Date: Mon 21 Oct 2013

What's in the news? October 2013

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 Clubhouse Europe, Golf Course Architecture, Greenkeeper International, Greenkeeping, and STRI Bulletin for Sports Turf Management.


Heroic artistry.
Author: Robin Hiseman
The author explains why maverick architect Mike Strantz is his design hero. He made a meteoric impact on the landscape of golf design with courses such as Caledonia, Stonehouse, Royal New Kent and Bulls Bay.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 34-41


In-house projects.
Author: Todd Lowe
Do-it-yourself home improvement projects can certainly save money. The same is true for golf facilities, as it is oftentimes less expensive to have the grounds crew perform improvement projects as compared to hiring outside contractors.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 51, no 21, October 18 2013. Pages: 1-2

Restore, renovate or re-design?
Author: Tim Lobb
Golf clubs all over the world face the same dilema; how do you maintain the play standards of the course, and at what point do you decide that it needs to change? Do you restore, renovate or re-design?
Clubhouse Europe, Autumn 2013. Pages: 20-21

Achieving the warm season links.
Author: Dr Micah Woods
Turf scientist Dr Micah Woods offers his suggestions for courses that want to mimic links course playability in warm season environments.
Golf Course Architecture, 1 October 2013.

Retaining water
Author: Bob Lohmann
Reid Golf Course, in the USA, constructed a giant wetland to manage a water-retention problem. In doing so, it created a giant filtration system that cleans up the stormwater before heading downstream.
Golf Course Industry, September 17 2013.


Playing in the sand hills of North Carolina.
Author: Dr Ian McClements; Dr Art Brunneau
In 2014 the US Open and the US Women's Open Championship will be played on the famed Pinehurst No 2 course. This will place tremendous demands on the turf and those who maintain the course.
STRI Bulletin for Sport Surface Management, Issue 263, October 2013. Pages: 22-25

Back to the future (Golf de Saint Cloud).
Author: Denis Fabre
Golf de Saint Cloud, just minutes away from Paris, is celebrating its centenary this year. Director Denis Fabre reviews the history of the Club.
Clubhouse Europe, Autumn 2013. Pages: 30-31

The historic golf resort in Donegal looking to create a golfing Mecca.
Golf Range News, September 2013. Pages: 4-10

Right place, right time.
Author: Sean Dudley
Craig Valassis, president of Orchard Lake Country Club, talks to Sean Dudley about the recent restoration project at the course in Mitchigan.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 30-31

How golf revived the mullet (Carne Golf Links).
Author: Adam Lawrence
Developed from the ground up by locals in County Mayo, Carne Golf Links has played a huge role in bringing prosperity to a remote part of west Ireland. Now, the course has opened a new nine holes, despite the economifc woes of Ireland.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 42-45

Waving not drowning.
Author: Adam Lawrence
After five years of hard work, Royal Dublin's management team reckons it has the links-style waving fescue rough just where it wants it.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 48-49

Everything in its place.
GCA looks at how soil stabilisation technology has helped with the construction of the new Venus Rock resort in Cyprus. Designed by EIGCA Senior Member, Hans-Georg Erhardt.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 46-47

Windlesham Golf.
The Surrey cclub bucking the trend.
Golf Range News, September 2013. Pages: 22-26


Golf Environment Awards: Happy birds.
John O'Gaunt Golf Club, in Bedfordshire, which is home to more than 400 chicks a year, won the STRI's nature conservation award last year.
Greenkeeping, October 2013. Pages: 22-23

Keeping all the pieces: restoring natural processes for easier golf course management.
Author: Michelle D Boone; Holly J Puglis
Protecting and enhancing amphibian habitat on the golf course benefits the course as well as the creatures. Various amphibians consume pests such as pond algae, mosquito larvae and nuisance insects.
USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online, Vol 12, no 4, July-August 2013.

Outcry after geese shot by golf club.
Author: Emma Williams
A Worcestershire golf club has faced an angry backlash from its local community after it shot several geese because their faeces may have dirtied golf balls.
Golf Club Management, 19 September 2013.

Golf - the Game

A foursome of ideas for better golf.
Author: Derf Soller
Four ideas to improve golf enjoyment of the game: learn to understand & appreciate golf course design; take initiative to enhance your own enjoyment of the game; embrace maintenance operations; evaluate a golf course on how it plays, not how it looks
STRI Bulletin for Sport Surface Management, Issue 263, October 2013. Pages: 35-37

Course for people with disabilities opens.
Author: Emma Williams
A unique golf course designed specifically for people with disabilities has opened in Middlesbrough. The four-hole venue, The Orchard, was built by a charity that received £78,000 of lottery funding to develop the facility.
Golf Course Management, 2 October 2013.

Kasumigaseki to host golf at 2020 Olympics.
Following Tokyo's victory over Madrid and Istambul in the race to host the 202 Olympic Games, organisers have confirmed that the historic Kasumigaseki Club outside the city will host the golf competition during the games.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 8-9

Are golfers making time for nine?
With time & money cited as two of the most common reasons for playing less golf, could encouraging 9-hole rounds make a positive impact on the game? Some of the more prominent entities in the industry believe it can, & they may be on to something.
National Golf Foundation Dashboard, September 2013.


