FineGolf’s ‘Running-Golf Day’ at Notts/HollinwellGC

Added on February 15th, 2017 by Lorne Smith
Posted in General, Greenkeeping, The ball

FineGolf  is very pleased to announce its partnership with Notts GC at Hollinwell to be the venue for the second FineGolf  ‘Running-Golf Day’.


This will take place on Monday September 4th 2017. Registration and coffee from 9.30 am and we are now hoping to start at 10.15 am.

A tremendous panel of  speakers (see details below) who are known for speaking their minds, will present ‘The case for running-golf ‘ with an audience Q&A.   This will be followed by refreshments and networking.

The opportunity to play this prestigous, heathland, championship course across the quite outstanding lay-out designed by Willie Park Jnr,  and whose surfaces have been returned to fine grasses in recent years with Gordon Irvine’s help, will be available in the afternoon. In recognition that Notts/Hollinwell is one of, and some consider the very finest inland course in GB&I, The R&A has awarded the Club the honour of hosting  The Open Championship ‘Final’ Qualifying from 2017.

This day of unique education is organised for interested golfers, greens staff, club secretaries, chair of green, and architects, who are wanting to learn further about and experience the advantages of creating a fine-grassed ‘running-golf’ course.

Incredible value at just £30 plus £25  if you choose to play the championship course in the afternoon (a total of only £55 when a green-fee is £85!).


The day went to a waiting list and so after a space review the Club arranged sixteen more places. On August 22nd there are six places available on a first come first served basis.  Book your place by emailing Lorne Smith at Please give your name, any golf club memberships, your handicap, any job title within golf, and whether you wish to play the course in the afternoon.

The £30 includes refreshments of soup and sandwiches, which can be taken while networking among the other guests and speaking with sponsors representatives who are each Research & Development leaders in helping perennial fine grass agronomy and maintenance.

The Club lies four miles east from Jn 27 on the M1 along the A611. It is 23 miles or 30mins from East Midlands Airport. Three local hotels, The Dakota (7 mins near Jn 27 M1)  The Derbyshire (13 mins by Jn 28 M1) and Rooms 281 (9 mins in Mansfield) each offer a discount to those visiting Notts GC at Hollinwell.

The Panel of leading experts will speak from 10.15 am, about  ‘The case for running-golf’ and the key issues of agronomy and club membership support, for the successful management of a fast-running course with firm, fine-grassed greens performing all year round. The panel includes:

Gordon Irvine

Gordon Irvine MG, Europe’s leading golf course consultant on the change from ‘weed’ to ‘fine’ grasses, and Jim Arthur’s heir will deliver a significant lecture on the technical aspects of greens. How some greenkeeping can quickly damage fine grasses. Methods for improving courses and the main problems faced on the journey of sward improvement to fine grasses.

Steve Isaac, R&A Director

Steve Isaac, The R&A’s Director of Sustainablity since 2003. He is involved around the world with The R&A’s policy implementation on ‘Sustainability’ and the ‘pace of play’ initiative. In 2014 after updating Jim Arthur’sPractical Greenkeeping he organised a third reprint of this, the very readable bible of greenkeeping. He will be talking about the relevance of ‘Practical Greenkeeping‘ to today’s needs.

John Philp

John Philp M.B.E. one of only two greenkeepers (the other: Old Tom Morris at St Andrews) to have a golf hole named after them in the UK and who by leading the return to fine grasses from a 1980s period of soft Poa annua, was the hero who brought The Open Championship back to Carnoustie in 1999 after a 24 year absence. He will be talking about how the history of the running-golf game needs to be reflected in the values of the future of the game if recreational golf is to prosper in modern times.

Mick Grindle

Mick Grindle, the Chairman of Green who led the development of support among the Notts/Hollinwell membership for a return to a fast-running, open heathland course, based on fine grasses.

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