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Still Walking…..

January 27th, 2017

This week in Orlando I have done more walking and talking than writing and editing and so today’s edition is shorter than usual – watch out for mega-bundles of news next week.

The news about golf course closures in China was a worrying story on Monday and I am pleased that today we have been able to bring an expert appraisal of the situation by way of the comments from Eric Lynge, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Golf Industry Federation.

More stands still to visit…..

Geoff Russell, Publisher

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@GBNPublisher

 

Major brands will be at British Golf Show

Major brands will be at British Golf Show

Exhibitions & Conferences     1:00 pm, February 16, 2019

Callaway, Cobra, The Belfry, Duca del Cosma, Zen Green Stage and Power Tee are some of the latest well-known brands to confirm their presence at this year’s inaugural British Golf Show. The British Golf Show is at Wycombe Air Park, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3DP, on 17th – 18th May 2019. Working alongside golf retailer Custom Lab […]

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Paul Stewart from KPMG to speak at GolfBIC

Paul Stewart from KPMG to speak at GolfBIC

Exhibitions & Conferences     12:52 pm, February 16, 2019

Paul will speak on the latest news on VAT tax distortion issues to bring the latest key updates to the proprietary golf course owners at GolfBIC (the Golf Business Industry Convention) on 18th March

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SkyCaddie walks ahead of Tour events in 2019

SkyCaddie walks ahead of Tour events in 2019

New Products     12:45 pm, February 16, 2019

Since its launch in late 2018, SkyCaddie SX500 has become one of the most popular distance measuring devices on the Tour, which pioneered the use of DMDs in competitive play at the sport’s highest level

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Le Golf National looks to UK for Customer Experience Assistant

Le Golf National looks to UK for Customer Experience Assistant

People     12:41 pm, February 16, 2019

Le Golf National, Paris, France, has become one of the most iconic golfing destinations in Continental Europe

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R&A And USGA Release Progress Report On Distance Insights Project

R&A And USGA Release Progress Report On Distance Insights Project

Management Topics     8:11 pm, February 15, 2019

The project was initiated last May to provide the most comprehensive understanding of the past, present and future impact of distance on the game of golf. A complete report is expected to be delivered in late 2019

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Battafarano Named As New General Manager Of Verdura Resort

Battafarano Named As New General Manager Of Verdura Resort

People     8:10 pm, February 15, 2019

The experienced international hotelier Giacomo Battafarano has returned to Sicily and been named as the new General Manager of Verdura Resort which reopens on March 1st

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Toro Irrigation Protects Club From One Of The Hottest Summers On Record

Toro Irrigation Protects Club From One Of The Hottest Summers On Record

Courses     8:10 pm, February 15, 2019

With one of the hottest summers on record last year, Ashridge Golf Club in Hertfordshire has reaped the benefits of a new Toro irrigation system, installed in the nick of time.

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Zest Strike New BirdieEyes Agreement

Zest Strike New BirdieEyes Agreement

Corporate     8:10 pm, February 15, 2019

Zest.Golf Technologies have agreed a new tie up with golf platform BirdieEyes, as they prepare to launch their technology globally

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Brilliant schemes are rivals for golf’s new Innovation Award

Brilliant schemes are rivals for golf’s new Innovation Award

Management Topics     6:28 pm, February 15, 2019

Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “When we launched this award we expected to hear great things, but we’ve been bowled over by the brilliance of these four schemes. It’s so encouraging to know that people are working so hard to make golf relevant and to give it a great future."

