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Golfers Return to Courses in Stunning Numbers

For many golfers, this had been the longest of winters, when even the range was a deprived option. However, when March 29 came around, that pent up desire to play has been released in spectacular fashion, with packed tee sheets resembling the surge in demand that was first showcased last May. It's now clear that the enthusiasm and hunger to play remains stronger than ever. read more ...


It Looks Like The Golf Boom is Continuing

Following the stunning golf boom of 2020, many understandably questioned whether that could be sustained or lead to further investment within the game, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements reports, there has been plenty of encouraging news that indicates the golf boom is continuing. read more ...


There Is More To Golf Than Just Being A Golf Club Member

This past year has seen an extraordinary surge in demand for golf club memberships, leading to a considerable number of venues restoring waiting lists and entry fees. However, despite that, a significant proportion of golfers continue to remain unattached. And there is nothing wrong with that. It got us thinking about a key question; is golf as a whole overly focused on trying to create more club members? read more ...



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Ryder Cup Legend Bernard Gallacher Becomes PGA Captain

Ryder Cup hero Bernard Gallacher has begun his year as PGA Captain and in doing so becomes just the eighth person to lead the Association and captain either Great Britain, Great Britain and Ireland, or Team Europe. read more ...


Social Benefits of Golf Are Increasingly Attractive

The reasons why people first started playing golf have changed during the past decade, a comprehensive survey conducted by Golfshake has found, highlighting the attractive benefits of the sport in a modern age, with the social aspect of the game becoming a major factor. read more ...


Golf is Back - But What Does That Mean

Golfers throughout the UK are looking forward to the new season, which for most us will mean a first round in a considerable time. The journey towards normality will be a slow and (hopefully) progressive road, but each of the home nations are doing things slightly differently. As things stand, we look at the current position in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, outlining the steps that are in place to unlock the ancient game and reconnect golfers with their beloved regular activity. read more ...


The Need To Save Municipal Golf Courses And Importance Of Driving Ranges

The pathways into golf are certainly diverse, but this is a changing world, where less organised, shorter forms of the game are proving to be popular.. Affordability is key too, which is why our public venues remain so vitally important when supported correctly and with care. We have uncovered a fascinating pattern, highlighting that the venues where new players are first introduced to the game is potentially changing. read more ...


Have You Ever Taken A Break From Golf - Many Golfers Do

Golf is rightly considered to be the game for a lifetime, played by all generations, but it's clear that for many that relationship isn't a consistently unbroken one, as the latest Golfshake Survey has discovered that a significant number of golfers have taken an extended break from the sport for a variety of reasons. read more ...


UK Golf Courses Threatened By Nature And Local Councils

Despite optimism across the industry, several UK golf clubs are facing some special challenges from climate change, while it has emerged that at least two others are likely to be closed after issues with local councils. read more ...


How One Golf Club Has Flourished During The Pandemic

Historic Wirral Golf Club is looking ahead with optimism towards the return of play in England, having enjoyed a stunning transformation in fortunes, building towards a bright future. Golfshake's Derek Clements spoke with Keith Mollan and Sean Bailey to learn more about why this venue has flourished. read more ...


The Online Club For Nomadic Golfers Offers Even More Courses

Looking ahead to the return of golf in England, the online club targeted at nomadic golfers, Ready Golf, has confirmed that it now offers even more courses, giving members access to a wide range of venues for one single, annual fee. read more ...


Stockwood Park Faces Potential Closure Despite Popularity

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, the popular Stockwood Park Golf Centre in Luton could be closed as the local borough council looks to make savings to cover a shortfall in its budget caused by a dramatic fall in the number of people using Luton Airport. read more ...


Personal Benefits of Golf During Pandemic Showcased by Academic Study

The UK Government has announced that golf courses should reopen across England from 29 March, while they have remained open in Scotland. But there has yet been no commitment from the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland. However, it's hoped that they will soon for the benefits offered. A joint study from Abertay University in Dundee and York St John University has investigated the impact of lockdown on golfers, revealing the wellbeing benefits of playing an outdoor course read more ...


View From The Fairway - Life Slowly Returns to Normal on Tour

Presenting his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements describes the contrasting fortunes of two English golf courses, the struggles of one of the game's brightest young talents, and how a return of fans is a sign that life is slowly returning to normal on tour. read more ...


Golf Can Expect Even Bigger Boom in 2021

Last year's unexpected golf boom saw a record surge in memberships, a stunning demand for tee times, and left us with a reported doubling of waiting lists at clubs. Now we have the confirmed return date for play in England, the key question is whether 2020's unprecedented enthusiasm can be replicated during the 2021 season. And early signs are that it may ultimately be surpassed. read more ...


Progressive Changes Made to Amateur Golf Rules

Amateur golfers will be allowed to accept sponsorship without restriction if significant changes just published by The R&A and United States Golf Association are given the go ahead, in a major change to the status of the elite amateur game. read more ...


England Golf Expresses Disappointment at Reopening Date

Now we know that, in England, after months of waiting, we can all play golf again from Monday, March 29, but that news wasn't greeted by universal joy, with golfers and England Golf themselves expressing disappointment that the reopening wasn't sooner. read more ...


