Date: Wed 12 Mar 2014

What's in the news? March 2014

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, and Greenkeeping.


Is it time for a facelift?
Author: Todd Lowe
Identifying and correcting common age-related problems on golf courses in Florida and other areas with a year-round growing season.
USGA Green Section Record, Vo 52, no 5, March 7 2014. Pages: 1-6


The top 10 courses in Ireland.
Author: Brian McCallen
Scotland may be the Home of Golf, but without exaggeration, the best seaside links in Ireland are simply the finest in the game.
Links Newsletter, 14 March 2014.

Keeping your nerve in Andalucía.
Author: Mark Alexander
Even during the tough times, Marbella has remained a favourite among Europen golfers. Mark Alexander visits La Cala resort which has reisted cutting its prices and is now well placed for better times ahead.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 94, February 2014. Pages: 26-28

Reay Golf Club: in balance with Mother Nature.
Reay Golf Club is the northernmost links course in the UK. This article looks at the work there in conservation and ecology.
Pitchcare, Issue 53, February 2014. Pages: 84-87

Golspie Golf Club: once more unto the breach!
Golspie Golf Club is situated ten miles north of Royal Dornoch in Scotland. Head Greenkeeper, Alexander MacDonald explains how he has inproved the course over the past six and a half years.
Pitchcare, Issue 52, December 2013. Pages: 14-18

Ringing the changes at The Belfry.
Set in 500 acres of stunning countryside in the heart of England, The Belfry features two championship golf courses.
Pitchcare, Issue 52, December 2013. Pages: 20-25


Working with water.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Reports on how SGCA members are helping client courses become more environmentally responsible, especially with regard to water use.
By Design, Issue 18, Spring 2014. Pages: 8-11

Our environment: heading for maximum carrying capacity.
Author: Antony Wainwright
Antony Wainwright believes that greenkeepers can play an important role in preserving the environment, especially given that the total acreage of UK golf clubs far outweighs that of nature reserves.
Pitchcare, Issue 52, December 2013. Pages: 108-111

Golf - the Game

Campaign for REAL Golf.
The Campaign for REAL Golf aims to revive the original values of golf and encourages today’s players and administrators to develop a better game to hand on to the next generation.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 16, no 3, March 2014. Pages: 19-20

The R&A ‘likely to end men-only award’.
Author: Tania Longmire
The R&A has said it will make a decision on whether it will continue awarding the Open Championship to men-only golf clubs shortly. The announcement comes as one of the tournament’s key sponsors has hinted it will pull out if the policy continues.
Golf Club Management, 12 March 2014.

‘Women & Golf’ magazine publish groundbreaking research on female participation
Women golfers could have an important role to play in introducing children to golf and nurturing young players, a new survey featured in the March/April issue of ‘Women & Golf’ magazine has revealed.
Golf Business News, February 28 2014.

Smooth flow.
ASGCA is playing a leading role in efforts to make golf quicker. Members of the ASGCA Pace of Play committee discuss how design can influence pace.
By Design, Issue 18, Spring 2014. Pages: 18-19

The case for the 9-hole golf course.
Author: Jonathan Gaunt
It makes good economic and environmental sense to develop 9-hole courses and specialist golf operators say that they can work profitably
Pitchcare, Issue 51, Oct/Nov 2013.

‘Golf takes too long to play’.
Author: Tania Longmire
Luke Donald and Nicolas Colsaerts join England Golf's CEO David Joy and The R&A's CEO Peter Dawson in stating that slow play is damaging golf.
Golf Club Management, 25 February 2014.


The final piece of the jigsaw.
Author: Billy McMillan
The more forward thinking clubs will have had a course policy document in place for some time, to establich and maintain those standards expected in the daily maintenance of the golf course.
Pitchcare, Issue 52, December 2013. Pages: 30-33

The importance of good drainage.
Author: Kate Bentley
Good drainage is a fundamental requirement of any turf playing surface, but particularly where the sport is played through the winter months. Where golf predominantly used to be a summer sport, in recent decades demand for winter golf has increased.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 16, no 3, March 2014. Pages: 24,21

Poor drainage; flushing money down the drain!
Wet, boggy courses lose revenue but the solution is not always expensive drainage projects, this timely ‘health check’ is from the Course Management section of The R&A’s website
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 16, No 2, February 2014. Pages: 12-13

The dirt on compost.
Author: John Torsiello
Top dressing with compost may give your turf maintenance program a boost.
Golf Course Industry, February 19 2014.

The big three of putting green setup: firmness, slope, and speed.
Author: Chris Hartwiger
Three principles, three tools, and three applications will have you on your way to creative, fair, and fun playing conditions.
USGA Green Section Record, Vo 52, no 4, February 21 2014. Pages: 1-3

Shade to measure.
Author: Richard Brown
A European meadowgrass that is tolerant to most diseases, cold weather and even shade is now available for British golf courses.
Greenkeeping, March 2014. Page: 9

Airway to heaven - drainage and aeration.
Author: James Sprightley
The wet weather that hit Britain this winter is a reminder that turf needs to be aerated.
Greenkeeping, March 2014. Pages: 28-31

Here comes the sun - preparing for summer.
Author: James Sprightley
Now is the time to address the work of preparing the golf course for the new season. But it is particularly difficult this year due to the wet winter.
Greenkeeping, March 2014. Pages: 10-12

Nursery green wanted.
Author: Ty McClellan
Better safe than sorry. When sod is needed to repair putting surfaces, will you be ready? A nursery green is like an insurance policy that you hope you never have to rely on, but you’re covered if you do.
USGA Green Section Record, Vo 52, no 5, March 7 2014. Pages: 1-6

A friend in seed.
Author: Jane Carley
Overseeding is one of the most effective ways of improving greens or introducing new species.
Greenkeeping, March 2014. Pages: 6-8

Special sustainability.
Author: Nobert Lischka
'Golf and trees don't mix' is an old saying amongst architects, but when Nobert LischkaMG was faced with filtration problems on his woodland course of Falkenstein in Germany he set out to disprove it…
Greenkeeper International, March 2014. Pages: 34-37

Health & Safety

Sounds dangerous.
Author: Mickey McCord
Daily noise exposure leaves crews in danger of permanent hearing loss. This article outlines the key maintenance areas to be aware of at your course.
Golf Course Industry, February 19 2014.


