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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 ...



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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 ...


More Young People Are Becoming Junior Members

Presenting an encouraging sign for the future of the game, The Golf Foundation has revealed that more young people are signing up as junior members, and staying part of golf clubs, through the HSBC Golf Roots Programme.  read more ...


England Golf Launches Campaign to Drive Memberships

Showcasing core values of equality, diversity, family and community, England Golf is calling for more golfers to give membership a shot in a new campaign that is seeking to maximise the opportunity from increased participation levels since the emerged from lockdown. read more ...


England Golf Offers £10,000 Coronavirus Support Grants to Clubs

Providing vital support during the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, England Golf has opened applications for clubs to receive grants of up to £10,000 via the R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund. read more ...


Golf Club Could Close Down After Repeated Vandalism

Faced with a horrendous situation, Great Lever and Farnworth Golf Club in Bolton says it could have to shut down because of over £10,000-worth of damage caused by repeated vandalism. read more ...


Carnoustie Project Finds Golf Improves Children’s Wellbeing

The Golf Collaboration Project, run by Abertay University and Carnoustie Golf Links, assessed children taking part in Carnoustie’s Carnoustie Craws Programme for Young Golfers for six weeks, measuring their golf skills, physical activity and personal wellbeing, discovering the proven benefits of the game for youngsters. read more ...


The Club Company Supplants Crown Golf as UK’s Biggest Golf Club Operator

Changes are afoot in the golf club industry as The Club Company has become the UK’s biggest golf club operator following the previous largest operator, Crown Golf, selling six of its 15 clubs. read more ...


Intelligentgolf Rolls Out New App Based Food and Drink Ordering Service

The golf tee time-booking and round-tracking company Intelligentgolf has rolled out an update for its software, introducing virtual scorecards for competitions and an app-based food and drink ordering service.  read more ...


R&A Provides Update on Club Competitions During Pandemic

In the wake of coronavirus, the status of competitive golf, at least at club level, has been obscure. But now the R&A has issued guidance on how club competitions should be run during this period and how the normal rules of golf will be affected. read more ...


PGA Launches Campaign to Recruit Next Generation of PGA Professionals

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) has stepped up its efforts to recruit the next generation of PGA Professionals by launching a new campaign. The initiative, called #PGADraft2020, is intended to “bring to life the range of career options available” to PGA-qualified professional golfers. read more ...


Golf Clubhouses to Reopen in England

Since the much welcomed resumption of play in May, golf courses in England have experienced unprecedented demand, but one thing that had been absent in the return was access to clubhouses and the bar and catering facilities within them. However, that is all set to change from July 4th read more ...


Sandy Lodge Members Raise Impressive Sum for Local Charities

During these extraordinary and challenging times, society has been encouraged by daily acts of generosity and kindness. Hertfordshire's Sandy Lodge Golf Club gratefully offers another example of that, raising a stunning £32,500 that has been handed over to several local charities. read more ...


New Online Club Provides Nomadic Golfers With Multi Course Membership

Nomadic golfers love the freedom of playing multiple courses, but that can be expensive in the face of rising green fees, but the newly launched online golf club, Ready Golf, could be the answer, offering those players with access to a series of renowned courses for a single membership fee. read more ...


Golfshake Sees Record Growth & Positive Trends For Golf

This extraordinary period in world history has impacted all industries, golf included, but Golfshake is delighted to report evidence that the game has emerged strongly since play resumed in the UK, seeing record website traffic and a dramatic surge in the number of rounds tracked. read more ...


How The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Impact Golf Club Memberships

Golf continues to go through historically testing times, but looking at the wider impact on memberships for clubs, Golfshake has surveyed core golfers, highlighting their willingness to support venues, but also presenting opportunities that could emerge in the future once a sense of normality returns. read more ...


Communication is Key as Golf Clubs Launch Fundraising Efforts

Already struggling before the present crisis, several golf clubs, including a handful in Ireland, have closed their doors for the last time, while in the face of economic worries, other venues across the British Isles have launched fundraising efforts to ensure their survival going forward. But as Derek Clements notes, effective communication is vital in the future. read more ...


Guidance Revealed For When Golf Does Resume

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, golfers and venues throughout the UK have been searching for answers on how the game could return safely in the present climate. Now, led by The R&A, governing bodies across the industry have revealed essential guidance on how golf should be played once current restrictions begin to be lifted. read more ...


Troubled Times for Scottish Golf at a Time When Unity is Needed

These are uncertain times for the governing body in the nation that gave birth to the modern game, as Scottish Golf has seen its third chief executive depart in four years, with significant financial challenges leading to difficult decisions for an organisation that is battling to restore its reputation. read more ...


Membership Decision Time - Your Golf Club Needs You More Than Ever

Have you renewed your club membership yet? Faced with uncertainty and financial pressure, some golfers will understandably be hesitant in the current climate, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements explains, without significant commitment from members, many venues may not survive the crisis. read more ...


How Coronavirus is Affecting the World of Golf

Just how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your golf? As Derek Clements explains, the crisis is affecting the industry at large, from regular clubs to struggling tour professionals, and the caddies whose incomes have been placed on hold for the time being. read more ...


