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It's a greener shade of green: Britain's first organic golf course

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010 - 19:23

With their diamond-patterned jumpers, neatly pressed slacks and expensive club memberships, most golfers seem to have little in common with the unwashed eco-warrior brigade. The divide between the two groups is not just sartorial, but stems from the fact that many golf clubs use huge amounts of water, disfigure the landscape and use fertilisers and pesticides to keep their greens lush. However, this gulf may soon be bridged, as a Cambridgeshire club which boasts a full-time ecologist, not to mention a resident stoat at the eighth hole, is...

Top north golf club had to cut wages, tribunal told

Saturday, 28 August, 2010 - 10:59

A world-class Highland golf club which attracts a rich and famous clientele from all over claimed yesterday that it had to cut the wages and hours of 10 greenkeepers during the winter because of financial difficulties.

The 133-year-old Royal Dornoch Golf Club was trying to avoid the need to make redundancies to counter a drop in income over the winter months, the club’s financial convener, Michael Thomas, told an Inverness employment tribunal yesterday.

But the group of greenkeepers, who help keep the club ranked in the world...

Lucas-aid Or Caroline, No?

Wednesday, 25 August, 2010 - 21:19

Good lord. I’ll go the foot of The Great Dunes of Scot­land. The Trump lot and their usual slavishly-slavering lack­eys are up in arms again. Such sens­it­iv­ity from those habitu­ally so boor­ish themselves.

It seems that by sign­ing up to buy a bit of non-Trump land in the vicin­ity of Trump’s glor­i­fied pitch and putt course, Brighton MP and Green Party chief Car­oline Lucas has com­mit­ted some sort of immoral act because, well, she “disna bide here”. Ach weel. Given that a democratically-constituted Aber­deen­shire Coun­cil com...

Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 22:25

The billionaire Donald Trump last week clashed with protesters opposed to his controversial plans to build the "world's greatest golf course" near Aberdeen. Quarry worker Michael Forbes, who is refusing to sell his property which adjoins the £750m scheme, claims Mr Trump's workers unlawfully annexed his land.

The clash is the latest skirmish in an increasingly bitter battle to prevent Mr Trump from developing the site. More than 7,000 local people have signed up to join the "bunker", co-owners of an acre of land sold by Mr Forbes to...

Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 21:41

The increasingly bitter war of words between Donald Trump and his kilted nemesis, Michael Forbes, reached new heights yesterday.
In an astonishing attack, Mr Forbes, the salmon fisherman who has been branded a "village idiot" by the American tycoon, accused the Trump Organisation of illegally "grabbing" the land where his family have dried their salmon nets for generations.

Mr Forbes, one of a handful of residents on the Menie Estate at Balmedie who are refusing to sell their homes to make way for Mr Trump's £750 million golf...

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