Golf Confirmed to Return in England on 29 March

It's going to be a slowly progresive journey back to something like normal, but for golfers in England, they will take a significant step forward on the 29th March, when courses are to set to re-open across the nation as revealed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown. read more ...


Golf Industry Looks to the Future Despite Shutdown

As we wait for news from the Government about when courses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are likely to be allowed to open again, the golf industry has been looking ahead to the future, with courses being saved and initiatives being launched to grow the game. read more ...


Will the Golf Boom Be Replicated in 2021

Last year was an extraordinary one for club golf. With courses closed for months it would be fair to assume that the picture was a bleak one, but precisely the opposite happened. But can that enthusiasm be replicated in 2021? It's a unique challenge and innovative thinking will be required to keep the numbers up. read more ...


What Is Happening With Your Golf Club Membership

It's that time of year when golfers renew their memberships, but with the pandemic continuing to complicate things, how is that going to work when most of us can't play? To understand more about the situation, we surveyed 600 avid golfers to discover their plans for the coming year, which made for fascinating reading. read more ...


Governing Bodies Propose Major Changes to Golf Equipment Rules

The distance debate in golf has been one of the game's most enduring sagas, but that discourse will now take on an accelerated pace following The R&A and USGA's new Distance Insights Update, which establishes the battleground for the months and years to come, potentially setting the stage for a historic change in the sport. read more ...


When is Golf Coming Back - How Things Stand

Courses and ranges remain closed throughout most of the UK, but we take a look at where things stand at the moment, what the governing bodies are doing, and when announcements could be made about the possible resumption of everyday life (and golf) as we once knew it. read more ...


Historic Cleeve Hill Golf Club SAVED From Closure

Historic Cleeve Hill in the Cotswolds, a unique golf course that was designed by Old Tom Morris and later enhanced by Dr Alister MacKenzie, was threatened with potential closure last year, but The Cotswold Hub Co, in partnership with MASHIE Golf, has taken on a 125-year lease to allow the Club to remain open. read more ...


PGA Pro Celebrates 25 Years of Coaching Blind & Visually Impaired Golfers

Anders Mankert, who is Head Professional and owner of Leicester Golf Centre at Oadby, is marking a significant 25 years of coaching and working with blind and visually impaired golfers. read more ...


Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew Turns to Golfer's CBD

Former Women's Open Champion and winning Solheim Cup Captain, Catriona Matthew has turned to Golfer's CBD to help face the challenges of competing on tour and once again leading Europe later this year in Ohio. read more ...


Titleist & FootJoy to Sponsor Women's Golf Day

Supporting Women's Golf Day (WGD) in 2021, Titleist and FootJoy have been announced as sponsors, joining as the Official Golf Ball and Official Footwear of the engaging annual event that seeks to inspire, empower and support women and girls throughout the sport. read more ...


Legends Tour Welcomes American Golf as Official Partner

Popular retailer American Golf has been confirmed as an Official Partner and Official Retail Partner of the revamped Legends Tour ahead of its 2021 season. The announcement also sees American Golf become an Official Partner to the ICL Jersey Senior Open, Irish Legends hosted by the McGinley Foundation, Staysure PGA Seniors Championship and the Scottish Senior Open hosted by Paul Lawrie. read more ...


Glimmer of Hope For Allestree Park Golf Course

Offering a glimmer of hope that a future can be found for the Harry Colt designed Allestree Park in Derby, the City Council has revealed that the course will remain in a playable state beyond the scheduled closure date on 31 December, giving potential buyers an opportunity to make a constructive bid. read more ...


Golf Boom Should Not Overshadow Course Closures

There has been an unprecedented surge in golf participation numbers in 2020 despite the devastating impact of Covid-19, with as many as 100,000 men, women and children either taking up or returning to the game this year, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we shouldn't forget about the courses that have closed despite the boom. read more ...


Younger Golfers Drawn Into Game During 2020

There has been much said about the golf boom following the first lockdown in the UK, but PlayMoreGolf, the flexible membership offering, has reported a staggering spike 260% spike in new members, including a notable drop in the age of golfers. read more ...


Essendon Becomes First UK Golf Club With Toptracer Range Mobile

Hertfordshire's acclaimed Essendon Country Club will become the first club in the UK to feature Toptracer Range Mobile Technology, which is the Topgolf Entertainment Group's most recent innovation, offering an accurate ball-tracing system through a user-friendly experience.  read more ...


What Makes New Golfers Different

Golf enjoyed an unprecedented boom in 2020 in the most trying and difficult of circumstances. Countless people have returned to the game for the first time in years, while others took it up for the first time after weeks in lockdown. But how do these new golfers differ from traditional and long-standing club members? We identified several key themes. read more ...


English Golfers Get Set For Return of Golf

Golfers throughout England will rejoice at the news that the game will resume following this month's national lockdown. But just how excited are golfers by the prospect of getting back out and playing? On Golfshake, 1,600 golfers responded to our recent Winter Survey, and we discovered their thoughts on the sport resuming. read more ...


