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Nevada Bob’s Colchester Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

Undoubtedly a success story in golf, Nevada Bob's in Colchester is celebrating 25 years in business. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook visited to hear more about the secrets behind that longevity, how the industry has changed, and what the future holds. read more ...


Are Fewer People Playing Golf in the UK?

It's a great time for British sport, but is that being reflected in the world of golf? Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the newly released Golf Participation Report by KPMG to see how the UK compares with the rest of Europe. read more ...


Carnoustie Named Best Course at World Golf Awards

The legendary Championship Course at Carnoustie was a big winner at the 6th World Golf Awards, receiving the accolade of World's Best Golf Course 2019. We recap that accolade and reflect on the other major victories of the night. read more ...



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Golf Course Closures Fast Reaching Crisis Point

With a number of recent golf club closures, Golfshake writer Derek Clements asks whether we are reaching a crisis point and assesses the changing landscape over the past 20+ years. read more ...


Is Golf Doing Enough?

Knowing that something needs addressed and actually doing something about it are two different things. There has been much said and written about how we can grow the game, but despite those lengthy debates, is golf collectively doing enough? read more ...


David Leadbetter Hosts Coaching Summit at Stoke Park

Despite enjoying decades at the top, David Leadbetter continues to learn from others, hosting the eighth edition of his coaching summit for The Leadbetter Golf Academy at Stoke Park, bringing together dozens of golf professionals and experts for a two-day gathering. read more ...


The Importance of Online Golf Course Reviews

Online golf club and facility reviews are an established and important part of the golfing landscape. Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at their growing influence, how venues can take advantage, and the correct ways to deal with any negative responses. read more ...


The Golf Foundation Looks to Build on Presence at Open

The Golf Foundation had a major presence at Royal Portrush during the Open Championship, including the presence of its Ambassadors, which is hoped could have significant benefits when it comes to drawing the next generation to the sport. read more ...


Toptracer: At The Open and Beyond

This year’s Open stood out for many reasons. One of these was the amazing atmosphere and the unusually high engagement of in-person and TV technology.  Part of this included the Toptracer technology on the tournament range. We found out more. read more ...


England Golf Captains Programme Supports Golf Foundation in 2019

Supporting the Golf Foundation this year, the England Golf Captains programme is backing the charity in 2019, encouraging its members to raise funds and help continue the key work in securing the future of golf. read more ...


Acclaimed Slieve Russell Branded as PGA National Ireland

Located in the spectacular Ballyconnell in County Cavan, the acclaimed Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club has been endorsed by The PGA, joining the associations other venues and will be branded as PGA National Ireland. read more ...


How to Save Money When Playing Golf

There is a perception that golf is an expensive sport, and there is no denying that it can be. But there are things you can do to enjoy the sport without spending a fortune. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his money-saving tips. read more ...


How to Support Your Local Golf Club

It is a harsh fact of life that we are seeing golf clubs close down at an alarming rate as memberships tumble. But if you support your local golf club and encourage others to do the same there is a chance that it might just survive. Here, we have some ideas. read more ...


American Golf to Deliver Fan Experience at European Tour Events

American Golf has partnered with the European Tour to provide Fan Experience Zones at this year's British Masters, BMW PGA Championship and Scottish Open. read more ...


Why You Should Take up Golf Instead of Cycling

Cycling has become a hugely popular pastime in the United Kingdom, especially with older people, but we naturally believe that golf is a safer alternative. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some good (and somewhat tongue in cheek) reasons why. read more ...


Competitive Side of Golf Should be Pushed to Draw New Members

There have been many suggested routes to attracting new people into the game, but golfers who used to play a variety of sports at competitive amateur level - whether it be football, cricket, rugby, tennis etc - could be an overlooked tool for clubs seeking to draw additional members. read more ...


Golf Programme Improves Mental Wellbeing of Young People

The Golf Foundation has presented striking results from a rearch project measuring the impact of a new coaching on 11-16-year-olds. During a period of 10 weeks, each of the young people involved in the pilot project demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in their mental well-being. read more ...


Golfshake Launches New Content App

We have just launched the new Golfshake Golf Daily Content App, which has been designed to keep our golfers updated with all the latest news and features on the website, providing a daily fix of gear and course reviews, not to mention regularly updated tips from our vast Tuition Section library. read more ...


Ladies Academy at Widnes Golf Club Proves Successful

Widnes Golf Club has launched its own ladies academy, introducing the game to new players, and outlining a desginated pathway into memberships to encourage integration, the social benefits,  and has proven to be a major hit. read more ...


