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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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Why West Essex GC has been using a contractor for its golf course maintenance since 2010

Why West Essex GC has been using a contractor for its golf course maintenance since 2010 Updated

🕔22:50, 13.May 2015

West Essex GC has been using a contractor for its golf course maintenance since 2010. What are the differences or advantages to this approach? Tania Longmire takes a look The company engaged with the maintenance contract for West Essex GC

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Roland McPhearson wins Edwin Budding award

Roland McPhearson wins Edwin Budding award Updated

🕔05:31, 4.May 2015

Roland McPhearson, equipment manager at Azalea City Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama, is the 2014 winner of the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) Edwin Budding Award. The award is sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen and was presented to him

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Club left with £100k bill after horses rampage over course

Club left with £100k bill after horses rampage over course Updated

🕔23:54, 21.Apr 2015

Calverley Golf and Country Club in Yorkshire has been left with a £100,000 bill after several loose horses ran over the course.   The extraordinary incident has happened so many times that local newspaper the Telegraph & Argus has reported

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Environment body slams 15 golf courses over water usage

Environment body slams 15 golf courses over water usage Updated

🕔07:03, 29.Mar 2015

Scottish golf courses have been exposed for taking more water than they are allowed to by a major government agency that has the power to take legal action against them. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has condemned the performance

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Greenkeeper sues club after slicing foot with chainsaw

Greenkeeper sues club after slicing foot with chainsaw Updated

🕔05:57, 15.Mar 2015

A greenkeeper is suing his golf club for a five-figure sum of money after slicing his foot with a chainsaw. According to Dundee’s Evening Telegraph, James Gowans, 47, has lodged court action against Downfield Golf Club after claiming that a

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Golf in state of shock as 20-year-old man dies at Celtic Manor

Golf in state of shock as 20-year-old man dies at Celtic Manor

🕔07:01, 5.Mar 2015

A 20-year-old man has died at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales after the spraying vehicle he was in rolled into one of the club’s lakes. Ollie Floyd, who was an operator for Complete Weed Control and also a member of

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Swan re-elected to lead golf consultants’ association

Swan re-elected to lead golf consultants’ association Updated

🕔21:55, 1.Mar 2015

Experienced golf course architect Howard Swan was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Golf Consultants Association (GCA) at its recent annual general meeting. The senior consultant at the family owned Swan Golf Designs, Swan – GCA chairman since 2013 – will

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