The Potential Impact of Coronavirus on Golf

With more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus recorded worldwide - a figure that is sure to increase dramatically - it might be time to consider how it is going to impact on the world of golf. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the continuing situation. read more ...


Why Do We Play Golf?

Why do you play golf? Can you identify the specific appeal, or is it a multitude of reasons that make the game such an enriching part of your life? Finding that answer may help to understand methods of expanding the reach of the sport in future. We asked thousands of golfers in the Golfshake Survey to discover what draws them to golf. read more ...


The Use of Digital Tech is Essential For Golf Clubs

Following the completion of the 2019 Golfshake Survey, we discovered how responses have changed over the last two years, reflecting the continuing shift towards golfers become more digital and tech savvy, raising the question of whether the game is ready to full embrace and take advantage of these opportunities. read more ...


Protect Your Golf Clubs From Theft With New Database

Combating the issue of golf club theft, American Golf has revealed a unique industry wide venture that should address the problem. The new initiative, named Immobigolf, is to deter crime by helping to track down stolen clubs, taken from individuals or retailers, which often come back into the marketplace through trade-ins and the second-hand club business.  read more ...


Glasgow Course Closures Confirmed - And the List Keeps Growing

Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that will likely result in the closure of five of the six municipal courses within the city, a blow to golfers, but one that raises fears that future closures will be imminent in other parts of Scotland and the UK. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer inspection at the potential impact. read more ...


Are Membership Costs Too High And Green Fees Too Low?

Studying the results of the 2019 Golfshake Survey, the subject of cost in the game has risen, specifically whether the price of green fees has devalued club memberships in the modern age. We take a closer look at the topic, how golf compares to other industries, and whether there is an argument to adjust the expense of the sport for golfers. read more ...


Potential Closure of Glasgow Municipal Courses is Devastating

Five of Glasgow's six municipal golf courses are facing potential closure, with a Council decision imminent. Golfshake's Derek Clements was born in the city and grew up playing these public layouts, and he describes the devastating impact that losing them could have on the wider community. read more ...


Female Golf Participation Increases in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has been leading the way by implementing the R&A's Women in Golf Charter, launching a series of events and initiatives that have seen female participation in the country increase at a faster rate than before. read more ...


How Golfers Can Support Mental Health of Greenkeepers

Have you considered the impact that pressure from members and negative feedback can have on the mental health of greenkeepers? Golfshake's Andy Picken was intrigued by the story of Michael Davie, Course Manager at Hazel Grove, who received a special award recognising the efforts he has made to support his colleagues across the industry. read more ...


Littlestone Attracts Younger Golfers With Revamped Memberships

Kent's Littlestone Golf Club has sought to attract younger golfers to its revered course and the adjacent Warren Club by revamping its membership structure, providing incredible value for several key age groups. read more ...


Golfshake 2019 Highly Recommended Golf Courses

As we start the new year and new decade, Golfshake once again compiles its list of golf courses achieving the 'Highly Recommended' status for 2019. The golf clubs achieving this continues to rise with over 500 now on the 2019 list. read more ...


6 Things Your Golf Club Must Do in 2020

We all want to see golf growing, but can your club achieve that objective? Despite reports that golf continues to see declines, we look at six things that golf clubs should be doing in 2020 to ensure they thrive and grow into the new decade. read more ...


What Golf Needs to Change in the 2020s

Golf will survive, but how can it thrive in the new decade? Golfshake's Kieran Clark has identified things that he would like to see happen and change in the game that he believes will benefit the sport during the coming ten years. read more ...


Could Your Golf Club Move to an Environmentally Sustainable Future?

Provider of sustainable golf tees, OCEAN TEE has tasked UK golfers with nominating their club to become one of 25 venues that will make a commitment to get plastic off their course, embarking on an environmentally friendly future as part of the OCEAN TEE Crowd Initiative. read more ...


Pro Shot Golf Club MK Review

Short days in winter mean early tee times and no chance of a sneaky nine holes after work. However, Golfshake Ambassador Rob Cross has found a solution in Pro Shot Golf Club in Milton Keynes. Rob describes the experience of visiting there and the indoor facilities available. read more ...


Free Golf Lesson at American Golf This Christmas

With golfers gearing up for the New Year and 2020 golfing season, American Golf is giving golfers across the U.K. & Ireland the gift of better golf this Christmas, with its offer of a free golf lesson at American Golf Stores nationwide.  Is there a better way to get your game on track for 2020 and the season ahead? read more ...


Toptracer Launches Global Nine-Shot Range Challenge

Toptracer is launching its first skills-based challenge, featuring a nine-shot test of shot-making ability between 55 and 160 yards that will see golfers compete against each other from locations across the planet. read more ...


New Interactive Game Improvement Platform Launched

Providing an alternative to the traditional model of golf coaching, a group of UK PGA Professionals have launched Golfin, a mobile platform that offers an interactive outlet for game improvement.  read more ...


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 ...


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 ...


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