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July
Anahita Golf Club, Mauritius Switches To Club Car

Anahita Golf Club, Mauritius — a worldclass.golf destination — has hailed the “significant improvement” after switching its golf fleet to Club Car. The spectacular Ernie Els-designed course, which hugs the Indian Ocean coastline, received 46 Club Car golf vehicles with GPS technology to enhance the experience of its members and visitors. Another 26 cars will be delivered next year.

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July
59club WENA Welcome’s New Leadership

59club, the leading provider of customer experience benchmarking and improvement solutions for the golf, leisure, retail, and hospitality industries, is excited to announce the appointment of Maxence Boireau as its new Managing Partner for 59club Europe West & North Africa overseeing operations in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Tunisia, and Morocco. In the golf industry for the past decade, Boireau brings a wealth of expertise and passion to 59club and is committed to continuing the company’s legacy of providing exceptional service to its clients.

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July
Club Car Proud To Drive Partnership With The 2024 Solheim Cup

Club Car is proud to announce that it will serve as the Official Golf Car of the 2024 Solheim Cup, to be held September 13-15, 2024 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Northern Virginia. “Club Car is thrilled to support the world’s most prestigious women’s team golf competition,” said Jeff Tyminski, Vice President, Marketing, Product Management & Customer Experience at Club Car.

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July
54 Opens Sotogrande Office To Spearhead European Growth

Global sports and entertainment agency, 54, has strengthened its footprint and industry-leading service offering within the European market with the opening of a new office in Sotogrande, Spain — its first on the continent. Its ninth location worldwide will be led by Francisco de Lancastre David, who joins 54 as Director of Operations from highly acclaimed golf destination, Finca Cortesin, where he played a critical role in the success of The Solheim Cup 2023.

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July
Machrihanish Dunes Appoints Ian Ferguson To Spearhead Future

The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, one of the world’s most exciting golf destinations, has moved to strengthen its management team with the appointment of industry-leading talent Ian Ferguson as Resort Director. Ferguson began his role at the Argyll resort on July 1 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of management at one of Scotland’s most sustainable golf developments and its associated businesses; The Royal Hotel, The Ugadale Hotel and Cottages and Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club.

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July
The R&A Appoints Mark Darbon As New Chief Executive

Mark Darbon has been appointed chief executive of The R&A and secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Darbon will succeed Martin Slumbers in the role leading the governing body and the organisation which runs The Open and AIG Women’s Open and invests in developing golf around the world in November. He will also become secretary of the 270 year-old club which has a global membership of more than 2,400.

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June
Colin Mayes To Step Down As CEO Of Burhill Group Limited

Burhill Group Limited (BGL) has announced that Colin Mayes has informed the Board of his intention to step down from his role as Group Chief Executive Officer by March 31, 2025, after 19 years in the role. Through his tenure as CEO, Mayes has overseen the transformation of BGL into one of the most successful golf and leisure businesses in the UK. During this time the Guinness family-owned BGL business has grown from eight golf facilities in 2006 to 29 outlets today, with a further two to be opened later this year.

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June
Major Brands Return To SALTEX 2024

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) is delighted to welcome back the grounds industry’s leading global brands to SALTEX 2024, the premier event in grounds management. This year’s exhibition is set to be a landmark occasion, showcasing the latest innovations, and providing unparalleled networking opportunities. After a year of remarkable growth and development within the industry, SALTEX 2024 will welcome back industry giants including Kubota, Toro and Iseki, all reaffirming their support for the GMA’s vision of excellence in grounds management.

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June
Les Roches Drives Global Golf Management Education From Spain

Les Roches has launched a new specialist Postgraduate Diploma in Golf Management from its campus in Marbella, a city renowned as a golf mecca. Les Roches Marbella, which opened in 1995, hosts thousands of students from over 100 nationalities annually, seeking comprehensive education to develop the skills needed to lead the hospitality industry including in high-end hotels. It is now also set to be a preferred destination for Les Roches students aiming to pursue a career in the golf business.

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June
2024 Toro Student Greenkeeper Of The Year Finalists Revealed

A former IT recruiter, a hotel doorman, a county cricketer and a heavy metal guitarist are just some of the finalists of the most prestigious awards event in the student greenkeeping calendar. The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and co-founders and sponsors Toro and Reesink UK have revealed the line-up for the 2024 Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards. Now in its 35th year, the awards have helped unearth some of the brightest talents within the turf management industry and laid the foundations for decades of professional success.

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June
Carden Park Completes £1m Investment In Golf Offering

Carden Park in Cheshire has committed an estimated £1 million to enhance its entire golf offering, improving the guest experience and sustainability throughout. The five-star resort is home to two championship golf courses — including the Nicklaus course, designed by golfing legend Jack and his son Steve — and will benefit from major upgrades including a new buggy fleet and refurbished cart paths. Meanwhile, the Cheshire course — which first opened in 1993 — has seen new lining installed across all bunkers in a two-part project completed last month.

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June
New Global Donor Funding Enables R&A Foundation

A number of golf-related programmes around the world are to benefit from The R&A Foundation’s support thanks to donations generated by a global philanthropy programme. Since 2023, donors have been invited to support The R&A Foundation and increase the funding reinvested by The R&A into the sport through proceeds from The Open. This is providing more opportunities for individuals and communities worldwide to benefit from golf across five broad themes of: accessibility, sustainability, health, heritage and talent.

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June
Dubai Golf Commits To Environmental Conservation

Dubai Golf continues to bolster its sustainability efforts, partnering with the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) to safeguard the Emirati coastline, by planting ecologically-beneficial mangroves and releasing critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings. Led by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group, team members from Dubai Golf, Topgolf Dubai, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates gathered at the Jebel Ali Marine Reserve to plant new mangrove plants.

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June
Otter Creek’s Director Of Agronomy Becomes BIGGA Master Greenkeeper

Otter Creek director of agronomy Brent Downs has become the 90th Master Greenkeeper since the certification’s inception in 1990. In doing so, Downs, 43, is just the 36th person to possess both Master Greenkeeper and Certified Golf Course Superintendent classifications, two of the highest accolades available to experienced golf greenkeepers on either side of the Atlantic. Of the moment he was told he had been successful in achieving Master Greenkeeper status, Downs said: “It was amazing and there were a lot of different emotions.”

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