Turf Pro - Saturated pitch advice; R&A's sustainable golf solutions; GroundsFest reveal changes https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/ en-us 20 Nov 2023 12:29:28 GMT 20 Nov 2023 12:29:28 GMT https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/rss.xml Newsweaver steve@servicedealer.co.uk (Land Power Publications) support@newsweaver.ie (Newsweaver) 60 true SATURATED PITCHES https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/11zo8u8wr92?lang=en?rss=true This ongoing wet weather is certainly going to be a challenge for many grounds staff - so I thought I'd share some basic knowledge of maintaining soil-based winter pitches. 07 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT 5a8865f84e5012e29e191c9bf07cf290 Feature Article Many postponements could be prevented TurfPro Editor, Laurence Gale MSC, MBPR <p>This ongoing wet weather is certainly going to be a challenge for many grounds staff - so I thought I'd share some basic knowledge of maintaining soil-based winter pitches.</p> <p> </p> <p>What can we say about the recent weather fronts?!</p> <p> </p> <p>We have had to deal with three storm systems, Storm Ciaran, Storm Babet and Storm Debi – all of which brought floods and wind damage across the country. </p> <p><br>We have (according to Mark Hunt's <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/t6c8k53msmm/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">weather blog</a>) recorded well over 200mm of rain in the last 50 days. October had 106mm and now to date over 96mm as fallen in November. The net result for many practicing professional and volunteer grounds staff is plenty of heavily saturated ground conditions.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/93/9b0b55d34e1d881dc2bf74.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="213" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></p> <p><strong><em>Mark Hunt's rainfall figures </em></strong></p> <p><br>In recent weeks I have seen a lot of turf professionals posting pictures of their pitches on social media to show the damage done if played on, or more importantly, asking advice on what to do to protect or repair any damaged playing surfaces. </p> <p> </p> <p>It often beggar’s belief that we are still seeing poor groundsmanship practices being carried out during inclement weather conditions. It often comes from people not understanding the consequences of their actions.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/ca/2c7927b6eb027354c4cada.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="312" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""><br><strong><em>A saturated rugby pitch </em></strong></p> <p> </p> <p>This ongoing wet weather is certainly going to be a challenge for many of the UK grounds staff, particularly those at grass root sports clubs. Therefore I thought it would be good to share some basic knowledge of maintaining soil-based winter pitches.</p> <p> </p> <p>All this wet weather, with more likely to come, does not bode well for turf professionals looking after soil-based sports pitches during the winter months. We have already seen several football and rugby clubs at local level postponing matches due to saturated pitches.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/8a/f1c2832f01d7d87d24e498.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="315" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Damaged rugby playing surface</em></strong></p> <p><br>Many of these postponements could be prevented if clubs were to invest more into their pitches, both during the construction phase and post construction, having a robust maintenance regime in place. However, for many natural soil-based pitches it is more about the lack of maintenance and understanding about the type of pitches being managed. Understanding your soils, and how to manage them, will go a long way to producing a decent playing surface.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Understanding soils</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Knowledge and understanding of the soil’s physical properties has always been important for professional turf managers, when making decisions about maintenance operations and when carrying out reconstruction works. </p> <p> </p> <p>Soils can vary in many ways, both physically and chemically, on a local or regional scale.</p> <p><br>This soil variability gives rise to all the different types, universally classified by soil texture composition. Soil composition (soil texture) is determined predominantly by mineral particles and organic matter content and can be classified by the percentage of sand, silt and clay mineral particle content. The Soil Texture Triangle, as shown on the image, helps us classify the soil type, these percentages are determined by undertaking a PSD, particle size distribution analysis.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/b6/a697af7f5787ca7100f7a3.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="423" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""><br> </p> <p>The definition of soil texture is the relative proportion of sand, silt or clay in a soil. Most soils contain a mixture of different soil particles. The particles and the soil's structure determine the pore spaces. A soil with a high proportion of coarse sand will contain large pore spaces and drain quickly, whereas a soil having finer sand, silt or clay particles will contain smaller pore spaces, and therefore will drain more slowly.