Spain’s La Hacienda Links Golf Resort has moved to strengthen its management team by making two new key appointments at the award-winning 36-hole venue. Experienced industry professional Fernando Padrón has been named as the new golf general manager at the acclaimed resort in southern Spain while Ricardo Barón has taken over as La Hacienda’s new golf superintendent.
Recent winners of the OCEANTEE sponsored Sustainability Project of the Year at the annual England Golf Awards, Bigbury Golf Club, are just one of the locations across the UK implementing environmental policies that are having a positive impact in their communities.
Yamaha Motor Europe N.V., Branch UK is continuing its support for The Dartmouth Hotel, Golf & Spa amateur open golf tournament, which takes place on Saturday April 29, 2023. Yamaha’s Golf Car division has sponsored the event for the past 20 years and provides a range of prizes for the various winning categories as well as entering a corporate team.
Obbi Golf, a leading provider of compliance software to the golf industry, has launched a comprehensive Health & Safety Survey aimed at club managers across the UK and Ireland which it hopes will help clubs meet their safety, compliance and trainiing requirements with ease. The survey, which is available here only takes a few minutes to complete, will — according to Obbi Golf — help shape the future of golf club management.
The R&A and USGA have proposed a Model Local Rule (MLR) that gives competition organisers the option to require use of golf balls that are tested under modified launch conditions to address the impacts of hitting distance in golf. The MLR is intended for use only in elite competitions and, if adopted, will have no impact on recreational golf. The proposal notice was sent to golf equipment manufacturers yesterday, following the Equipment Rulemaking Procedures established by the governing bodies in 2011.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante, Spain, has appointed Alfonso Castiñeira as the destination’s new director of golf. After a decade at the head of different courses across Europe and Central America, Castiñeira returns to Spain to consolidate the project at Las Colinas, a worldclass.golf destination.
Many of the UK and Europe’s leading venues, teams and individuals were in attendance as 59club recognised those who delivered the very best service to their members and guests during 2022 at their annual celebration of Service Excellence, which this year took place at The Hilton, St George’s Park on Thursday May 2.
Seckford Golf Club in Suffolk last night was awarded ‘Golf Club of the Year’ at the annual English Golf Union awards dinner held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate. Broadcaster and presenter Clare Balding hosted the event with 400 invited guests in attendance in-person for the first time in four years. The awards are designed to recognise and reward individuals, teams, clubs and counties who have shone in the past year and made a positive contribution to the amateur game in this country.
Rome’s iconic and glamourous style has provided inspiration for premium Italian clothing brand Chervò’s eagerly anticipated Spring-Summer 2023 Collection — a fitting choice with the Eternal City set to be at the centre of the golfing world this autumn when it hosts the Ryder Cup. For decades, Chervò — an official supplier of the 2023 Ryder Cup — has been at the forefront of Italy’s quest provide high-quality golf apparel since launching in 1982 and, in that time, has released a range of high-performance items that have been worn by male and female golfers across the planet.
Rain Bird has added a new IC (Integrated Control) model to its Golf Solenoid Valve (GSV) Series product line. This new model provides the many benefits of GSV Series Valves to courses currently using the Rain Bird IC System which connects irrigation central control directly to every rotor and valve for optimal water and energy efficiency. “In today’s highly competitive environment, golf courses can’t afford the expense, labor and downtime that valve failures can cause,” said Altan Tolan, product manager for Rain Bird Golf.
Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel and luxury destination, has today announced Stephen Lindsay as its new golf courses manager, with immediate effect. Lindsay is a well-known face at Gleneagles, having been an important member of the greenkeeping team since arriving in Perthshire in 2019, prior to its hosting of the Solheim Cup. Before this, Lindsay was at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.
Luxury development, Heritage Villas Valriche in Bel Ombre Mauritius, will welcome an impressive new second golf course, La Réserve Golf Links, in December 2023. It will be the only villa development in the Indian Ocean to offer two different styles of golf course complementing Le Chateau Golf Course, making it an outstanding choice for golf lovers. The new golf course has been co-designed by former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, alongside acclaimed course architect Peter Matkovic. It will be the first and only contemporary links course in the region and will feature panoramic ocean views from every hole.
Motocaddy, the UK’s top-selling trolley brand, has launched a brand new B2B platform to allow its retail customers to place orders and manage their account more efficiently. The first of its kind within the trolley category, the new online portal is available initially to UK trade customers, with a rollout to other countries planned for the coming months. To maximise the full value of the user-friendly platform, Motocaddy stockists can register their account at: trade.motocaddy.com.
Since a £1.2m course redevelopment in 2019, the popularity of Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society has surged along with the importance of the Air2G2 Air Inject. The work carried out by Mackenzie & Ebert was done while preserving previous developments by Willie Park Jr., Alister MacKenzie, James Braid and Fred Hawtree. The world’s fourth oldest golf club had 80 bunkers redesigned and repositioned along with the addition of seven new greens, tee boxes and half of the irrigation system. Now, the greenkeeping team’s most significant challenge is working between the old and new areas of the course.