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Coaching in Croatia

I had the fantastic opportunity to work in this interesting country between 2002 and 2007. For the previous 10 years I had worked at Marriott Dalmahoy near Edinburgh Scotland where I had combined a fairly hectic tournament playing schedule with a fair amount of coaching. At the end of the playing season 2002 I was approached to see whether I would be interested to take up a position in Croatia near the capital city of Zagreb. Having discussed the opportunity with my wife we decided it would be interesting to live in a different country and as the kids were not due to start school for two years we had the possibility to be adventurous.



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FEGGA Bringing Together People and Organisations to their Conference in Copenhagen

The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA) recently held their annual Conference in the northern European city of Copenhagen. The conference brought together some 44 organisations from Europe and beyond with an agenda filled with many of the pertinent subjects challenging the golf industry today. The Conference was held at two venues this year; this first day was held at the wonderful and unique setting of Copenhagen Golf Club, where the delegates were treated to a tour of the golf course following a busy seminar schedule. The second day was held at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel, which provided excellent facilities for the formalities of the seminar day, along with other meetings coming under the umbrella of the FEGGA Conference.



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FEGGA Conference
01-04-2010
Vienna this year was the home of the annual FEGGA Conference and some 26 National Greenkeeper Associations took time out to attend and participate.

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COMMONSENSE GREENKEEPING Not so common?
01-10-2009
“There are not many golf courses being run with an open cheque book and a fulfilled greenkeeping wish list”

Terry Farkin, Course Manager at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, and golf course maintenance advisor, wants to see a more commonsense approach to greenkeeping and suggests that giving in to the golfers with big egos is not the way to go.

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STONE ME! Greenkeepers learn new skills
01-10-2009
With an old dry stone wall at Mold Golf Club in Flintshire falling into disrepair, Head Greenkeeper Colin Jones and his staff enrolled on a college course to learn how to restore it to its former glory using traditional methods

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NEW JACOBSEN HYBRID GREENS MOWERS MOVE INTO SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
02-02-2011
Significant fuel savings at Wheathill Golf Club

Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (January 31, 2011) Sales of the latest hybrid ride-on greens mower from Ransomes Jacobsen, the Eclipse 322, have begun to penetrate into the southwest of England with deliveries to Wheathill Golf Club in Somerset and Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club by local dealer, MST of Tiverton. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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THE PRESTIGIOUS GOLF NATIONAL DE FRANCE SELECTS JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT
02-06-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (June 2, 2010) “Le Golf National de France” has selected a fleet of Jacobsen golf mowers for its golf courses located at Guyancourt in the Yvelines department south-west of Paris. The equipment has been supplied by the local distributor of Ransomes Jacobsen France, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd. a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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THE LATEST JACOBSEN HYBRID GREENS MOWER FOR OSWESTRY GOLF CLUB
02-06-2011
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (May 31, 2011) Gareth Woosnam, head greenkeeper at Oswestry Golf Club, is another fine turf professional who has appreciated the benefits of the innovative hybrid greens mower from Jacobsen, the Eclipse 322. This latest diesel-electric hybrid machine was ordered from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, John Osman Groundcare, located close to the 700 member club. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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DRIVING ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE IN GOLF
03-02-2012
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (February 3, 2012) Across golf, sustainability is quickly gaining momentum, boosted by growing industry support and commitment. Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company and one of the major players in the turf maintenance equipment sector, will help accelerate this trend through a new global partnership agreement with the Golf Environment Organization. This will see the organizations broaden their collaboration to jointly promote awareness, understanding and solutions in the Americas and Asia as well as Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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IPSWICH GOLF CLUB JUNIORS PLAY THE RJ NATIONAL, RANSOMES JACOBSEN’S THREE-HOLE GOLF COURSE
03-06-2011
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (May 31, 2011) Eight Juniors aged 12 to 18 years old from Ipswich Golf Club visited Ransomes Jacobsen early in April to practice and play a couple of rounds on the turf equipment manufacturer’s three-hole, par 9 golf course. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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New FREE golf course weather forecast service just launched.
03-06-2011
LatestGolfWeather.com launches providing weather forecasts for every UK golf course.

