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News Archive for 1999


Friday, December 24th, 1999

Toro Celebrates £1 million Deal with Marriott

The Toro Company continues as exclusive suppliers of golf course turf machinery at all 10 Marriott Hotel and Country Clubs in The United Kingdom


Monday, December 20th, 1999

Gibbons buys Chart Hills at last

The only course designed by Nick Faldo in Britain has been sold for around £5 million


Friday, December 17th, 1999

TearDrop Complete Loan Package

TearDrop Golf has completed a $28 million (£17.5 million) finance package with Congress Financial and Textron Financial. The agreement, originally reported last October, calls for a two-year package that includes term loans of approximately $6.6 million (£4 million) in addition to a revolving credit facility. Company president and chief executive officer, Rudy Slucker, stated in…read the full story


Monday, December 13th, 1999

Architects’ Merger Gets Closer

A Pan-European Institute will be formed by 1st April 2000


Sunday, December 12th, 1999

Tax Break Boost For Golfers

Golf club professionals throughout the country are missing out on thousands of pounds in reclaimed VAT for golf lessons, reveals chartered accountants BKR Haines Watts. Following research among a number of golf professionals the firm found that many are unaware that VAT is no longer applicable to golf lessons. The result is that many professionals…read the full story

Drink-drive deal for Ryder Cup

When it comes to sponsoring the Ryder Cup, drinking and driving can mix. Ryder Cup Ltd, a jointly owned subsidiary of both the PGA and the European Tour, have just struck sponsorship deals with Club Car, manufacturers of golf carts, and premium-lager company Michelob. Club Car will be official sponsors of the 2001 and 2005…read the full story


Tuesday, November 30th, 1999

Clubhaus Turnover Up 32% In Third Quarter

Another period of strong progress has been reported by the leading quoted European golf course operator and manager of health and fitness facilities. Clubhaus has just completed the acquisition for £12.2million of three UK Golf and Country Clubs: Mentmore Golf and Country Club near Aylesbury, Mapledurham Golf and Health Club near Reading and Chelsfield Lakes…read the full story


Monday, November 29th, 1999

Record turn-out for PGA of Europe

A distinguished and international panel of speakers was at Torremolinos

Clubhaus announces strong progress in third quarter of 1999

In May 1999 Clubhaus completed a £90 million refinancing, which included the issue of £50 million 12.875% Senior Notes due 2009. Under the terms of these Senior Noted, Clubhaus, the leisure group which is now the leading quoted European golf course operator and manager of health and fitness facilities, is now required to report results quarterly


Tuesday, November 23rd, 1999

Pringle Backs Scottish Web Site

Golfers can sample the beauty and excellence of Scotland’s golf courses on a dedicated web site. Entitled’Scotland’s Golf Courses’, the Pringle-sponsored site provides information and pictures on all of Scotland’s major courses, including St Andrews, Carnoustie and Loch Lomond, and gives details such as scorecards, course diagrams and yardages, and catering. The site, which can…read the full story

A Green Future For Golf

New Declaration sets out a forward-looking perspective on the golf community’s role in initiating and supporting environmental education, research and conservation programmes .....read the full story »


Monday, November 22nd, 1999

Award for Golf Museum Director

The British Golf Collectors Society has awarded its prestigious Murdoch Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of golf history to Peter Lewis, Director of the British Golf Museum. The award was made in recognition of the research and documentation of the history of golf, co-authorship of the highly acclaimed “Challenges & Champions – The…read the full story

Discovery Golf PLC Is Launched By Former Golf Pro

Helping to improve the way in which the PGA golf professional communicates to their pupils is just one of the many benefits claimed by the Discovery Golf concept. Providing all golfers, whatever their standard, with an extremely simple, effective and memorable method of controlling pressure on the golf course is another. Discovery Golf PLC specialises…read the full story


Saturday, November 20th, 1999

New E-Z-GO Golf Car Drive System

Twenty-three representatives from Textron dealerships across the UK attended the launch of the new Precision Drive System (PDS) for E-Z-GO’s TXT Golf Cars at Kilworth Springs Golf Club. The Precision Drive System is a new development which allows golf course operators to specify golf cars with performance options which are specifically optimised for the topography…read the full story

Sir Michael Aims To Recapture Lost Standards

Following his visit to Brookline for the Ryder Cup Sir Michael Bonallack, newly installed as Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, has decided to dedicate his year in office to recapturing some of the standards which the game has lost. “When people take up golf the etiquette is there in…read the full story


Friday, November 19th, 1999

R&A Appoints Golf Development Secretary

The new position of Golf Development Secretary has been created by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to strengthen the management of policies and funding for the development of the game in the United Kingdom and throughout the world. Grants and loans are made by the R&A from funds generated by the…read the full story


Wednesday, November 17th, 1999

Rules sponsorship continues

One of the longest running sponsorships in sport is Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance’s endorsement of the Rules of Golf. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has renewed the arrangement which has been in place since 1908 .....read the full story »


Thursday, November 11th, 1999

European Golf Design Has Italian Job

European Golf Design has signed a contract with Italian hotel group Appia Antica to design an 18 hole golf course at Fasano on the Southern Adriatic coast. EGD is currently in the finishing stages of the detailed design work and construction is expected to begin before the end of this year. The 6,800 yard, par…read the full story


Sunday, November 7th, 1999

Club Car UK Is Now Golf Car UK

The Abingdon based distributor for the Club Car range of golf, transportation and utility vehicles in England, Wales and Scotland has changed its name to Golf Car UK Limited. After two years in operation the Company claims that it has taken the Club Car range to be the undisputed number 1 in the market. The…read the full story


Friday, October 29th, 1999

PGA European Tour Courses PLC “completes period of transition”

The Company, which owns and operates flagship golf courses throughout the UK and Europe, has announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 1999

Clubhaus Acquires Three UK Golf and Country Clubs

All three clubs have been acquired from Invicta Leisure Limited. The consideration will comprise £600,000 in cash, the repayment of £7.7 million of inter-company debt and the assumption of £3.9 million of debt .....read the full story »


Thursday, October 28th, 1999

Clubhaus Invests in new Health Club

Clubhaus has announced a total investment of £2.75million into Nizels Golf Club, Kent where a new health and fitness centre will be opened during spring 2000. The fitness club will encompass 3,500 square feet and will be the group’s third purpose-built facility in the UK. It forms part of a £11.3million investment plan which will…read the full story


Tuesday, October 26th, 1999

Grass Roots Benefit from EGU Junior Coaching

Sponsorship from Marsh Sport and Leisure Insurance Services in conjunction with Royal & SunAlliance will continue in the year 2000 as part of a five year sponsorship commitment


Thursday, October 21st, 1999

The World’s First Links Golf Academy

Colin Montgomerie and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have teamed up to open a series of golf academies. The first will open in April 2000 and will be known as The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy at The Westin Turnberry Hotel. The facilities will include indoor and outdoor teaching areas with covered driving and teaching…read the full story

VAT Doomsday Looms for Sports Clubs

Clubs and associations have only a few more months to benefit from a period of exempt trading