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News Archive for 2000


Friday, December 29th, 2000

Sir Michael Bonallack to speak at Fairway 2001

Sir Michael Bonallack will give a presentation about the development of golf at the Golf Course Congress for Fairway 2001 in Munich at the beginning of March. Other speakers include Professor Edgar Kreilkamp from the University of Là¬ľneberg and the golf course architect Christoph Stଧdler


Thursday, December 28th, 2000

Softspikes doubles guarantee

Company moves to highlight the ‘Black Widow‘s’ exceptional performance in wet winter weather


Wednesday, December 27th, 2000

Further growth in golf travel market

A recent survey of over 600 UK club golfers has found that golfing holidays are becoming increasingly popular. EighteenGlobal has given the club pro the opportunity to make a commission on golf holidays by partnering with leading golf holiday tour operator – 3D Golf. More than 500 professionals across the UK have already become partners in EighteenGlobal


Friday, December 22nd, 2000

Christmas TV appearance for Huxley

The BBC’s Christmas Day golf show will be played on a Huxley all-weather green.The programme shows how two novice golfers from Bristol substantially improve their putting skills over a four day period with coaching, visual aids and scientific analysis


Thursday, December 21st, 2000

New R&A policy for impact of grants and scholarships on amateur status

The R&A Amateur Status Committee has agreed a new policy for the approval of grants, scholarships and bursaries offered at educational establishments in Great Britain and Ireland. The new policy comes into effect from 1st January 2001


Wednesday, December 20th, 2000

New guide to managing erosion at seaside courses

A new publication which reviews the management of the erosion of sandy beaches and dunes is available from Scottish Natural Heritage


Tuesday, December 19th, 2000

Softspikes launch new plastic cleat

The ‘Shadow’ cleat is an upgrade in performance from the company’s XP Extra Performance cleat and is designed to be more agronomically friendly over the many types of grasses and conditions that golfers experience


Monday, December 18th, 2000

Première Golf announces show dates for 2001

This year’s Première Golf 2000 in Marbella attracted some 1500 visitors from all over Europe. The results of the visitor survey suggest that the vast majority will be back when next year’s show is held at the same venue from November 13th – 16th 2001


Friday, December 15th, 2000

Dreams come true at members ‘lease-out’ course

For a south Wales golf club the recent grant of planning permission means that a full 18 hole course can now be created. It will open in the summer of 2002 along with an enlarged club house


Thursday, December 14th, 2000

Weather forecasts now available by UK postcode area

A new service from the Met Office is primarily aimed at the golfing public but it will be a real service for golf course operators, greenkeepers and golf day organisers too. The service gives weather updates with postcode accuracy on the hour every hour if required. It will also give forecasts of weather up to five days ahead


Wednesday, December 13th, 2000

Specialist golf course equipment available to hire

Leading ground-scare equipment hire company Swan Plant Services is expanding its fleet to include a comprehensive range of machines for golf courses


Tuesday, December 12th, 2000

Meldrum House Golf Club signs exclusive with Textron

Meldrum House in Aberdeenshire has signed an exclusive 5-year joint agreement with Textron, the Ipswich-based turf care specialist, and their dealers for Scotland, Scottish Grass Machinery. A package of operational and technical green keeper training programmes has been incorporated into the agreement


Monday, December 11th, 2000

New Callaway drivers already into Europe

Callaway Golf Europe Ltd today announced the first shipment of the new ERC II Forged Titanium Drivers across Europe

Scottish Tourist Board in partnership with golf industry

STB leads a delegation of top Scottish businesses to the International Association of Golf Tour Operators trade show in Florida in a drive to break into the lucrative world golf travel market


Friday, December 8th, 2000

Greenkeepers take a European approach

Federation strives for uniform standards of training and further education


Thursday, December 7th, 2000

Mizuno irons branded number one by Tour golfers

A survey has shown that Mizuno has retained the ‘No.1 iron on Tour’ status on the European Tour


Wednesday, December 6th, 2000

EGU’s free coaching attracts more beginners

The English Golf Union’s free golf coaching for beginners’ initiative, sponsored by Prosimmon, is encouraging people to sustain their interest in the game of golf. according to the latest research conducted by the EGU. It is the EGU’s intention to develop free golf coaching for beginners further in an effort to attract more people into the game


Tuesday, December 5th, 2000

The ‘Playgolf Experience’ opens in Manchester

Europe’s new £3.5 million golf driving range, The Playgolf Experience, has opened at the Trafford Centre, Manchester. The concept is based on a traditional driving range but with landscaped holes, greens, bunkers and fairways creating a highly accessible and user-friendly way of enjoying the game


Monday, December 4th, 2000

Champ Golf Spikes launch safety campaign for Winter

‘Metal spikes are better for winter,’ says the director of Eiropean operations for MacNeill Engineering who manufacture a wide range of both metal and plastic products under the Champ brand .....read the full story »


Friday, December 1st, 2000

Golf Passport attracts 3,000 golfers to Scottish Borders

An impressive 16% increase in the sales of Freedom of the Fairways Golf passes in 2000 has emphasised the continuing success of this scheme which attracts around 3,000 golfers to the Scottish Borders each year. This year in excess of £150,000 was returned to the clubs and local accommodation providers are expected to have benefited to the tune of £800,000 from overnight stays and meals


Thursday, November 30th, 2000

A ‘new’ course for Hardelot

The relatively new Dunes course near Boulogne in northern France is to have a major face-lift. The re-design includes four new greens, eliminating several blind shots, and will cost upwards of £350,000. Ken Strachan, director of golf, has been working on the shape and features of the re-designed course for more than a year. Hardelot attracts well in excess of 40,000 green-fee players on its two courses each year, making it the most popular venue in France for British golfers


Wednesday, November 29th, 2000

First ‘Committed to Green’ awards announced in Brussels

Following a meeting in Brussels of its International Advisory Commission, the Committed to Green Foundation has announced the first ever awards of Committed to Green Recognition to fifteen pioneer golf clubs from five European countries. Committed to Green is the first environmental certification programme specifically aimed at the sport sector in Europe. The programme arose through the work of the former European Golf Association Ecology Unit, an initiative jointly supported by the European golf authorities and the European Commission


Tuesday, November 28th, 2000

New on-site inspection service fights turf disease problems

Kate Entwistle has left the STRI, where she had worked since 1990, and relocated to Hampshire. She will continue to work in turf pathology under the name of The Turf Disease Centre


Monday, November 27th, 2000

Foremost’s supplier conference hailed as the best yet

With 225 golf professionals as members, the Foremost Group is clearly a major force in golf retail and believes that it is setting the standards for others to follow. In a year when many golf professionals have been talking about doom and gloom, the majority of Foremost’s members and all its major hardware suppliers, including Titleist, Taylor Made and Wilson, gathered for an intensive three days of buying and training in preparation for the 2001 season


Friday, November 24th, 2000

Mickelson extends his deal with Titleist and FootJoy

The world’s third-ranked golfer has signed a five year agreement, commencing on 1st January, 2001, to continue to play Titleist golf balls and FootJoy shoes and gloves. Mickelson will also switch to playing Titleist golf clubs and carrying a Titleist bag