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SPECIALIST TURF MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED AT NINE HOLE LINKS COURSE IN HOLLAND
03-11-2010
Bomb craters are a major feature and require dedicated equipment

Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (November 3, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen’s distributor for The Netherlands, Van der Pols, has provided specialist turf maintenance equipment for a unique golf course situated on the south-west coast of the country. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company

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GEO Guidelines for Sustainable Golf Development Receive Unanimous Support at World Forum
04-05-2010
Scotland, April 2010 – During a packed Environment Session at the World Forum of Golf Architects in St Andrews, the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) debuted their draft Guidelines for Sustainable Golf Development.

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National Golf Federations Align in International Sustainability Drive
04-05-2010
Scotland, April 2010 – Five of the world's most proactive Golf Federations are the first to announce their commitment to multiply the social and environmental benefits of golf and synchronize their sustainability programmes and recognition internationally through multi-year partnerships with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO).

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NEW E-Z-GO RXV GOLF CAR FLEET FOR MANNINGS HEATH GOLF CLUB
04-06-2010
Ninety-two new cars for Exclusive Hotels at group golf courses

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THE RYDER CUP GREEN DRIVE
04-07-2012
New sustainability bar being set for Gleneagles 2014
While home golf fans will hope that the predominant colour on the scoreboards of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will be European blue, an exciting initiative is already underway to ensure that the contest on The PGA Centenary Course from September 26-28, 2014, will also celebrate green.

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New Short-Game Academy At Gerrards Cross
04-10-2012
Swan Golf Designs’ busy programme of autumn renovation projects has begun with the design of new short-game practice facilities at Gerrards Cross Golf Club.

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THE NEW GP400 RIDE-ON GREENS MOWER FROM RANSOMES JACOBSEN
04-11-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (November 4, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment worldwide, has announced the launch of the Jacobsen GP400 ride-on triplex greens mower. Replacing the popular G-Plex III, the GP400 continues the innovation synonymous with Jacobsen name. Production begins in December and the first machines will be available early in 2011.

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Why do we need a cooling system?
05-04-2010
There are many engine problems associated with the cooling system that can be prevented by a little maintenance.

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YOUNG GOLFERS RECEIVE SUFFOLK GOLF PARTNERSHIP AWARDS
06-02-2012
Three young golfers from across the county received recognition at the recent Suffolk Golf Partnership development conference, held at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Ipswich. The awards, sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen, recognise outstanding achievements by young golfers in the region. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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SPECIALIST FAIRWAY MOWER FOR MACROOM GOLF CLUB
07-02-2012
Macroom Golf Club in Co Cork, Ireland is situated in the centre of the town, and is accessed through the impressive castle arch, the former entrance to the Demense - the grounds belonging to a mansion - of Lady Olive Ardilaun. The club has recently purchased a Jacobsen Fairway 305 from local Ransomes Jacobsen distributor Kevin Broderick Ltd. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Take the Primo Maxx Fairway Challenge – with the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas
07-06-2010
Golf course managers and greenkeepers are being invited to take part in The Primo Maxx Fairway Challenge, to witness the fairway quality improvement from a summer programme of Primo Maxx and the new water soluble fertilizer from Scotts, Sportsmaster WSF High N. The Primo Maxx Challenge is backed by a ‘money-back’ guarantee, and there’s the chance to win a trip to the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Las Vegas 2012.

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Guard against fuel theft say Waste 2 Water
08-06-2013
With fuel so costly, diesel storage areas at golf clubs are at risk from attracting thieves as Tim Earley of Waste 2 Water Europe explains.

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Wood on course!
08-12-2009
Jonathan Wood, Course Manager at Enville Golf Club, is one of the newly formed Midlands Gingerbread Men. Here, he talks about the ongoing work being undertaken on the two courses, one of which is used as a regional qualifier for The Open.

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN INTRODUCES ELECTRIC VERSION OF ECLIPSE 322 GREENS MOWER
08-12-2010
Operating costs reduced by up to 86%
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (December 8, 2010)
Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment worldwide, has introduced the latest edition of its revolutionary greens mower, the Jacobsen Eclipse 322 in an all-electric format. Production has begun and the new derivative is available to order now.

