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Carus Green Golf Academy receives PGA accreditation


CARUS Green Golf Club’s golf academy has cemented its place as one of the UK’s finest facilities after receiving PGA accreditation.

The newly named “PGA Golf Academy, Carus Green, Cumbria” is launched officially tomorrow  and joins an elite group of PGA branded golf properties around the world.

Carus Green lines up alongside an illustrious group of properties benefiting from the close association with The PGA including The Belfry, Gleneagles and Formby Hall in the UK, together with international facilities in China (Bayhood No.9 and Mission Hills), Cyprus (Aphrodite Hills), Czech Republic (The Oaks), Ireland (University of Limerick), Kenya (Vipingo Ridge), Russia (PGA National), Spain (PGA Catalunya), Thailand (Laguna Phuket) and Turkey (Antalya Golf Club).

The announcement is a huge boost for the 50-strong team at Carus Green and the county’s golfers, with PGA accreditation demonstrating its attainment of the very highest standards in terms of exceptional facilities, teaching and training.

With nine PGA Professionals, an 18-bay top specification driving range, two bespoke Flightscope fitting rooms, an indoor putting lab, chipping and putting green, outdoor all-weather short game practice area and state of the art GC2 golf simulator, Carus Green is renowned as one of the North of England’s premium golfing venues.

It was also the setting for the 2017 Trilby Tour Championship of Cumbria and will host this event once again this year.

Guy Moran , the PGA’s head of property and development, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Golf Academy at Carus Green as a PGA-accredited facility and look forward to a successful and long lasting relationship together.

“Carus Green joins a select band of PGA branded golf academies worldwide that are leading the way with expert PGA instruction, outstanding facilities and use of the very latest equipment and technology.

“The PGA brand represents honesty, integrity, innovation and leadership and we are delighted Carus Green shares those values and vision.”

Carus Green’s owner, Graham Curtin, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been endorsed by The PGA as an accredited golf academy and are delighted we have reached the extremely high level of standards required to bear The PGA name.

“The value and global recognition of the PGA brand is huge and will really put Carus Green – and the county of Cumbria – on the map, as a centre of golfing excellence.

“Our continuing success and this incredible endorsement is resultant of many years of hard work; we could not have had a more positive start to the season.”



New PGA North series off to flying start

THE first event in a new venture instigated by PGA North to promote a golf union throughout the whole region swung into action with more than 40 professionals battling for honours at Huddersfield club Crosland Heath.

Four players shared the spoils on one-under-par 70 after favourite Phil Archer looked on course to claim the honours until two late bogeys pegged him back.

In the mix were Jason Proctor, representing Sheffield-based Indoor Golf Academy, Davyhulme Park’s Michael Lane and Lee Rooke from Harlech club Royal St David’s There was a healthy representation of players from most parts of the biggest region of the country outside Scotland and with 11 fixtures all told there’s a lot to play for.

PGA North tournament director Andrew Chadwick: “We’ve got off to a positive start and we are confident the number of players will grow between now and the final event at Fulford Golf Club in October.”

Meanwhile, the next event is at Bolton Old Links Golf Club on April 9.



PGA North moves to new base at Pleasington


READY FOR ACTION:  Daniel Huxley (tournament controller), Jonathan Paine (regional manager), Andrew Chadwick (tournament director), Joe Whittaker (office administrator)

 IT’S all change for PGA North which has taken up residence at Pleasington Golf Club.

Regional manager Jonathan Paine and tournament director Andrew Chadwick have been joined by newly promoted tournament controller Daniel Huxley and Joe Whittaker, who runs the office.

“The new staffing structure gives the region much more scope to attend to all the members’ needs,” said Paine. “The office at Pleasington is fully equipped to allow all staff to fulfil their roles.”

The region was formed in 1985 when Norman Fletcher was its first secretary, a position he held for eight years prior to his appointment as association manager at PGA National Headquarters.

The first official office was based at Mere before moving to its 30-year tenancy at Bolton Golf Club.

“We have certainly come a long way from those early days,” said Paine. “I hope that this positive move will allow the region to develop further.”

Paine followed Dennis Nutter, Andy Salmon, Jim Croxton, Roger Butler and Graham Maly in his role of managing the largest region outside Scotland.

Peter Bedford, Pleasington club’s vice chairman, enthused: “I think it’s a kind of perfect partnership. To attract PGA North, the biggest region in the UK outside Scotland puts our club on a pathway to develop ourselves. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us.

“Part of our drive is to try to get into the top 100 English courses.”

