Monday, 23rd January, 2017

Archive for the ‘People’ Category


Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Deirdre Billing.

Billing Fits the Bill as Mottram Hall’s New General Manager

Renowned hotelier Deirdre Billing has returned to QHotels, the UK’s largest golf resort operator, as general manager of Mottram Hall in Cheshire


Friday, January 20th, 2017

Stephen Walker

Former Turnberry Director launches The Lighthouse Consultancy

Shining some new perspective for its Clients The Lighthouse Consultancy is described by founder & MD Stephen Walker as a niche player offering specialist support in a range of business disciplines specifically targeting the hospitality and golf segments


Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Lee Bishop and the Burnham Beeches GC team receive their award

Announcing the winners of the BIGGA Awards 2017

The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association honoured some of its most talented members yesterday evening (Tuesday 17 January) with the presentation of the third annual BIGGA Awards

Fairmont St Andrews (photo Credit Dave Cannon)

Fairmont St Andrews Appoints Amy Yeates Director of Golf, Spa & Leisure

Five-star hotel promotes Amy Yeates to new position

Ba Na Hills Golf Club

Ba Na Hills Golf Club Welcomes New General Manager

The IMG managed Ba Na Hills Golf Club located in Danang, Vietnam, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Haddon as its new General Manager


Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Michael Lavizani

Michael’s The New Man At Forest Pines

The four-star Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, near Brigg – a QHotels venue – has appointed Michael Lavizani, 52, as its new general manager


Monday, January 16th, 2017

John Jacobs

Obituary – John Jacobs 1925-2017

Golfing legend John Jacobs OBE, described as ‘the father of modern day golf’, died on the morning of Friday 13th January 2017


Friday, January 13th, 2017

Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk Named United States Captain for 2018 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup veteran will lead U.S. in pursuit of victory in France next year; Davis Love III to serve as U.S. Vice Captain 


Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Andrew Lloyd-Skinner

Lloyd-Skinner Excited By Membership of GCA

Andrew Lloyd-Skinner is relishing the chance to play a part in the future of the Golf Consultants Association after becoming the newest member of the organisation


Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy Appointed BIGGA Vice President

The former courses and estates manager at The Wentworth Club, who worked closely with Ernie Els during the four-time Major winner’s renovation of the West Course, has been announced as Vice President of BIGGA for 2017


Monday, January 9th, 2017

The Scandinavian award winning clubhouse designed by Henning Larsen Architects

The Scandinavian enters a new era

Following a successful opening in 2010 and six years of steady growth, The Scandinavian moves into a new era with the appointment of new CEO, David Shepherd, a PGA professional from the UK who joins The Scandinavian from highly acclaimed Monte Rei in Portugal

Jana (centre) and team with Padraig Harrington at the Portugal Masters

European Disabled Golf Association welcomes Jana Brabnikova

The European Disabled Golf Association is delighted to welcome as its new Executive Assistant Jana Brabnikova of the Czech Republic


Friday, January 6th, 2017

LPGA Tour commissioner Michael Whan

Mike Whan named World Golf Foundation Chairman

Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner, has been named WGF Chairman for 2017 by the Board of Directors. He succeeds Tim Finchem, who recently retired as PGA TOUR Commissioner

Caroline Grady and Brenda Chapman (courtesy of Caroline Grady via Twitter)

Age No Barrier for Big-Hitting Brenda

A golfer just weeks away from her 91st birthday is making big gains off the tee – thanks to help from a PGA coach

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Ed Edwards appointed Group GM Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Strategic appointment for Middle East golf clubs set to elevate service and drive business performance at the award-winning clubs


Friday, December 16th, 2016

FTMI Class of 2016

Jacobsen Future Turf Managers Initiative 2017 Delegates Announced

Jacobsen and BIGGA have announced who the successful applicants are for 2017’s Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI). The popular educational and networking initiative is now in its fifth year and will once again take place at Jacobsen’s European manufacturing facility in Ipswich

Benoit Vincent

Vincent to retire from TaylorMade Golf Company

Benoit Vincent, Chief Technical Officer of Research and Development, has decided to retire in late 2017. Succeeding Vincent will be current Vice President of Metalwood Product Development and 22-year veteran of the company, Todd Beach

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New Executive Chair to lead the British Golf Industry’s Strategy

The British Golf Industry Association (BGIA) is to appoint its first independent executive Chair. Experienced business adviser and consultant, Philip Morley, joins the BGIA with a remit to lead the Association’s strategic direction .....read the full story »


Thursday, December 15th, 2016

(from  left) Ian Berry, Director of Golf at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa with Mark Lloyd, Director of Golf at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts appoints two Directors of Golf

As part of its ongoing golf venue investment programme, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has further enhanced its senior golf management team with the appointment of Mark Lloyd and Ian Berry as Directors of Golf


Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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Exceptional trio celebrated at coaching awards

At the England Golf Coaching Conference standing ovations marked the announcement of Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson as 2016 Coach of the Year, Sussex’s Alan Covey as Volunteer Manager of the Year, and Cheshire’s Alan Thompson as the winner of the Lifetime Service Award


Friday, December 9th, 2016

Tournament champion Nathan Kimsey of England is presented with his trophy by Vice Chairman of the European Tour, Angel Gallardo following the final round of the European Tour qualifying school final stage at PGA Catalunya Resort on November 17, 2016 in Girona, Spain.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Angel Gallardo to be appointed European Tour Ambassador

Angel Gallardo, one of the most highly respected and influential figures in the world of European golf over the past four decades, is to take on the new role of European Tour Ambassador from January 1, 2017

Tom Foster with Sharmila Nicollet (photo Tristan Jones)

Foster To Mastermind Verdura Golf Academy Redevelopment

Leading European coach Tom Foster is preparing to embark on a new chapter in his golf career after being named as the new director of instruction at Verdura Resort in Sicily


Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Steve Brotherhood

Golfers Offered The Tour Caddy Experience

European Tour caddy Steve Brotherhood is offering amateur golfers the kind of advice he gives Tour star David Howell after 12 years of carrying a bag on the world’s top courses


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

John Parry's winning entry

Wrexham greenkeeper’s ‘smart’ photograph wins BIGGA’s top prize

From The Remarkables Mountain Range in New Zealand to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, BIGGA members from all over the globe submitted entries for the competition, which has seen the judge’s favourite 12 images selected for inclusion in the greenkeeping association’s calendar 2017


Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Willie Redpath

Fairways appoints Willie Redpath from St Andrews

Fairways GM has boosted its customer care team with the appointment of former St Andrews Links Trust workshop manager Willie Redpath