The year got off to a sad start with death of the great John Jacobs OBE, our OGRO President and great friend. He was approaching 92 and so many reading this will be fully aware of his true impact on golf. In so many ways. In our opinion, he is one of the four most important figures ever in golf and his legacy will last until all golfers are extinct.

Take the time to read the words below, written by OGRO Chairman and Golf Features Editor, Colin Jenkins PGA, as you may not have realised who it was that helped you get into golf in the first place.

Goodbye John - The Greatest Teacher in the World

John Jacobs

John Jacobs OBE was a great friend to all golfers, and me. John Jacobs was one of the big four. Also included in this group are Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods. This is the group of the most influential golfing figures ever. The other three are the ultimate popularisers of the game and hugely influential players who inspired millions to take up the game, whilst Jacobs was the man who made their enthusiasm last with the principles of an enduring golf swing.

Without John Jacobs, millions would have tried the game and given up; he allowed golfers of all abilities to play a more worthwhile game of golf and to improve their performance.

He was the principle designer of the modern golf swing and every golf professional worth their salt today will be the beneficiary of his clear thinking and the simple manner in which he defined the principles of the golf swing.

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The Organisation of Golf and Range Operators,
has been working in the golf industry for over 15 years.

The annual OGRO conference, now GolfBIC run in partnership with the UKGCOA, has been one of the best attended and relevant annual golf industry events.

As publishers of the industry magazine, Golf Features, we have been providing commentary, insights and information on a monthly basis for 15 years.

Golf Features

Golf Features is the monthly publication for golf course, resort, range and retail operators delivered to all operators and owners in the UK.
Features include quality courses, resorts, ranges, interviews with leading industry figures and the latest golf retail and business news.
All this together with extensive coverage of golf facilities for sale, golf machinery news, and news from the Golf Foundation and the PGA, makes Golf Features essential reading for all with an interest in the golf industry.

Golf Features

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In this edition:

  • Lough Erne Resort Lough Erne
  • 2017 President’s Cup Showcases Big Apple
  • Robots take control at High Legh
  • UKGCOA Bootcamp helps grow golf business
  • Celebrating the Best of British
  • Grade “A” Architecture - Ballyowen Golf Club
  • Retail News
  • Golf Foundation News
  • Golf Courses 4 Sale
  • PGA News
  • Machinery 4 Golf
  • News
  • Classifieds

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Premium membership includes the following:

  • Golf Features delivered to your door.
  • Discounts for GolfBIC - the Golf Business and Industry Convention  -  visit golfbic.com for more details.
  • 4 free advertisements for used golf machinery in Golf Features and on Machinery4Golf.net.
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