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A Positive Start

February 1st, 2017

With the attendance at BTME in Harrogate reported to be 10% up on last year and early returns from last week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando also showing increases over 2016, the new year has got off to a positive start. These numbers are in line with my own personal impressions. At both events the energy levels and optimism were strongly evident.

Let’s hope for similar results from the Golf Industry Show, the CMAA World Conference, the annual Conference of FEGGA and ‘Design Masters’ – the new International Golf Course Architects Conference to be held in Scotland.

February is going to be another busy month.

Geoff Russell, Publisher

gbc@golfbusinesslinks.net

@GBNPublisher

LET Announces 2017 Schedule

LET Announces 2017 Schedule

Sponsorship     11:55 pm, January 31, 2017

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HH Golf Club Survey 2016: Where to focus your budget for the years ahead

HH Golf Club Survey 2016: Where to focus your budget for the years ahead

Opinion     11:54 pm, January 31, 2017

The Hillier Hopkins Golf Club Survey for 2016 indicates steadily rising costs in areas such as staffing and maintenance, but also points towards increasing investment in their courses as a sign that both proprietary and members clubs are eager to capitalise on their main assets

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GOLF 20/20 announces the Game’s 2016 Charitable Impact

Management Topics     11:47 pm, January 31, 2017

Record numbers of golf facilities hosted events last year with golf's charitable impact greater than Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball League and National Hockey League combined

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Scottish Golf rides high in Orlando

Scottish Golf rides high in Orlando

Travel     11:40 pm, January 31, 2017

The Scottish golf tourism industry was out in force in the US last week as the country looks to build on a hugely successful 2016 during which US visitors to Scotland soared

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Chris Wood Opens New Mizuno Performance Centre at Burnham & Berrow

Chris Wood Opens New Mizuno Performance Centre at Burnham & Berrow

Corporate     11:25 pm, January 31, 2017

The latest Mizuno Performance Centre at Burnham & Berrow, the highly regarded Somerset links, is the 14th Mizuno Performance Centre across the UK and Ireland, with the portfolio of venues including Gleneagles, Celtic Manor, Royal Birkdale and Woburn Golf Club

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Celtic Manor Resort: Home for £83.7m International Convention Centre Wales

Celtic Manor Resort: Home for £83.7m International Convention Centre Wales

Travel     1:25 pm, January 31, 2017

Construction of the new ICC Wales will begin in March after funding details were agreed between the Welsh Government, Celtic Manor Resort and NatWest

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John Deere expands Gator factory to meet demand

John Deere expands Gator factory to meet demand

Corporate     1:19 pm, January 31, 2017

The first major expansion in 30 years at the John Deere Horicon Works factory in Wisconsin, USA has added about 80 new jobs – around 70 in the assembly area and 10 new salary positions – bringing the total workforce to 1100 employees during the peak season

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Club Car helps drive Dubai Golf’s five-star customer service

Club Car helps drive Dubai Golf’s five-star customer service

Courses     1:18 pm, January 31, 2017

Dubai Golf has further underlined its commitment to proactive, five-star customer service by investing in a new fleet of electric utility vehicles from Club Car

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EIGCA Members Never Stop Learning

EIGCA Members Never Stop Learning

Management Topics     1:04 pm, January 31, 2017

Members of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) have attended two days of seminars and workshops as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity

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The Presidents’ Awards represent a wonderful opportunity to celebrate outstanding commitment at the grass roots of junior golf. Nominations close on 24 February

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PRG Global Success Story Continues at 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

PRG Global Success Story Continues at 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

Corporate     12:35 pm, January 31, 2017

PRG, supplier of innovative, high-quality bespoke golf accessories, once again enjoyed a significant presence at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, with one of the largest stands of any UK-based exhibitor

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Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa course unveiled as ‘Number 1 in the world’ by All Square Golf

Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa course unveiled as ‘Number 1 in the world’ by All Square Golf

Travel     12:35 pm, January 31, 2017

All Square Golf, the social media platform for golfers, has announced that the legendary Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry on the west coast of Scotland, is the world’s number one golf course

