Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

Howard Swan

Experienced golf course architect Howard Swan was unanimously re-elected chairman of the GCA at its recent annual general meeting


Corporate

Lely UK’s Turfcare Training Programme 2015

Lely Expands Training Offering for Greenkeepers as 2015 Guide Released

Toro distributor Lely UK has launched its new Turfcare Training Programme for 2015, which sees new courses and training venues introduced for the year .....read the full story »

Courses

8th hole on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club (from left): Christopher May (Chief Executive Officer - Dubai Golf), Mustafa Al Hashimi, (Chief Executive Officer Hospitality & Leisure – wasl Asset management), Craig Haldane (Director of Golf Course Maintenance – Dubai Golf), Andrew Whitelaw (General Manager – Emirates Golf Club)

Emirates GC Becomes First Golf Club in MENA to be GEO Certified®

The annual host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic has become the first golf club in the Middle East North Africa region to become GEO Certified®

Exhibitions & Conferences

BTME 2015

Learning and Earning at BTME 2015

Four sold out halls, record figures for education and unrivalled networking opportunities were just some of the highlights of BTME 2015 as BIGGA announced a return to five halls for next year’s exhibition

Growing the Game

Amy Boulden

Ambassador Amy to encourage new women and girl golfers

Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Amy Boulden is to help encourage the next generation of female golfers as a Golf Development Wales ambassador for the Women and Girls beginner scheme

Interviews

Gary Firkins and Giles Morgan

Golf’s future: ‘Time and format can be looked at relatively easily’

BBC Golf Correspondent Iain Carter interviews Giles Morgan, the head of sponsorship for HSBC

Management Topics

CMAE website

CMAE’s Education Policy Board announces its 2015 Education Schedule

The Calendar features 16 Management Development Programmes taking place throughout the year and hosted across 6 European countries

Media

Peter Alliss

‘Voice of Golf’ attacks BBC over Open Championship

“I can’t not criticise the BBC,” says Peter Alliss who believes that losing Open rights to Sky would be a ‘damning indictment of both BBC and R&A’

New Products

BSG e6_ball (1)

New e-Series Balls Launched by Bridgestone Golf

WEB dimple pattern combined with original offers longer, straighter flight

Opinion

Richard Barker

Plenty of New Year Cheer for Teeofftimes.co.uk

Record numbers, new staff and great news for the 2015 season

People

Mike Hughes

Michael Hughes to Step Down as CEO of NGCOA

National Golf Course Owners Association CEO Michael Hughes has announced his intention to step down as CEO at the end of 2015, completing 25 years of service

Property

Abaco Club at Winding Bay

Southworth Development acquires The Bahamas’ Abaco Club on Winding Bay

The owner of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes in Argyll, Scotland, has acquired The Abaco Club on Winding Bay from Marriott Vacation Worldwide Corporation

Salesroom & Memorabilia

Harry Bannerman Ryder cup replica

Leading Scottish Golfer’s Replica Ryder Cup at Bonhams Edinburgh Sporting Sale

The replica was made by Asprey’s and is 12 inches high. It is estimated at £5,000-8,000

Sponsorship

Paul Broadhurst signs with Champions UK plc CEO John Hayes far right, Champions of Golf Manager Lloyd Bailey second from the right and long term Champions celebrity client England’s most capped player of all time Peter Shilton OBE

Champions of Golf Sign 6 Time European Tour Winner Paul Broadhurst

Champions of Golf is the golf management arm of Leicestershire brand and celebrity management agency Champions (UK) plc whose clients include Tony Jacklin CBE

Travel

1st Hole at Saint-Omer Golf Club

Great Value Golf & Gastronomy at France’s Saint-Omer in 2015

A ‘Fantastique’ package to tempt golfers with a fondness for French cuisine to cross the Channel throughout 2015