A new era for overseeding preparation strategies.
Author: Brian Whitlark
Strategies to prepare bermudagrass fairways for overseeding in the Desert Southwest USA have changed dramatically over the past five years.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 51, no 19, September 20 2013. Pages: 1-5

A better environment ... the key to better greens.
Author: Steve Isaac
In the first of a two-part series, Stev Issac, Director of Golf Course Management at The R&A, describes the successes and failures of five clubs aiming to achieve better year-round putting greens.
Greenkeeper International, October 2013. Pages: 24-27

The time has come.
Author: Bruce Williams
As the game grows so must the quality and conditions of the golf courses. That will only happen through development of a higher level of knowledge and education regarding what it takes to provide optimal playing conditions.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 58, October 2013. Pages: 36-39

Refresh. Re-fertilize.
Author: Katie Tuttle
Autumn is a time for superintendents to step back and start planning their fall fertilization program.
Golf Course Industry, September 17 2013.

Cranfield targets: much improved experience.
Cranfield Golf Centre, near Romford, is currently embarking on a five year major remodelling and innovation program. A synthetics turf target green has been created where the ball reacts exactly as it does on a real grass green.
Golf Business News, September 25 2013.

Green route to winter disease control.
Over 90% of greenkeepers are keen to employ an Integrated Turf Management approach to minimising the risk of disease attacks this winter.
Golf Business News, September 30 2013.

Experts advise on turf management over autumn and winter period.
Author: Sean Dudley
The threat of winter disease will be starting to creep increasingly into the thoughts of greenkeepers as the seasons start to change, and many are keen to employ an integrated turf management approach to minimise the risk of disease attacks.
Golf Course Architecture, 1 October 2013.

A new role for synthetics.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Jon Sacott of Nicklaus Design and Kevin Holinaty of Southwest Greens tell Adam Lawrence why they believe synthetic turf will be an important part of golf's future.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 32-33

Golf course maintenance equipment 101.
Author: Derf Soller
As expectations for golf course conditioning have changed over time, so too have the sizes of equipment fleets. Never before have so many specialized pieces of equipment and tools been necessary for golf course maintenance and conditioning.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 51, no 21, October 18 2013. Pages: 1-13

Preparing for a major international tournament: Monty dons the greenkeeper's cap.
Next month a Colin Montgomerie-designed Turkish club hosts one of the worl'd's biggest golf events. Greenkeeping speaks to its British course manager about how preparations are going.
Greenkeeping, October 2013. Pages: 16-19

On course: Greens - do you really need to re-build?
Author: A J Beggs
It is believed within some Clubs that greens have a finite life and it is time to replace them. The truth is that well maintained greens, on the right soils in the right location, can probably last indefinitely.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 22, October 2013. Page: 176

The 2013 Open Championship: the greenkeeping story.
Author: Richard Windows
The warm and dry weather played a major part in the story of The 2013 Open, but so did the agronomic quality of the course, combined with the skill, judgement and knowledge of the greenkeeping team.
STRI Bulletin for Sport Surface Management, Issue 263, October 2013. Pages: 15-17

Firm, fast Open passes sustainability test.
Author: Steve Isaac
Preparing for a Major Championship after a prolonged spell of dry weather, as was the case for The Open at Muirfield, makes it all the more complex.
STRI Bulletin for Sport Surface Management, Issue 263, October 2013. Pages: 31-32

Renovation and repairs: Soft wear.
Author: Richard Windows
Most greenkeepers have faced the problem of moisture retention at the top of the soil profile, which often reults in greens that are too soft. Top dressing is the most effective way to tackle the problem.
Greenkeeping, October 2013. Pages: 6-8

Bunker sand.
Author: George Shiels
Golfers seek the perfect bunker, one that is consistent, regardless of the weather. Where sand depth never varies and the ball never disappears from view, and every bunker on the course has to be identical in every respect.
Talking Turf, October 2013.

The Superintendent Triangle.
Author: Mark McKinney
Golf course superintendents face the daunting task of balancing agronomics, course presentation and budget limitations.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 51, no 19, September 20 2013. Pages: 1-3

Health & Safety

Golfers live five years longer
Author: Tania Longmire
Heart Research UK is urging everyone in the UK to take up golf - as regular golfers live, on average, five years longer than non-golfers, according to Swedish research.
Golf Club Management, 6 September 2013.


Two French projects set for completion by the end of 2013.
Author: Sean Dudley
EIGCA Senior Member Robert Berthet is set to complete two new projects in France before the end of 2013. Berthet has been working at two clubs – Golf Club de Coulondres in Languedoc-Roussillon, and Maudétour-en-Vexin Golf Club in Val-d’Oise.
Golf Course Architecture, 25 September 2013.

The story from Switzerland.
Author: David Bily
Why affluent Switzerland is a tough place to develop more golf courses.
Golf Course Architecture, 3 September 2013.

