Tuesday, 1st December, 2015

Ivor Robson, Official Starter to The European Tour and The Open for the past 41 years, has retired (Getty Images)

With the distinctive words, “On the tee from England, Andy Sullivan”, the curtain came down on the career as Ivor Robson, Official Starter to The European Tour and The Open for the past 41 years, retired


Tiller’s Turf was the first purchaser of the new 4.6 m Wiedenmann Terra Rake for their turf farm just outside Newark, Nottinghamshire

Extra wide 4.6m Wiedenmann Terra Rake boosts Tillers Turf

Wiedenmann UK’s newest fleet addition – the 4.6m wide Terra Rake – has had a huge endorsement from the first clients who took delivery in July


Amata Spring CC 17th hole (picture by Thailand Golf Championship)

Global Spotlight Falls on Schmidt-Curley Design’s Amata Spring

The fifth edition of the Thailand Golf Championship, the Asian Tour’s season-ending flagship event will be held from December 10-13 and is part of the Open Qualifying Series for the second year in succession

Exhibitions & Conferences

Golf Industry Show

UKTI Grant Funding Available for GIS 2016

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) have UKTI grant funding available for the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2016 which takes place on the 10th and 11th February 2016 at the San Diego Convention Centre in San Diego, California

Growing the Game

Gove Country Club got right into the swing of GOLF MONTH

Australia GOLF MONTH to return in 2016

More than 310 facilities registered for GOLF MONTH in 2015, with in excess of 900 activities and offers promoted, including approximately 100 membership offers


(from left), Tim Finchem, Keith Pelley, Martin Slumbers, Mike Whan and Andrew Cotter (Getty Images)

The Guardians Of The Game

From The HSBC Golf Business Forum in Shanghai; Andrew Cotter in conversation with Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A; Tim Finchem, Commossioner of The PGA Tour; Keith Pelley, CEO The European Tour; and Mike Whan, CEO of The LPGA Tour

Management Topics

The Diploma recipients with Kevin Fish (centre) and Michael Braidwood, CMAE’s Director of Education, front right

The European Management Diploma Nine

Nine Scottish Golf Club Managers and Senior Staff received their Diplomas at a recent presentation ceremony in Stirling


Great Golf magazine front cover

‘Great Golf ‘Magazine goes bi-monthly

The magazine, which launched in 2011, is increasing frequency from quarterly to bi-monthly after ‘a record year’ in 2014. Advertising revenue was up by 20%. The first bi-monthly issue will be February 2016

New Products

Universe Rotor

Campey gets British patents on Universe Rotor

Patents have been granted for Campey Turf Care Systems Universe® Rotor for its unique action with the Koro Field TopMaker as a maintenance and renovation tool on DESSO GrassMaster® and natural grass surfaces


Bill Hawthorn winter image CIMG3995

Preparing for Winter

The first of a series of practical articles prepared by Bill Hawthorn MIAgrE  ASIC GCA, the Irrigation and Water supply specialist Engineer for the Golf Consultants Association and a Director of 2iC Consultants


Diana M. Murphy

USGA Announces 2016 Executive Committee Nominations

Diana M. Murphy nominated to serve as 64th President – the second woman in the Association’s 121-year history to be nominated as president


Cameron House Hotel

Another New Owner for Cameron House

Cameron House Hotel at Loch Lomond has been sold for the second time in a year with the price paid reported to be between £70 million and £80 million

Salesroom & Memorabilia

Henry Callender standing in a landscape, in the red coat of Captain General of the Blackheath Golf Club and holding a putter by the Leicestershire artist Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760-1803)

Bonhams to Offer Most Famous Golfing Painting in the World

Royal Blackheath Golf Club is selling the painting to raise funds for the acquisition of the freehold of its course and clubhouse from The Crown Estate. The painting is estimated at £600,000 – £800,000


Marcosimone webpage

“All Roads Lead To Rome”

The Marco Simone Golf & Country Club is an ambitious project to transform 160 hectares of uncontaminated countryside a few miles from the centre of Rome into a challenging 27 holes golf course to host the 2022 Ryder Cup


The Only Way Is Up For Kent’s Golf Courses in latest ranking

The five Kent golf courses that feature in Top 100 Golf Courses’ updated ranking of ‘The English Top 100 Golf Courses of England 2016’ have all improved on their positions since the last list was drawn up two years ago