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February 20th, 2015

The news that Topgolf is building a state-of-the-art flagship location at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip may be something of a revelation. Golf is being seen as an attraction in the entertainment capital of the world, with half a million non-golfers expected to try it out every year. That’s some good news to end the week.

Anything else to report? Oh yes, the R&A and LGU are exploring the possibility of a merger.

It’s all too much excitement – I think I’ll go and lie down.

Geoff Russell, Publisher

publisher@golfbusinessnews.com

@GBNPublisher

R&A and LGU Explore Merger Possibility

R&A and LGU Explore Merger Possibility

Management Topics     4:03 pm, February 20, 2015

A Joint Statement from the Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A describes exploratory discussions as ‘underway’

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The Golf Business & Industry Convention (GolfBIC) Coming Soon

The Golf Business & Industry Convention (GolfBIC) Coming Soon

Exhibitions & Conferences     4:03 pm, February 20, 2015

This is the fourth year of collaboration between The UK Golf Course Owners Association and The Organisation of Golf & Range Operators. GolfBIC will take place at the Marriott Forest of Arden, 16-17th March

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Topgolf announces flagship Las Vegas location at MGM Grand

Topgolf announces flagship Las Vegas location at MGM Grand

Growing the Game     4:02 pm, February 20, 2015

Topgolf Las Vegas is expected to serve upward of one million visitors in its first year of operation. Nearly half of all Topgolf guests describe themselves as “non-golfers”

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Teeofftimes.co.uk supports Golf Foundation with £20,000 fundraising target

Teeofftimes.co.uk supports Golf Foundation with £20,000 fundraising target

Growing the Game     4:02 pm, February 20, 2015

De Vere Venues, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and Leaderboard Golf are early supporters of new campaign

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Close House Looks to Break90

Close House Looks to Break90

New Products     4:01 pm, February 20, 2015

Close House – home of the world’s only Lee Westwood golf courses - has become the first major venue to install a Break90 express retail pod, an automated machine which offers golfers a new and exciting means of buying merchandise

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Seaside Course at Sea Island GC Receives NGCOA Award

Seaside Course at Sea Island GC Receives NGCOA Award

Courses     4:01 pm, February 20, 2015

Jemsek Award Recognizes Golf Course Excellence; Presented at Annual Conference in San Antonio

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WME | IMG Acquires Icon Sports Management

WME | IMG Acquires Icon Sports Management

Corporate     4:00 pm, February 20, 2015

The acquisition of golf talent agency Icon Sports Management, further strengthening the company’s roster of sports clients and golf expertise

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Highspeed BTME Prize Draw Winner

Highspeed BTME Prize Draw Winner

People     4:00 pm, February 20, 2015

and the winner is…….

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Pravets to Host Latvian Juniors

Pravets to Host Latvian Juniors

Courses     4:00 pm, February 20, 2015

Latvian Golf Federation Select Pravets Golf & Spa for Junior Training Camp

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Todd Sinnott Joins ISM

Todd Sinnott Joins ISM

People     3:59 pm, February 20, 2015

ISM has agreed a deal to represent exciting young Australian golfer Todd Sinnott

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Bragg Has Plenty to Shout About at La Manga

Bragg Has Plenty to Shout About at La Manga

Sponsorship     3:59 pm, February 20, 2015

The La Manga Club International Pro-Am was wrapped up in style by PGA of GB&I Professional, Darren Bragg, who claimed his first PGAs of Europe sanctioned event win

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Golf Tourism England Website to Boost Visitor Numbers

Golf Tourism England Website to Boost Visitor Numbers

Travel     11:22 am, February 19, 2015

The state-of-the-art website which will act as a touch point for golfers looking for a golf holiday in one of the world’s oldest and best-established golfing destinations

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New Era as Titleist and Footjoy Back PGA’s Flagship Championship

New Era as Titleist and Footjoy Back PGA’s Flagship Championship

Sponsorship     11:22 am, February 19, 2015

Two of golf’s leading brands - Titleist and FootJoy – have agreed a four-year deal to be the new sponsors of the flagship PGA Professional Championship.

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Balmers GM opens new dealer premises

Balmers GM opens new dealer premises

Corporate     11:21 am, February 19, 2015

John Deere turf dealer Balmers GM Ltd has relocated to new, state of the art premises at Manchester Road, Dunnockshaw, Burnley

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Clarke Ryder Cup Appointment to Deliver Boost to Ireland Golf Tourism

Clarke Ryder Cup Appointment to Deliver Boost to Ireland Golf Tourism

Travel     11:21 am, February 19, 2015

Tourism Ireland has welcomed the appointment of Darren Clarke as Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain for 2016 and believes the decision will greatly enhance its continued ability to promote Ireland as a world-class golf destination

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World Record Attempt for Driving Electric Golf Cart

World Record Attempt for Driving Electric Golf Cart

People     11:20 am, February 19, 2015

The Longest Drive world record attempt reaches THB1 million raised for Phuket Has Been Good To Us charity; 1,400km drive in an electric golf cart from Pattaya to Phuket to take 24 days

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Trimax Appoints European Supply Manager

Trimax Appoints European Supply Manager

People     11:20 am, February 19, 2015

The Trimax family continues to grow as they appoint Patrick O’Callaghan to fill their newly created role as European Supply Manager.

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WCGC names ICC as its Official Global Partner

WCGC names ICC as its Official Global Partner

Corporate     11:19 am, February 19, 2015

The World Corporate Golf Challenge is set to enter an exciting new era in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce

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