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT MAINTAINS GOLF COURSE AT FIVE STAR LUTON HOO HOTEL
10-11-2009
Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa is a luxury five star resort, located within an historic Grade 1 listed property painstaking restored by the owners, Elite Hotels. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, a magnificent spa and over 1000 acres of parkland and gardens created by Capability Brown. The 7,107 yard, par 73 golf course is one of the longest courses in the UK and is maintained with a selection of Ransomes Jacobsen equipment supplied by local dealer, Ernest Doe and Sons Ltd of Benington. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.

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THE LAST JACOBSEN G-PLEX III GREENS MOWER ROLLS OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE AT IPSWICH
10-12-2010
It was the end of an era recently when the last G-Plex III ride-on greens mower rolled off the Ransomes Jacobsen production line at their Ipswich manufacturing facility. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment.

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Sportsmaster WSF and Primo Maxx is a winning combination, come rain or shine
11-06-2013
With the grass growing season well underway and unpredictable weather conditions providing the usual test of turf managers’ mettle, Steve Cram, Course Manager at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland, is confident that visitors to his courses will enjoy playing golf on high-quality, well-presented turf this summer, whatever the weather.

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Icelandic Golf Makes Country-wide OnCourse™ Pledge
12-03-2011
REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Sustainable golf leadership was demonstrated on an unprecedented scale today as every one of Iceland's sixty-two golf clubs pledged to achieve the GEO Certified™award.

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BRAY GOLF CLUB’S WIDE AREA ROTARY MOWER MASTERS HILLY TERRAIN
12-03-2012
Bray Golf Club, set in 200 acres of rolling parkland between Bray Head and the Sugar Loaf Mountain with magnificent views of Killiney Bay and the Wicklow mountains in Ireland, has recently purchased a Jacobsen R-311T wide area rotary mower from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, Kevin Broderick Ltd. Ransomes Jacobsen is a major manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment and a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Boost for root mass and beneficial bacteria at Hinckley Golf Club
12-05-2013
A carefully-planned turf nutrition and treatment programme utilising three key Everris products has produced a sustained rise in the health, condition and playing standard of greens at Hinckley Golf Club in Leicestershire.

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WES DANIELEWICZ WINS THE 2012 IGCEMA EDWIN BUDDING AWARD
13-04-2012
Ipswich, Suffolk (April 12, 2012) Wes Danielewicz, equipment technician at the 54-hole golf complex at Forest Preserve District of Dupage County near Chicago , IL, is the 2012 winner of the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) Edwin Budding Award. The award is sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Everris plans to deliver a sustainable future for turf managers
13-08-2011
Everris may not be a name that many within the golf industry are too familiar with, but as Ellie Tait reports, that is about to change.

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Fairways ‘best in 21 years’ at The Vale as Course Manager says ‘ProTurf is good for business’
13-10-2013
The fairways at a parkland golf club in Worcestershire reached a new level of presentation and performance this summer after the application of the latest fertilizer product from Everris.

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JACOBSEN PLAYS KEY ROLE IN THE EXCITEMENT AT THE BAY HILL INVITATIONAL WON BY TIGER WOODS
14-04-2012
Ipswich, Suffolk (March 30, 2012) Jacobsen, the manufacturer of high-quality turf maintenance equipment, helped play a key role in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, which ended in dramatic fashion recently with Tiger Woods winning for the first time in two years. Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. company.

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Tournament preperation
14-05-2009
Those two words can cause fear or excitement on the golf course. At the least they mean long hours for everyone, very early starts and for me personally, very late finishes as I’m mostly the last to leave. It has been known for me not to leave at all, preferring to sleep in my truck ready for the next day’s early start.

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Rotary Mower Blades
14-05-2009
As part of our regular quest for the perfect aftercut appearance, we diligently sharpen and maintain the blades on our rotary cutting units. We make sure that the blades are sharp and able to provide the cleanest cut possible to continuously chase that perfect aftercut appearance. But are you also aware that there are a couple other areas of the blade that need to be checked to make sure that the blades are structurally sound and also to make sure that there is no other condition with the blade that can make the entire machine require more power to operate and decrease the overall efficiency of the unit.

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CUTTING EDGE TRAINING’S SUCCESSFUL TURF EQUIPMENT TECHNICIANS FORUM
14-11-2011
Cutting Edge Training, a division of Ransomes Jacobsen Limited, invited golf course technicians from around the UK to their international headquarters at Ipswich recently, to participate in the inaugural Technicians Forum. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE; TXT) company.

