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The Business of Golf Discussion: Innovation Or Stagnation Part 2

The Business of Golf Discussion: Innovation Or Stagnation Part 2

Management Topics     3:38 pm, August 23, 2019

Stuart Gillett, General Manager of Golf at Goodwood, in conversation with John Cockayne, the host of our Business of Golf Discussion Series

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Four Ways We’re Making Golf Everyone’s Game in 2019

Four Ways We’re Making Golf Everyone’s Game in 2019

Opinion     2:20 pm, August 23, 2019

Andrew Agnoli, Head of the Academy at Topgolf, explains how he shows fans of Topgolf that golf really can be ‘Everyone’s Game’, and that playing ‘proper golf’ on a course isn’t just for the select few

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Leadingcourses.com joins forces with Chronogolf

Leadingcourses.com joins forces with Chronogolf

Corporate     11:06 am, August 23, 2019

Golf clubs using online tee booking service Chronogolf now have the opportunity to open up their tee sheets to the rapidly growing community of Leadingcourses.com, tapping into more than 400,000 potential new customers each month

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PowaKaddy solidifies position as trolley market leader

PowaKaddy solidifies position as trolley market leader

Retail     10:47 am, August 23, 2019

PowaKaddy has reported strong sales performance in the first half of the year, with the brand currently enjoying a 60% share of the UK electric trolley market for combined sales across the on- and off-course channels, according to golf industry research specialists Golf Datatech

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Teesside’s transformation

Teesside’s transformation

Courses     10:10 am, August 23, 2019

In the last ten years Teesside Golf Club at Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees has undergone the biggest transformation of any club in the area, both on and off the course, which has been altered dramatically with the introduction of new tees, ponds and bunkers and the planting of more than 30,000 trees

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“Flagstick in the hole – yes or no?”

“Flagstick in the hole – yes or no?”

Media     10:00 am, August 23, 2019

New golf rules came into force at the beginning of this year. One of the changes affects putting – the flag may now be left in the hole when putting. However, this has led to controversy as to whether the flagstick is a help or a hindrance to holing the ball

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Stewart Golf announces largest ever sale

Stewart Golf announces largest ever sale

Corporate     9:00 am, August 23, 2019

British golf trolley manufacturer Stewart Golf has announced its largest ever sale, with 15% off all trolleys, bags and accessories starting today (August 23). It’s the first time ever that the British manufacturer of award-winning, hand-built electric and push trolleys has offered a blanket discount across such a wide variety of items on its website. […]

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FootJoy reports strong half-year market share figures

FootJoy reports strong half-year market share figures

Retail     8:54 am, August 23, 2019

FootJoy is continuing to dominate the golf footwear sector, with Golf Datatech figures for the first six months of the year showing the brand gaining a 49.5% market share in Europe. Offering a unique blend of comfort and spikeless performance, FootJoy’s Pro/SL remains the top-selling golf shoe with a 14.8% market share. If Pro/SL was […]

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PrideSports celebrates 1.5 billion PTS tee sales worldwide

PrideSports celebrates 1.5 billion PTS tee sales worldwide

Corporate     3:52 pm, August 22, 2019

The Pride Professional Tee System (PTS) is a proprietary system of colour-coded golf tees that allows for easy identification of tee length and appropriateness for various golf clubs. Following its introduction, the system quickly became the most successful tee range in the world and continues to lead the market

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‘Time for Change’ – Learn the secrets of the most successful club professionals

‘Time for Change’ – Learn the secrets of the most successful club professionals

Management Topics     3:50 pm, August 22, 2019

CPD Training by Peter Durham, Retail Business Consultant to The PGA and The Business Relationship Officers 17th and 18th September at PGA HQ

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‘Par For The Force’

‘Par For The Force’

Sponsorship     3:41 pm, August 22, 2019

Police Scotland announce that Solheim Cup will feature first ever all-female police command structure

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ALS Contracts takes delivery of GroundPro MT200 Flex-Verticutter

