Archive for February, 2010

An Idiot’s Guide to Effective Golf Course Management

One of the best things about the internet is that if you look for information on almost any topic, there will be a hastily penned guide extolling how easy it is to do it. Whether it is earning a million dollars in the space of a weekend, building a reusable space vehicle from Lego, or even how to effectively manage a golf course, there is a ‘simple to follow, easy guide’ to successfully achieving each. These guides are easy to spot, clearly written in the authoritative tones of someone who clearly does not have a clue about what they are talking about.

managing a golf course

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Seven Days in Utopia - How Bad Could it be?

We all eagerly await Seven Days in Utopia – the latest certain-to-be golf cult films. Starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Robert Bear, Melissa Leo and others, so how bad can it be?

Well, the Guardian didn’t think too highly of the previews but for those fanatics among us who must see every film with a golf ball or golf club in it, let us know what you think. Premieres September 2, 2011.

And if it’s really bad, there’s always the comfort of CaddyShack….

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The Thorny Problem of Golf Course Security

The recent riots affecting many parts of the world have once again brought the topic of security into focus. While homes, shops and businesses have the right to feel protected and secure in their premises, the same courtesy should equally be afforded to golf courses across the globe. The truth is however, providing security on a golf course can be a logistical nightmare, expensive and time consuming for your typical local 18-hole course.

The first problem facing any security consultant when considering golf course security is the sheer scale of the problem. Most courses, even a thrash-about 9-holer, can be spread over a wide area, backing onto countryside, homes, shops, roads or indeed any geographic feature that you care to mention. The very diversity and unique nature of golf courses means that what works on one course, will not be suited to working on another.



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A Personal Guide to Custom Golf Club Fitting

Having been an avid golfer for many years, I finally decided that after using a set of £200 clubs, bought over 15 years previously, that it may be time to upgrade. The clubs had served me well and though tired and pockmarked, they were still in workable condition and certainly usable.

There were two real reasons I felt the need for change, the first was when my brother bought himself a second hand set of new Ping irons and proceeded to smack seven and eight irons past where I could reach with a five or six. This state of affairs could not be allowed to continue, especially when this translated to him beating me with alarming regularity over 18 holes.

The second reason was that for the first time, I had enough spare cash available to ‘invest’ as I called it (‘waste’ my wife would contend) on a quality set of clubs.


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Who is Steve Williams Caddying for Now? An Inside Look at Steve Williams

He has put his foot in his mouth during his controversial interview given to CBS’s David Feherty after his new charge Adam Scott lifted the 2011 World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational and for being the man who was dumped by former world number one Tiger Woods, but there is much more to learn about caddy Steve Williams.

The abrasive New Zealander began his career at the tender age of six, caddying at his home club near Wellington. A keen golfer during his formative years, Williams was a two-handicap golfer by the time he was 13, splitting his time between playing and caddying, though it was at this time the New Zealander revealed that he found caddying more enjoyable than playing.

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True Linkswear Ushers in a New Era of Golf Shoe Design

Golf shoe design has come on a long way from the turn of the 20th century, when hackers on the marshy links courses of the UK used heavy hobnail boots to tear around the course, all too literally at times. The nails provided traction in the muddy conditions but tended to rip up courses and…..feet!

By the 1920s, things had improved, if you were a man that is, when the Field and Flint Company made the first golf shoe. These shoes were fitted with the metal spikes that were commonplace until recent times. Women’s golf shoes took a little longer to be developed, reaching shops by the 1940s.

Until the introduction of rubber soles in the 1970s, the golf shoe changed little in design or function over this time. Rubber’s waterproof qualities were welcomed in the 70s but comfort was not ideal, so 10 years later waterproof leather became the material of choice for most golf professionals. Eventually, the skills in manufacturing this material evolved so that a waterproof and breathable leather material could be used, making the shoe more comfortable.


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Challenging Golf Course Design and Excellent Golf Course Designers

Golf course design is something of a political topic within golf at present. Many esteemed courses, ranging from the Old Course at St Andrews, Augusta and seemingly every ‘major’ course, has been ‘improved’, chiefly due to the advancements in golf technology which sees professionals now hitting the ball further than ever before and it is a problem that Bill Coore recognises within his new designs.

“There is no doubt that it [Golf Technology] has had a negative effect on architecture generally. Guys just hit past so much stuff these days. To which some people say we can move tees back, but sometimes you can’t, or move bunkers, but sometimes that isn’t practical or advisable.”

“I hate to see bunkers that have been there for decades suddenly moved. For one thing, rebuilding a bunker exactly as it was isn’t that easy.”


Ben Crenshaw

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s shared ethos about making a course challenging in its own right for all golfers, not just to add extra length or bunkers to holes to accommodate long-hitting professionals, is a view shared by several entering the industry. Canadian professional Mike Weir’s philosophy for his golf design company states:

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