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Rigby Taylor In Two-Year Deal As BIGGA Golf Partner

Rigby Taylor In Two-Year Deal As BIGGA Golf Partner

Corporate     6:28 pm, February 15, 2019

Rigby Taylor has announced a major sponsorship with the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association to tee off the company’s 100th anniversary campaign this year - a two-year sponsorship deal as BIGGA’s Golf Partner

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Mission Hills Meadow Links Course Ranked Top Ten In World

Mission Hills Meadow Links Course Ranked Top Ten In World

Courses     6:28 pm, February 15, 2019

The Meadow Links course at China’s Mission Hills Haikou resort has been ranked seventh in golfscape’s list of the world’s top 100 golf courses and number one in China

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Joe Pepperell To Launch Short Game Academy At Oxford Golf Club

Joe Pepperell To Launch Short Game Academy At Oxford Golf Club

Growing the Game     5:50 pm, February 15, 2019

Joe Pepperell, the historic club’s Head PGA Professional, will open ‘The Short Game Academy at Oxford Golf Club in April alongside fellow PGA Assistant Professional Martin Woodbridge

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Tomatin Returns As Sponsor Of Highland Golf Links Pro Am

Tomatin Returns As Sponsor Of Highland Golf Links Pro Am

Sponsorship     5:50 pm, February 15, 2019

The annual event, now known as the Highland Golf Links Pro Am 2019 sponsored by Tomatin, will be played over the famous championship courses at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links and The Nairn Golf Club

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Charter commitment makes Conwy Golf Club first in UK

Charter commitment makes Conwy Golf Club first in UK

Growing the Game     1:15 pm, February 15, 2019

The host venue for the 2020 Curtis Cup, the top transatlantic competition for lady amateurs, is an appropriate club to lead the way for the campaign led by golf’s governing body

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Otterbine Fountain At The Heart Of Ladbrook Park

Otterbine Fountain At The Heart Of Ladbrook Park

Courses     1:15 pm, February 15, 2019

Three impressive interconnecting lakes make up the centre of Ladbrook Park and with 12,000m² of water in total, it’s paramount a high-quality aerating system is in place to keep the water clear and healthy. And for 15 years, Otterbine’s Sunburst aerating fountain has been more than up to the task,.

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Sky Sports’ Ewen Murray Elected Honorary Life Member of Walton Heath

Sky Sports’ Ewen Murray Elected Honorary Life Member of Walton Heath

Media     1:14 pm, February 15, 2019

Ewen Murray, whose career in golf has spanned almost five decades, initially as a professional and latterly as the highly respected commentator for Sky Sports, has been elected an Honorary Life Member of Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey

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Irish Golfers Can Take Flight To Verdura Resort

Irish Golfers Can Take Flight To Verdura Resort

Travel     1:14 pm, February 15, 2019

From April 3, low-cost airline Ryanair will be operating a twice-weekly service from the Republic of Ireland’s capital into Palermo airport, just an 80-minute drive away from Verdura – regarded as one of Europe’s top five golf resort

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GOLFBUDDY Announces Golf Buddy America Inc. as Distributor

GOLFBUDDY Announces Golf Buddy America Inc. as Distributor

Corporate     1:14 pm, February 15, 2019

GOLFBUDDY has announced that its products now are being sold and distributed through Golf Buddy America Inc. (“GBA”), an affiliated but separate entity of Deca International Corp., dba GOLFBUDDY

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American Golf customers raise over £11k for On Course Foundation

American Golf customers raise over £11k for On Course Foundation

Corporate     5:28 pm, February 14, 2019

Forces golf charity On Course Foundation was celebrating a late Christmas present yesterday as American Golf handed over a cheque for £11,649, raised by its customers over the festive period. The money was raised by the American Golf Christmas raffle, plus two smaller initiatives, held across the company’s stores in the run up to Christmas. […]

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R&A’s Women in Golf Charter reaps early results

R&A’s Women in Golf Charter reaps early results

Growing the Game     2:13 pm, February 13, 2019

The R&A’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the sport has been reflected in early success for the new Women in Golf Charter

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European Tour Headlines End Of Season Changes

European Tour Headlines End Of Season Changes

Sponsorship     1:27 pm, February 13, 2019

European Tour announces enhanced winner’s cheques, Race to Dubai points and Bonus Pool dividend, all designed to increase the excitement around the end of the season for fans, as well as encourage greater top player participation in the Tour’s final three events

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SkyCaddie and The PGA go the distance

