves zero waste to landfill.
Author: Tania Longmire
Dundonald Links in Ayrshire is believed to have become the first links golf club in the UK to send no waste to landfill. The venue has been singled out for praise by The R&A for the achievement.
Golf Club Management, 14 March 2012.

Golf - the Game

The R&A and PGAs of Europe: 'Freely exporting education worldwide'.
Golf’s policy of freely exporting education around the world was dramatically emphasised in two months of widespread activity recently when nine emerging countries were visited as the Golf Development Programme gathered yet more pace.
PGAs of Europe, April 2012.

Monty criticises golf's image.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has warned that golf venues are suffering from negative stereotypes about the game.
Golf Club Management, 12 April 2012.


Is your golf course drainage up to standard?
Author: Keith McAuliffe
Having firm, well-drained playing conditions throughout the year is a pre-requisite for a quality golf course. The climate, coupled with the majority of fairways being built using the local soils mean that drainage performance is often below par.
Golf Course News International, May 2012. Pages: 42-45

Playing consistent, staying consistent.
Author: Henry Bechelet
Greens smoothness is everything when it comes to giving golfers a better playing experience.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 12-13

Water restictions.
Water shortages are clearly a serious issue and it is clear that if irrigation is banned then those clubs affected will almost certainly suffer significantly as a result.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 34-36

On course: where are we going with water?
Author: Adrian Mortram
Moderate precipitation over a sustained period has often been replaced with shorter but heavier downpours, resulting in an even greater need for irrigation as the rootzone is unable to absorb the rain and surface run-off wastes the precious resource.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 4, April 2012. Pages: 28-29

Water pressure.
Author: Jim Cook
The water restrictions imposed throughout much of the south of England in April have caused much confusion amongst greenkeepers in the affected areas.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 37-40

Focus on smoothness for greens health and performance.
Report of the ‘Playing Consistent - Staying Consistent’ spring seminar series, organised by Everris, Jacobsen and Syngenta on golf courses across the country.
Golf Business News, April 11 2012.

Keeping heather on course.
Author: Ben Edwards
The author discusses his work on heather regeneration at West Hill Golf Club.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 30-32

Strip 'em bare: don't just "tease" your collars.
Author: Stuart Bothe
Putting green collars are the areas
directly adjacent to putting surfaces.

USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 8, April 13 2012.

Smart objectives (course management).
Author: Henry Bechelet, STRI
Clubs can improve the quality of their greens by the use of factual data.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Pages: 6-12

A question of waste (irrigation and water management).
Author: Tim Earley
If hosepipe bans become drought orders the greenkeepers will be banned from using water on equipment unless it is recycled.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Page: 36

On fertile ground.
Author: James Whittick
Every greenkeeper knows that different soil and course conditions require different fertilisers. A summary of the best practice approaches.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Page: 27

Turf pest creatures great and small.
Author: Dr Terry mabbett
What’s most surprising about animal pests of professional turf is why any predator of green plants would bother with close-cut grass with so little above ground to feed off.
Greenkeeper International, April 2012. Pages: 25-28

Health & Safety

Hard hat warning for greenkeepers.
Greenkeepers at a golf club have been told by their local council that they should wear hard ahts in what could become a new health and safety issue for clubs.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Page: 2


Preparing France's 'world-class' course for Ryder Cup 2018.
Course design work to prepare the venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup, Le Golf National, Paris, has begun. The European Tour Destination’s Albatross Course is benefitting from the expertise of European Golf Design.
PGAs of Europe, April 2012.

Club hopes to build houses on its course.
Author: Colin Victor
A Milton Keynes golf club has become the latest to try to venture into property development in order to boost falling income streams.
Golf Club Management, 13 April 2012.

Club back on market after housing failure.
Author: Jenny Yu
Ingol Golf Club, in Lancashire, that a developer failed to convert into housing is to be sold as a golfing venue. The club was shut down by Northern Trust, in January 2010 after it had been put up for sale in 2009 but received no offers.
Golf Club Management, 29 March 2012.

One percent of US clubs closed last year.
Author: Tania Longmire
More than eight times as many American golf clubs closed in 2011 than opened, as the American market, like its British counterpart, is adapting to both the economic downturn and an oversupply of facilities that started in the 1990s.
Golf Club Management, 26 March 2012.

Tunis redesign for Harradine.
Design firm Harradine Golf has been appointed to a redesign project in Tunisia.
Golf Course Architecture, , 26 April 2012.

Estonia's potential
Estonian Golf & Country Club experienced a 10% increase in overseas visitors throughout 2011 on the back of a tourism boom in the Baltic state.
Golf Business Development, Issue 14, March/April 2012. Page: 10

Growth in golf participation
According to Sports Marketing Surveys, golf had an excellent year, and not just in the UK. In terms of participation, those golfers who play on a full course saw golfers numbers in the UK increase to almost 3.94 million.
Golf Business Development, Issue 14, March/April 2012. Pages: 11,21

Club's caravan plan is kicked out.
Author: Emma Williams
Abbotsley Golf Club in Cambridgeshire’s innovative plan to build a revenue-generating caravan and campsite has been refused planning permission.
Golf Club Management, 13 April 2012.

A new era for architecture?
Author: Jack Crittenden
Why Gil Hanse's selection for the Olympic golf course may usher in a new era in design. And why renovations are heating up, even if most are small projects.
Golf Inc, Spring 2012. Pages: 42-45

Golf course quality performance testing! The benefits.
Author: Keith McAuliffe
A system to objectively measure the playing performance of a golf course has been on offer for a number of years. This offers numerous benefits to a club, providing independent, precise data on course condition as opposed to subjective assessment.
Asian Golf Business, May 2012. Pages: 40-43

Monty and EGD to design new course for major coastal development in Morocco.
Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie and European Golf Design (EGD) are to design a new golf course next to one of Morocco’s finest beaches, Plage des Nations, near Rabat, Morocco.
Golf Business Community, May 8 2012.

