Date: Mon 06 Aug 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 Course Architecture, Greenkeeper International, Greenkeeping and the STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management.


The pioneer: The gilded gentleman (Herbert Fowler).
Author: Adam Lawrence
The life and career of Herbert Fowler, the Golden Age designer responsible forheathland classics such as Walton Heath and The Berkshire, and the famous final hole at Pebble beach.
Golf Course Architecture, No 29, July 2012. Pages: 18-25


An Open return.
Author: Paul Smith
The Head Greenkeeper of Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club provides some insight into the preparations for the championship and some background information on the historic course.
Greenkeeper International, July 2012. Pages: 26-33

Trump International Golf Club, Scotland.
The ecologists were predicting that a Donald Trump Golf Resort in Scotland would be a disaster for the area. Many of these same ecologists are now heralding the course as a gleaming example of how a modern golf course can be.
Golf Range News, July 2012. Pages: 4-16

The five-star Donnfugata Golf Resort & Spa in Sicilt opened in summer 2010.
Golf Range News, July 2012. Pages: 24-30

Authentic links experience in China.
A new course by JMP at the Dongzhuang Beach Club in Shanghai.
Golf Course Architecture, No 29, July 2012. Pages: 8-9

Lost hole: Northampton Golf Club
Author: Ben Stephens
The author discovered plans of the 'Hills and Hollows' that formed Northampton Golf Club's now lost Old Course.
Golf Course Architecture, No 29, July 2012. Pages: 26-27

French marker.
Author: Kevin Marks
Golf du Médoc Hôtel & Spa in France is one of Europe's premier golf venues. A look at how the greenkeeping team keeps its two golf courses in prime condition, from water management to cutting and grinding.
Greenkeeping, July 2012. Pages: 6-11

The 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Author: Stuart Ormondroyd
At the heart of an Open Championship is the golf course and so every effort is made to ensure all aspects through playing quality, presentation and definition come together to provide the supreme golfing challenge for the participants.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 258, July 2012. Pages: 9-11

Muirfield completes historic sand swap ahead of 2013 Open.
For the first time in its 121-year history, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield has sourced its bunker sand from outside the hallowed East Lothian grounds.
Golf Business News, July 25 2012.

So, is it really the greatest?
Author: Adam Lawrence
Donald Trump has promised the earth of his Scottish project so many times -- and, to be fair, the property is so dramatic - that a very good, even great course might still be seen as a disappointment.
Golf Course Architecture, 31 July 2012.


A climate of change?
Author: Steve Isaac
How to adapt to the extremes of weather conditions experienced this year.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 258, July 2012. Pages: 28-29

Turtles: ancient wildlife on your golf course.
Author: Jeff Nuss
USGA-funded research shows that golf course wetlands can play an important role in helping conserve these ancient reptiles.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, No 15, July 20 2012. Pages: 1-5

Manager fined £15K for dumping waste.
Author: Colin Victor
A manager has been fined more than £15,000 for illegally dumping fertiliser and oil at his club. His actions, which could have caused an environmental disaster, were spotted by a member of the public after a greenkeeper refused to bury the waste.
Golf Club Management, 2 August 2012.

Environment and architecture case study.
Author: Richard Stuttard
An account of a project to site a golf course in an historic parkland with ecological and environmental implications.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 258, July 2012. Pages: 25-27

Golf - the Game

Golf 'could save 5 million lives per year.
Author: Jenny Yu
Playing 12 holes of golf once a week every week would save as many lives per year as those killed by smoking, a team of researchers has found.
Golf Club Management, 18 July 2012.

Get Into Golf turns attention to women.
Get Into Golf, the national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game, is launching a drive to attract women to the game.
Golf Business News, July 27 2012.

Big names of golf back emerging world’s emerging stars.
Junior golfers from around the globe have the opportunity to improve their skills and play some world-renowned courses at the Home of Golf thanks to the Emerging World Youth Golf Tour.
Golf Business News, July 5 2012.

The top 10 most powerful people in British golf.
After months of researching, interviews with a number of key industry stakeholders and discussions on social media, we can reveal the top 50 most powerful people in British golf today.
Golf Club Management, 26 July 2012.

England Golf enjoys surge in participation.
The number of people in England playing golf at least once a week is up by over 69,000 compared with six months ago. The surge in popularity is shown by the latest figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey.
Golf Business News, June 26 2012.


Intermittent periods of drought can be managed on golf greens.
Author: John Coleman
The vagaries of the British climate have never been demonstrated so vividly as in the last few months where drought conditions have been followed by near monsoons! This sudden change in conditions can be extremely difficult for Greenkeepers to manage.
Turf Business, 10 July 2012.

Managing green performance.
Author: Sid Arrowsmith
The challenges faced and the work involved in implementing a measured greens improvement program.
Greenkeeper International, July 2012. Pages: 40-42


With commercial real estate confidences up, is golf close behind?
Author: Steve Ekovich
Non-core real estate like golf, self storage and hotels tend to lag behind core commercial assets. They tend to go into the recession later and come out later.
Golf Inc, Summer 2012. Pages: 11-12

Estonia: Growing the appetite for golf.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Estonian Golf & Country Club in suburban Tallin, aims to transform its nine-hole Stone course into what will essentially be a new 18-hole track, in the hope of creating one of the premier 36-hole complexes in the Old World.
World Golf Report, July 18 2012.