ALS Contracts takes delivery of GroundPro MT200 Flex-Verticutter

New Products     3:32 pm, August 22, 2019

The tractor-mounted scarifier was launched by GroundPro, a trading division of Wiedenmann UK. It provides a rapid response to difficulties that may occur in the vital area lying just beneath the turf surface

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Troia secures GEO sustainability certification

Troia secures GEO sustainability certification

Courses     8:48 am, August 22, 2019

Portugal’s Troia Resort has been recognised for its continued sustainability by the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) after receiving the prestigious accolade of becoming GEO Certified

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Titleist Strengthens Position as best-selling ball brand

Titleist Strengthens Position as best-selling ball brand

Corporate     8:39 am, August 22, 2019

The brand’s market share value in the golf ball category has grown by over 5% year on year across the total market, with equal gains in both green grass retailers and off course outlets. This has been driven by its performance within the premium sector

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Amendoeira’s Fresh 2020 Vision For World Kids Golf

Amendoeira’s Fresh 2020 Vision For World Kids Golf

Growing the Game     8:00 am, August 22, 2019

After the success of the 11th World Kids Golf Championship held in July Amendoeira Golf Resort is already turning its attentions to 2020

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HSBC UK Funding Drives Cheshire Golf Club Renovation

HSBC UK Funding Drives Cheshire Golf Club Renovation

Corporate     4:00 pm, August 21, 2019

Dunham Forest Golf & Country Club features a 1535 sq. metre clubhouse, complete with two bars, several flexible function rooms and a halfway house on the course. With the support of HSBC UK’s funding, the business has refurbished its clubhouse to meet rising demand for conferences, society days, corporate events and bespoke weddings

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Fresh Pair Of Eyes On Toro At The Bradford Golf Club

Fresh Pair Of Eyes On Toro At The Bradford Golf Club

Courses     3:51 pm, August 21, 2019

If success is a fresh pair of eyes, then The Bradford Golf Club in West Yorkshire has well and truly succeeded since the arrival of its first Toro fleet

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Troon International Promotes Francisco De Lancastre David To Cluster General Manager

Troon International Promotes Francisco De Lancastre David To Cluster General Manager

People     3:31 pm, August 21, 2019

Francisco de Lancastre David takes on the role of Cluster General Manager of Aldar Investment’s three Abu Dhabi Golf Clubs following Troon’s latest partnership with Yas Links

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Carden Park unveils new-look golf facilities

Carden Park unveils new-look golf facilities

Corporate     2:05 pm, August 21, 2019

Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire has revealed its first golf development since announcing its three-year strategic investment programme earlier this summer. England’s Golf Hotel of the Year has unveiled a newly-refurbished pro shop plus a custom-fitting studio kitted out with TrackMan technology. The new pro shop now offers TaylorMade and Ping equipment and Green Lamb […]

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Le Golf National invests in new short game area

Le Golf National invests in new short game area

Courses     11:16 am, August 21, 2019

Not content to rest on its laurels after the success of hosting last year’s Ryder Cup, Le Golf National’s management team is continuing to invest in its facilities, building a substantial new training area for short game practice. Located between the 16th green of the Albatros course and the club’s driving range, the new short […]

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Titleist launches Tour Soft Towel Promotion

Titleist launches Tour Soft Towel Promotion

Retail     9:41 am, August 21, 2019

Titleist has launched a promotion that offers a branded golf towel for golfers who purchase a box of a dozen of its Tour Soft golf balls. Available through August, and while stocks last, Titleist is supporting its retail partners with effective in-store POS and digital marketing materials to ensure consumers are fully aware of the […]

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A Business of Golf Discussion: Innovation or Stagnation?

A Business of Golf Discussion: Innovation or Stagnation?

