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December 9th, 2015

Our stories today include new information about the collapse of retailer Direct Golf UK.

A report released to creditors by joint administrator Duff & Phelps sheds new light onto the closure of the business – parts of which were later sold to Sports Direct in a move that safeguarded 162 jobs.

This story has broken with remarkable speed. It was as recently as 7th August that we reported Direct Golf to be heading for a record-breaking year – a statement which was in line with the report which had appeared a month earlier in the trade magazine Retail Week.

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New figures reinforce stabilisation in England golf participation

New figures reinforce stabilisation in England golf participation

Management Topics     3:38 pm, December 11, 2015

Golf participation appears to be continuing to stabilise after the latest Active People Survey figures from Sport England

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Top Golf Lifestyle Companies will Spotlight Fashion & Accessories in Orlando

Top Golf Lifestyle Companies will Spotlight Fashion & Accessories in Orlando

Exhibitions & Conferences     3:34 pm, December 11, 2015

Top brands featured at 63rd PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Jan. 26-29, include adidas, AHEAD, Callaway Golf Apparel, Cutter & Buck, FJ, Greg Norman Collection, Oakley, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Puma, Summit Golf Brands, Travis Mathew and Under Armour

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USGA and ASGCA in partnership to support Publicly Accessible Golf Courses

USGA and ASGCA in partnership to support Publicly Accessible Golf Courses

Management Topics     3:30 pm, December 11, 2015

The USGA and the American Society of Golf Course Architects have launched a program to provide pro bono consulting services to help publicly accessible golf facilities improve the design and maintenance of their courses and deliver a better experience for their customers

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Cancer Hit Duo Back PGA Sunscreen Deal

Cancer Hit Duo Back PGA Sunscreen Deal

Corporate     3:26 pm, December 11, 2015

Two PGA Professionals who have suffered from skin cancer hope new PGA Official Supplier Techniblock can help raise awareness among other golfers to take proper protection from the sun

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SGD Begins Bunker Renovation at Wellingborough Golf Club

SGD Begins Bunker Renovation at Wellingborough Golf Club

Courses     3:21 pm, December 11, 2015

Work has begun on a Swan Golf Designs led bunker renovation project at Wellingborough Golf Club, with the recently completed 1st and 18th holes to be used as a showcase for the remainder of the project

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Executive Club Management Course announced for Dubai

Executive Club Management Course announced for Dubai

Management Topics     3:17 pm, December 11, 2015

The Club Managers Association of Europe and Dubai Golf will host a Management Development Programme for club industry professionals in the Middle East from 29th May to 2nd June

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Sergio Garcia inspires next generation of Spanish golfers

Sergio Garcia inspires next generation of Spanish golfers

Growing the Game     3:14 pm, December 11, 2015

For the fourth year in succession, Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia returned to PGA Catalunya Resort to witness the positive impact golf continues to have on students from his Junior Golf Academy

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Sun Mountain offers Zero-G belt with new stand bags

Sun Mountain offers Zero-G belt with new stand bags

New Products     3:10 pm, December 11, 2015

Stand bag carrying support available separately across range models

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Stewart Golf return to Orlando PGA Show in 2016

Stewart Golf return to Orlando PGA Show in 2016

Corporate     3:07 pm, December 11, 2015

Premium British trolley brand Stewart Golf are to exhibit at the PGA Merchandise Show for the second time in January and will be looking for partners as they aim to increase exports to the USA and beyond

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The World’s Most Famous Golf Portrait Sells at Bonhams

The World’s Most Famous Golf Portrait Sells at Bonhams

Salesroom & Memorabilia     3:03 pm, December 11, 2015

Lemuel Francis Abbott’s ‘Portrait of Henry Callender in the red coat of Captain General of the Blackheath Golf Club and holding a putter’ is now the most valuable portrait of golf ever sold at auction

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Perfect Putting With Poulter

Perfect Putting With Poulter

New Products     2:59 pm, December 11, 2015

New Ian Poulter CS2 Putting Matt delivers versatile indoor training regime

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The exhibition SWING! has teed  off

The exhibition SWING! has teed  off

Salesroom & Memorabilia     2:54 pm, December 11, 2015

A must-see exhibition in the Olympic Museum’s gallery from December 9 2015 to January 31st, 2016. Free entrance

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Ho Tram Open Catapults Vietnam onto World Stage

Ho Tram Open Catapults Vietnam onto World Stage

Courses     2:51 pm, December 11, 2015

Plans to turn the Ho Tram Strip into one of Southeast Asia’s entertainment hotspots are set to gather pace following the phenomenal success of the inaugural Ho Tram Open

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adidas Golf Celebrates 10 Years of TOUR360 Franchise

adidas Golf Celebrates 10 Years of TOUR360 Franchise

New Products     2:46 pm, December 11, 2015

The new TOUR360 BOOST incorporates the latest footwear technologies, including full-length BOOST™ cushioning, an improved 360WRAP, and a dual-density 10-cleat puremotion TPU outsole

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Tributes to PGA Stalwart Geoff Cotton

Tributes to PGA Stalwart Geoff Cotton

People     2:21 pm, December 10, 2015

Tributes have been paid to one of the architects of the modern day PGA training programme – Geoff Cotton – who has died at the age of 90

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St Andrews Links to take control of commercial tee time operations in 2018

St Andrews Links to take control of commercial tee time operations in 2018

Courses     2:20 pm, December 10, 2015

The St Andrews Links Trustees have decided to take control of the distribution of all commercial tee time operations and informed long-standing partners, Old Course Experience, that its existing contractual arrangement will conclude at the end of 2017

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‘Golf Digest Ireland’ Releases 2016 Course Rankings

‘Golf Digest Ireland’ Releases 2016 Course Rankings

Travel     2:19 pm, December 10, 2015

Since its inception the annual release of the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland” has become the industry standard for Irish golf courses

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Callaway Introduces Rangefinder ‘Power Pack’

Callaway Introduces Rangefinder ‘Power Pack’

New Products     2:18 pm, December 10, 2015

New set includes carry case, marker, and ‘Chrome Soft’ balls

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Golfworking and MH Systems form strategic alliance

Golfworking and MH Systems form strategic alliance

Corporate     2:18 pm, December 10, 2015

Leading specialists offer unique package for golf clubs

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