SkyCaddie and The PGA go the distance

Corporate     1:16 pm, February 13, 2019

SkyCaddie, the brand which walks every golf course to ensure the maps on its distance measuring devices are accurate, has taken another step forward by extending its PGA Partner agreement

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Seven for Sawgrass

Seven for Sawgrass

People     1:14 pm, February 13, 2019

This year’s group of British and Irish greenkeepers are preparing for the experience of a lifetime as part of the John Deere TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Programme, organised annually in partnership with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland (GCSAI). Held at the legendary TPC Sawgrass course […]

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European Tour signs digital rights deal with China’s Sina Sports

European Tour signs digital rights deal with China’s Sina Sports

Corporate     12:16 pm, February 13, 2019

The European Tour has secured a long-term partnership with Sina Sports for the exclusive digital broadcast rights to all European Tour events. The agreement will see Sina Sports live-streaming all European Tour tournaments exclusively on all Sina Sports platforms effective immediately until the end of the 2021 season.

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Motocaddy bags dominant share of compact trolley market

Motocaddy bags dominant share of compact trolley market

Corporate     4:59 pm, February 12, 2019

Electric trolley brand Motocaddy has reported healthy sales in the growing market for compact power trolleys after outselling its nearest rival brand in this sector by 17% since last summer, according to recent figures from industry research specialists Golf Datatech.

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Big Max strengths foothold in central Europe

Big Max strengths foothold in central Europe

Corporate     4:47 pm, February 12, 2019

Trolley brand Big Max has reported that its dominance of the European push cart market has strengthened even further with the announcement of 2018 market figures. Data collated by Golf DataTech shows that Big Max has achieved twice the market share for its bag range as its nearest competitor and four times the market share […]

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Your Golf Travel appoints new senior commercial manager

Your Golf Travel appoints new senior commercial manager

Travel     4:26 pm, February 12, 2019

Your Golf Travel has announced the appointment of PGA professional Darren Bragg as Senior Commercial Manager ahead of the 2019 season. With over 15 years’ experience in golf travel, Bragg brings a wealth of experience to the YGT commercial team and in his role as Senior Commercial Manager will work across the business, with an […]

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Foresight Sports launches GCHawk

Foresight Sports launches GCHawk

New Products     3:23 pm, February 12, 2019

Foresight Sports has launched the next generation of its GC range with the introduction of GCHawk, a new platform which is specially designed for the rapidly growing indoor simulation and entertainment driving range market. Harnessing the same level of simulation precision and ball data accuracy as the GCQuad, the sleek ceiling-mounted GCHawk fits seamlessly into a […]

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KBS launches first putter shaft

KBS launches first putter shaft

New Products     9:44 am, February 12, 2019

Shaft company KBS is increasing its selection of premium shaft options by introducing its first-ever putter shaft. The KBS CT Tour Putter shaft has been designed with the help of direct feedback from Tour professionals, including current world No.1 Justin Rose, who chooses to play KBS iron and wedge shafts. Featuring Tour precision bend angles – with […]

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Hole-in-One Club Goes Global

Hole-in-One Club Goes Global

Corporate     9:32 am, February 12, 2019

The UK’s most successful hole-in-one club is dramatically expanding having given away more than £4m in luxury watches in the last four years. New for 2019, The H1 Club is opening up to anyone who has ever had a hole-in-one.

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Henni Zuel joins GOLFTV presenting team

Henni Zuel joins GOLFTV presenting team

Corporate     9:24 am, February 12, 2019

Former Ladies European Tour professional and experienced tournament broadcaster Henni Zuel has joined GOLFTV to spearhead the streaming service’s tour-player coverage. Zuel, who enjoyed a successful career on the Ladies European Tour and became the youngest player to join that tour as a 13-year-old amateur, is a familiar face to the international golf audience.

