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November 20th, 2019

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Mixed Election Fortunes For APPGG Chairmen

Mixed Election Fortunes For APPGG Chairmen

Growing the Game     4:30 pm, December 13, 2019

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Golf winners and losers in yesterday's General Election

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Sale of The K Club

Sale of The K Club

Property     3:00 pm, December 13, 2019

Dr. Michael Smurfit is pleased to announce a definitive agreement to sell The K Club in Straffan, Kildare, Ireland to Mr. Michael Fetherston. The transaction is expected to close in early 2020

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European Tour To Launch Esports Tour

European Tour To Launch Esports Tour

Corporate     11:12 am, December 13, 2019

DreamHack, in partnership with the European Tour and global entertainment company and game developers Topgolf Entertainment Group, has launched golf’s first esports series — the European eTour.

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Saudi Arabia to host Ladies European Tour event

Saudi Arabia to host Ladies European Tour event

Sponsorship     11:05 am, December 13, 2019

Saudi Arabia's investment in golf continues apace following the announcement that a fully-sanctioned Ladies European Tour event set to take place in the Kingdom from March 19-22, 2020.

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Agrovista completes acquisition of Maxwell Amenity

Agrovista completes acquisition of Maxwell Amenity

Corporate     10:42 am, December 13, 2019

Agrovista has today announced the completion of its acquisition of leading sports turf, landscaping and horticulture business, Maxwell Amenity

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Inventors Spotlight at 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

Inventors Spotlight at 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

Exhibitions & Conferences     10:30 am, December 13, 2019

Inventors of new golf training and teaching aids, accessories and equipment will be able to gauge the interest of nearly 40,000 attendees from all around the world at the Inventors Spotlight, during the PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-24 in Orlando

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International Women’s Day Signals Week-Long Festival of Golf at Costa Navarino 

International Women’s Day Signals Week-Long Festival of Golf at Costa Navarino 

Travel     10:20 am, December 13, 2019

To mark International Women's Day (IWD), in March, Costa Navarino is launching a Ladies' Week of golfing competition to celebrate the achievements of women

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IAGTO Quality Assured Certification in Northern Ireland

IAGTO Quality Assured Certification in Northern Ireland

Management Topics     10:04 am, December 13, 2019

Last week ten golf courses in Northern Ireland were presented with IAGTO Quality Assured Certification by Tourism Northern Ireland, with further audits to be carried out next year

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Bertaina wins CPG Teaching & Coaching Award

Bertaina wins CPG Teaching & Coaching Award

People     9:47 am, December 13, 2019

PGA of Italy Professional Sergio Bertaina has been presented with the 2019 John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching, recognising a glittering coaching career spanning over 30 years. Bertaina’s relentless dedication to the bettering of Italian golf, and his work with both Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, earned him the accolade which was presented at the […]

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Golf Heritage Society Expands Mission, Membership

Golf Heritage Society Expands Mission, Membership

Salesroom & Memorabilia     9:32 am, December 13, 2019

The Golf Heritage Society announces that it has changed its name, has elected new leadership and is broadening its reach throughout the greater golf community. The nonprofit entity is inviting everyone who is passionate about golf to join the newly-expanded global organization

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Hong Kong Open Rescheduled for January

Hong Kong Open Rescheduled for January

Sponsorship     7:27 am, December 13, 2019

Organisers of the Hong Kong Open have confirmed that the 61st edition of the tournament will take place at Hong Kong Golf Club next month.

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Sports Publications unveils Top 100s awards at gala dinner

Sports Publications unveils Top 100s awards at gala dinner

Media     12:51 pm, December 11, 2019

National Club Golfer has revealed its first-ever ranking of the best courses in Great Britain and Ireland at a glittering awards ceremony in Leeds.

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2019 Open Championship delivers £100m boost to Northern Ireland economy

2019 Open Championship delivers £100m boost to Northern Ireland economy

Corporate     11:27 am, December 11, 2019

The 148th Open at Royal Portrush generated more than £100 million of economic benefit for Northern Ireland, according to an independent study commissioned by The R&A and figures released by Tourism Northern Ireland today.