</p> <p> </p> <p>The strength and permeability of any soil is determined by its structure, soil type, drainage capacity and how well it is managed. Soils will perform differently, governed by the amount of water, root mass and air there is in the soil matrix.</p> <p> </p> <p>Most pitch problems are caused when soils are saturated and compacted. When saturated, a soil is said to be at its maximum retentive capacity; that is, all soil pores are filled with water. Saturation usually occurs for short periods of time, either during heavy rainfall events or when soil is being irrigated.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/91/88f409cba4be3f158a5184.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="283" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""><br><strong><em>Another saturated rugby pitch</em></strong> </p> <p><br>Firstly, we need to understand what problems are facing turf professionals when pitches become flooded and remain saturated for long periods of time. Once a pitch becomes saturated, that is to say all the pore (air) spaces in the soil profile remain filled with water, then we are in a situation of the pitch being in a poor state and will be prone to damage.</p> <p> </p> <p>However, the main contributing factor that reduces and damages pore spaces in soil is compaction - caused by compression forces, normally associated with play and use of machinery, particularly during wet weather periods. Over time, these compression forces reduce the pore spaces so that air, water and nutrient flow through the soil profile is restricted, leading to many problems associated with compaction.</p> <p> </p> <p>The heavier the soil the longer it will take for the pitch to dry out; sandy soils are more free draining than heavy loam or clay soils and, therefore, will dry out more quickly.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Drainage</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Having an effective pitch drainage scheme will help. Most modern pitches tend to have primary and secondary drainage systems installed. These systems aid the removal of surface water quickly and tend to keep the pitches playable in periods of wet weather.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/15/3c1470bd1be8c5f77be525.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="315" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></p> <p><br>However, the effectiveness of any drainage system can be compromised over time when the drain runs become capped; it is important to retain a link between the drains and the playing surface.</p> <p> </p> <p>This will be achieved by regular aeration work and the application of topdressings. Ideally, clubs should be putting on at least 40-60 tonnes of sand per pitch each year. This not only keeps the playing surface free draining, but also helps to restore levels.</p> <p> </p> <p>Playing on saturated pitches will bring disastrous results. It is often better to postpone a fixture rather than ruin the playing surface for the rest of the season. Scrummage and line out play are the main causes of damage on rugby pitches during wet weather periods. The severity of the damage will be dependent upon the soil type and the ability of the top 100mm to drain quickly.</p> <p><br>It is important that, once the game has finished, remedial work is carried out to repair divots and stand the grass back up. Care should be taken not to further damage the pitch by trying to get machinery on when it is wet and saturated. </p> <p> </p> <p>Brain Sandals in his <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1jxpok02fe5/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Turfcare Blog</em></a> has recently produced an article that gives good advice on dealing with a damaged playing surface </p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/ca/2b81ad933b24a8df1c2241.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="316" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Verti-Drain type solid tine spiker </em></strong></p> <p><br>Aeration should be carried out on a regular basis when weather and soil conditions allow. You may contribute to surface deterioration if you aerate during bad weather when the surface is saturated and likely to smear; timing is the key to successful aeration.</p> <p><br>There is a wide range of professional aerators for use on winter turf pitches, available as walk-behind, ride-on, trailed or tractor mounted.</p> <p>To alleviate these compacted layers, we need to consider a range of different techniques and equipment that can encompass the different types of playing surfaces. The main aim of aeration is to penetrate the soil profile to create new macro pore space. This is achieved by several methods:</p> <p>• Solid tine – Verti drain type vertical punch aerators</p> <ul> <li>Hollow/coring tines that remove soil cores from the soil</li> <li>Trailed outfield Multi tine spikers  (knife / solid tines)</li> <li>Disc/blade implements (linear aerators / Soil recyclers.</li> <li>Compressed air aerator systems</li> </ul> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/eb/7f5556e7d3ad3ed4510bf5.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="317" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></p> <p> </p> <p>It is essential to use a variety of aeration techniques to prevent pan layers being created. This usually happens if you continue to use the same aeration technique set at the same depth, resulting in a compacted layer forming at the base of the tine or core depth. Most turfgrass managers will, therefore, vary the methods of aeration by changing the depths, size and diameter of tines.