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Links Golf- An Explanation
15-02-2011
The term links golf is widely used around the world, and not always understood by those who do use it. In its homeland, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the term “links-land” refers to those sandy landforms that form a link between the sea, and the richer, agricultural inland soils.

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TEACH GOLF
15-03-2010
THE EGTF WAS FORMED TO HELP PASSIONATE PEOPLE LEARN THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO BE ABLE TO TEACH GOLF TO OTHERS.

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN CONTINUES TO INVEST IN NEW PRODUCTS DESPITE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
15-04-2009
Ransomes Jacobsen and its affiliate company Jacobsen based in Charlotte, North Carolina, continue to invest in new products that demonstrate their unrivalled commitment to the sector, despite the economic downturn. Ransomes Jacobsen and Jacobsen are Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) companies.

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Versatility and performance have taken the GROUNDSMAN Turf multi Cutters around the globe and even into a block buster movie set with a custom built record breaking 80cm (32”) wide cutting blade.
15-06-2010
Northern Ireland based company Groundsman Industries have just launched the model TMC4 Turf multi Cutter to complement the extremely successful general purpose landscape and hire model TMC2 launched last year.

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EDDIE KONRAD WINS 2010 IGCEMA EDWIN BUDDING AWARD SPONSORED BY RANSOMES JACOBSEN
15-07-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (July 14, 2010) Eddie Konrad, the former head mechanic at The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto and contract professor at Seneca College in Ontario, is the third winner of the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) Edwin Budding Award, sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Proef uitzetten van horizontale regenwormen tegen wormenoverlast en voor drainage op Golf en Countryclub Edda Huzid
15-09-2010
8 december 2009 is er een proef gestart bij Golf & Countryclub Edda Huzid.

Aanwezig bij de proef waren: John van Hoesen, Hoofd Greenkeeper van Edda Huzid Michiel van de Bor, Greenkeeper van Edda Huzid Iris van der Arend, GreenGuard.

Omstandigheden tijdens de proef: Het was een koude bewolkte miezerige dag. Door de weersomstandigheden van de laatste tijd (veel neerslag) waren er veel drassige plekken.

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IT’S A SHAW THING!
15-12-2009
Roger Shaw is a man on a mission, his goal is simply to develop and deliver a high quality golfing facility. However, when will it be considered finished? To date he has spent every day of the last sixteen years dedicated to the cause! Laurence Gale MSc walks the course

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GEO Certified™ Clubs Leading the Field in Flanders
16-02-2013
Golf in Flanders is standing on great ground, elected as 'Sport of the Year' for 2013, poised to add more players to the current tally of 34,000 in the region and already home to 54 courses across a diverse range of natural landscapes.

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Core products go back to the roots of Groundsman Industries
16-04-2009
Groundsman Industries celebrate two decades since the inception of their unique elliptical plunge action mechanism now used in their range of pedestrian and tractor mounting turf aerators which have carved a reputation for simplicity, performance and reliability.

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN SPONSORSHIP HELPS MORE TALENTED YOUNG SPORTS PEOPLE
16-04-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk (April 16, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, continues to sponsor the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation with two young Suffolk athletes, Joe Bloomfield and Keiran Clements, receiving grants to help fund their training as they progress their careers at national level. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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First GreenCast Turf Talk Live Forum on-line
16-04-2010
Whilst the political leaders go head to head on matters of the economy and public services, turf managers can get instant answers to more pressing questions of options to enhance turf quality this spring, with the inaugural GreenCast Turf Talk Live Forum on Wednesday 21 April.

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SMITHCO SPRAYER PROVES ITS WORTH AT BEECH PARK GOLF CLUB
16-12-2011
Dave Callanan, course manager at Beech Park Golf Club near Rathcoole, Co Dublin, is delighted with his Smithco Spray Star 1000, which he purchased from local Ransomes Jacobsen distributor, Kevin Broderick Ltd. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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NEW RANSOMES JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT FOR THE BLAIRGOWRIE GOLF CLUB
17-03-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk (March 17, 2010) The greenkeeping team at The Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire have taken delivery of new golf course maintenance equipment from Ransomes Jacobsen’s dealer for Scotland, Fairways GM of Kinross. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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GREEN FUTURE FOR GOLF DEVELOPMENT
17-03-2012
The Golf Environment Organization (GEO) has published guidance for the sustainable development and renovation of golf facilities. Designed to support a wide audience including the international golf development community, plus government, environment and community-based organizations, the document sets out practical ideas to help golf projects comprehensively and consistently deliver against the mainstream sustainability agenda.