New village puts golf land up for sale.
Author: Jenny Yu
A new multi-million pound village complex in Cambridgeshire is offering a large site of land for sale to a developer to build an 18-hole pay-and-play golf course on it.
Golf Club Management, 9 March 2012.

Golf resorts... Have these getaways exceeded their use-by date?
Author: Bob Hunt
The world continues to change and the big question for the golf industry is whether any one will continue to develop golf resorts.
Golf Course News International, May 2012. Pages: 16-23

Chinese golf ban rebuffed!
Author: Mike Sebastian
What is the current state of golf course devlopment in China? In 2004 the Chinese central government imposed a moratorium which effectively circumscribed golf course development The reason for this ban was to preserve farm land and water.
Golf Course News International, May 2012. Pages: 6-9

Big ideas for stimulating and powering the golf industry into the future.
Golf Inc has contacted some of the industry's most forward-thinking visionaries for ideas for propelling and driving economic growth into the future.
Golf Inc, Spring 2012. Pages: 22-33

Goodbye to membership.
Author: Trevor Ledger
European are still playing golf, but have abandoned memberships in big numbers. Why the industry should care about this shift.
Golf Inc, Spring 2012. Pages: 6-8

Land dispute threatens 2016 Olympic golf course.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that a land dispute is threatening construction of the golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games and that if officials have to find a new site the project might possibly not be ready on time for test events in 2015.
Golf Business News, April 27 2012.

Worth reading: The killers elite.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Now that economic sanctions are being lifted, will Myanmar emerge as a hot spot for golf development?
World Golf Report, April 27 2012.

MPS-Golf Design committed with re-design of the 18 holes at Colli Berici near Vicenza.
EIGCA Associate Member Wilfried Moroder, with his company MPS-Golf Design based in Bolzano, northern Italy, has been charged with the redesign of the GC Colli Berici situated between Verona and Venice.
Golf Business Community, May 8 2012.


Inside drought (irrigation and water management).
Author: Adrian Mortram
With hosepipe bans already in force in some parts of the UK, never has it it been more important to irrigate ass efficiently as possible.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Pages: 32-33

See clear now (irrigation and water management).
Author: David Mears
As there is so much pressure on course management teams to be as efficient with water as possible, clubs need to recycle the water they use.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Page: 34


New criticism over mixed irrigation messages.
Author: Tania Longmore
The chief executive of the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) has said golf clubs remain in a state of confusion over the amount of water, and the irrigation methods, they can use if their local water authority has issued a hosepipe ban.
Golf Club Management, 17 April 2012.

Golf course construction management: what is it and why is it important?
Author: Martin Moore; Tony Cunzio
The difference between great and not-so-great golf courses often comes down to construction management.
Golf Course News International, May 2012. Pages: 32-35

Alternative washdown solutions.
Authorised water recycling systems for washdowns are excempt from the drought order bans. Two providers of these systems give their thought on the situation.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 44-46

Irrigation confusion for golf clubs.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The manager of one Essex golf club has appealed to England Golf to urgently enter into negotiations with water companies ahead of forthcoming restrictions on water usage, amid fears that this could devastate golf courses throughout parts of the UK.
Golf Club Management, 29 March 2012.

Washdown areas - what are your requirements?
Author: Richard Stuttard
The issue of contaminated water discharge from golf course machinery washdown areas is one that is quite rightly currently receiving a great deal of attention throughout the golf industry.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 42-43

Clubs encouraged to seek legal advice.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
An agronomist has suggested that golf clubs affected by the hosepipe ban should consider seeking legal advice, after the UK’s largest water authority revealed it will use new legislation to extend the ban to include golf courses.
Golf Club Management, 30 March 2012.


Organic matter - its importance and its dangers.
Author: A J Beggs
Organic matter can be both friend and foe but it is important to have a good understanding of how much there is and where it lies if the performance of greens is to be optimised
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 5, May 2012. Page: 40


Course disease alert!
Author: Dr Kate Entwistle
Details of two new diseases which have been identified on UK golf courses.
Greenkeeper International, April 2012. Pages: 30-33

Grub of the green.
Author: Emma Williams
Chafer grubs can cause problems for smooth greens and some companies recommend using insecticides that kill them.
Greenkeeping, April 2012. Page: 26

The revolving door on turf pesticide products.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
High level analysis of pesticide products.
Greenkeeper International, May 2012. Pages: 25-28

Leading the charge! The promotion of fine grass species on irish golf greens.
Author: Conor Nolan
Fine grasses were not formerly promoted in Ireland due to soil conditions and climate. However, while these variables make it more of a challenge, there has been some excellent progress to a variety of green types.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 257, April 2012. Pages: 33-35

Nematodes in turf.
Author: Graham Paul
Damage on turf that doesn't fit in with the symptoms of disease, animal or insect attack, may have been caused by a nematode infestation.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 257, April 2012. Pages: 22-26

What's working? Organic matter reduction on golf greens.
Author: Richard Windows; Henry Bechelet
To create drieer, firmer, more consistant and healthier putting surfaces that perform better for longer in the year, organic matter in the uppersoil has to be managed correctly.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 257, April 2012. Pages: 14-19

Plant growth regulators in bentgrass turf areas.
Author: Cale A Bigelow
The focus of this article is plant growth regulators (PGRs) and how they can be used as a management tool for golf turf.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 8, April 13 2012.

Made in the shade or mud in the shade?
Author: Chris Hartwiger
Sunlight assessment is a key to success with ultradwarf bermudagrasses.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 10, May 11 2012.

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