Date: Mon 12 Nov 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, Golf Course Architecture, STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Management, Greenkeeper International and Greenkeeping.

Architecture

Swede success for EnviroBunker.
Author: Aidan Patrick
Frosaker Golf Club in Sweden has turned to Envirosports to help construct all of the bunkers on its new nine-hole course.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 85, October 2012. Pages: 16-17

The birth of the heath.
Author: Adam Lawrence
The heathlands to the south and west of London are home to the world's oldest great inland golf courses. Adam Lawrence investigates how the region came to be developed for golf.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Pages: 20-24

Making it special.
Author: Adam Lawrence
The golf development market has changed dramatically since the world economy imploded in 2008. There's still scope for new development, but'me too' projects are a thing of the past.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Pages: 34-39

Courses

Mid Sussex Golf Club
Set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, not far from Haywards Heath.
Golf Range News, October 2012. Pages: 16-24

Back to the future - Real Club de Golf Las Brisas.
Author: Mark Alexander
A look at the renovation plans to get one of Spain's top courses back on the top of its game.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 85, October 2012. Pages: 31-33
www.realclubdegolflasbrisas.com

The most successful Irish Open ever!
Author: Ian McClements
An account of the preparation for the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Research, Issue 259, October 2012. Pages: 5-9

Mixing the game and the grape.
Author: Alistair Beggs
Creating a course in France at the Alsace Golf Club.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Research, Issue 259, October 2012. Pages: 10-12

Lingfield Park - a Marriott hotel and country club.
Established in 1987, Lingfield Park Golf Club is set amongst 200 acres of breathtaking Surrey parkland at Lingfield Park Racecourse, ideally located just 15 minutes from Gatwick.
Golf Range News, October 2012. Pages: 4-10

So is it really the best?
Author: Adam Lawrence
Donald Trump has opened his Scottish links, which he's trumpeted throughout the build as potentially the best course in the world. Adam Lawrence reflects on the highest profile golf development of recent years.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Pages: 28-33

Golf La Moralleja, Madrid, Spain.
Author: Toby Ingleton
One of the Spainish capital's premier clubs doubles its course portfolio with two new, and very different, courses.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Pages: 48-51

Volkswagen Golfarena, Halmstead, Sweden.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Architect Christian Lunden's Volkswagen Golfarena in Sweden is a facility that could be replicated around the world.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Pages: 53-55

Golf - the Game

60 60 golf grows in popularity all over the British Isles.
Over twenty UK 60 60 Golf centres will be in place by the end of 2012; many of the participating range owners and club officials have been reporting a significant increase in both footfall and income.
Golf Business News, November 2 2012.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/60-60-golf-grows-in-popularity-all-over-the-british-isles/

Cotton's legacy: accessible golf.
How three-time Open Champion Sir Henry Cotton's vision for golf continues to be realised
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Page: 27

Greenkeeping

Approaches: a key part of the golf course.
Author: Adam Moeller
Firm, smooth approaches require specific maintenance inputs to address unique issues.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 22, October 19 2012. Pages: 1-3
gsr.lib.msu.edu/article/moeller-approaches-10-19-12.pdf

Rough and ready - management of golf course roughs.
Author: Malcolm Peake
It has been a very difficult year for rough management.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 10, October 2012. Pages: 80, 78

Day of the Triffids
Author: Graham Paul
An article about the dangers of Giant Hogweed.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Research, Issue 259, October 2012. Pages: 13-15

Small scale drainage projects need not be costly.
Author: James de Haviland
'DIY' drainage solutions.
Greenkeeper International, October 2012. Pages: 32-33

Climate control.
Author: John Sutherland
Climate unpredictability makes it far tougher for courses to stay on top of weather extremes.
Greenkeeper International, October 2012. Pages: 34-38

Pest and disease conquer the horse chestnut.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
A bleak future for one of our iconic trees.
Greenkeeper International, October 2012. Pages: 40-43

End of season renovation and repairs - project priority.
Author: Peter Jones
The wet summer may have resulted in your club having more renovation work than normal but a smaller budget.
Greenkeeping, October 2012. Pages: 6-8

Singing in the rain (drainage and water management).
Author: James Westwood, STRI
The wet summer caused huge problems, with some clubs even entering administration due to the disruption. But other clubs coped relatively well. This article explores what golf courses can do to minimise heavy rainfall's impact in the future.
Greenkeeping, October 2012. Pages: 26-28

Precision water management on putting greens.
Author: Adam Moeller
Wetting agents and soil moisture meters are two tools that improve uniformity and accuracy of irrigation inputs.
STRI Bulletin for Sports Surface Research, Issue 259, October 2012. Pages: 21-22

Nutritionism - better turf through chemistry?
Author: John Foy
There are very distinct differences between the basic nutrients needed for plant growth and the foods consumed by humans. However, on the subject of nutrition, there are parallels in the approach of the fertilizer and food industries.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 22, October 19 2012. Pages: 1-2
gsr.lib.msu.edu/article/foy-nutritionism-10-19-12.pdf

Rubber tyres gey new lease of life on course.
Author: Kevin Nash
Recyled car tyres can have many uses once their time on the the road is spent.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 85, October 2012. Pages: 14-15
www.kbiuk.co.uk