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GEO CERTIFICATION FOR RANSOMES JACOBSEN’S THREE-HOLE GOLF COURSE
18-03-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk (March 18, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen’s three-hole golf course, located at their European headquarters on the outskirts of Ipswich, has been certified by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). The RJ National joins some illustrious company including courses at St Andrews, Gleneagles, Celtic Manor, Loch Lomond, Riviera Cancun in Mexico, the Montgomerie in Turkey and Klosters in Switzerland. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NSYE: TXT) company.

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The good oil
18-04-2009
Whether mineral or synthetic, the quality of oil used in any machine will have a major bearing on its performance and life expectancy. Here Royal Melbourne Golf Club turf technician Luke Spartalis gives the lowdown on the lifeblood of any machine and poses the question – mineral or synthetic?

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New top-performing Creeping Bentgrass makes commercial debut
18-05-2013
More than eight years of intensive plant breeding, selection and improvement by Everris, and the company’s predecessor, Scotts, has culminated in the launch onto the European market of Memorial, a brand new creeping bentgrass suitable for golf greens, tees and other close-mown fine turf. Memorial is recommended also for inclusion in blends for the seeding of golf course fairways.

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ROYAL BELFAST GOLF CLUB’S PIONEERING APPROACH TO MAINTAINING STEEP SLOPES USING RANSOMES SPIDER MOWER
18-09-2009
The oldest golf club in Ireland, the Royal Belfast, founded in 1881, has taken a pioneering approach to managing its steep banks and slopes with the introduction of a Ransomes Spider II remote controlled mower from local RANSOMES JACOBSEN dealer Broderick (Northern Ireland) Ltd. RANSOMES JACOBSEN is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT PERFORMS AT PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB
18-11-2011
Gary Johnstone is the Links Manager at Portmarnock Golf Club, situated 10 miles northeast of Dublin city centre on the Irish Sea coast. He has been reaping the benefits of his latest equipment purchased from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, Kevin Broderick Ltd. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE; TXT) company.

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Model 1500 2-Hose Wash Water Recycling System
19-02-2011
The Model 1500 is a 2-Hose wash water recycle system designed to handle the equipment washing needs of a turf care maintenance facility that requires 2 equipment wash stations for efficient operation.

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN MOWER RIDES THE HIGH SEAS
19-03-2009

Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, has supplied one of their newest state-of-the-art walk-behind mowers for an unusual application – mowing an extensive area of natural grass lawn on Celebrity Cruise Lines latest cruise ship, the Celebrity Solstice. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.



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RTJ - going to extraordinary lengths
19-04-2009
David McGregor is a former intern of the Ohio State University programme (see issue 12). As part of the programme he worked on the US President's golf green at the White House and was seconded to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, USA.

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NEW E-Z-GO GOLF CARS FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY GOLF CLUB
19-04-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk (April 19, 2010) Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club has purchased a fleet of four E-Z-GO RXV golf cars from their local dealer Rickerby Ltd of Carlisle. These latest buggies from the world’s largest golf car manufacturer, replace the club’s previous LPG-powered fleet and will be used by members and the increasing number of visitors to the 128-year old club. E-Z-GO is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company

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Kings Hill on trial!
19-04-2010
It’s not often in one’s greenkeeping career that opportunities come along to be at the forefront of new technical innovations within our industry. Duncan Kelso, Course Manager at Kings Hill Golf Club, enjoyed the experience, as he explains.

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FORMER MILITARY FIRING RANGE IS TRANSFORMED INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLY MANAGED GOLF FACILITIES
19-05-2011
The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, one of the busiest public golf courses in the world, becomes first GEO Certified™ facility in Asia-Pacific

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SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST WIN BIODIVERSITY AWARD SPONSORED BY RANSOMES JACOBSEN
19-07-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (July 19, 2010) The Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Community Barn Owl Project won the Community Landscape and Biodiversity category, sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen, at the Creating the Greenest County awards recently. Ransomes Jacobsen manufactures commercial mowing and turf maintenance equipment and is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.