Survey Analysis Captures Spending Habits of Golfers

Analysing the results of our 2018 Golf Survey, we have explored the spending habits of regular golfers and what they perceive to be value across the golf industry, capturing their views and relationship with the game. read more ...


What Stops Golfers Joining Clubs?

What stops regular nomadic golfers from joining clubs? Furthering on previous research, we delved into hundreds of comments submitted into our 2018 Survey to identify key areas that have dissauded these players from signing up to a membership. read more ...


The 20 Biggest Issues Facing Golf Clubs

We have analysed the considerable data and the hundreds of comments left by regular golfers in the 2018 Golfshake Survey to identify 20 key areas that the game needs to address if golf clubs are going to thrive into the future. read more ...


Is This How We Grow the Game of Golf?

Golf is looking for ways to adjust to the modern climate and ensure that clubs and have venues continue to draw new players and have a successful future. Looking at responses to our 2018 Golfshake Survey, we have picked out some possible suggestions that could make a positive difference for the game. read more ...


How Technology and Digital Platforms Can Benefit Golf

Everyone has a smartphone and these digital platforms are increasingly influential when it comes to how golfers consume and engage with the game. Adapting to this modern climate is a change for golf clubs and venues, but it has potential rewards. We delved into the 2018 Golfshake Survey to learn more about the role of technology in the lives of golfers. read more ...


Plan Launched to Drive Junior Memberships in Shropshire & Herefordshire

To combat the declining number of young golf club members in Shropshire & Herefordshire, a new action plan has been unveiled to address the situation with England Golf, looking to translate the rising number of juniors playing a form of the game into those joining clubs. read more ...


What Stops Golfers Playing More?

From the 2018 Golfshake Survey, we wanted to understand the varying importance of key issues – including cost, slow play and dress codes – to identify what stops keen golfers from playing more often. read more ...


How to Increase Golf Club Memberships

The eternal question facing golf clubs is how they can attract new members. It’s a complicated subject, but perhaps the answer can be found in understanding what current members value most from their memberships, and what dissuades others from joining. We delved into responses to the 2018 Golfshake Survey to learn more. read more ...


Survey Highlights Opportunities for Golf Clubs to Increase Revenue

There is no question that it's a challenging environment for golf clubs to thrive, but where are the opportunities for venues to increase revenue? We delved into the 2018 Golfshake Survey to understand more about the habits and perceptions of golfers. read more ...


Golfshake Survey Reveals Dedication of Golfers to Game Improvement

In the latest instalment of our analysis from the 2018 Golfshake survey, canvassing the views of an almost 50/50 split between club members and non-club golfers, to learn more about their habits and approach when it comes to tuition and game improvement. read more ...


How Do Club and Non-Club Golfers Differ?

For the past five years on Golfshake, we have conducted an annual survey to gain an insight behind the evolving habits of regular golfers, split between golf club members and non-club members. We take a closer look at how these two groups differ. read more ...


Golfshake Set for Continued Growth & More Golf in 2019

The 2019 golf season is fast approaching, and there has never been a better time for golfers to engage with the Golfshake Community through the use of the Golfshake website, Score Tracking services and Golfshake apps. read more ...


On Course Foundations Benefits from American Golf Raffle

The On Course Foundation has benefited from the American Golf Christmas Raffle, which saw customers raise £11,649 during the festive period, money that will now go towards using golf to aid the rehabilitation of wounded, sick and injured Service personnel. read more ...


Royal Mid-Surrey Draws New Golfers with Academy Programme

Royal Mid-Surrey is warmly regarded as being among the finest golf clubs in England, featuring two superb courses that were designed by the legendary J.H. Taylor, but its facilities have a contemporary feel and progressive vision, with its Academy looking to inspire and make a significant move when it comes to introducing the game to more people. read more ...


Could Brexit Prove Beneficial to UK Golf Resorts?

Brexit is a hugely contentious and uncertain topic, but like all industries, those in golf have been assessing the potential impact that the United Kingdom leaving the European Union could have on them. David Moon, the Golf Manager at St Mellion, has written this article reflecting on what he perceives may be a gain for resorts like his. read more ...


Golfshake Friday Update - 19/10/18

Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a brief overview of some of the golfing highlights of the week leading up to 19th October 2018. read more ...


Moor Allerton Forges Partnership with Golfbreaks.com

Moor Allerton Golf Club has revealed that a new partnership has been forged with Golfbreaks.com, which launches with the golf travel brand sponsoring the venue's 'Autumn Series' that will begin on Saturday 6th October with a grand prize of a 3 night trip to PGA Catalunya. read more ...


