Date: Mon 25 Jun 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 Management Europe, Greenkeeper International, Greenkeeping and Greenside.


Cost effective golf course construction.
Author: Laurie Walsh
There are many factors to consider when constructing a golf course in a cost effective manner, most notably the need to employ a Construction Management company or experienced individual staff to oversee and manage the entire construction process.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 45, June-July 2012. Pages: 32-36

Growing together.
Author: Adam Lawrence
For golf clubs and owners, building a long-term relationship with an architect is a smart move.
By Design, Issue 11, Summer 2012. Pages: 8-11

Turf reduction template.
Author: Patrick Gross; Todd Eckenrode
A guideline for reducing turf acreage while maintaining golf course quality.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 12, June 8 2012. Pages: 1-5


Delivering on a grand dream (Trump Scotland).
Author: Gavin Kelly
No golf course has had so high profile - and highly pressured - a birth process as the new Trump International
Golf Links in Scotland.

By Design, Issue 11, Summer 2012. Pages: 16-17

A year on and Palmares racks up the awards.
Author: Samuel Frederick
Onyria Palmares Beach and Golf Resort on the Algarve is rapidly gaining a world-class reputation.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 84, June 2012. Pages: 19-21

Timrå leads the way.
Author: Kevin Marks
Timrå Golfklubb in Sweden is Europe's northernmost 18-hole coastal golf course. Construction began in 1985 and it was three years before the course had grown in sufficiently to open for play. It is located on the Gulf of Bothnia, in a heavily wooded area.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 84, June 2012. Pages: 22-23

An Open invitation to sustainability.
Author: Steve Isaac
With Royal Lytham and St Annes scheduled to host the Open Championship this summer, Steve Isaac, director of golf course management at the R&A takes a look at what makes the course so special.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 84, June 2012. Pages: 34-35

U.S. Open golfers will face Olympic-sized challenge.
Author: Tom Smith
The Olympic Club in San Francisco is still a par-70 golf course, as it was the last time that it played host to the U.S. Open in 1998. However, a lot of changes have been made since then in preparation for this year’s tournament.
KansasCity.Com, June 9 2012.

High hopes (High Post GC).
Author: Jim Cook
Profile of High Post Golf Club in Wiltshire, England.
Greenkeeper International, June 2012. Pages: 34-38


Over managed and under valued.
For wildlife, grass is an often over managed and undervalued resource. In many parks & green spaces, opportunities are overlooked where significant benefits & contributions can be made for wildlife without detracting from the aesthetics of the site.
Landscape and Urban Design, May 2012.

Drought - what drought?
Author: Brian D Pierson
The UK has suffered the two driest winters on record and has resulted in the implementation of drought orders, limiting or banning the irrigation of golf courses. This could be one of the most serious problems facing the game.
UKGCOA Links, May 24 2012.

Rough management: nature or nurture?
Author: Keith Duff
The UK’s golf courses support large areas of high quality
wildlife habitat, and are at last receiving the recognition they
deserve for this.

Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 6, June 2012. Pages: 47-48

Golf takes care of the planet.
Golf courses are more than just venues for golf. As large, managed areas of open space, they have a vital role to play in supporting and enhancing the ecosystems of their surrounding areas.
By Design, Issue 11, Summer 2012. Pages: 14-15

New criticism over mixed irrigation messages.
Golf clubs remain in confusion over the amount of water, and the irrigation methods, they can use if their local authority has issued a hopsepipe ban. This comes as the majority of England has been classified as in drought.
Greenkeeping, May 2012. Page: 2

Drought - the situation now.
Author: Sophie Tolchard
An update on the recent Drought Order which swept parts of the UK last month.
Greenkeeper International, June 2012. Pages: 14-15

Wildlife find could save doomed golf venue.
The local council of Blue Mountain Golf Centre in Berkshire, England, wants to convert it to a housing estate, a football stadium and a secondary school, but the course could be saved by the discovery of wildlife living within its grounds.
Greenkeeping, June 2012. Page: 3

The European Golf Association Golf Course Committee
Golf courses across Europe face a growing wave of environmental regulation emanating from the EU in Brussels. The EGA Golf Course Committee was established to engage with the political process and present a single European voice for golf.
UKGCOA Links, June 15 2012.

Golf - the Game

Czech Open canceled due to lack of money.
Organizers say the Czech Open scheduled for August has been canceled due to a lack of funding.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), May 22 2012.

Royal Troon to Host Open Championship 2016.
The Open will return to the Ayrshire coast in 2016 when the 145th Championship is played at Royal Troon.
Golf Business News, June 25 2012.

6060Golf is ‘fast, cheap and accessible’.
A Newcastle based company has launched an innovative, interactive golf game designed to attract a brand new audience to driving ranges and golf clubs all over the British Isles.
Golf Business News, May 18 2012.