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More new products from Ipswich
19-07-2011
Ransomes Jacobsen returns after a year’s absence with a host of new products for both the municipal and golf sectors. The Ipswich-based manufacturer is launching the Ransomes Parkway 3, a new ride-on triple mower which takes its DNA from the Parkway 2250 and incorporates many of the features and benefits of the Highway 3, launched at the Show back in 2009.

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Golf at Home in a Nature Reserve
19-07-2012
An excellent example of golf’s natural fit with sustainability, Golf du Rhin along the border of France, Germany, and Switzerland has just been awarded the GEO Certified™ecolabel.

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HISTORIC MOWER IN PART EXCHANGE FOR THE VERY LATEST GREENS MOWING TECHNOLOGY
19-09-2011
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (September 15, 2011) In one of the strangest part-exchange transactions of the past decade, a Ransomes Overgreen triple mower has been used to help fund the purchase of a Jacobsen Eclipse 322 riding greens mower, which represents the very latest in greens mowing technology available today. This unique deal was negotiated by David Common, sales representative at Rickerby Ltd, Ransomes Jacobsen’s dealer for the northeast of England with Tyneside Golf Club situated just outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company and one of the leading manufacturers of commercial mowing and turf maintenance equipment.

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‘THANK YOU’ TO GENESIS ORWELL MENCAP DURING VISIT TO RANSOMES JACOBSEN
20-07-2009
A party of managers and team members from Genesis Garden Furniture, part of the Genesis Orwell Mencap organisation, visited Ransomes Jacobsen recently to receive a personal thank you from Managing Director David Withers, in recognition of their contribution supplying bespoke wooden furniture for the company’s three-hole golf course. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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New PhD research into turf stress
21-02-2011
Research scientist Harry Mbah has been awarded the UK’s first PhD studying environment-related stress and its effects on turf plants. Funded by Syngenta and Harper Adams University College, with research support from STRI, the work will be an important step in providing practical solutions for turf managers.

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BLACKWELL GOLF CLUB GOES ORANGE
21-02-2012
New Jacobsen turf maintenance equipment for one of Worcestershire’s oldest clubs

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FIRST CUSHMAN 1600XD-R UTILITY VEHICLE IN THE UK DELIVERED TO LICHFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL
21-02-2013
Launched in the UK on January 1 this year, the first Cushman 1600XD-R utility vehicle has been delivered to Lichfield District Council by local dealer Burrows GM of Stafford. Primarily for use on the 18 hole pitch and putt golf course in Beacon Park, the vehicle will also be used for general grounds maintenance duties within the park.

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THE EUROPEAN GREENKEEPING EDUCATION UNIT new website
21-03-2012
THE EUROPEAN GREENKEEPING EDUCATION UNIT (EGEU) is pleased to announce that a new website has been developed to complement the already existing EGEU website (www.egeu.eu)

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The tide is high!
21-04-2009
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club has a postal address of King's Lynn but is, as the crow flies, closer to Skegness on the other side of the Wash. It is a unique course in many ways, not least that the tide has a huge effect on getting to and from the golf course

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SALDANA GOLF CLUB’S NEW E-Z-GO GOLF CAR FLEET
21-07-2009
Saldana Golf Club, located six kilometres from Burgos in northern Spain, has recently purchased 16 of the latest electric E-Z-GO RXV golf cars from local distributor Green Mowers. E-Z-GO is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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JACOBSEN GREENS AND FAIRWAY MOWERS FOR MIDDLETON HALL GOLF CLUB
22-03-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk (March 22, 2010) Middleton Hall Golf Club, situated in a parkland setting within the former grounds of the 17th century Middleton Hall in the heart of Norfolk, has Jacobsen’s local dealer in Norfolk. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company. purchased course maintenance equipment from Bartrams Professional of Norwich, Ransomes

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THE TIGER WOODS DUBAI CONTRACTS FOR £1.5 MILLION OF TURF MAINTENANCE MACHINERY
22-06-2009
Initial fleet of Ransomes Jacobsen golf course maintenance equipment and vehicles delivered

