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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 ...



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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 ...


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 ...



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