Point men.
A new regular column, disgned to highlight the role greenkeepers play in preserving and enhancing great golf design.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Pages: 45-47

Cleanup and out.
Author: Bud White
The focus of golf course maintenance has long been on putting greens. That focus usually stops at the cleanup lap, but the quality of the cleanup lap, collar, and approach are critical to the overall playing condition of the putting green complex.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 23, November 2 2012. Pages: 1-6
gsr.lib.msu.edu/article/white-cleanup-11-2-12.pdf

Regrassing: coming to a golf course near you.
Author: Jim Skorulski
The concept of regrassing putting greens continues to move northward in the USA into more temperate regions where annual bluegrass, i.e., Poa annua, is still king.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 23, November 2 2012. Page: 1
gsr.lib.msu.edu/article/skorulski-regrassing-11-2-12.pdf

Sand - golf's unsung hero.
Author: Graeme King
The role of sand in keeping golf courses in optimum condition is not always fully understood but its importance cannot be overstated. The Managing Director of Hugh King & Co explains why sand is so essential and offers advice on choosing the right one.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 11, November 2012. Pages: 88,86

Health & Safety

Health hazards in the waste and recycle industry.
Advice from the Heath and Safety Executive website covering health hazards when dealing with waste.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 10, October 2012. Page: 74
www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/waste15.pdf

Flooding of public amenity areas.
Author: Jon Allbutt
The recent storms have resulted in many public amenity sites, including parks and sports grounds being flooded, leaving heavy deposits of potentially contaminated silt, and worse! Jon Allbutt, of Britrisk Safety Ltd, advises on this topical issue.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 10, October 2012. Pages: 74-75

Industry

USA and Australia see economic recoveries.
Author: Colin Victor
The golf industries in both the USA and Australia - which have both seen economic declines comparable with Britain in recent years - are now showing strong signs of growth.
Golf Club Management, 7 November 2012.
www.golfclubmanagement.net/2012/11/usa-and-australia-see-economic-recoveries/

France looks to the future.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Synthetic technology is playing a key role in helping the French Golf Federation deliver on its promise to build 100 new urdan golf facilities before the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 85, October 2012. Pages: 22-23
www.ffgolf.org

Top 10 economic trends in 2012.
What have been the 10 biggest economic trends in the golf industry over the last 12 months? A survey of proprietary and members clubs across the UK by Hillier Hopkins LLP, shows the biggest changes to have taken place in the last year.
Golf Club Management, 8 November 2012.
www.golfclubmanagement.net/2012/11/top-10-economic-trends-in-2012/

Hurricane Sandy leaves plenty of golf course devastation.
Author: Jason Sobel
An account of the devastation of the recent storm that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard on golf courses along the coastal areas.
The Golf Channel, October 31 2012.
www.golfchannel.com/news/jason-sobel/in-the-path-of-sandy/

Plimsoll assess performance of 929 UK Golf Courses & Clubs companies
1 in 2 companies in the industry is making a loss. A new study has been completed by Plimsoll Publishing Ltd that reveals how many of these 422 loss making companies have simply had an isolated bad year & how many are burying their heads in the sand.
Golf Business News, June 26 2012.
www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/management-topics/plimsoll-assess-performance-of-929-uk-golf-courses-clubs-companies/

Making practice fun and profitable.
Author: Adam Lawrence
The new Volkswagen Golf Arena in Halmstead, Sweden, is a great development for golfers and the golf business alike.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 85, October 2012. Pages: 37-39
www.golfarenan.se

Architect Grauballe leaves Hawtrees.
Danish golf architect Caspar Grauballe, who served as lead associate for the Hawtree firm on the recently completed Trump course in Scotland has left the firm after fifteen years, and is to set up his own design practice.
Golf Course Architecture, 5 October 2012.
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/Architect-Grauballe-leaves-Hawtree/2570/Default.aspx

Landscape Design

Serious disease outbreak in UK - ash trees.
Ash is one of the most important native tree species in the United Kingdom; it is used in amenity planting and is a dominant component of many native woodlands which screen and enclose many of our golf courses.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 11, November 2012. Page: 84

Chalara ash dieback outbreat: Q&A
Author: BBC News
The recent confirmed cases of Chalara ash dieback means it has become the latest threat to UK trees.
BBC News Website, 29 October 2012.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20128172

Management

When carts attack.
Author: Andy Hiseman
Broadstone GC is accomodating golf carts without scarring its landscape with permanent paths.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Page: 56

Sustainable Development

Would you accredit it?
The win/win of good environmental practice which can also bring cost savings is a Holy Grail we are always seeking. It touches our daily lives in all sorts of ways - and that must include golf facilities.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 11, November 2012. Pages: 82-83

International Golf Federation Statement on Sustainability.
The International Golf Federation recognises sustainability as a core priority, optimising the playing quality of the golf course in harmony with the conservation of its natural environment under economically sound and socially responsible management
Golf Business Community (KPMG), 16 October 2012.
www.golfbusinesscommunity.com/article/international_golf_federation_statement_on_sustainability

Lean and green.
Author: Mike Wood
Sustainability and masterplanning must go together.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 30, October 2012. Page: 39

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