'Golf in an hour' wins £25K grant.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
A new golf game in which players score points depending on where their ball has landed on specialist driving ranges has been awarded £25,000.
Golf Club Management, 3 June 2012.

First Links: A new starting point
Placing the new golfer on the first tee of a course stretching 7,000 yards makes as much sense as letting a newly licensed driver on a German autobahn. But that’s how our sport welcomes beginners who still are trying to get their swings in gear.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), May 29 2012.

2,000 people join clubs thanks to CGPS
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) inspired 54,000 people to have a go at golf in 2011/12 - an increase of 121 per cent on the previous 12 months. About 4% of these are now members of golf clubs, contributing nearly £1.5 million to the industry.
Golf Club Management, 22 May 2012.

Ryder Cup aid for Hungary's junior golfers.
Junior golfers in Hungary, where structured and co-ordinated efforts are in progress to grow a golfing culture from grass roots are benefiting from the use of 30 sets of SNAG equipment, funded by The Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT).
PGAs of Europe, Issue 14, June 2012.

How boys and girls in Bulgaria are bitten by the golf bug.
Hundreds of Bulgarian children are being introduced to golf in the Pravets Junior Development Programme as a direct outcome of the annual staging of the PGA Professional Championship of Europe, at the facility near the country’s capital, Sofia.
PGAs of Europe, Issue 14, June 2012.

Golf Centres

Driving ranges and learning centres
Author: Michael Hurdzan
One of the first conditions for the future development and expansion of Asian golf is that facilities must be made available to the people - financially, physically and socially.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 45, June-July 2012. Pages: 52-55


Drought-proof equipment wash-off.
Author: Tim Earley
If hosepipe bans become drought orders, which they may do despite recent rainfall, then clubs will be banned from using water on equipment unless it is recycled.
Greenkeeping, May 2012. Pages: 32-33

Microbial greenkeeping sweeps Sweden.
Sweden, one of the most frequented golfing destinations in Europe, is on a mission towards more sustainable turf care and ‘Activated Microbial Turf Management’ is proving to be a hit at golf courses across the country.
Golf Business News, May 18 2012.

Beyond PGR (plant growth regulators) benefits.
Author: Seth Cohen
One main reason to use a PGR is to suppress the leaf growth. Regularly applied PGRs provide smoother and more uniform playing surfaces, but there are many other beneficial effects.
Golf Course Industry, June 7 2012.

Preparing Slaley Hall.
Author: Nathaniel Sylvester
An insight into the preparations for the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall. The second in a three part series.
Greenkeeper International, June 2012. Pages: 20-23

Cut mowing to manage wet conditions
Current weather patterns have played havoc with mowing regimes and greenkeepers’ efforts to maintain high quality playing conditions for golf. After record rainfall for the UK there have been over 50% more days with rain than normal.
Golf Business News, June 20 2012.

Defining the boundaries.
When a course is not defined accuratley it can lead to confusion on the part of players, and this can lead to breaches of the Rules.
Greenkeeper International, June 2012. Pages: 32-33

How science can play a key role on your course.
Author: Aidan Patrick
As many course managers will tell you, it is important to know what's below the playing surface in order to ensure that your course is kept in the best condition.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 84, June 2012. Pages: 28-29

Protecting turf pesticides in the marketplace.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
Turf pesticides are designed to protect fine grasses from insect pests, plant pathogens and weed, but could now be in need of protection from themselves and the clutches of increasingly 'dynamic' EU directives issued from Brussels.
Greenkeeper International, June 2012. Pages: 28-31

Health & Safety

Avoiding the hat out of hell.
Author: Brian Butler
With health and safety legislation creeping ever further into a greenkeeper's daily life, could clubs enforce the use of hard hats to protect them from flying balls?
Greenkeeping, June 2012. Page: 30


Thorpeness unveils golf course renovations for English Seniors Championship
Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club is to unveil a three year program of golf course renovations and improvements at the English Men’s Seniors Championship this week to be carried out by Creative Golf Design and Scottish architect Ken Moodie.
Golf Business News, May 31 2012.

Weller Designs commence new design at Chateau de la Cazine.
Wellers Designs have been commissioned to design and project manage the championship golf course to accompany the new golf and spa resort at Chateau de la Cazine, near Limousin in France which will commence construction this summer.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), May 29 2012.

New survey highlights golf’s struggles.
Author: Colin Victor
A survey of British golf clubs has found that half are expecting a drop in membership levels, the majority do not offer flexible membership schemes and nearly one-fifth do not track the rounds of golf played by visitors.
Golf Club Management, 30 May 2012.