Opinion     9:00 am, August 21, 2019

John Cockayne, the host of our Business of Golf Discussion Series, introduces the topic: Looking for new revenue streams in golf. Innovation or Stagnation? ‘If it isn’t broken don’t fix it’ has very definite relevance in certain areas of business, especially when many product, IT or service process related changes seem, at least to an […]

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Club Car supplies utility vehicle fleet to The Palm, Dubai

Club Car supplies utility vehicle fleet to The Palm, Dubai

Corporate     1:39 pm, August 20, 2019

Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has supplied a new fleet of electric utility vehicles to the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. The emission-free vehicles are being used to meet a diverse range of needs across the luxury 46-hectare resort, from escorting guests around the ocean-themed complex to delivering goods and resources across its […]

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Big Max celebrates 25 years in the trolley business

Big Max celebrates 25 years in the trolley business

Corporate     11:18 am, August 20, 2019

A quarter of a century ago, while tinkering with an old two-wheel pull trolley, Thomas Reiter had an idea. A few hours later, with a third wheel fixed to the front of the trolley, the initial prototype for Europe’s first three-wheel push trolley had been created

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Club Managers in Midlands and North of England set to benefit from regional relaunch

Club Managers in Midlands and North of England set to benefit from regional relaunch

Corporate     11:08 am, August 20, 2019

CMAE London and Home Counties, which has been established as a Region of the Club Managers Association of Europe for many years, have agreed to expand their reach to Club Managers outside of the London & Home Counties and create a new CMAE English Region

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Environmental Sustainability and Pollution Prevention – Machinery and Vehicle wash-off

Environmental Sustainability and Pollution Prevention – Machinery and Vehicle wash-off

Opinion     11:07 am, August 20, 2019

Much has been said over recent years about the merits of water recycling wash systems to prevent pollution and conserve water. Here Bill Whittingham reports on recent developments.

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Medi8 Appoints Gareth Shaw As Business Expands Its Digital Portfolio

Medi8 Appoints Gareth Shaw As Business Expands Its Digital Portfolio

People     11:06 am, August 20, 2019

In this new role Gareth will support Medi8’s growing portfolio of digital marketing and social media clients as well as driving the company’s expansion plans for this increasingly important market segment.

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Stephen Bernhard to speak at APGS 2019

Stephen Bernhard to speak at APGS 2019

Exhibitions & Conferences     11:05 am, August 20, 2019

Stephen Bernhard's Company has launched the Bernhard Academy which aims to become a hub of knowledge for the turf industry and a centre promoting the learning and development across the globe

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Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge

Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge

Management Topics     11:00 am, August 20, 2019

Staged at Woburn ahead of the AIG Women’s British Open, the short format event was organised by The R&A in partnership with England Golf and proved to be popular for all involved

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HydroKnit Headlines FootJoy’s AW19 Apparel Collection

HydroKnit Headlines FootJoy’s AW19 Apparel Collection

New Products     3:16 pm, August 19, 2019

Throughout the design process of this year’s Autumn/Winter 2019 outerwear range, FootJoy endeavoured to rethink the traditional waterproof jacket. Feedback from tour players and amateur golfers highlighted a demand for a garment that provided full waterproof protection with all the comfort and versatility of a mid-layer

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Golf Pride unveils Tour Wrap MicroSuede grip

Golf Pride unveils Tour Wrap MicroSuede grip

New Products     3:03 pm, August 19, 2019

The latest extension to the Tour Wrap series is engineered with an additive finishing process that produces a brushed surface finish, delivering both a uniquely soft feel and added traction

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European Tour Announces Four-Point Plan To Tackle Slow Play

European Tour Announces Four-Point Plan To Tackle Slow Play

Innovation Centre     2:50 pm, August 19, 2019

The plan, which will be implemented at the start of the 2020 season, was approved by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee in July and fine-tuned over the past month. It will focus on four key areas: regulation, education, innovation and field sizes

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European PING Junior Solheim Cup announced

European PING Junior Solheim Cup announced

Sponsorship     2:31 pm, August 19, 2019

The 12 European players to take on the USA in the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles have been confirmed following the conclusion of the tenth and final qualifying event. The PING Junior Solheim Cup takes place over Gleneagles’ King’s Course on September 10-11, before the Solheim Cup is held over the PGA Centenary Course […]