Venus Rock Resort Cyprus - 18 Holes in full construction.
The plans and vision Golf & Land Design's Hans-Georg Erhardt are quickly being realised at the Secret Valley Golf Club at Venus Rock Resort in Cyprus where the first of two new 18 hole golf courses is under full construction.
Golf Business News, June 26 2012.

Official Opening of Trump International Golf Links, Scotland.
The long awaited Trump International Golf Links, Scotland at the Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire has now opened. This is the completion of the first phase of Donald J. Trump’s £750 million investment in Scotland.
Golf Business News, July 13 2012.

Design changes at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Mackenzie & Ebert Ltd, golf course architects, have helped Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club to prepare its course for its 11th Open Championship. It has included a new 7th green, dune construction, new tees & adjustments to bunkering on most holes.
Golf Business News, July 13 2012.

Ryder Cup course design preparations under way at Le Golf National.
It may be six and a half years away, but the European Tour Destination’s Albatross Course is benefiting from the expertise of European Golf Design are liaising with the European Tour and the French Golf Federation as planning commences.
Golf Business News, June 26 2012.

St George’s Hill to renovate Green Nine.
The historic St George’s Hill club in Weybridge, Surrey, has appointed local design firm Thomson, Perrett & Lobb to conduct a strategic review of its Green nine, with a view to commencing a long-term renovation programme.
Golf Business News, June 27 2012.

The increasing allure of faraway fairways.
Author: Bill Pennington
Cabot Links in Nova Scotia is the latest course whose remote location is a key appeal.
New York Times, June 30 2012.

Hiseman designing Moroccan course.
European Golf Design architect Robin Hiseman is at work on a new course planned for a site next to one of Morocco's finest beaches near the capital, Rabat.
Golf Course Architecture, No 29, July 2012. Page: 13

What the furture of golf could look like.
Author: J J Keegan
Golf has grown to a $24.8 billion industry, but must adapt to a changing society in order to prosper.
Golf Inc, Summer 2012. Pages: 7-8

The week that was.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
In two stories in this week's blog, Robert looks at two stories that may impact the future of golf: retiring baby boomers are not playing golf, and receational golfers are leaving the game because it istoo expensive and time-consuming.
World Golf Report, July 15 2012.

Trump opens controversial course.
Donald Trump has officially opened his Scottish links course, reaffirming in the process his belief that he, along with course architect Martin Hawtree, has created 'the greatest golf course anywhere in the world'.
Golf Course Architecture, 11 July 2012.

Landscape Design

Special branches.
Author: Janine Pattison
Guidance on how to select best trees for your project.
Pro Landscaper, August 2012. Pages: 36-37


Growing pains.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Funding golf development has become a major challenge for clubs trying to improve their existing facilities, or entrepreneurs wanting to build ones. Adam Lawrence investigates what options exist.
Golf Course Architecture, No 29, July 2012. Pages: 32-39

Planning permission for sports facility development.
Author: Jonathan Tucker
The entire planning process is often regarded as a potentially expensive, time-consuming irritant which gets in the way of progress. We need to consider how planning can be a positive force which provides the best outcome for the user.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Issue 258, July 2012. Pages: 20-24

The state of technology in the golf industry.
Author: Michelle Weyenberg
From e-specials to the functionality of tablets on the course and in the pro shops - technology is ever changin in the golf industry.
Golf Inc, Summer 2012. Pages: 35-37


Soil microbes.
Author: David Zuberer
The subject of soil microbiology is often perplexing to many because microbes are invisible to the unaided eye and dwell in an environment where they are rarely observed in their native habitat.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, No 15, July 20 2012. Pages: 1-5

Sustainable Development

The Ryder Cup Green Drive.
The 2014 Ryder Cup Green Drive - coordinated by Ryder Cup Europe (RCE) and the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) - sets out to integrate sustainability into all aspects of event planning, staging and legacy.
Golf Business News, July 7 2012.

Golf at home in a nature reserve.
An excellent example of golf’s natural fit with sustainability, Golf du Rhin along the border of France, Germany, and Switzerland has just been awarded the GEO Certified ecolabel - the first in France to receive this accolade.
Golf Business News, July 20 2012.

Bringing biology back to turfgrass management.
Golf’s sustainability movement strides forward as more and more people combine their commitment and action with innovation. New solutions – from supportive programmes to innovative products – work in tandem to make a real difference.
Golf Business News, July 16 2012.


On course - changing top dressing - the pros and cons.
Author: A J Beggs
The traditional approach to top dressing in the UK has been
to use a mix of sand and soil to produce a product which is
friable, free draining, spreadable and consistent.

Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 7, July 2012. Page: 56

Wear and tear.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
A discussion of the wider weed and disease implications of wear and tear on turf.
Greenkeeper International, July 2012. Pages: 36-38

Understanding the different wetting agent chemistries.
Author: Stanley J Zontek; Stanley Kostka
Today’s golf course superintendent has a dizzying array of wetting agent products available to purchase. As a general class of turf care products, wetting agents are one of the more frequently used on golf courses.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, No 15, July 20 2012. Pages: 1-6

Instant overseeding: coming to a fairway near you.
Author: Patrick O'Brien
Turf colorants are a capable replacement for winter ryegrass overseeding.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 14, July 6 2012. Pages: 1-6

Firm, resilient fairways require a commitment to thatch control.
Author: Adam Moeller
The USGA Green Section has always been a proponent of firmer, drier turf on golf courses. Controlling thatch is just one aspect of firm fairways, but it is a crucial element.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 14, July 6 2012. Pages: 1-5

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