Allestree Park Golf Course to Close

On 16th November 2020, the Derby City Council announced formally that Allestree Park Golf Course will close by the end of the year and be returned to park land, after no viable business proposals were put forward to take over its running. read more ...


Do You Think We Will Be Playing Golf in December?

With lockdown in England forcing golf courses to close across the country, Golfshake writer Derek Clements reflects on what this means to him this winter, what he is doing to keep golf active and hopes for the short term. read more ...


Three Acclaimed English Golf Clubs Receive GEO Certified Status

Following significant environmental efforts, the Burhill Group Limited has confirmed that three of its venues, Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Burhill Golf Club in Walton on Thames, and Redbourn Golf Club in Harpenden, have each successfully achieved GEO Certified status. read more ...


American Golf Launches New Masters Inspired Ad Campaign

Popular retailer American Golf has launched a striking new marketing campaign that celebrates those golfers inspired by Augusta, who are keen to leave their armchairs and get back onto the golf course. read more ...


Highland Club Nominated for Environmental Golf Award

The acclaimed Nairn Dunbar Golf Club in the Scottish Highlands has seen its commitment to environmental and sustainability projects recognised after it became one of four finalists for the ‘Environmental Golf Course of the Year’ at the Golf Environment Awards 2021. read more ...


New Partnership to Support Biodiversity at UK Golf Courses

The relationship between golf and the environment is a vital one, something that will be enhanced through the establishment of a formal partnership between the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the RSPB, and The R&A, which is destined to improve awareness and support for biodiversity conservation. read more ...


New Specialist Job Site Launched for Golf Industry

Golf Jobs is a new service that will provide golf clubs, retailers, manufacturers, resorts and bodies throughout the golf industry with their own specialist job search platform, offering a dedicated space for employers to list and promote jobs. read more ...


The World Handicap System Officially Launches

Following a lengthy development and education process, the World Handicap System (WHS) has officially launched in the UK, marking the most significant change for handicapping since the process was introduced over a century ago. read more ...


Should Golf Courses Close Or Time To Keep Golf Open

Golfshake writer Derek Clements reacts to the latest announcement from the UK government and the forthcoming lockdown which will see golf courses close across England. With a growing campaign to #KeepGolfOpen an online petition has already surpassed 100,000 votes required for debate in parliament.  Should there be a U-turn to keep golf open? read more ...


World Handicap System - A Step Forward Or Cause For Confusion

The World Handicap System has been designed to make the game more accessible and inclusive, but the reality is that a significant number of golfers don't agree, with a worrying proportion not understanding the changes or why they have been introduced, believing that the new process will only make things more complicated and contentious. read more ...


What the New COVID-19 Rules Mean for Golfers

As COVID-19 continues to run rampant in the UK, new Government restrictions have been imposed, but rules vary between different parts of the country, with golfers wondering how this impacts them. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look and explains what affect these changes have on playing golf. read more ...


Golfers Are Optimistic About Future of UK Golf Clubs

The year began with fears of mass golf course closures, but following this most unique of seasons, are golfers feeling optimistic about the future? Apparently so. When asked, 75% of golfers said they were. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks deeper into the comments and what can be learned from them. read more ...


The Reasons Golfers Joined Golf Clubs in Record Numbers

England Golf declared that over 20,000 new members have joined golf clubs this season, but that figure could be closer to 100,000. Ultimately, it's clear that the game has seen an unexpected level of growth, but the question for the industry to ponder is why did so many join golf clubs this year?  read more ...


Survey Reveals Unprecedented Summer Golf Boom

Following years of reported decline in membership and golfers lost to other activities, no one could have predicted the astonishing recovery golf was about to experience due to the global pandemic which has led to an unprecedented summer boom. Following widespread industry data underlining the incredible surge of interest in the game, we have surveyed the Golfshake Community to canvas their thought and opinions. read more ...


English Golf Clubs Report Astonishing Surge in New Members

This has been a year that none of us will forget, but one positive sight has been the widespread image of busy courses throughout the summer, with golf clubs reporting a staggering rise in new memberships, presenting an encouraging opportunity for the industry to embrace. read more ...


First TrackMan Driving Ranges Launched in England

Marking a first for a golf facility in England, the Burhill Group Limited has added TrackMan Range technology at its Hoebridge Golf Centre and Redbourn Golf Club, enhancing their driving ranges with this exciting tech. read more ...


Littlestone Golf Club Experiences Surge in New Members

The acclaimed Littlestone Golf Club in Kent has experienced a surge in public interest since the game resumed across the country, seeing a notable rise in membership enquiries for both its Championship and Warren Courses, including beginners who want to take up the ancient game for the first time. read more ...


22-year-old Becomes Britain’s Youngest Golf Club Manager

It's a difficult time for graduates, but in the golf industry, 22-year-old Ben Slater has made a name for himself, becoming Britain’s youngest club manager, claiming a coveted position at Aberystwyth Golf Club just months after graduating from university. read more ...


New Golf Membership Club Launched in South East of England

Launching from Saturday 1st August, The Save Par Club is a new membership club for golfers in the South East of England, securing players discounts across various partnered courses throughout Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex. read more ...



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