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Tagmarshal makes waves in Spain and Portugal

Tagmarshal makes waves in Spain and Portugal

Management Topics     10:36 am, December 11, 2019

Some of the top golf clubs and resorts in Spain and Portugal are helping to improve their visitor's experience after adopting Tagmarshal's course-management system, which optimises on-course efficiency, resulting in cost savings and additional revenue.

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Mount Juliet joins IMG Prestige network

Mount Juliet joins IMG Prestige network

Courses     10:18 am, December 11, 2019

Mount Juliet in Ireland has joined the IMG Prestige global reciprocal network. Host to two editions of the World Golf Championship and three Irish Opens, the club has also recently announced that the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be played on their Jack Nicklaus designed course.

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Alcanada’s new ‘staff’ do the donkey work

Alcanada’s new ‘staff’ do the donkey work

Courses     9:56 am, December 11, 2019

Two new staff members have been tasked with stepping up the ecological groundwork at Club de Golf Alcanada in Mallorca.

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Trafford Golf Centre teams up with Battle Back Golf

Trafford Golf Centre teams up with Battle Back Golf

Sponsorship     9:44 am, December 11, 2019

The Academy at Trafford Golf Centre has partnered with Battle Back Golf, a programme which utilises golf to enhance the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel, to offer life-changing coaching.

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Stratford-On-Avon Golf Club Gets The Total Solution From Toro

Stratford-On-Avon Golf Club Gets The Total Solution From Toro

Courses     9:10 am, December 11, 2019

Stratford-On-Avon Golf Club in Warwickshire has chosen Toro for its new irrigation system, adding to its full fleet of Toro machinery and becoming a Total Solutions customer

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PGA of America appoint Senior Director of Golf Maintenance Operations

PGA of America appoint Senior Director of Golf Maintenance Operations

People     9:00 am, December 11, 2019

Roger Meier has been named first-ever Senior Director of Golf Maintenance Operations for the PGA of America and PGA Frisco 

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New hotel opens at Lisbon’s Aroeira Resort

New hotel opens at Lisbon’s Aroeira Resort

Travel     4:04 pm, December 10, 2019

Golfers heading to Lisbon in 2020 can look forward to an impressive new ‘stay and play’ resort venue following the opening of the Aroeira Lisbon Hotel at the beginning of December.

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FootJoy Supports Retailers with New Education Portal

FootJoy Supports Retailers with New Education Portal

Retail     2:51 pm, December 10, 2019

FootJoy has announced the launch of the ‘FJ University’ through a new education portal called Myagi, the leading online retail training platform.

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Golf Genius Integrates software with HandicapMaster

Golf Genius Integrates software with HandicapMaster

Management Topics     11:43 am, December 10, 2019

Golf Genius Software, the leading provider of cloud-based golf tournament management systems, has announced that users will now be able to integrate their handicaps through HandicapMaster into their Golf Genius events, leagues or trips.

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Quinta do Lago unveils clubhouse renovation plans

Quinta do Lago unveils clubhouse renovation plans

Travel     11:15 am, December 10, 2019

Quinta do Lago has announced plans for a major renovation of its main golf clubhouse ahead of the 2020 season.

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Players 1st teams up with World Of Leading Golf

Players 1st teams up with World Of Leading Golf

Corporate     11:00 am, December 10, 2019

Players 1st, the leading customer experience management solution with more than 1,500 golf clubs and 2 million completed surveys, has become the official platform provider for World of Leading Golf, facilitating the delivery and analysis of results of its 'Mystery Tests'. 

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Fairmont St Andrews sold to Hong Kong property firm

Fairmont St Andrews sold to Hong Kong property firm

Property     9:59 am, December 10, 2019

Fairmont St Andrews has been sold to a Hong Kong property company targeting global investments in the golf and hospitality industries.

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MemberInsight unveils new automated feedback platform

MemberInsight unveils new automated feedback platform

Corporate     9:16 am, December 10, 2019

MemberInsight, the member intelligence platform for clubs, has announced a major new automation designed to save club management time and enable immediate member follow-up.

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R&A & USGA to review Amateur Status Rules

R&A & USGA to review Amateur Status Rules

Growing the Game     3:20 pm, December 9, 2019

The R&A and the USGA are conducting a review of the Rules of Amateur Status to make them easier to understand and apply.

