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Aroeira Golf Resort Acknowledged as one of Europe’s Best

Aroeira Pines Classic continues to rise in its bid to return to the summit of both Portuguese and European golf as the complex gains further momentum after becoming one of the biggest movers in a new poll of the 100 best courses in Europe. read more ...


New Initiative Offers Discounted Coaching to Female Golfers

Offering discounted expert coaching to women and girls, Topgolf and The R&A have collaborated to support the #FOREeveryone campaign to continue the work of the Women in Golf Charter initiative. read more ...


Pure Putt Studio - Ipswich's New Putting Venue

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has found his new winter golf retreat in Ipswich, the Pure Putt Studio, which is set to offer both local amateurs and professionals an ideal venue to work on their putting and short games. read more ...



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The Impact of Climate Change on UK Golf Courses

The eyes of the world have been on Glasgow as politicians from around the globe have gathered to tackle climate change, the single biggest issue facing mankind today. And it's a serious problem for golf too, with courses in the UK already feeling the impact of coastal erosion and flooding. read more ...


Young Kickstart Employees Impress at North Foreland Golf Club

Provided an opportunity through the Kickstart scheme, three young employees joined the team at Kent's acclaimed North Foreland Golf Club and have grasped their chance to shine at the venue. read more ...


International Golf Travel Market Hosts First Golf Travel Meeting in Wales

RX (Reed Exhibitions), the organiser for IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) successfully held the first international face-to-face meeting of the golf industry for the first time in two years. The event took place at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue and the ICC Wales headquarters, The Celtic Manor Resort. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Flexible Members Are Spending More at Golf Clubs

Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses several key topics and headlines in his latest View From The Fairway, including insight behind the spending habits of flexible members, a new era for The Belfry, and the sad passing of golf broadcasting great Renton Laidlaw. read more ...


Me And My Golf Announce Global Distribution Deal

Me and My Golf have announced details of a global distribution deal which will mean that their video tuition bundles will be available via several major retail outlets both online and in-store. read more ...


Golf's Greatest Holes to Premiere on Sky Sports

Sky Sports have announced the advent of a new show titled 'Golf's Greatest Holes' which will be co-hosted by Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and revered broadcaster Chris Hollins with the show set to premiere on Monday 11th October 2021 at 19:30. read more ...


10 Point Plan Revealed to Make Golf Clubs Greener

GreenClub has unveiled a 10-point plan that will help golf clubs to become greener and more environmentally conscious as they embark on a journey to ultimately become 'net zero.' read more ...


Mannings Heath Melanoma Charity Golf Day

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently participated in a charity golf day at Mannings Heath, supporting the Melanoma Fund. Providing fun and entertainment to those in attendance in addition to education and health checks, Andy documents a rewarding experience for everyone. read more ...


The PGA Launches Find a Golf Lesson Platform

Launching a new free-to-use platform that has been designed to help golfers connect with PGA Professionals, The PGA has unveiled Find a Golf Lesson. read more ...


Golf is Cheaper Than You Might Think

We have recently seen a lot of controversy regarding rising visitor green fees and also increased membership prices at clubs, but the game may still be cheaper than you think. We take a closer look at how golf compares to other leisure activities and assess the value that green fees and memberships offer. read more ...


September 14 Marks Return of International - Thank a Greenkeeper Day

The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) will be joining other international organisations to offer a message of gratitude to greenkeepers and sports turf professionals on September 14. read more ...


Slaley Hall Will Host EuroPro Tour Finale

The PGA EuroPro Tour have announced that the Tour Championship – due to take place across October 20-22 – has changed venues.  Slaley Hall have now been chosen as the host replacement and Alcanada will host the 2022 Tour Championship. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Another Course Maybe Sold for Development

Catch up with the latest headlines in golf with Derek Clements' View From The Fairway, including Jon Rahm's desire to play in the Olympics, hot topics from the Women's Open, another course potentially closing for redevelopment and the impact of fans returning to events. read more ...


Are Increased Golf Membership Fees Justified

Through a recent survey conducted by Golfshake, many golfers have commented on a rise of membership costs during the past year, which hasn't always been invested by clubs. We look at their responses and analyse whether increased membership fees are justified. read more ...