Harradine to design a 9-hole golf course in Oman.
Harradine Golf has been contracted to design a 9-hole golf course with driving range and practice facilities as part of a new tourism and real estate development in the sea side town of Qurayyat, Oman.
Golf Business News, February 21 2014.

One golf club closes every two days in USA.
Author: Emma Williams
The National Golf Foundation (NGF) has reported that there were 157.5 golf course closures in the country last year, a slight rise over 2012. The number of private clubs are now at the same level they were in 1929.
Golf Club Management, 11 March 2014.

‘Scottish clubs will continue to close down’.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The CEO of the Scottish Golf Union has said more golf clubs in Scotland will close down as some venues are adapting to change too slowly.
Golf Club Management, 21 February 2014.

Global view.
Interviews with ASGCA members on the challenges of working on projects outside the US.
By Design, Issue 18, Spring 2014. Pages: 12-15

Weller Designs aiming to improve practice facilities at West Hill.
The project includes the enlargement, re-profiling and drainage of the entire practice ground outfield and the construction of a new, purpose-built covered practice range.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 94, February 2014. Page: 8

5 reasons why golf is in recovery.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
The signs are actually positive for the industry. Forty-two percent of members’ clubs reported financial growth in 2013 - a rise from just 25 percent in 2011, according to a new survey.
Golf Club Management, 14 February 2014.

Local authorities relinquish more golf clubs.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Municipal golf clubs played a major role in the golf make-up of the United Kingdom in the 1970s & 1980s, but budgetary restraints on local authorities in recent years has meant that many have closed or been handed over to a new authority.
Golf Club Management, 6 March 2014.

Althaus and Nelson combine for more alterations at German island club.
Author: Adam Lawrence
Architect Christian Althaus and construction firm Greenmakers by Nelson&Vecchio have begun work on a programme of alterations to Golf Club Föhr, located on the island of the same off the northern coast of Germany.
Golf Course Architecture, 13 February 2014.

Members vote to shut prestigious golf club.
Author: Emma Williams
Members of the Royal Norwich Golf Club, one of the most traditional and prestigious golf clubs in the world, have agreed to close their course down so that it can be converted into a housing estate.
Golf Club Management, 27 February 2014.

Golf courses devastated by winter weather.
Golf clubs across the UK and Ireland are evaluating the damage from flooding and gales seen this winter.
Greenkeeping, March 2014. Page: 2

Legal Issues

Golf courses and protected species: staying within the law.
Author: Gemma Holmes
Golf courses support a plethora of wildlife, some of which is strictly protected. It is essential to ensure that due diligence is demonstrated in resepct of protected species and habitats.
Pitchcare, Issue 52, December 2013. Pages: 112-113


Soil family.
Author: Clive Pearson
An overview of the roles bacteria and fungi play in a golf course's soil profile.
Greenkeeping, March 2014. Page: 35

Sampling technique.
Author: Henry Bechelet
Soil analysis provides vital information to help formulate nutrition programmes, but care must be taken with the sampling method if the results are to be trusted.
Greenkeeper International, March 2014. Pages: 48-50

Sustainable Development

Ryder Cup Green Drive to extend positive legacies.
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.
Driving the Green (GEO), October 2013.

Consider the alternatives.
Author: Erik Larsen
Many golf facilities could improve their fortunes by introducing other activities on their property.
By Design, Issue 18, Spring 2014. Pages: 16-17

Sustainability awards in golf tourism.
Following the announcement of a strategic partnership between the world’s golf tourism trade organisation, IAGTO, and the GEO exactly a year ago, sustainability took centre stage at the 14th annual IAGTO Awards in Costa Daurada, Spain.
Driving the Green (GEO), 14 January 2014.


Growth potential: are your greens reaching theirs?
Author: Greg Evans
A relatively new concept puts temperature at the very heart of a fertility programme. The author shares his experience of implementing this in his role as Course Manager at Ealing Golf Club.
Pitchcare, Issue 53, February 2014. Pages: 80-83

Proper I.D.
Author: Rob Thomas
Correct bug identification allows you to better manage their threats to your turf.
Golf Course Industry, February 19 2014.

Chemical Control of Turfgrass Diseases 2014.
Author: Paul Vincelli; Gregg Munshaw
An essential guide to using chemicals to control turfgrass disease
Turf Weekly (GCSAA), February 27 2014.

Thatch and Fusarium patch … All about balance.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
Fusarium patch caused by the fungus Microodochium nivale is the most navel-gazed disease in golf course management, hardly surprising since M. nivale is the most important pathogen of temperate turf & Fusarium patch the No 1 disease in UK sports turf.
Greenkeeper International, March 2014. Pages: 38-41

Overseeding preparation techniques for fairway seashore paspalum.
Author: D M Kopec; J Gilbert; M Pessaraki; S P Nolan
Overseeding practices for bermudagrass do not always work for seashore paspalum. A combination of herbicide, mowing and verticutting is key to successful transition.
Golf Course Management, February 2014.

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