</p> <p> </p> <p>To help grass roots sports clubs with potential funding to improve their facilities or buy essential machinery the GMA launched <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/avsjxf1k5uj/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The Pitch Advisory Service</a>, formerly the Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme, that was originally launched in 2014 and is funded by Sport England and the Football Foundation, working in association with the ECB, RFL and RFU.</p> <p> </p> <p>The aim of the Pitch Advisory Service is to raise the standards of sports surfaces as well as the understanding of sports turf management practices among grassroots sports clubs across England.</p> <p><br>The programme starts with clubs signing up to a <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/tvnhnp4c0jd/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Pitch Power app</a> to record the condition of their facilities with a follow up from designated Pitch advisor.</p> <p><br>All in all, there is now a lot of help and relevant information available to help grounds practitioners to ensure they can maintain their pitches during inclement weather events. </p> Laurence Gale MSC, MBPR Laurence Gale MSC, MBPR http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/95/982619709172995144014b.jpg http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/95/982619709172995144014b.jpg Click here to read the Editor's Blog GROUNDSFEST REVEAL CHANGES FOR 2024 https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1hyvjz4it9q?lang=en?rss=true In our first WEB ONLY story, building on the feedback received from the first edition, the organising team say they working to implement improvements for next year. 16 Nov 2023 12:00:00 GMT f49d99ab207c5abf56cd63e3d0b216d6 News And confirm new date <p>In our first <strong>WEB ONLY</strong> story, building on the feedback received from the first edition, the organising team say they working to implement improvements for next year.</p> <p> </p> GroundsFest http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/de/d44c8cbfd745b814a2adf7.jpg Read more on TurfPro's website https://www.turfpro.co.uk/ WINNING GREENKEEPER PHOTO UNVEILED https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/510bbuv6xk6?lang=en?rss=true In our next WEB ONLY story the photographer says greenkeepers are privileged to experience the times of day that most people don’t get to see during their working hours. 20 Nov 2023 12:00:00 GMT 79bc0b3c0ce229aa880f672ce81a961a News Showing 'beautiful but harsh' conditions <p>In our next <strong>WEB ONLY</strong> story the photographer says greenkeepers are privileged to experience the times of day that most people don’t get to see during their working hours. </p> <p> </p> Se the full image on TurfPro's website http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/66/2d3b21549f0fda8a981ff7.jpg Read more on TurfPro's website https://www.turfpro.co.uk/ "SIMPLICITY IS ALWAYS THE BEST" https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1pkxo39qbct?lang=en?rss=true TurfPro spoke with the UK distributor of the Corvus range of utility vehicles, who told us they want to keep the customer's experience as simple as possible, 20 Nov 2023 12:00:00 GMT 7d80a678204caad967b4e375bd0bca6f News Boss ORV discuss the customer's journey <p><em>TurfPro</em> spoke with the UK distributor of the Corvus range of utility vehicles, who told us they want to keep the customer's experience as simple as possible,</p> <p> </p> <p><em>TurfPro</em> owner, Duncan Murray-Clarke, spoke with Phil Everett md of <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/us4sx561ez7/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">BossORV</a>, the UK distributor of the Corvus range of utility vehicles at SALTEX recently, who told us they want to keep the customer's experience as simple as possible.</p> <p> </p> <p>Phil says, "I think it's important we keep the policy simple and the pricing structure simple - so there are no hidden costs for the consumer."</p> <p> </p> <p>Watch the full chat below or via <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1h7exx902aq/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>TurfPro</em>'s YouTube channel</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> [ https://www.youtube.com/embed/Otb66BCNAYg ] </p> <p> </p> BossORV md, Phil Everett, speaking to TurfPro owner, Duncan Murray-Clarke http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/21/7c1ee38a8921225f6a034c.jpg Watch video "A LOT OF INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE" https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1gizp4rlclz?lang=en?rss=true TurfPro caught up with Husqvarna's Johnny Snowball, who told us about what's been going on at the company recently - as well as their thoughts on sustainability, the customer experience and employee well-being. 17 Nov 2023 12:00:00 GMT 6ebe177ebe24ffb37e894b40297d4fbc News Watch Husqvarna speak to TurfPro <p><em>TurfPro</em> caught up with Husqvarna's Johnny Snowball, who told us about what's been going on at the company recently - as well as their thoughts on sustainability, the customer experience and employee well-being.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>TurfPro</em> owner Duncan Murray-Clark caught up with <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/hvgoli1v5mo/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Husqvarna</a>'s head of business unit professional UK, Johnny Snowball, at the recent SALTEX exhibition, who told us about what's been going on at the company recently - as well as their thoughts on sustainability, the customer experience and employee well-being.