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Huddersfield golf tour operator sponsors 2020protour

Huddersfield golf tour operator sponsors 2020protour

Sponsorship     1:55 pm, December 9, 2019

Yorkshire-based golf tour operator The Golf Travel People is to sponsor the new 2020protour – the first equal gender professional golf tour in the UK with an equitable policy.

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Branston G&CC changes hands following management buyout

Branston G&CC changes hands following management buyout

Courses     11:23 am, December 9, 2019

Branston Golf & Country Club in Staffordshire is under new ownership following a management buyout.

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Quinta do Lago tops Leadingcourses.com Portugal poll

Quinta do Lago tops Leadingcourses.com Portugal poll

Travel     10:26 am, December 9, 2019

Quinta do Lago’s reputation for delivering a five-star golf experience has been further enhanced after the leading Algarve venue was named as the best golf resort in Portugal with 36-plus holes by users of the respected website Leadingcourses.com.

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The 2020 European Golf Business Conference: Technology & Innovations

The 2020 European Golf Business Conference: Technology & Innovations

Exhibitions & Conferences     3:33 pm, December 6, 2019

The next edition of the Golf Business Conference organised by The Golf Course Association of Europe has a strong focus on what the Golf Industry needs: Technology & Innovations

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New major golf course plan for Leicestershire submitted to Harborough DC

New major golf course plan for Leicestershire submitted to Harborough DC

Courses     3:01 pm, December 6, 2019

Parker Strategic Land are working with Scraptoft Golf Club to create a new 18-hole golf course near Houghton on the Hill. The new course is by renowned Golf Course designer Ken Moodie with the assistance of ex-Ryder Cup player and TV commentator Ken Brown

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Challenge Tour unveils 2020 schedule

Challenge Tour unveils 2020 schedule

Sponsorship     2:29 pm, December 6, 2019

The European Challenge Tour’s 2020 schedule will begin with a maiden visit to South Africa for three tournaments which will launch the Road to Mallorca.

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Gleneagles retains top spot in Golf World’s UK & Ireland resort ranking

Gleneagles retains top spot in Golf World’s UK & Ireland resort ranking

Courses     10:50 am, December 6, 2019

Gleneagles has ended a momentous and hugely successful 2019 on a even higher note after being announced as the Golf World magazine's top golf resort in UK & Ireland.

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Antognolla Golf Welcome Edoardo Nobili as Head PGA Golf Professional

Antognolla Golf Welcome Edoardo Nobili as Head PGA Golf Professional

People     10:45 am, December 6, 2019

Edoardo Nobili is a highly experienced PGA Professional, having fully qualified in 2010 and worked at Palazzo Arzaga, Chervò Golf Hotel Spa & Resort San Vigilio and most recently at Golf Club Verona.

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Craigie Hill Tees Up Survival Strategy

Craigie Hill Tees Up Survival Strategy

Courses     10:39 am, December 6, 2019

An ambitious blueprint designed to secure the future of Craigie Hill Golf Club in Scotland has been approved.

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John Deere training sets another record

John Deere training sets another record

Corporate     10:38 am, December 6, 2019

A record-breaking total of 66 young parts and service technicians are being trained in this year’s John Deere Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, the highest total intake since the first Ag Tech induction in 1992

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Scottish Golf expands Girls Golf Hubs programme

Scottish Golf expands Girls Golf Hubs programme

Growing the Game     10:27 am, December 6, 2019

Following the success of Europe at the 2019 Solheim Cup, Scottish Golf has announced an expansion to its offering of Girls Golf Hubs across Scotland, with support from the event’s Golf Development Fund, VisitScotland and The R&A.

