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The Wrong Sort of Headlines

October 14th, 2014

In recent days Golf has been getting into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. PGA chief executive Sandy Jones is right to take on the Business Secretary who, based upon some rather dubious ‘research’, has suggested that the housing crisis in England could be solved if only developers are allowed to build new houses on golf courses (especially in Surrey!). Meanwhile in the U.S. a scientist has published an article entitled ‘Why the Decline of Golf is Good News for the Environment’ and we learn that on Sunday President Obama played his 200th round of golf since moving into the White House – the suggestion being that the President has far better things to do with his time.

Golf’s supporters should follow Sandy’s example and meet the critics head on.

Geoff Russell, Publisher

publisher@golfbusinessnews.com

@GBNPublisher

Flexibility: The only future model for the golf business?

Flexibility: The only future model for the golf business?

Management Topics     3:36 pm, October 17, 2014

In this third release of the key opportunities of the EGCOA’s VISION 2020 project to be explored at the 2014 European Golf Business Conference from the 4-6th November in Barcelona, the focus is on Flexibility.

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Golf Well-Placed To Tackle Issue Of Loneliness

Golf Well-Placed To Tackle Issue Of Loneliness

Opinion     3:35 pm, October 17, 2014

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones believes golf can help tackle the issue of loneliness which is blighting the lives of many elderly people in the UK

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Eddie Bullock Joins CMM Advisory Board As Non-Executive Director 

Eddie Bullock Joins CMM Advisory Board As Non-Executive Director 

People     3:35 pm, October 17, 2014

The appointment will provide Colt Mackenzie McNair with additional external management expertise and support the Berkshire-based business’s global expansion plans

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Golf course secures £19m funding

Golf course secures £19m funding

Courses     3:34 pm, October 17, 2014

The funding secures continuity of Pure Leisure Group’s ownership of Royal Westmoreland and in doing so unlocks exciting plans for the development of the Barbadian resort.

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Jim James, Augusta National, to speak at The Belfry on 10th December

Jim James, Augusta National, to speak at The Belfry on 10th December

Management Topics     3:34 pm, October 17, 2014

At The Belfry on 10th December Jim will be speaking for the first time outside of the USA and, with his exceptional standards on customer service delivery, it is your opportunity to learn from the very best in the club industry

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‘National Golf Month’ will be back in 2015

‘National Golf Month’ will be back in 2015

Growing the Game     3:33 pm, October 17, 2014

A massive national marketing and advertising campaign will drive potential golfers to the website which will go live in January

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Rain Bird partners with the European Golf Course Owners Association

Rain Bird partners with the European Golf Course Owners Association

Corporate     3:33 pm, October 17, 2014

Rain bird has joined forces with the EGCOA and its growing supplier’s network, to offer EGCOA members their extensive range of irrigation supplies and wealth of knowledge & experience from over 80 years in the irrigation business.

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PGA of America Announces Ryder Cup Task Force

PGA of America Announces Ryder Cup Task Force

Sponsorship     3:32 pm, October 17, 2014

Past Captains, Players and PGA Leadership to Chart Course for Future U.S. Teams

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England Golf appoints Head of Training and Education

England Golf appoints Head of Training and Education

People     3:32 pm, October 17, 2014

Laura Rushby will take up her role on Monday,20th October.

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UKTI Grants of £2000 for PGA Merchandise Show

UKTI Grants of £2000 for PGA Merchandise Show

Exhibitions & Conferences     3:31 pm, October 17, 2014

The BGIA has teamed up with UKTI to offer grants of £2,000 to help UK Small and Medium size enterprises to attend the show

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Mark Fletcher of Fletcher Sport Brands leaves Sunice, AUR & Tommy Hilfiger Golf

Mark Fletcher of Fletcher Sport Brands leaves Sunice, AUR & Tommy Hilfiger Golf

People     3:31 pm, October 17, 2014

Mark Fletcher, President of FSB, announced today that he has informed his partner, Alen Brandman (majority shareholder of FSB), that he would be leaving 'FSB' this week

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New Golf Etiquette Quick Reference Guide