Fancy a Golf Break at the DP World Tour Championship?

As the European Tour season enters its final months, the pressure is rising and so is the excitement. Some of the world’s best players have been battling it out to climb to the top of the Race To Dubai standings.  The season finale is the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where the 2018 European number one golfer will be crowned. Golfbreaks.com have some great packages available that will allow you to experience one of the best events on tour as well as having the chance to play on some exceptional courses. read more ...


Bunker Lessons with David Leadbetter at His Stoke Park Golf Academy

Golfshake Amabassador Andrew Picken recently attended the grand opening of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Stoke Park, and received some helpful bunker coaching from the legendary instructor himself. read more ...


Two Dye Design Golf Courses to be Built in London

Two new 18-hole golf courses are coming to London, courtesy of an exciting partnership between the Menai-Davis family of developers and the revered American Dye Family of golf architects, who have been responsible for many of the most striking layouts throughout the world. read more ...


Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Ball combines Truvis and Graphene

Callaway Golf's Chrome Soft 2018 ball now features not only the strongest material on earth - Graphene, but is also now available with Callaway's propriety Truvis technology.  read more ...


Dom Pedro Group Announce Date and Venue for 2018 Junior Masters

Aspiring junior golfers have the chance to test their skills at one of Europe’s top golf course as the Junior Masters returns to Dom Pedro’s renowned Victoria course, in July. read more ...


20 Reasons Why People Don't Join Golf Clubs

Why are more golfers deciding not to join golf clubs? Golfshake's Derek Clements has considered the reasons, and has noted 20 candid and often amusing possibilties as to why memberships are not for everyone. read more ...


The R&A Launches Women in Golf Charter

In major news for the mission to ensure that golf becomes more inclusive and welcoming to all, The R&A has launched a new Women in Golf Charter as the governing body seeks to increase both the number of women and girls participating in the game, and driving more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry. read more ...


Golfshake 2017 Highly Recommended Golf Courses

With over 220,000 independent golf course reviews for courses all around the world from regular golfers the Golfshake system is the #1 resource when researching where to play golf.  The recommendation updates were added to system 18 months ago allowing golfers to highlight whether they would play again or recommend when they left a review. Find out which golf clubs achieved highly recommended status during 2017. read more ...


The Best of Golfshake 2017

2017 may now be behind us but we hope you had a great year, played lots of golf, had the chance to try some new courses and enjoyed your golf.  Before we fully look ahead to 2018 we wanted to share with you some of the most read and watched articles from 2017 on Golfshake as well some stats that have been generated by you within the scoretracker. read more ...


10 Things to Help Make 2018 Your BEST Golfing Year Yet

With 2018 now here it is the perfect time to plan your golfing goals, challenges and trips; whether that is playing better, simply playing more golf, playing new courses or a quest to lower your handicap.  Check out 10 great ideas and Golfshake content series' to help get your game on track for 2018. read more ...


Does Your Golf Club Have a Defibrillator?

Does your golf club have a defibrillator on site? It could make a difference and save lives. New research by St John Ambulance has discovered that potentially seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated by a defibrillator within the first five minutes. read more ...


The importance of digital tech and social media for golf

Digital platforms are becoming increasingly important for golf businesses and golf clubs with 90% of golfers surveyed in the 2017 Golfshake survey stating that they have a smartphone device.  Digital services and apps are now a great way for golf businesses to connect and engage online. Find out more for the 2017 Golfshake survey. read more ...


Insights and analysis of golf course reviews

2017 saw another milestone on the Golfshake golf course review system with the first club passing 1,000 independent reviews as well as launching new and improved review categories. This article looks inside the data. read more ...


Sky Sports Golf Looks Set to Retain Masters Live TV Rights

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Sky Sports' deal to showcase all four days of the Masters Tournament had ended without a renewal being immediately apparent. However, months down the line, that Sky is on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Augusta National officials. read more ...


What can golf clubs do to present and promote themselves better?

In part four of Josh Carr's examination of the 2016/16 Golfshake survey, he looks at what golf clubs can do to present and promote themselves better. read more ...


How to innovate golf club membership in 2018

Golf Writer Josh Carr explores ways golf clubs can innovate their membership in 2018, with ideas such as family membership and twilight golf, to get more people playing golf in the new year. read more ...


Galvin Green Signs Two Promising Modest! Golf Stars

Leading clothing brand Galvin Green has developed its association with promising young golfers within the burgeoning Modest! Golf Management stable - signing Italy's Guido Migliozzi and Christiaan Bezuidenhout from South Africa. read more ...


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