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Golf Club Vandalised

Golf Club Vandalised: A North-East golf club has hit out at individuals who stole two buggies and caused thousands of pounds of damage. Vandals struck at Insch Golf Club leaving tyre marks on a green, pulling up posts and driving over signs. Club manager Jayne Farquhar said she and her staff were “really upset” after the […]

Locust World Cup Fears

Locust World Cup Fears: A plague of locusts could “disgrace” Russia by destroying World Cup pitches, claims The Russian government. Locusts often feast on crops in southern Russia and Pyotr Chekmaryov, who oversees plant protection at the agriculture ministry, says they could descend on stadiums, too. In comments reported by state news agencies, Chekmaryov says ‘we’ve more or […]

Wanderers Pitch Deemed “Poor”

Wanderers Pitch Deemed “Poor”: The Wanderers cannot afford any errors with pitch preparation over the next five years after the ICC confirmed that the surface used in the third Test between South Africa and India was rated as ‘poor’ by match referee Andy Pycroft. As a result, the venue was hit with three demerit points under a […]

Water Suppliers – Assessing Options

Water Suppliers – Assessing Options: It’s been almost a year since Greenkeepers in England have been able to choose who supplies their water. Almost 92,000 supply points have so far switched, with more in the pipeline, and many companies have renegotiated a better deal with their existing provider. If you’ve never explored the options, you could […]

Groundsman Award Nominations

Groundsman Award Nominations: Cambridgeshire FA are looking for nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year award. Member clubs at Step 7 and below are invited to nominate their grounds people who give up hours of their time to provide the best pitches possible, often using very few resources. This competition is a great way […]

SIS Pitches Project In Manadon

SIS Pitches Project In Manadon: SIS Pitches have announced a substantial new re-surfacing project taking place in Manadon, Plymouth. The process commenced at the beginning of January and will see refurbishment of the existing sand based hockey surface, which will be replaced with SISTurf Soccer Pro60-meeting FIFA Quality Pro requirements. In addition, comprehensive fencing, floodlighting and […]

Golf Course ‘Abandoned’

Golf Course ‘Abandoned’: It is the harsh and unpredictable conditions on the seaside that have traditionally made links golf such an enticing endeavour. But for England’s oldest course, at least, they are proving too much of a challenge. The Royal North Devon Golf Club has accused the Government of “abandoning us to the ocean” after Storm […]

Made-To-Order Pitches Continuing

Made-To-Order Pitches Continuing: South Africa will continue to ask home curators to prepare surfaces to favour their pace pack even though they did not get the pitches they wanted for two-thirds of the series against India. Only Newlands provided the pace, bounce and movement South Africa would have liked while SuperSport Park was slow and took […]

Pershore Groundsman Praised

Pershore Groundsman Praised: Pershore Town groundsman Tim Phillips was singled out as an unlikely man of the match after ensuring that the club yet again avoided the wipeout of fixtures last weekend. After snow and then rain, only three fixtures were played in Midland League Division One – and one of those on an artificial pitch. Despite being next […]

Ipswich Town Prize On Offer

Ipswich Town Prize On Offer: Entrants to this year’s Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year competition — sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen — are being given the opportunity to win a unique prize. All entrants will go into a draw for the chance to spend a match-day at Portman Road with the Ipswich Town groundstaff. This money-can’t-buy […]