The new address:

Pleasington GC | Pleasington Lane | Pleasington | Blackburn | Lancs | BB2 5JF

 Telephone numbers remain the same:

t- +44 (0) 1204 496137

f- +44 (0) 1204 847959

m- +44 (0) 7799 111822



King of clubs Golfbidder extends PGA Partnership

Liam Robb 4(R).jpgGOLFBIDDER, the pioneering and market-leading online specialist in buying and selling used golf clubs, has continued its long relationship with The PGA by extending its partnership status until 2021.

The Surrey-based company was founded by Liam Robb, a financial journalist and keen golfer in 1997, and began life as Mashie Niblicks operating from a small shop in south west London.

Now, with Robb (pictured) at the helm as managing director, it has become a multi-million pound operation that employs more than 40 and is synonymous with buying and selling used golf clubs across the UK and Europe.

More than 700 UK-based PGA Professionals, reassured by the sophisticated software that guarantees a price on used clubs, use the facility annually when their clients change or upgrade their equipment.

Integral to the firm’s success has been its rigorous counterfeit screening processes, and the introduction of new technologies such as its proprietary stock trading systems which its staff, including a team of PGA Professionals, employ to check the authenticity of all traded clubs.

Golfbidder was also one of the first in the industry to recognise the power of the digital age and social media: its Facebook page has more than 35,000 likes and its YouTube channel in excess of six million views.

Commenting on extending its status as a PGA Partner, Robb said: “Having been a Partner of the PGA continuously for the past 15 years, we are delighted to be able to continue the agreement for another three.

“We very much look forward to continuing to work with Robert Maxfield and the great team at The PGA and see this is an exciting time to extend the Partnership.

“We are particularly excited about the forthcoming launch of the new Golfbidder Professional website which, among other things, will provide the 1,000+ club pros we deal with throughout the UK and Europe with new online tools to allow them to manage their second-hand inventory more efficiently.”


Ross Parker, head of sponsorship at The PGA, added: “We are delighted Golfbidder has agreed to extend its relationship with us.

“Golfbidder recently celebrated it 20-year anniversary and we have been working with them for the majority of that period. The company offers a great service to PGA Members and we are looking forward to working with them long into the future.”



Turkey’s Antalya club to host PGA pro-am will stage its third and final 2018 Overseas Pro-Am at the spectacular Antalya Golf Club in Turkey for the very first time in November.

Antalya Golf Club is the home of the PGA National Turkey and the event marks a tie-up with PGA Partners and Europe’s leading golf travel company,

The pro-am will be contested on the challenging PGA Sultan Course and enables pros and amateurs to follow in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

All three played in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, which was staged in there in 2012, the same year as the Eisenhower Trophy.

Away from golf, there is a chance to unwind at the five-star complex, which boasts five restaurants offering Turkish and worldwide cuisine, six bars, a spa, swimming pools and a health club.

PGA Professional Michael Jones, director of golf at Antalya, said: “We are very proud to accommodate The PGA in hosting this end of year Pro-Am.

“During that time of the year in November, the courses are in exceptional condition and are a real delight to play.

“I’m certain our guests will really enjoy their time here as they experience first class golf and hospitality at our venues, which are second-to-none. We look forward to seeing everyone in November.”

Administered by The PGA, the 20-team pro-am will run from 16-20 November and is open to all amateur players with an active competition handicap.

Packages are priced at £700 per team member, which includes four night’s stay (all inclusive) at the luxurious five-star Sirene Belek resort, airport transfers and a welcome dinner.

Teams will enjoy one practice round followed by two full rounds of competition golf on the PGA Sultan Course, with a prize-giving gala dinner bringing the event to its conclusion.

There are prizes for both PGA Professionals and amateurs, while both rounds will be officiated by a PGA tournament director.

Richard Barker, commercial director, commented: “We are delighted to team up with The PGA and Antalya to bring one of our Overseas Pro-Ams to Turkey.

“This is the first time we have taken the series to the PGA National for Turkey and we’re confident it will provide everything needed for an unforgettable golfing trip in Turkey.

“The PGA Sultan Course is a real challenge for even the most accomplished of golfers. Its spectacular views from within a stunning pine forest environment, combined with the facilities at the Sirene Belek resort, will make this pro-am a trip to remember for all teams involved.”