</p> <p> </p> <p>Johnny tells Duncan that during the past year they have grown their customer service team, aftersales and field support.</p> <p> </p> <p>Watch the full chat below or on <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/m0zbcesj8x8/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>TurfPro</em>'s YouTube channel</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> [ https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tjo0eGnpjgI ] </p> Husqvarna's Johnny Snowball talking to TurfPro owner Duncan Murray-Clarke http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/a6/77f04ee0d00d3e69d47406.jpg Watch video LUKE DONALD RECEIVES SIGNED GOLF CAR https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/19hg5cbqtfi?lang=en?rss=true Signed by every player in Team Europe, the captain's car is on its way to his home in Florida as a memento of the victory in Rome. 20 Nov 2023 12:00:00 GMT bf09346ed2eb0cedbe6106c71f11daf3 News Gift for Ryder Cup captain <p>Signed by every player in Team Europe, the captain's car is on its way to his home in Florida as a memento of the victory in Rome.</p> <p> </p> <p>Luke Donald’s Ryder Cup captain’s <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/qf222lb1vfe/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Club Car</a>, signed by every player in Team Europe, is on its way to his home in Florida as a memento of the victory in Rome.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/d8/f13b433c88fd370fc74157.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="299" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></p> <p> </p> <p>Luke was presented with the buggy during the celebrations at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club on the Sunday evening, with Rory McIlroy saying a few words of thanks to his captain on behalf of the team.</p> <p> </p> <p>Club Car has been an official supplier to the Ryder Cup since 1997, and the tradition of the captain keeping his golf car began in 2002, when Sam Torrance led Europe at The Belfry.</p> <p> </p> <p>In 2018 the players added a special touch and started a new ritual by signing the cowl of the vehicle in gold marker. </p> <p> </p> <p>Luke said, "I’m humbled and grateful for this gift and for the words of my team-mates when they presented it to me. </p> <p> </p> <p>“The Ryder Cup was one of the best weeks of my life, and it was an honour and a privilege to lead the team. The guys were immense and to have the car signed by all of them means a great deal.</p> <p> </p> <p>“Every time I drive it at home I will remember their incredible performance which led to the epic celebrations in Italy.”</p> <p>.</p> <p>Kevin Hart, Club Car’s golf sales director EMEA, said, “As a longstanding supplier of the Ryder Cup we have a wonderful relationship with the event, and this tradition with the captain’s golf car further adds to that.</p> <p> </p> <p>“Luke’s dedication to the captaincy was remarkable and he fully deserves the praise and thanks he received from his team when they presented him with the buggy.”</p> <p> </p> <p>The cowl of Donald’s car was removed and shipped separately to the rest of the vehicle as a precaution. The vehicle was transported by road to Hamburg, where it was loaded on to a ship bound for Florida, United States.</p> Team Europe http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/d8/f13b433c88fd370fc74157.jpg Read more DEALER EXPANDS WITH HONDA APPOINTMENT https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1jkrh6jvpkz?lang=en?rss=true Dealership has invested over £50,000 in a new customer experience as part of the appointment, and has redeveloped its showroom and storage facilities. 16 Nov 2023 12:00:00 GMT 75ec9f99220cc6834a19c14cade925af News Showroom and people investment <p>Dealership has invested over £50,000 in a new customer experience as part of the appointment, and has redeveloped its showroom and storage facilities.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/7va6fawufvp/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">GGM Groundscare</a> have announced that their depot in Haydock, which has been established for five years, has been appointed as a <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/12wss5cfwvl/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Honda</a> authorised dealer for the lawn and garden range.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/fb/c1aaeeb4a78514de474bb2.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="280" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></p> <p><br>The new Honda business will serve customers in Warrington, St Helens and Wigan and has just invested over £50,000 in a new customer experience as part of the appointment. They have also redeveloped their showroom and storage facilities at the premises.</p> <p><br>As a result of this announcement, GGM say they will be recruiting for several new roles including sales, service and admin.</p> <p> <br>The development of the new Honda franchise and newly improved Haydock showroom has been overseen by Thomas Gibson. He said, “This is an extremely exciting time for the business to coincide with our five years at Haydock. As a customer and staff centric organisation, it gives us the means to offer new opportunities to local people in the form of both job opportunities and service levels. We’re looking forward to developing the Honda brand and welcoming customers into our showroom.