Member-run club could close after theft
Author: Jenny Yu
A unique golf club run by its members could close down after its fleet of course machinery was stolen in two nighttime raids. Horton GC in West Sussex does not employ staff such as greenkeepers because its 80 members maintain every aspect of it.
Golf Club Management, 13 May 2012.

Participation in the UAE ‘booming’.
Author: Tania Longmire
More rounds of golf were played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March than in any month in the country’s history. Surveys in Europe and the USA have shown that golf participation is increasing there, but is still below pre-recession levels.
Golf Club Management, 15 May 2012.

Jobs have been lost ‘due to hosepipe ban’.
Author: Emma Williams
The hosepipe ban that seven UK water authorities introduced last month is having a devastating effect on companies that supply products to golf courses.
Golf Club Management, 14 May 2012.

EGD’s award-winning golf course at PGA National Russia set to open.
European Golf Design’s award-winning debut project in Russia, PGA National, is set to open this summer. The classic style course is situated next to a tributary of Europe’s longest river, the Volga, and is similar to a traditional heathland course.
Golf Business News, May 23 2012.

Host of possibilities.
Author: Mark Alexander
The question of how best to capitalise on hosting the Ryder Cup is rarely resolved. Mark Alexander finds out how golf clubs in France are coming to terms with the possibilities surrounding their host-nation status.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 84, June 2012. Pages: 31-33

Golf lures wealthy chinese tourists to UK
Author: Tania Longmire
Golf could be a source for economic growth in the UK, however it may require closer European integration to achieve this, according to new research.
Golf Club Management, 13 June 2012.

Richmond rebunkering project complete.
International golf design practice Thomson Perrett & Lobb has completed a two year rebunkering programme at the Richmond Golf Club in south-west London.
Golf Business News, June 15 2012.

Ballybunion Golf Club unveils course enhancements.
Ballybunion Golf Club announces recent enhancements to further benefit playability and aesthetics of its Old Course and Cashen Course, to be carried out by golf course architecture firm Hawtree Limited.
Golf Business News, June 8 2012.

National survey provides mandate for Scottish Golf Facilities Plan.
The most comprehensive survey ever of the country’s golf clubs and golfers has given the game’s governing bodies a mandate to launch a new Facilities Plan aimed at improving the development of Scottish Golf at all levels over the next decade.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), June 13 2012.

A different game.
At the recent ASGCA annual meeting in Chattanooga, a high-powered panel of member architects got together to discuss their hopes and expectations for the future of the business.
By Design, Issue 11, Summer 2012. Pages: 12-13


Scores of golf clubs still face water bans.
Author: Emma Williams
Scores of golf clubs in southern England still face irrigation bans despite the announcement that three water authorities are lifting the restrictions.
Golf Club Management, 13 June 2012.

Sustainable Development

Fife Golf Trust - Driving the Green across public golf courses
Following in the footsteps of the world’s most famous public course - St. Andrews Links - the Fife Golf Trust has stepped up its commitment to environmental and social performance. The Trust
Golf Business News, May 31 2012.


Understanding patch diseases.
Author: Rob Thomas
Both warm and cool season patch diseases cover a wide range of symptoms. Jason Fausey, field development manager at Valent, shows how to prepare for patches, regardless of what shows up on the turf.
Golf Course Industry, May 24 2012.

Real science: dollar days.
Rhizoctonia species, the casual agents of diseases such as brown patch and yellow patch, and Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the causal agent of dollar spot are a few of the most important pathogens of cool-season turfgrasses
Golf Course Industry, May 24 2012.

Changing times in Ultradwarf Bermudagrass putting green management.
Author: Todd Lowe
At a growing number of courses, consistent and fast putting
speeds are being provided at a higher height of cut.

USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 13, June 22 2012. Pages: 1-3

Hot tips for summer patch.
Author: Dr Bruce Clarke
How to best protect your turf this year, and, even if summer patch burns in, how to stop it in its tracks.
Golf Course Industry, May 24 2012.

Rings of fire.
Author: Dr Kate Entwistle
Rapid blight and brown ring patch have been affecting golf courses in Europe for a few years and now they have been diagnosed in the UK.
Greenkeeping, May 2012. Pages: 6-10

The good, the bad and the ugly.
Author: Dr Andy Newell
Many golf greens have three grass species on them, each performing a different function. Dr Andy Newell details which species are the ones golf courses avoid. Plus Buyers Guied.
Greenkeeping, May 2012. Pages: 13-19

Take it back.
Author: Rob Thomas
Brent Palich of Mayfield Sand Ridge Club shows how to be proactive in preventing take-all patch.
Golf Course Industry, May 24 2012.

Simply the pest.
Author: Dr Frank Rossi
With the pressure to reduce pesticide usage on golf courses in New York, a research programme that compared traditional greens' management with an integrated pest management strategy was set up.
Greenkeeping, June 2012. Pages: 6-8

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