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What will this ‘surfing’ idea mean for greenkeeping?

What will this ‘surfing’ idea mean for greenkeeping? Updated

🕔03:10, 8.Oct 2015

Three UK golf clubs have taken brought in a number of ‘part skateboards, part Segways and part buggies’, which allow golfers to ‘surf fairways’ between shots, dramatically speeding up play. All three venues took delivery of their GolfBoards in August,

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Is this Britain’s most environmentally friendly golf club?

Is this Britain’s most environmentally friendly golf club? Updated

🕔03:33, 2.Oct 2015

Coventry Golf Club has been hailed as Britain’s most environmentally friendly golf club after it became the first in England to be re-certified to the eco GEO standard. Coventry’s close relationship with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WKWT) has seen many

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Seventh generation of Toro greensmowers at Kingsdown GC

Seventh generation of Toro greensmowers at Kingsdown GC Updated

🕔02:24, 30.Sep 2015

Established in 1880, Kingsdown Golf Club is a club with longevity. It is the oldest club in Wiltshire and has outlived all but 12 English clubs, even its greens machines have outlived the competition! Most recently the club has invested

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UK’s first ever footgolf resort opens in the UK

UK’s first ever footgolf resort opens in the UK Updated

🕔03:00, 25.Sep 2015

The seemingly unstoppable rise of footgolf in the UK has reached another milestone with an Oxfordshire venue becoming the first resort in the UK to open a course specifically for the hybrid sporting mix of football and golf. Heythrop Park

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Study finds using signs with eyes will lead to pitchmarks being repaired

Study finds using signs with eyes will lead to pitchmarks being repaired Updated

🕔04:11, 16.Sep 2015

A bizarre study carried out at Surrey Downs Golf Club has found that signs containing eyes are more likely to get golfers to repair pitchmarks. Sport Psychology (SPL) partnered with Wimbledon Signs to erect a sign by a green that

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Support for the 2015 STRI research field days

Support for the 2015 STRI research field days

🕔03:31, 16.Sep 2015

Farmura is supporting the 2015 Sports Turf Research Institute field days taking place September 16 and 17 in Bingley, UK. The free event is designed to offer insights into the latest research and advancements in managing sports turf. Over the

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Boyes and Dexter win student gongs

Boyes and Dexter win student gongs Updated

🕔03:55, 10.Sep 2015

Michael Boyes, assistant golf course superintendent at the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, is this year’s recipient of the Ransomes Jacobsen-sponsored best student award at Myerscough College. For the past two years, Michael has been studying for his BSc

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Dr Gordon McKillop to stand down as STRI’s CEO

Dr Gordon McKillop to stand down as STRI’s CEO Updated

🕔03:36, 1.Sep 2015

STRI’s chief executive, Dr Gordon McKillop, is to retire next Easter after what will be nearly 16 years as head of the world-leading sports turf research consultancy. Gordon joined STRI from what was then the Central Science Laboratory (CSL), a

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South Essex GC course manager is also a beekeeper

South Essex GC course manager is also a beekeeper Updated

🕔02:48, 19.Aug 2015

South Essex Golf Centre has its customers in a buzz with the club’s own brand of honey. Course manager Peter Dawson has been beekeeping on the golf course for several years, and golfers can now sample limited quantities of South

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New training business launched for the industry

New training business launched for the industry Updated

🕔02:46, 11.Aug 2015

Ian Mitchell, the former operator training specialist with Ransomes Jacobsen, has formed High Five Training, a new training business providing support for the groundscare industry. Operating from Ipswich in Suffolk, High Five offers a nationwide training service specialising in high

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Tewkesbury Park appoints new head greenkeeper

Tewkesbury Park appoints new head greenkeeper Updated

🕔03:44, 5.Aug 2015

Tewkesbury Park Hotel in Gloucestershire has strengthened its golf team with the appointment of a new head greenkeeper: Chris Bromley. Chris brings a wealth of experience to his new role having previously worked at The Belfry and most recently as

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Celtic Manor installs water feature

Celtic Manor installs water feature Updated

🕔22:26, 4.Aug 2015

The Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, South Wales, has boosted the aesthetic of its golf clubhouse front with the addition of a new Otterbine water feature. Installed in the resort’s two-tiered ornamental pond in front of the clubhouse, where two

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Star chef helped greenkeepers at the Open

Star chef helped greenkeepers at the Open Updated

🕔03:41, 29.Jul 2015

The greenkeeping team at the Old Course, St Andrews Links, were helped by Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin, as they prepared and worked on July’s 144th Open Championship. Tom, who is owner and head chef at award-winning The Kitchin, surprised

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Fundraising campaign set up for severely ill greenkeeper

Fundraising campaign set up for severely ill greenkeeper Updated

🕔04:24, 23.Jul 2015

A fundraising campaign has been set up for Mike Mosse, a very popular 51-year-old golf course manager, who is now receiving critical care for oesophageal cancer. Mike was the course manager at Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club in East

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UK writer wins international award for ‘lost golf course’ article

UK writer wins international award for ‘lost golf course’ article Updated

🕔02:04, 22.Jul 2015

Peter Driver, Ransomes Jacobsen’s long-serving public relations manager, has won an international writing award from the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), a US-based professional body composed of editors, writers and publishers involved in ‘green industry’ communications. From the 27

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Course Care website goes live

Course Care website goes live Updated

🕔03:09, 16.Jul 2015

Highspeed Group has launched its new website, CourseCare.net. As part of its ongoing development programme review, the company recognised the need for an easy online purchase option. The new web store, created and maintained by Highspeed’s business development manager, Ryan

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Sponsorship for student Irish greenkeeping award

Sponsorship for student Irish greenkeeping award Updated

🕔04:07, 9.Jul 2015

Everris has demonstrated its commitment to education by supporting the ‘Student Greenkeeper of the Year’ award in Ireland. The award is part of the Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board’s (LWETB) ‘Greenkeeping Training Course’ run at Naas Golf Club

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‘The worst is over for most golf clubs’

‘The worst is over for most golf clubs’

🕔02:16, 17.Jun 2015

The director of an organisation that markets golf clubs to potential buyers has said that the worst of the financial problems that has beset the industry has come to an end. Golf clubs have struggled since the financial crash in

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Green body GEO awarded EIGCA’s Harry Colt Award

Green body GEO awarded EIGCA’s Harry Colt Award Updated

🕔23:57, 6.Jun 2015

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) has presented its Harry Colt Award to the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO). The trophy, which is awarded to an organisation or individual for their outstanding contribution to golf and golf development, was

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This club’s bunkers are made of recycled beer bottles

This club’s bunkers are made of recycled beer bottles

🕔23:47, 1.Jun 2015

The sand in the bunkers of Beauchief Golf Course in Sheffield is now made of recycled glass. The environmentally friendly initiative, which began in April, has seen the club become one of the first in the country to take the

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Bayer calls for support as Merit Turf is withdrawn

Bayer calls for support as Merit Turf is withdrawn Updated

🕔23:44, 24.May 2015

Bayer CropScience has received a formal notification from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) that its granular insecticide Merit® Turf (MAPP No 12415), which many greenkeepers use, is to be withdrawn from the market. Formal notification of the revocation has been

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