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Tagmarshal To Exhibit At 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

Tagmarshal To Exhibit At 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

Exhibitions & Conferences     10:25 am, December 6, 2019

The Atlanta-based company will welcome PGA professionals, course and resort operators, club managers and the media to see how the industry has trusted its system to provide pro-active, real-time on-course optimization and flow of play management

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Wales Mini Masters sets new record

Wales Mini Masters sets new record

Growing the Game     9:59 am, December 6, 2019

A record number of young golfers took part in the Wales Mini Masters, including more than 100 girls, who made up almost a third of the entry for the first time. Numbers for the golf championship held at events across Wales increased by 50% in 2018, and built again on that number in 2019. An extra […]

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A Business of Golf Discussion: New Horizons – part 3 Golf Tourism – An International View

A Business of Golf Discussion: New Horizons – part 3 Golf Tourism – An International View

Travel     9:04 am, December 6, 2019

Dermot Synnott is the Founder & CEO of Destination Golf Media Ltd - a global award winning publishing company, recognised throughout the golf industry for its dynamic approach to digital golf marketing and golf travel publishing

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Littlestone hits the Mark with SafeGolf Accreditation

Littlestone hits the Mark with SafeGolf Accreditation

Management Topics     3:29 pm, December 5, 2019

Littlestone Golf Club in New Romney has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf and becomes the first club in Kent to do so.

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Stein to serve up five-star menu at Trevose tournament

Stein to serve up five-star menu at Trevose tournament

Corporate     1:03 pm, December 5, 2019

The organisers of the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship have joined forces with local Cornish chef Jack Stein to serve up some tasty dishes for players and spectators to savour at next year's event. 

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Canterbury GC unveils new starter’s hut sponsored by Pentland Homes

Canterbury GC unveils new starter’s hut sponsored by Pentland Homes

Courses     12:14 pm, December 5, 2019

Canterbury Golf Club can lay claim to being home to one of the smartest starter’s huts in the UK, following the opening of a new structure at the Kent-based venue.

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European Tour unveils shortlist for ‘Innovation Hub’ development

European Tour unveils shortlist for ‘Innovation Hub’ development

Innovation Centre     10:35 am, December 5, 2019

The European Tour and Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider, has unveiled the top three shortlisted ideas for the European Tour Innovation Hub contest.

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Toro’s Greensmaster eTriflex Hybrid For Quiet, Cleaner, Greener Cutting

Toro’s Greensmaster eTriflex Hybrid For Quiet, Cleaner, Greener Cutting

New Products     10:29 am, December 5, 2019

Hybrid, it’s the buzzword of the times with customers demanding cleaner, greener mowing options and Toro has responded to that demand by creating the Greensmaster eTriFlex 3360, the quietest ride-on greensmower yet

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Award-Winning Thai Country Club Joins IMG Prestige

Award-Winning Thai Country Club Joins IMG Prestige

Travel     10:23 am, December 5, 2019

One of Thailand’s most renowned clubs, Thai Country Club has joined the IMG Prestige global network. Nestled on the outskirts of Bangkok, it is regularly ranked as one of the top clubs in Asia and has hosted numerous international events over the last few years

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England Golf appoints new chief executive

England Golf appoints new chief executive

Corporate     2:15 pm, December 4, 2019

Experienced golf industry insider Jeremy Tomlinson will join England Golf as its new chief executive in January.

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Paul Lawrie to captain European Junior Ryder Cup team

Paul Lawrie to captain European Junior Ryder Cup team

People     12:22 pm, December 4, 2019

Paul Lawrie has been chosen to captain Europe at the 2020 Junior Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.

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SkyCaddie users dominate MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar

SkyCaddie users dominate MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar

Corporate     12:00 pm, December 4, 2019

Nine of the top fifteen finishers in last weekend’s MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar event on The Staysure Tour used a SkyCaddie SX500 GPS rangefinder, including the event’s winner Barry Lane

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Last week's most read stories

  1. Sports Publications unveils Top 100s awards at gala dinner
  2. Fairmont St Andrews sold to Hong Kong property firm
  3. Branston G&CC changes hands following management buyout
  4. Golf Genius Integrates software with HandicapMaster
  5. Quinta do Lago unveils clubhouse renovation plans
  6. Huddersfield golf tour operator sponsors 2020protour
  7. New major golf course plan for Leicestershire submitted to Harborough DC
  8. The 2020 European Golf Business Conference: Technology & Innovations
  9. Trafford Golf Centre teams up with Battle Back Golf
  10. Players 1st teams up with World Of Leading Golf

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