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The opportunity for developers in the golf industry

In our first article we set down how golf courses had developed in the British Isles over the last 120 years: they originally developed in suburban locations on ideal land morphed into mini greenbelts as conurbations developed around and beyond these green lungs. The second wave of building in late 20th century has both been dislocated from local conurbations and designed and constructed on poorer land with less attention to market need and detailed excellence. Golf now is too often a one trick... Read More >

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