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First new turf fungicide group in almost 10 years launched at BTME

First new turf fungicide group in almost 10 years launched at BTME

New Products     12:34 pm, January 31, 2017

Bayer, a leading turf disease solutions provider, launched the first new fungicide group in turf for almost ten years, at BTME

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New group stoking up Get into golf drive in Staffordshire

New group stoking up Get into golf drive in Staffordshire

Growing the Game     12:34 pm, January 31, 2017

In a move that probably would not have happened ten years ago Golf Clubs in Stoke-on-Trent are getting together to support the drive to encourage more people into the sport

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Club Inc. Announces Collaborations with Meerson and J.Lindeberg for 2017

Club Inc. Announces Collaborations with Meerson and J.Lindeberg for 2017

Corporate     12:33 pm, January 31, 2017

These two unique partnerships blend golf, business, luxury and fashion

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TaylorMade Golf Company Announces Signing of Tiger Woods

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces Signing of Tiger Woods

Corporate     10:04 am, January 30, 2017

14-Time Major Winner joins Tour Staff with Multi-Year Contract to play TaylorMade’s industry-leading Metalwoods, Irons and Wedges

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New Greenkeeping Scholarship Gives Cutting Edge to Gleneagles

New Greenkeeping Scholarship Gives Cutting Edge to Gleneagles

Management Topics     10:02 am, January 30, 2017

The Gleneagles Greenkeeping Scholarship programme is designed to equip successful candidates with the practical and theoretical skills required for a successful career in golf course management

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APGS 2017 Headed For Da Nang

APGS 2017 Headed For Da Nang

Exhibitions & Conferences     9:56 am, January 30, 2017

The 2017 Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) is heading to Da Nang, the third largest city located in central Vietnam

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Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society plans £1million investment

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society plans £1million investment

Courses     9:51 am, January 30, 2017

One of the world’s oldest golf clubs, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society in Edinburgh, has teed-up an ambitious £1million investment

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G/FORE and Peter Millar Pair Up On New Shoe Range

G/FORE and Peter Millar Pair Up On New Shoe Range

New Products     9:51 am, January 30, 2017

The new range combines G/FORE's custom design and golf footwear expertise with classic Peter Millar styling in custom colours and was introduced to wide acclaim at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show last week

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Greetham Valley wins top Environmental Award

Greetham Valley wins top Environmental Award

Courses     9:50 am, January 30, 2017

Greetham Valley in Rutland, England, has been crowned 2017 Environmental Golf Course of the Year at the prestigious national Golf Environment Awards ceremonial dinner hosted by STRI.

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Mike Walker Lands Top European Coaching Award in name of late, great John Jacobs

Mike Walker Lands Top European Coaching Award in name of late, great John Jacobs

People     9:50 am, January 30, 2017

Mike Walker, coach of Masters Champion Danny Willett, was awarded the John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching at the PGAs of Europe’s Annual Congress Gala Awards supported by Rolex

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Shane Lowry will be at the 2017 Irish Golf Expo

Shane Lowry will be at the 2017 Irish Golf Expo

Exhibitions & Conferences     9:49 am, January 30, 2017

The team at the Irish Golf Expo have announced that Shane Lowry is supporting the 2017 Irish Golf Expo which takes place on 25th and 26th February at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. The Offaly man is a well-known character on the Irish golf scene and has expressed his excitement for Ireland’s largest golf show

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WLG Offers a New Way for Norway

WLG Offers a New Way for Norway

Travel     9:48 am, January 30, 2017

Two of Norway's most prestigious golf clubs have become the first Scandinavian members to be welcomed into the World of Leading Golf an association representing many top golf clubs and resorts

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Kiradech signs up as Fenix Xcell ambassador

Kiradech signs up as Fenix Xcell ambassador

Corporate     9:47 am, January 30, 2017

Fenix XCell, a premium golf apparel company has announced that Thailand’s favourite son, the world's 82nd ranked player - Kiradech Aphibarnrat - is to become the company's latest brand ambassador.

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