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Montgomerie signs as RSM brand ambassador

Montgomerie signs as RSM brand ambassador

Sponsorship     9:00 am, February 12, 2019

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK has announced that it has signed golfer Colin Montgomerie as its latest brand ambassador. The sponsorship deal is part of RSM’s partnership strategy within golf, to continue to build brand awareness across RSM’s international network spanning 116 countries. Montgomerie becomes the latest member of Team RSM, joining fellow golf […]

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Bushnell launches Pro XE laser rangefinder

Bushnell launches Pro XE laser rangefinder

New Products     3:34 pm, February 11, 2019

Bushnell has launched its latest and most innovative laser rangefinder – the Pro XE. The Pro XE introduces ‘Slope with Elements’, a technology that adds temperature and altitude to an improved version of the brand’s patented slope technology to give golfers the most precise distances ever. The improved slope facility takes into account the most […]

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Bjørn leads the way at TGI Golf Business Conference

Bjørn leads the way at TGI Golf Business Conference

Exhibitions & Conferences     1:33 pm, February 11, 2019

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn was one of many highlights for PGA Professionals and Partners attending the annual TGI Golf Business Conference at the glorious Trump Turnberry Resort last week. The big Dane, who brought along the famous gold trophy, was one of a number of speakers who passed on anecdotes and pearls of […]

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TGI announces partner award winners

TGI announces partner award winners

Exhibitions & Conferences     1:23 pm, February 11, 2019

Ping, Callaway and Peter Millar were celebrating last week after being among the headline winners at the TGI Golf Awards, which were held during the TGI Annual Business Conference at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

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Belas joins IMG Prestige Club

Belas joins IMG Prestige Club

Travel     12:59 pm, February 11, 2019

Belas Golf & Country Club in Portugal has become the latest venue to join the IMG Prestige Club. Internationally recognised as one of the best golf destinations in the Lisbon area, Belas is part of the Andre Jordan Group, and its Rocky Roquemore-designed course has hosted both the European Challenge Tour Grand Final in 1998 and the Portugal […]

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Foxhills to host Dave Pelz Golf Schools

Foxhills to host Dave Pelz Golf Schools

Courses     12:41 pm, February 11, 2019

Golfers eager to sharpen their short-game skills can combine state-of-the-art facilities and a world-renowned coaching progamme thanks to a new link-up between Foxhills Country Club & Resort in Surrey and Dave Pelz Golf Schools. The Ottershaw-based venue’s new short game practice area, which opens this spring, will host an initial series of three Dave Pelz […]

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Peter Millar unveils AW19 Collection

Peter Millar unveils AW19 Collection

New Products     11:27 am, February 11, 2019

Peter Millar’s new Fall 2019 menswear collection is 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. The collection can be coordinated throughout and includes everything from high-performance waterproofs, innovative second-layer garments and luxury sweaters to […]

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Sunderland of Scotland unveils SS19 range

Sunderland of Scotland unveils SS19 range

New Products     11:07 am, February 11, 2019

Sunderland of Scotland, the world renowned technical golfwear brand, has revealed its collection for Spring/Summer 2019. Combining quality, playability and reliability, the collection captures the essence of Sunderland of Scotland’s ‘Never Weather Beaten’ mission. The collection is built from high performance garments to protect from rain wind and the cold. The men’s collection combines a […]

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Sky’s the limit for Holmes on the green

Sky’s the limit for Holmes on the green

Corporate     9:37 am, February 11, 2019

Sky Sports Golf presenter and respected tour coach Simon Holmes has taken his passion for the game to the next level by converting of his front garden into an all-weather practice area. Working with Huxley Golf, Holmes can now refine his skills, coach more effectively and enjoy quality time with his family. Holmes commented: “I […]

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Aggreko To Power The 2019 Solheim Cup

Aggreko To Power The 2019 Solheim Cup

Sponsorship     3:43 pm, February 8, 2019

European Solheim Cup Star Mel Reid becomes Aggreko ambassador as the list of 2019 Solheim Cup partners and sponsors grows ever more comprehensive

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I spy fresh changing rooms

I spy fresh changing rooms

Courses     3:36 pm, February 8, 2019

Cherry Lodge Golf Club near Biggin Hill has a fresh take in the 1970s clubhouse – refurbished and extended ladies changing provision that have raised facilities to a new high, supplied and installed by changing room specialists Crown Sports Lockers Supplied and installed by changing room specialists Crown Sports Lockers,

