The latest legislation affecting greenkeepers

🕔14:38, 14.Aug 2013

David Mears is the managing director of Highspeed Group. Here, he analyses the plethora of legislation affecting greenkeepers today Washpads Much has been said about the requirement to comply with regulations across the EU and to prevent pollution. It is

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Worsley Park to invest £175K on its course

🕔11:04, 23.Jul 2013

Worsley Park, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Manchester, has announced it will invest over £175,000 in its championship golf course over the next 12 months. Most of the money will be spent on drainage and machinery, and this

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Richmond Park opens eco clubhouse

🕔10:11, 23.Jul 2013

Richmond Park Golf Club, in London’s largest royal park, has opened a new £2.5 million clubhouse. The building features an eco-roof made entirely from acid grassland “making it quite possibly the largest continuous green roof in the capital,” said a

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Letchworth Golf Club to use inert soil

🕔11:05, 15.Jul 2013

Letchworth Golf Club in Hertfordshire has applied for planning permission to build a six-hole golf course using inert soil – a material used in landfill waste. The development means the club is taking advantage of two of the biggest trends

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What does wet weather mean for golf clubs’ use of fertilisers?

🕔16:26, 25.Jun 2013

David Lawson, senior research officer at the STRI, argues that recent heavy rainfall means clubs need to look differently at the fertilisers they use Everyone is struggling with the weather. Its unpredictability causes major planning difficulties and, with the prolonged

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US greenkeepers earn high salaries

🕔10:37, 21.Jun 2013

American head greenkeepers now earn, on average, more than £53,000 per year, according to new data, far higher than their British counterparts. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) Compensation and Benefits Report has found that head superintendents, the

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Carnoustie fined following dog injury

🕔12:27, 2.Apr 2013

A golf club has been ordered to pay half of a dog walker’s vet’s bill after the animal injured its paw on irrigation equipment. Carnoustie Golf Links was taken to court by one of its former directors. Alastair Donaldson, a

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Shock £320k damages ruling against club

🕔15:11, 21.Mar 2013

Appeal court judges in Scotland have stunned the golf industry by announcing that a golf club must pay a substantially higher proportion of damages than had been previously ruled, after a golfer lost his eye when he was hit by

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How Hankley Common GC has maintained the heather on its golf course

🕔16:58, 18.Mar 2013

“It is always great to hear and read the results of greenkeepers’ endeavours in respect of their ecological management work and one club that has never failed to impress me in this area is Hankley Common. Many greenkeepers may regard

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£50k landfill grant for golf club

🕔11:17, 18.Mar 2013

One of the world’s oldest golf clubs has received £50,000 of government funding to update its course and clubhouse in an environmentally friendly way. Marlborough Golf Club in Wiltshire, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, has been awarded the

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Golfers ‘should pass etiquette test’

🕔11:05, 19.Feb 2013

More than nine in ten greenkeepers believe that golfers should pass a test on course care before they are allowed to play the game. That is the result of a survey of hundreds of members of the British and International

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Phil Weaver awarded OBE

🕔11:26, 18.Feb 2013

The course manager at Coventry Golf Club has become one of the first golf greenkeepers to ever be awarded an OBE. Phil Weaver, who is also the club’s head professional, as well as chairman of the PGA, received his OBE

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Greenkeepers find 2,000-year-old skull

🕔11:49, 5.Feb 2013

Greenkeepers renovating a bunker on a Scottish golf course have found a human skull that is believed to be 2,000 years old. The find, on the fourth hole at the nine-hole Musselburgh’s Old Links Golf Course, officially the oldest golf

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Beck kept course open during deluge

🕔11:11, 21.Jan 2013

The professional at a golf club that stayed open far more than its competitors during last year’s wet weather has said a beck was the cause of its drainage solution. Most golf courses in England struggled to cope with the

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Hockley GC appoints new course manager

🕔12:49, 19.Nov 2012

The former assistant courses manager at The London Club has been appointed the new golf course manager at Hockley Golf Club in Hampshire. Glenn Kirby spent nine years managing the Nicklaus-designed Heritage course and has nearly 20 years’ turf management

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Has rain affected your golf club this ‘summer’?

🕔10:21, 5.Jul 2012

The wet weather from April through to July in the UK has caused all sorts of problems for golf clubs – and more rain is forecast. For example, the World Blind Golf Championship had to be postponed, Orsett Golf Club

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How pesticide use was reduced on New York golf courses

🕔17:56, 3.Jun 2012

The golf course industry has been under scrutiny for pesticide use in New York for more than 25 years. The publication of Toxic Fairways; Risking groundwater contamination from pesticides on Long Island golf courses in 1991 inflamed the debate that

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Profile: Matthew Towler, course manager at Letchworth Golf Club

🕔16:38, 10.May 2012

Letchworth Golf Club’s main course was originally constructed over nine holes in 1905 and was extended to 18 in 1911 by Harry Vardon. Always picturesque, well maintained and a good challenge, the course was rather short on length by today’s

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An introduction to grass species for golf courses

🕔16:29, 10.May 2012

At its simplest, the choice of grasses for golf greens is bentgrass, red fescue or a mixture of bentgrass and red fescue. This is what you may choose but do not necessarily get. In many long-established golf greens the dominant

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Two new diseases that have been found on British courses

🕔16:20, 10.May 2012

Two newly emerging turf diseases have recently been confirmed in samples received from golf courses in the UK and Ireland and it is suspected that they are more prevalent in areas of fine turf than are currently recorded. During 2012,

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What is the role of a course manager?

🕔16:11, 13.Sep 2011

A good course manager runs his / her business as if it’s their own, while ensuring that the golfers have an enjoyable experience. Easier said than done perhaps, since the course manager has the delicate task of balancing sound agronomics

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