InRange Technology Installed at Bristol Golf Centre

Bristol Golf Centre has become the latest golfing hub to utilise InRange technology, receiving an extensive upgrade to its 32-bay facility. InRange are quickly becoming among the industry’s leading ball-tracking system, having seen support from numerous clubs around the country. read more ...


England Golf Relaunches Club Membership Campaign

England Golf has reinforced their commitment to club membership by re-launching its ‘Membership: Give it a Shot’ campaign that has been introduced to boost the numbers of golfers who belong to clubs. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Rory Provides Summer Boost to European Tour

Sharing this week's View From The Fairway, Derek Clements comments on Rory McIlroy entering July's Irish Open, the success of the Scandinavian Mixed, the rise of Garrick Higgo, and the two Premier League footballers now managing future golf stars. read more ...


Norwich Family Golf Centre Becomes Foresight Sports First UK Range Venue

Norwich Family Golf Centre has partnered with Foresight Sports, becoming the first driving range in the UK to install and utilise Total Range. The technology boasts outstanding performance and entertainment improvements, that are suitable for players of all age and skill range. read more ...


Derbyshire Golf Course Reopens After 15 Months in Lockdown

Following an uncertain 15 months in lockdown, Pewit Golf Course in Derbyshire has finally reopened, much to the relief of local golfers who had furiously protested against the lengthy shutdown. read more ...


Iconic Stoke Park to Close For Two Years

Highly Recommended on Golfshake and regarded as one of England's premier venues, Stoke Park is set to close its doors for two years, a move that has stunned members just a month after the club was purchased by Indian billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani. read more ...


Scenic Yorkshire Club Enjoys Benefits of Golf Boom

The picturesque Whitby Golf Club in Yorkshire has been enjoying the benefits of the nationwide golf boom, with the venue disclosing that it has gained 113 new members during the past year. read more ...


Number of Golfers in Great Britain & Ireland Reaches Highest Figure This Century

Much has been said and written about the staggering surge in golf participation that was recorded last year, but new data published by The R&A has emphasised just how impressive the numbers were. read more ...


View From The Fairway - More Encouraging Signs For Golf

Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements reports on more encouraging news for golf, some surprising sights at Kiawah Island, new leadership at Wales Golf, and how one club is rewarding those who have been on the frontlines during the pandemic. read more ...


Will Lockdown Golf Club Members Rejoin at Renewal

A surge in golf club membership numbers through the summer of 2020 was one unexpected side effect of the pandemic. But with the fresh cohort of members coming off the back of three months enforced inactivity, what are golf clubs doing to ensure that their new intake get the value from their membership that will see them signing up again at renewal? read more ...


Popular Municipal Golf Course Saved - For Now

Golfers in Luton will be breathing a huge sigh of relief after it was confirmed that Stockwood Park Golf Centre - which had been threatened with imminent closure - will remain open as it currently operates, at least for now. read more ...


Close House Celebrates Ten Momentous Years

Close House is celebrating a momentous decade, marking ten years since the club first opened in 2011, a time that has seen the venue twice host the British Masters and welcome thousands of golfers annually to its pair of Lee Westwood championship layouts. read more ...


Golf Enjoys Fresh Spring Boom

The widespread return of golf throughout the entire United Kingdom was greatly anticipated, with the industry keen to discover whether interest would match the unprecedented levels of last May. Some may have doubted whether that was possible, but they needn't have worried as BRS Golf - a provider of tee time management systems - has reported a stunning level of demand. read more ...


Golf Courses Given Facelift During Lockdown

ON THE face of it, this has been a pretty miserable time for club golf but a number of courses decided to bite the bullet and use the lockdown as a time for major renovation work. It means many golfers have returned to courses that have had major facelifts. read more ...


2021 British Open Speedgolf Championships to be Held at The Springs

The 2021 edition of the British Open Speedgolf Championship will be held at The Springs Golf Club in Oxfordshire and will introduce a second day to the event this year which is scheduled to be held on the 19th and 20th of September. read more ...


Golfers Angry After Municipal Course Introduces Membership Limit

Keen golfers across the city of Dundee have expressed concern and anger following the introduction of a cap on membership numbers at local municipal course, Caird Park, which potentially threatens their ability to play regularly this season. read more ...


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 ...


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 ...



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