For more information or to book your place at the final Overseas Pro-Am Series event of the year call 01753 752880 or email

Full details of the pro-am can be found by visiting


Cheshire coach wins national award

MATTHEW Turnock, who inspires and supports countless new golfers, has won England Golf’s Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the PGA. The Mottram Hall man was recognised at England Golf Awards, sponsored by

ches.jpgBridgestone, which celebrated all that’s great about the game in England.

The PGA professional,  pictured right receiving his award Robert Maxfield, chief executive of the sponsors, the PGA. was applauded by almost 500 guests at the Royal Lancaster London for his passion for growing the game by introducing children and adults to the sport and working with disability groups.

The judges were impressed by the scale of Turnock’s work, commenting: “He carries out a huge amount of outreach work with obvious enthusiasm and the schools work is amazing.”

“It was a very big surprise to be nominated for this award,” said Turnock. “It’s great to be recognised by your peers.”

Turnock’s inspirations are his own family. His mother was disabled by severe arthritis after she was involved in a motor cycle accident when in her 20s. Despite that, she was skilled at needlecrafts and he commented: “She was my main motivation in terms of starting to coach people with disabilities.”

Over the past five years he has worked with four different groups and when this activity was threatened by a funding cut he turned to crowdfunding – and was so successful he is now also able to deliver additional sessions to stroke survivors.

“It’s quite amazing, I think I’m just doing something normal but its seems to help so many people come out of their shell and to gain confidence,” said Turnock.

His enthusiasm for promoting junior golf began when his son took up the game – and Josh Turnock is today a 17-year-old scratch golfer who captains the Cheshire U18s and is in an England Golf regional U18 squad.

Over the years, Turnock has taken golf into around 50 schools inthe Macclesfield area and given thousands of children the chance to try the game. Those who want to take it further are invited to Mottram Hall and can then sign up for coaching sessions – and for the club’s free membership for U18s.

Free membership was Turnock’s idea and he comments: “The club are very supportive and will try anything I suggest – and we want to be junior and family friendly.”

Many adults also benefit from Turnock’s coaching. He reckons he has introduced over 500 people to the game through his Get into Golf courses, teaching the basics of the game and then helping them to gain experience on the course. “I enjoy helping people and seeing them improve,” he said. “When they do well and send me a message it makes it all worthwhile.”

As well as coaching Turnock runs the club’s junior section – which he’s keen to expand – and is Mottram Hall’s competition secretary, offering a range of formats to appeal to all sections of the club. He also meets regularly with a members’ group, helping to keep them informed of club activities and gaining their feedback.




Birdietime becomes official PGA Partner

BIRDIETIME, the Finnish-based company behind the increasingly popular online golf related booking, administration and marketing service for PGA Professionals, has become a PGA Partner.

The service connects coaches and golfers by allowing amateurs to find a club and PGA Professional on or buy services on a pro’s own website. Birdietime makes it easy to purchase private or group lessons as well as gift cards and packages.

Under its new PGA Partner status, Birdietime will continue its expansion across Great Britain, Ireland and within the EU, and develop stronger business relationships with professional golfers.


Birdietime cuts out administration duties for coaches, giving them more time to focus on more profitable activities, and provides opportunities to reach new clients as well as reducing the number of lesson ‘no-shows’.

As a result a PGA Professional’s workload is made easier by building an infrastructure to support booking and billing of golf lessons. In addition, players get easy access to a coach and golf clubs have a modern system for their members and visitors.

Commenting on the partnership, Mikko Back, founder and chief golf officer of Birdietime, said: “It was energising to meet with The PGA team.

“It enabled us to see how aligned we are in our thinking as to how the golf instruction business will evolve in the coming years.

“We want to free up PGA Professionals’ time from boring administrative tasks and let them focus on more profitable and enjoyable activities.

“Our mission is to help golfers save strokes and enjoy the game more by making instruction services a natural and easily accessible part of playing golf.

“And as The PGA’s focus is to provide added value to current and future golf professionals, we’re clearly on a joint mission.”

Launched in 2016, Birdietime has already registered more than 200 professionals registered in several countries, including Great Britain and Ireland.

Hamish Ferguson, PGA executive director, commercial, added: “We’re delighted to announce this exciting new partnership with Birdietime.

“Mikko and his innovative team have created a fantastic digital platform in a short space of time that I’m sure will be of great benefit to many of our Members.

“There are big changes taking place within golf and many of them are driven by new technology. This partnership is an example of The PGA moving with the times and making sure PGA Professionals are able to cater for those golfers who want services available 24/7 at the push of a button.

“We look forward to promoting Birdietime to our Members, partners and branded properties, and I am confident this is the start of a long and successful partnership.”