The R&A website golfcoursemanagement.randa.org provides information on how to develop and manage courses that provide a value for money playing experience, are economically viable, demonstrate environmental stewardship and contribute positively to society. It is targeted at the decision makers at golf facilities with the executive power to initiate and drive change
The site presents regularly updated:
- news stories from around the world on sustainability issues that may affect your course
- case studies showcasing practical steps towards greater economic stability
- features on organisations and individuals that will inspire you to even greater success in the sustainable management of your course.
In these economically challenging times, effective recording and monitoring of all chemicals and materials used in course management is important. Scottish Golf recommend a recording system such as the new, free online service, coursetracker.org, provided by The R&A. It has been specifically designed to provide a fast and effective means by which you and your facility can enhance revenue, reduce costs and increase your competitiveness.
CourseTracker will enable you to:
- conduct effective cost-benefit analysis of agronomic advice and environmental certification
- identify where your operations can improve
- assess your competitiveness within your market by utilising anonymous in-country comparisons with similar facilities
- generate professional reports to demonstrate the value of the product you provide for your customers
CourseTracker already has a large international user base and has been endorsed by Scottish Golf. The GCMA and BIGGA actively encourage their members to use CourseTracker, supporting your efforts to make your course a more attractive one for existing and potential customers.
British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA)
The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association Ltd (BIGGA) represents professional greenkeepers across the UK. Scottish Golf work closely with BIGGA to promote best practice and deliver training.
Visit www.bigga.org.uk for a full programme of Learning and Development.
Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC)
Scottish Golf is a member of The Greenkeepers Training Committee (the GTC), an independent body, dedicated to its objectives of improving and promoting the education and training of all greenkeepers. Greenkeeper training courses and Government approved qualifications including an apprenticeship scheme are available through a network of Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) Approved Centres and Providers.
To view the most up to date information on all aspects of green keeper education, training and qualifications visit www.the-gtc.co.uk.
Scottish Association of Golf Course Architects
In Scotland, we have a recently formed Scottish Association of Golf Course Architects, www.scotagca.co.uk which affiliated golf clubs may find of interest. This Association has been established by a number of Scottish golf course architects with a passion for protecting the world renowned heritage of Scottish golf course design, and protecting the design philosophies of the likes of Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Donald Ross and Alister Mackenzie. The Association’s mission statement is simple – “To promote the highest standards of golf course architecture in Scotland.”
Members of the Association are proud of their sound knowledge of the history of golf course design within Scotland and working to standards based on a foundation of education, qualifications, training, and experience. The Association’s history and the contact details for Association members can be found at www.scotagca.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a number of high profile golf course architects that clubs may already be aware of, some of whom are also contactable through:
For more guidance contact our Environment Manager Carolyn Hedley
T: 07921 606560