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Stuart Edgar, Honda dealer manager said, “We are delighted to establish this franchise with GGM Groundscare. As a forward-thinking organisation, we are confident that they are a great choice to represent our lawn and garden product range, drawing on their expertise and knowledge of garden machinery and their excellent customer service reputation with customers. <br><br></p> <p>Chris Gibson, managing director of GGM added, “This an extremely exciting time for the GGM Group. We already have a strong and competent team that is capable of delivering first class customer service and support, with professional groundcare machinery and the Honda business will only add to this”.</p> Dealership expands with Honda appointment http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/7e/a8516f7bd81cf8b4e19a1e.jpg Read more ADVERTISE YOUR JOBS HERE https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/1xs6x9ayyeo?lang=en?rss=true Advertise your recruitment needs on TurfPro Weekly Briefing and reach our targeted audience of recipients every week. 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threats and opportunities for golf.</p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong>Paul Woodham</strong>, head of sustainable agronomy - Europe, highlights the importance of The R&A’s Sustainable Agronomy Service and what this means for golf facilities across the country and globally.</em></p> <p> </p> <p><em><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/a0/7c0ae5300d3cc9a507ef86.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="358" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></em></p> <p> </p> <p>The R&A launched its new <a href="https://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/turfpro/182dmvkar1x/external" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Sustainable Agronomy Service</a> in 2022 and since then over 150 clubs are now working with our team. Our aim is to support clubs with research and guidance which will enable the development of sustainable solutions that address threats and opportunities for golf. We want to raise standards in sustainable agronomy and influence a positive change in greenkeeping, so that best practices are applied and reflect requirements for sustainable golf.</p> <p><br>Climate change, increasing costs and changes in legislation are impacting the management of golf facilities and so we need to adapt to these challenges in a sustainable manner and work with industry stakeholders to develop appropriate solutions. </p> <p><br>Over the past five years we’ve seen certain pesticides being withdrawn and changes in EU Sustainable Use Regulations mean we are moving further towards non-pesticidal course management in the very near future. Furthermore, additional legislation relating to water usage will tighten the rules on how golf facilities can access water from abstraction or mains supply water. Where there may not be legislation change, increasing costs and decreasing access to mineral resources mean that facilities will need to evaluate their current methods.</p> <p><br>Another example of where the industry could face challenges is the management of worm casts through the upcoming winter months. Worm casts are becoming far more visible and there is currently no chemical control available. This can pose problems for golfers who may begin to question the upkeep of the course. Good communication and education in addition to directing maintenance strategies and positive change to the course environment is key – which is where we step in.</p> <p><br>We can offer thought leadership pieces to the industry, which are useful resources for golfers at all levels, as well as managers and committee members at individual facilities. With sustainable practices, come questions from members on why certain things are happening and why the greenkeeping staff may be embarking on particular techniques. We need to ensure that the right messages filter through the entire facility about the importance and relevance of the responsible removal of trees to allow more light and airflow to gain natural reduction of disease risk and to create more diversity in course vegetation and species habitat.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/56/2e7ccee5377350ff662ce6.jpg" style="margin: 0px;" width="475" height="374" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt=""></p> <p><strong><em>The R&A team. L-R:: Paul Woodham, head of agronomy, Europe; Simon Watson, senior agronomist; Alistair Beggs, head of Aagronomy at The R&A; Gordon Howat, senior agronomist; Chris Gray, head of sustainable golf and agronomy, Asia-Pacific</em></strong></p> <p><br>The R&A Sustainable Agronomy Service is here to promote achievable sustainable improvements as part of a holistic plan to prepare for the future. We have a team in place to direct, guide and support golf facilities – not just in Great Britain and Ireland, but throughout Europe and Asia Pacific.<br>We support facilities with changes they can make in the immediate term, as well as in future years, to encourage and support superior course conditioning year-round in the most sustainable and achievable way. </p> <p><br>The fees associated with our service are reinvested into our research and education programmes. Across the entire organisation, we’re committed and passionate about moving the game forward. Hopefully, clubs will feel the benefit of expert consultancy, direction and support, with the knowledge they’re giving back to the game through investment in global research programmes.</p> Paul Woodham, The R&A's head of sustainable agronomy - Europe http://landpower.newsweaver.co.uk/v3files/shard1/10951/47/882442fed2b69c2a6aa653.jpg Read more