Ipswich, England: 22nd June, 2009 – The Tiger Woods Dubai, a member of Tatweer, today announced it has contracted Ransomes Jacobsen, the UK-based turf equipment manufacturer, to supply over AED 8 million (£1.5 million) worth of golf course maintenance equipment for its centrepiece, Al Ruwaya Golf Club, the first golf course design created by Tiger Woods Design. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Yorkshire’s hidden gem...
22-12-2009
The fifty-three bunkers, a multitude of burns, and several streams running through the course present varied maintenance challenges that are no different to most other parkland courses

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Operation Pollinator brings the golf course to life
23-01-2011
Operation Pollinator is set to establish over 250 hectares of new habitat specifically designed to restore populations of bumblebees on golf courses. Utilising predominantly out of play areas on up to 500 clubs across the UK, Operation Pollinator aims to reverse the plight of the bumblebee and, at the same time, enhance the playing experience for golf clubs, along with proving commercial golf and the environment can co-exist on the same course.

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JUST LIKE THAT! THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GOLF COURSE
24-10-2009
Golf Course Designer, Jonathan Gaunt, gives us a fascinating insight into the design and build of a new course in Fes, the medieval capital of Morocco and home to Tommy Cooper’s hat. The language barrier, flat location on a flood plain and redirecting a river were unique challenges for the whole team as Jonathan explains

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And here’s to you MR ROBINSON
24-10-2009
Having had a ‘year out’ to travel around the world, Colin Robinson returned to take up the position of Course Manager at King’s Lynn Golf Club in Norfolk. He talks to our editor about his plans for improving one of East Anglia’s finest courses.

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Blinder Bunker Lining System Launches at BTME
25-01-2011
The Blinder Bunker Liner Ltd, a new name in the golf industry, based in Ascot, Surrey, launched a new patented bunker lining system, Blinder, at the BTME Exhibition in Harrogate recently.

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Aeration and play
25-02-2010
The key to success on many golf courses depends on course utilisation. Many golf courses are experiencing revenue dropping in the following categories; clubhouse revenue vis-à-vis poorer bar takings and, membership fees. To compensate for that course managers are under pressure to keep greens open for play at all times. That puts considerable pressure on traditional course maintenance procedures such as aeration.

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN MINI FLEET FOR RUSTINGTON GOLF CENTRE
25-02-2013
To maintain the impressive courses and teaching facilities at Rustington Golf Centre, course manager, Grant Burger, has returned to local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, Ernest Doe and Sons Ltd, for more turf maintenance equipment.

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Spring movement to systemic fungicide
25-03-2010
With warmer weather encouraging the onset of growth turf managers should move to fast acting systemic Banner Maxx to prevent disease infection of newly cut leaves.

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Waste of things 2 come
25-05-2013
Several of the winners of the Golf Environment Awards have one thing in common: They have a Waste2Water course machinery recycling wash-off system that can also convert contaminated grass clippings into compost, writes Tim Earley

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NEW CUSHAMN TURF-TRUCKSTER FOR POWFOOT GOLF CLUB
26-04-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (April 26, 2010) Powfoot Golf Club, the 18-hole golf club situated on land close to the Solway Firth, has taken delivery of new turf maintenance equipment from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, Rickerby Limited of Carlisle. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.

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CLACTON-ON-SEA GOLF CLUB TAKE DELIVERY OF TWO INNOVATIVE GREENS MOWERS
26-05-2010
First club in northeast Essex take advantage of new technology

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A question of waste
26-05-2013
If hosepipe bans become drought orders then golf clubs will be banned from using water on equipment – unless it is recycled, as Tim Earley reports

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Workshop technicians 3
27-04-2009
I have a commissioning process for new machines that helps me to order parts and claim warrantees, when the machine may not be readily to hand and to record other information relevant to that machine that will be required at some time in the future. It goes something like this:

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Workshop technicians 4
27-04-2009
So you want some grinders? A simple costing exercise is needed to clarify things for the people who sign the cheques for capital expenditure. Start with: ~

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RANSOMES JACOBSEN CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR EUROGOLFJOBS.COM
27-05-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (May 26, 2010) Following a successful first year in bringing together employers and those seeking employment in the European golf sector, Eurogolfjobs.com has received a further year’s support from Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.