New Golf Etiquette Quick Reference Guide

Media     3:30 pm, October 17, 2014

This new pocket-sized guide supplements "Golf Rules Quick Reference", Ton-That's first guide that sold more than one million copies

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John Deere Finance helps in drive for perfection

John Deere Finance helps in drive for perfection

Courses     3:30 pm, October 17, 2014

Branston Golf & Country Club has invested £52,000 in new John Deere course machinery for the first time, in a drive to improve the condition and presentation of its 18 and 9-hole parkland golf courses plus driving range

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Stayprime Golf at EGCOA Vision 20/20 Conference, Barcelona, 4-6 November

Stayprime Golf at EGCOA Vision 20/20 Conference, Barcelona, 4-6 November

Exhibitions & Conferences     3:29 pm, October 17, 2014

StayPrime has seen a significant growth in clients in Europe during 2014, and are on target to have 12 installations in six European countries by the year end.

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The Grass Group takes over exclusive UK distribution of GKB Machines

The Grass Group takes over exclusive UK distribution of GKB Machines

Corporate     3:28 pm, October 17, 2014

The GKB range offers groundcare solutions with top dressers, fraise mowers and aeration equipment

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London Golf Show tees up partnership with Prostate Cancer UK

London Golf Show tees up partnership with Prostate Cancer UK

Exhibitions & Conferences     3:27 pm, October 17, 2014

At Bluewater in Kent The London Golf Show celebrates its 10th annual show from 14th-16th November

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Portsmouth Golf Centre sails to Victory

Portsmouth Golf Centre sails to Victory

Courses     2:07 pm, October 17, 2014

Portsmouth Golf Centre has successfully completed a two year program which has seen an extensive £200,000 refurbishment to its golf shop, coaching and custom fitting studios, bays, mats, flooring and bay dividers.

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Investors in People awards London Golf Club rare Gold standard

Investors in People awards London Golf Club rare Gold standard

Corporate     2:02 pm, October 17, 2014

London Golf Club, host venue of the European Tour’s Volvo World Match Play Championship 2014, has become the first standalone golf venue to be awarded Gold by Investors in People (IiP).

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John Letters Targets Increased Golf Participation After Launching New Golf Academy

John Letters Targets Increased Golf Participation After Launching New Golf Academy

Growing the Game     2:01 pm, October 17, 2014

The new site, situated just five minutes from Royal Liverpool Golf Club, at Moreton Hills Golf Centre on The Wirral, boasts a 27-bay floodlit driving range, putting green, short game area and practise hole.

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Crown Golf Promotes From Within

Crown Golf Promotes From Within

People     2:00 pm, October 17, 2014

Barry Careford, the new manager at South Essex Golf Centre, arrives with a promise to make every golfer feel like they are a member

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Golf DVD review: ‘SEVE The Movie’

Golf DVD review: ‘SEVE The Movie’

Media     11:30 am, October 16, 2014

SEVE The Movie will be available to buy from Monday 20th October. This Review has been submitted by Tony Menai-Davis, founder of The Shire London, the only Seve Ballesteros golf course in the UK

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New Appointment for Bernhard

New Appointment for Bernhard

People     11:24 am, October 16, 2014

Richard Blight has just taken over as Manufacturing Manager at the Bernhard Factory in Haverhill, Suffolk

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BBC staff inspired to give golf a go

BBC staff inspired to give golf a go

Growing the Game     11:24 am, October 16, 2014

PGA professionals from Trafford Golf Centre have delivered free golf taster sessions to staff from the Corporation’s MediaCityUK headquarters in Salford

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Emerging Younger Golfers Seek out Trendy Gear

Emerging Younger Golfers Seek out Trendy Gear

Corporate     11:24 am, October 16, 2014

Boutique golf outfitter Spencer Paul is helping sportsmen stay at the forefront of fashion with its exclusive collection of clothing for gents of all ages.

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Team USA secure first Simpson Cup Victory at Congressional

Team USA secure first Simpson Cup Victory at Congressional

People     11:23 am, October 16, 2014

This is the first time that the US Team has been victorious and the win sets them up nicely to level the competition at Royal St George’s in September 2015

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