John Clarkin has been working in the golf industry for the last quarter of a century. Following a London City and Guilds Degree in Greenkeeping, John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1994 where he studied Turfgrass Management.
He returned to Ireland where he assumed the role of Director of Golf Operations at Powerscourt Golf Club, Co. Wicklow, which he constructed, grew in and maintained for three years. In 1997, John established Turfgrass.
Turfgrass employs a team including Agronomists, Project Managers and Course Managers. John has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading golf course development and management advisors specialising in Agronomy, Project Management, Golf Course Management, Private and Commercial Putting Greens and Recruitment.
He has spoken at numerous European and International Golf Federation conferences and has developed an extensive network of industry contacts across the world. Through the development of their Private Putting Greens, John maintains an ongoing relationship with Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington.
Director of Agronomy
Julian studied Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Management at Reaseheath College before moving to America to study Advanced Turfgrass Management and Science at the Ohio State University.
During his time in America, Julian worked as a Turfgrass Management Intern at the famed Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY and at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA – home course of Bobby Jones and site of the PGA Tour’s season ending TOUR Championship.
In 2004, Julian joined Turfgrass as an Agronomist and was promoted to Director of Agronomy in 2011. His primary role with Turfgrass is to manage and develop the company’s agronomy portfolio throughout Europe and emerging markets.
As the appointed Agronomist to the Solheim Cup, Julian visits European tournament venues years in advance of the respective championships to provide the necessary agronomic recommendations and achieve the level of quality and consistency required.