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QUALITY OF CUT AND EXCELLENT FINISH FROM JACOBSEN AR522 AT BRICKHAMPTON COURT GOLF COMPLEX
27-08-2010
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (August 26, 2010) Brickhampton Court Golf Complex, situated just off junction 11 of the M5 between Cheltenham and Gloucester, has recently purchased two Jacobsen AR522 fine cut rotary mowers from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, TH White Ltd. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Costa Rica Country Club GEO Certified
28-02-2012
Partnership between historic country club and academic institute sets a new marker for sustainable golf in Latin America

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AMAZING MACHINERY LONGEVITY AT PEEL GOLF CLUB
28-08-2012
Peel Golf Club is a picturesque course situated on the west coast of the Isle of Man. Established in 1895, it was opened to help establish the town’s reputation as a fledgling Victorian holiday centre. Today, apart from providing a challenging test of golf, it is renowned for the longevity of its course maintenance equipment.

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MULTIFUNCTIONAL GOLF COURSES - AN UNDERUTILISED RESOURCE
29-04-2011
Nature has always been a source of inspiration for mankind. It finds expression in art and literature, imparts a sense of peace, provides invaluable experiences and improves health. Studies show that golf players value their experiences of nature on the golf course and the opportunity to be outdoors more highly than the actual game. Therefore there is good reason to offer more people the opportunity of sharing this lovely environment!

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OPEN HOUSE AT RANSOMES JACOBSEN IS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
29-09-2010
Turf maintenance industry visits Ipswich manufacturing facility

Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (September 28, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, threw open the gates to its European head office and invited the UK turf industry to an Open House event over two days in late September. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.

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Workshop Technicians (part 1)
30-03-2009
Here at The Celtic Manor Resort we have a large, well equipped, well stocked workshop facility employing three mechanics and a workshop manager. That is to maintain and service machines for 54 holes, a large practice area, driving range, chipping greens, machines operated by various departments in the hotel and golf club plus the golf cart hire fleet and course ranger vehicles. There are sometimes not enough hours in the day and with such a large fleet of diverse machinery it is understandable why there is a considerable workforce to maintain it. But what about the economics of employing in house mechanics as opposed to contracting out repairs and servicing? In the past I have worked as a single handed mechanic on a large golf complex consisting of two golf courses and no hire fleet, that was a busy job and was only just manageable with machinery levels “only just there”, and by that I mean that there was very little flexibility for machinery down time.

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Workshop Technicians (part2)
30-03-2009
Here at The Celtic Manor Resort we keep a fairly large stock of parts to minimise down time but it can soon get out of hand if not carefully monitored, nonetheless it is essential to keep a certain amount of stock rather than working on a “just in time “ basis, which would work well if only we were clairvoyant. The result of so much servicing is large amounts of “controlled waste”, oil filters, fuel filters, oil, grease cartridges, oily cloths, soak up pads and aerosols. Expand this still further with batteries, oil containers and drums, waste antifreeze, brake fluid and contaminated fuels the “controlled waste” becomes easier said than dealt with. We have an excellent company who removes all of the above items and generates the relevant paperwork to enable the correct audit trail to be maintained as legislation demands. This company also removes our waste chemical containers, gloves, spray suits and all other spraying related items, all this at a modest fixed annual cost for as many items as you need removed and as often as they need removing, I would recommend them to anyone. Tyre disposal is one thing they don’t touch and with a fleet as big as ours they are a problem. There are around 1000 potential punctures/tyre changes to deal with and the spent tyres soon mount up. It is essential to sort out their disposal sooner rather than later, your local tyre distributor may well dispose of two dozen tyres without too much hassle but one hundred may be another matter.

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FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC JACOBSEN ECLIPSE 322 GREENS MOWER IN EUROPE AT GOLFCLUB SOESTDUINEN
30-03-2011
Golfclub Soestduinen, a nine-hole parkland golf course in a wooded setting adjacent to Hilton Royal Parc Hotel in Soest, about 60 km southeast of Amsterdam, has taken delivery of the first all-electric Jacobsen Eclipse 322 in Europe. The delivery was facilitated by Ransomes Jacobsen’s Dutch distributor, van der Pols through their local subsidiary dealer, Bonenkamp Turfcare. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

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OnCourse for Continual Improvement
30-05-2012
Sweden’s Forsgårdens Golf Club first in the world to be re-certified by the Golf Environment Organization

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COULD YOU BE FINED £250,000?
30-05-2013
The EA has been granted new powers to fine golf clubs that pollute, writes Tim Earley

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