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Renovation – Breathing New Life into Your Golf Course

Undertaking a major renovation project requires planning, team selection and project management skills. This first week in a series of workshop seminars will provide you with clear practical guidance on how to create a master plan that serves you as project director at your own venue.

According to a recent STERF study, around 70% of golf courses in the Nordic region suffer from winter damage, not only on greens but throughout the course.

Winter damage delays the playing season and revenues, and inferior conditions can persist into the summer months. Poor over wintering not only loses revenue but increases costs associated with rehabilitation and reconstruction. 

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How to Shape for Success

The quality of shaping in new constructions is of significant importance. To quote Alister Mackenzie, the golf course architect, "Economy in course construction consists in obtaining the best possible results at the minimum of costs". There are some basic rules of construction, and learning from those with experience is the surest way of maximising the success of your own redesigns and ensure golfers want to play your new design again and again.

Upcoming regulations across Europe are going to impact on pesticide, water and nutritional inputs. Golf budgets are continually being stretched, and using grasses that are naturally adapted to the north European climate is a proven method of reducing operation costs. For these reasons, not to mention its excellent playing qualities, red fescue is a turf grass species that needs to be considered by all Course and Club Managers who are interested in developing a long term strategy.

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Installing Drainage and Irrigation Systems

Using the latest methods and innovations within the golf industry, this Seminar will demonstrate the practical means of installation, ensuring the critical issue of water management is properly managed.

The quality of root systems in a sward is of significant importance to a range of turf quality factors. Root performance is a reflection of many dynamic and interactive environmental and cultural factors. Controlling this environment is critical to turf management success, and a basic building block for other cultural activities to be successful.


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Growing In – The Key Steps to Success

Once a construction project has been achieved to the correct specification, the most important issue for the Golf Manager is to ensure proper maintenance procedures follow to the point at which it becomes a high quality playing surface. This Seminar takes a step by step approach to the routine procedures called "Grow In", with special emphasis on nutrition.

Nutrition can provide the solutions, but also add to the problems. Therefore writing your own nutritional programs, and monitoring performance are one of the major responsibilities of the Course Manager.

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An IPM Approach to Disease Prevention

Prevention is better than cure. However, with increased legislation and changing climatic patterns, the potential for turf damage through disease outbreak, and the consequences of reduced green fees, is as high as ever. A proactive approach gives your golf course the best chance to reduce risk, and being aware of your options based on scientific study and an IPM approach is key to success.

This seminar will focus on a range of diseases common in Europe, and becoming more prevalent with certain climatic conditions. However, the process of disease management will be fully explained, that is proven to minimise and reduce risk.

Ensuring Your Golf Course Is Equipped for Peak Performance

Equipment Management on golf courses has become one of the great challenges, with modern fleets now running into six figures and the technology, while bringing undoubted benefits to the turf, requiring a higher level of expertise. This is one key area of golf course management that can be inefficient at the cost of the overall Club budget, so this Seminar will reflect on how you can assess your equipment needs and procedures.