Christian Lundin’s renovations at Ekerum nearing completion.
Author: Sean Dudley
(re)GOLF is directing the construction work on a renovation project at the Långe Jan course at Ekerum, Scandinavia’s largest golf resort. EIGCA Associate Member Christian Lundin is behind the project, with work set to be completed in October.
Golf Course Architecture, 26 September 2013.

Poll results are positive for golf industry.
Only one in 10 golf club members is unlikely to renew their subscription for 2014 according to a poll carried out by HowDidiDo, thought to be Europe’s largest golfing community.
Golf Business News, October 18 2013.

New Survey: Spain still Europe’s No.1 golf destination
A new study of European golfers reveals that Spain remains the No.1 travel destination for visitors from the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia, with more than 28% of respondents playing golf in the country over the past 12 months.
Golf Business News, October 18 2013.

Historic Scottish golf club is closed down.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Lothianburn Golf Club has closed down after its membership dropped from more than 820 to 270 in the last nine years. This is despite some positive signs for the industry in recent weeks & the support Scottish golf clubs receive from their government.
Golf Course Management, 3 October 2013.

Understanding players.
Author: Rod Burke
New research into golfers' attitudes towards courses, playing conditions and social enjoyment will help the game evolve and deliver long-tern commercial success.
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 50-51

Continental drift?
Author: Adam Lawrence
Asia has been golf's most dramatic growth region in recent years. But has golf development stalled across the continent, or is the momentum still there?
Golf Course Architecture, Issue 34, October 2013. Pages: 22-29

Clubs spending heavily on non-golf facilities.
Author: Emma Williams
Several golf clubs are spending heavily on improving their facilities in a sign that the worst may be over for the industry. However, most of the money is being spent on non-golf offerings.
Golf Club Management, 24 September 2013.

IAGTO Golf Tourism Report 2013
Global golf holiday sales grew by an average of 9.3% in 2012 from the previous year, according to the inaugural IAGTO Annual Golf Tourism Report
Golf Business Community (KPMG), 8 October 2013.

Will baby boomers go bust?
Over the next 10-15 years, about 76 million baby boomers will retire. While hopes are high for a boom in the golf industry, courses & businesses should curb their expectations because this generation may not be golfing as much as their predecessors.
National Golf Foundation Dashboard, September 2013.

Tracking golf’s global expansion.
In late 2010, with the support of the R&A and 15 of golf’s leading companies, NGF undertook the ambitious taskof developing a definitive worldwide database of golf facilities. Here are the preliminary results of the project.
National Golf Foundation Dashboard, October 2013.


Irrigation maintenance: Water in winter.
Author: Roger Davey
You might not need to use your irrigation system this winter, but ignoring it could mean that you won't be able to use it next summer. How you should maintain an irrigation system during the winter months.
Greenkeeping, October 2013. Page: 26

Sustainable Development

Free entreprise-based sustainability.
Author: Ron Dodson
A viable local economy is essential to sustainability. This includes job opportunities, sufficient tax base and revenue to support government and the provision of infrasturcture and services, and a suitable business climate.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 58, October 2013. Pages: 50-51

Designing sustainable planting schemes.
Author: Janine Pattison
Proper selection of plants well suited to their environment will result in better performing planting which requires fewer inputs.
Pro Landscaper, October 2013. Page: 33

Green drive to the fore.
Four sustainability projects in Perthshire are to benefit from nearly a quarter of a million pounds of funding from the Scottish Government as part the green legacy of The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Golf Business News, October 11 2013.


Let's prevent these lowly scums from affecting golf!
Author: James Prusa
Cyanobacteria are photsynthetic organisms that need a low density turfgrass canopy to access light. They produce potent, dangerous toxins that act like herbicides and even threaten human health.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 58, October 2013. Pages: 40-45

Changing face of anthracnose.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
Dr Terry Mabbett speaks to various industry experts to analyse how anthracnose has changed, how to deal with it and how it can be one of the downsides of good summers.
Greenkeeper International, October 2013. Pages: 28-32

Fusarium ... Better the devil you know.
Author: Henry Bechelet.
If we want to minimise the occurnce of damaging disease attacks, it is essential to know the pathogen and understand what it is trying to do.
Greenkeeper International, October 2013. Pages: 36-38

How efficient are foliar applied nitrogen applications?
How much of the nitrogen does the turf foliage actually absorb? USGA-sponsored field research at the University of Arkansas and University of Illinois indicate that creeping bentgrass can rapidly absorb most nitrogen sources applied to the leaves.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 51, no 21, October 18 2013.

Phosphite and turf.
Author: Dave Lawson
Over the past few years there has been an increasing interest in the use of phosphite-containing products for turf maintenance. The rationale for this is their proven use in enhancing disease suppression, particularly against soil-borne Phytophthora.
STRI Bulletin for Sport Surface Management, Issue 263, October 2013. Pages: 29-30

Fighting Fusarium with nutrients.
Leigh Swann, Head Greenkeeper at Trentham Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, had become accustomed to a persistent problem with Fusarium Patch on his tees and greens over the winter. But this March and April it was absent or considerably reduced.
Turf Business, 15 October 2013.

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