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Tagmarshal Supports Pace of Play Initiative

Tagmarshal Supports Pace of Play Initiative

Corporate     12:11 pm, August 19, 2019

Tagmarshal, the golf course intelligence and pace-of-play management system trusted by public golf courses, private country clubs and resorts globally, supports the sentiments of world #1 golf professional, Brooks Koepka, in his calling for improvement of pace of play on the PGA Tour. “Professional golf is certainly not the only venue where pace of play […]

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ScotRail becomes Solheim Cup Sponsor 

ScotRail becomes Solheim Cup Sponsor 

Sponsorship     11:58 am, August 19, 2019

ScotRail, which delivers more than 86 million passenger journeys across Scotland every year, will provide promotional support for the biennial contest, which takes place from September 9-15

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Airport Parking & Hotels Website Highlights Best ‘Tee Before Take-Off’ Venues

Airport Parking & Hotels Website Highlights Best ‘Tee Before Take-Off’ Venues

Travel     11:23 am, August 19, 2019

For golfers eager to tee off at a UK golf course before heading to one of Europe’s golf courses this autumn, airport parking operator and retailer Airport Parking & Hotels (APH.com) has compared the facilities of 19 golf clubs near 21 of the UK’s airport hotels

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Golfers Get Lifesaving Support From New Motocaddy App

Golfers Get Lifesaving Support From New Motocaddy App

New Products     10:20 am, August 19, 2019

Motocaddy has upgraded its free-to-use GPS app to incorporate potential lifesaving features that indicate the location of on-course defibrillators and provide golfers with CPR instructions to administer to anyone suffering a cardiac arrest when playing golf

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Home victory delight as Lawrie wins first Staysure Tour Title

Home victory delight as Lawrie wins first Staysure Tour Title

Sponsorship     11:38 pm, August 18, 2019

Paul Lawrie won the Scottish Senior Open to claim his first Staysure Tour title in front of a home crowd at Craigielaw Golf Club

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PGA Fashion & Demo Experience hits the jackpot in Vegas

PGA Fashion & Demo Experience hits the jackpot in Vegas

Exhibitions & Conferences     8:43 am, August 16, 2019

The 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience welcomed thousands of PGA Professionals, industry leaders and lifestyle specialty retailers from 46 US states and 14 countries to Las Vegas for two days and nights packed with merchandise sourcing, buying, product testing, education, professional networking and special events. The annual industry gathering, coinciding with Las Vegas Fashion […]

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Golfbreaks boosts Pro Travel Team with new appointment

Golfbreaks boosts Pro Travel Team with new appointment

Travel     8:30 am, August 16, 2019

Golfbreaks has strengthened its to Pro Travel Team with the appointment of a new senior business development manager, Fraser Carr, who will service the travel needs of PGA Professionals in Scotland, Ireland and the North of England from his base in St Andrews. The appointment comes after Golfbreaks extended its partnership with the PGA, becoming a […]

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Course Design Insights; The Thinking Behind Simon Gidman’s Recent Work at The Cotswold Club

Course Design Insights; The Thinking Behind Simon Gidman’s Recent Work at The Cotswold Club

Courses     8:25 am, August 16, 2019

The principles of newly built courses are a far cry from when a majority of the courses in the UK were first built, writes Simon Gidman, Golf Course Architect

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PRG Launches Originals Clubhead Cover Collection

PRG Launches Originals Clubhead Cover Collection

New Products     8:18 am, August 16, 2019

PRG Bespoke Golf Accessories has launched PRG Originals – a limited-edition range of high-quality covers with unique, fully-embroidered designs that is available to buy online at www.prgoriginals.com and via PRG’s network of golf retailers. The Originals collection includes putter covers, wood covers and alignment stick covers. With a premium leatherette exterior and soft interior lining, […]