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Campey Revealed Three New Machines at BTME 2019

Campey Revealed Three New Machines at BTME 2019

Exhibitions & Conferences     3:22 pm, February 8, 2019

Campey Turf Care Systems revealed three new machines at BTME 2019 on what was the company’s biggest ever stand at the exhibition met more visitors than ever before

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Golfing Hotel Opportunity Comes To Market In Nairn, Inverness

Golfing Hotel Opportunity Comes To Market In Nairn, Inverness

Property     11:25 am, February 8, 2019

The 26-bedroom hotel (all en-suite) over two storeys sits within a 0.428 acre site. The property was extended in 1999 and 2004. Nairn is known as a strong golfing destination in Scotland, boasting two championship golf courses:  The Nairn Golf Club, and Nairn Dunbar Golf Club

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Woosnam to host Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship at Trevose

Woosnam to host Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship at Trevose

Sponsorship     11:02 am, February 8, 2019

Ian Woosnam, winner of the 1991 Masters and Ryder Cup winning captain in 2006, has been named as official event host for the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship which will take place between June 20-23 at Trevose Golf & Country Club in Cornwall. The event is set to welcome legends of the Staysure Tour as […]

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Your Golf Travel launches Spanish promotion

Your Golf Travel launches Spanish promotion

Travel     10:55 am, February 8, 2019

Your Golf Travel has launched a new sales promotion offering up to 15% off flight-inclusive deals to Spain when booked before February 15, 2019. Spain is one of the most sought-after golf holiday destinations in the world, and customers have the opportunity to secure the best tee times at championship courses scattered around Andalucia including […]

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Asbri Golf reports strong orders at PGA Show

Asbri Golf reports strong orders at PGA Show

Exhibitions & Conferences     10:47 am, February 8, 2019

Asbri Golf recently exhibited for their 15th consecutive year at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida and once again filled their export order books for the upcoming season. The Welsh golf accessory company who specialise in logo and branded merchandise has enjoyed continued success at the world’s largest golf trade show since 2004 […]

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Rigby Taylor unveils Cold Start Fertiliser

Rigby Taylor unveils Cold Start Fertiliser

New Products     10:41 am, February 8, 2019

Rigby Taylor has introduced Cold Start Boost-R as a true cold start fertiliser that provides turf with nitrogen in cold conditions, in conjunction with a rapid colour boost. Effective at temperatures of five degrees, Cold Start Boost-R will prepare the plant for the spring, greatly improve early season colour and assist in combating turf disease […]

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England Golf announces shortlist for Most Welcoming Club Award

England Golf announces shortlist for Most Welcoming Club Award

Courses     10:21 am, February 8, 2019

Branston Golf and Country Club, Staffordshire; Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire; Exeter Golf and Country Club, Devon; and Horton Park Golf Club, Surrey, are all finalists for the Most Welcoming Club of the Year Award, sponsored by HowDidido

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Solheim Cup and Scottish Golf launch fund to support Scotland’s top female talent

Solheim Cup and Scottish Golf launch fund to support Scotland’s top female talent

News     10:19 am, February 8, 2019

Young female golfers in Scotland with aspirations of playing in the PING Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in September can now benefit from a new joint fund established by the 2019 Solheim Cup Golf Development Programme and Scottish Golf. With the Solheim Cup set to return to Scotland from 9-15 September, qualifying for the 2019 […]

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Last week's most read stories

  1. Bjørn leads the way at TGI Golf Business Conference
  2. Montgomerie signs as RSM brand ambassador
  3. Sky’s the limit for Holmes on the green
  4. Foresight Sports launches GCHawk
  5. Belas joins IMG Prestige Club
  6. Foxhills to host Dave Pelz Golf Schools
  7. TGI announces partner award winners
  8. Peter Millar unveils AW19 Collection
  9. Your Golf Travel appoints new senior commercial manager
  10. Seven for Sawgrass

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