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Qatar Tourism hosts Golf Day at Royal Mid Surrey

Qatar Tourism hosts Golf Day at Royal Mid Surrey

Travel     8:15 am, August 16, 2019

Qatar National Tourism Council, along with partners Discover Qatar, Qatar Airways, Education City Golf Club and Doha Golf Club, co-hosted a golf day at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in south west London on August 2. The event promoted Qatar as an up-and-coming golf destination with state-of-the-art facilities. The newly opened Education City Golf Club in Doha […]

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National Golf Foundation Appoints David Lorentz as Chief Research Officer

National Golf Foundation Appoints David Lorentz as Chief Research Officer

People     8:11 am, August 16, 2019

Having spent the past seven years working on some of NGF’s most important research projects and with the organization’s most important clients David Lorentz is now to lead NGF’s Mission-Critical Research Functions

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Srixon rolls out update of AD333 ball

Srixon rolls out update of AD333 ball

New Products     12:47 pm, August 15, 2019

Srixon has unveiled details of the ninth generation of its AD333 golf ball, which will be available at retail in the UK from September 6. Available in Pure White and Tour Yellow, and priced at £24 per dozen, the latest version of its best-selling ball features an all-new FastLayer Core, which starts soft in the […]

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British Golf Show announces plans to enhance visitor experience

British Golf Show announces plans to enhance visitor experience

Exhibitions & Conferences     9:49 am, August 15, 2019

The organisers of the British Golf Show have announced a series of investments planned for next year, following a successful first event in May. An enhanced driving range, and the addition of a host of new visitor experiences, are highlights among the developments. In 2020, the driving range will become a second major event area, […]

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La Cala celebrates 30th anniversary in style

La Cala celebrates 30th anniversary in style

Courses     9:15 am, August 15, 2019

Luxury Spanish resort La Cala celebrated its 30th anniversary last month with a gastronomic extravaganza and party under the stars. The event, which was held at the Andalusian resort on July 12, was attended by world-renowned golf architect Cabell B Robinson, designer of La Cala’s three championship courses, and a number of local dignitaries, including […]

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Ryder Cup stars join BMW PGA Championship line up

Ryder Cup stars join BMW PGA Championship line up

Sponsorship     9:00 am, August 15, 2019

Jon Rahm, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren are the latest players from the winning European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup to join the star-studded field for the BMW PGA Championship, the fourth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai. The prestigious event at Wentworth Club enters a new chapter this year with […]

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Belfry Joins ‘Room To Reward’ Initiative

Belfry Joins ‘Room To Reward’ Initiative

Corporate     8:30 am, August 15, 2019

Room to Reward has announced the addition of The Belfry Hotel and Resort to the charity’s collection of hotel partners. The award-winning venue and host of the 2002 Ryder Cup is the latest property to join the initiative, created to give ‘thank you’ breaks to inspiring charity volunteers by utilising unsold hotel rooms. “Room to […]

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Peter Millar unveils autumn 2019 menswear collection

Peter Millar unveils autumn 2019 menswear collection

New Products     12:56 am, August 15, 2019

Peter Millar has unveiled its autumn 2019 menswear collection, designed for golfers who demand the finest quality fabrics and superior craftsmanship as well as proven performance technologies – from casual to formal and from club to course. As with every Peter Millar line, the Fall 19 collection can be coordinated throughout and includes everything from […]

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Last week's most read stories

  1. Club Car supplies utility vehicle fleet to The Palm, Dubai
  2. Le Golf National invests in new short game area
  3. European PING Junior Solheim Cup announced
  4. Carden Park unveils new-look golf facilities
  5. Tagmarshal Supports Pace of Play Initiative
  6. A Business of Golf Discussion: Innovation or Stagnation?
  7. Titleist launches Tour Soft Towel Promotion
  8. Titleist Strengthens Position as best-selling ball brand
  9. Stewart Golf announces largest ever sale
  10. FootJoy reports strong half-year market share figures

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