Spotlight on….Turfgrass

Our series of Profiles throws a spotlight on our Partners so you can get to know who they are and what they do. Here, EIGCA Bronze Partner, Turfgrass answers 5 questions.

1. What is Turfgrass best known for and what does the company do which might not be well known?

Turfgrass are best known as specialists for agronomy on existing golf courses and project management of new builds with both owners and Golf Course Architects.

We are least known for our involvement in golf course renovations, relocations and new builds where the Client / Golf Course Architect involves Turfgrass from inception, construction, grown in and maintenance. We can assist Architects with site assessments (soils, water, sands), construction specifications, future economic sustainability, environmental management plans, including the reduction of irrigation and pesticidal use through IPM.

2. What are the biggest challenges Turfgrass has faced in the last ten years and how have they been overcome?

Since the economic recession back in 2009 we have seen a large number of qualified greenkeepers leaving the industry. We have also witnessed a 30- 40% reduction in golf course maintenance budgets.

As a result of this, more emphasis has been placed on consultants and their recommendations. Turfgrass’ remit is to make golf courses more efficient to maintain. It is impossible to achieve this without the assistance of the Golf Course Architect, together, our collaboration can ensure the viability and efficiency of any Project.

3. What advice do you have for golf course architects when it comes to selecting Turfgrass for their projects?

Having collaborated with more than 30 Golf Course Architects, Turfgrass believes that it is vital to protect the brand and legacy of the Architect. Our task is to guarantee that the Golf Course is not only developed to the highest standards but as importantly, maintained to these standards. Whether it is warm or cool season zones, we can take a brief from the Architect to develop grassing, water and management plans best suited to the site, based on available budgets, no matter how large or small.

4. What interesting environmental initiatives have Turfgrass been involved with, or seen installed on a golf course?

Over the years, our industry has seen a vast reduction in the use of fertilisers and pesticides. Whilst this has been an EU wide initiative, we have worked closely and advised greenskeepers to help reduce their chemical usage.

Our main focus over the last number of years has been to consciously reduce the area of maintained turf. In 2013 Turfgrass completed a three-year study on water conservation in Vidauban, South of France. From this we have managed to reduce irrigation requirements by up to 40% on golf courses by using precision irrigation, better varieties of grass selection and better management practices.

An example of this, is a current project at The San Roque Club, Spain, where we are removing 17 hectares of irrigated turf, changing the grasses from cool season to warm season and putting in a state-of-the-art irrigation system.

5. What new or recent developments by Turfgrass should EIGCA members be aware of?

  • We have expanded our team in recent months to include four agronomists, who are certified pesticide advisors and a number of project managers.
  • Turfgrass were tournament agronomists to Solheim Cup™ 2019, at Gleneagles, Scotland. We are proud to have been agronomists to the European staging of the event since 2007.
  • This year we are tournament agronomists to the JP McManus Pro- Am at Adare Manor, Ireland, home to the Ryder Cup in 2026.
  • Recently we provided Hoiana Shores Golf Club, Vietnam with construction specifications and grow in agronomy. Hoiana Shores were recently presented “Best New Golf Course 2019” at the Asia-Pacific Golf Awards.
  • We are currently project managing a full renovation of the famous San Roque Club in Sotogrande, Spain. This is due to open later this year.
  • We are continuing to grow our Private Client golf courses. We are humbled that this portfolio includes current Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy.

If any Architect would like to get in touch with us to discuss in further detail our wide range of Golf Course Services, please get contact info@turfgrass.ie or www.turfgrass.com

LET REVEALS BRAND REFRESH PUSHING TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Article Posted on 23/06/2020 on www.ladieseuropeantour.com

The Ladies European Tour (LET) has launched a fresh logo, new website and tag line, #RaiseOurGame, capturing the ambition of the new LPGA-LET joint venture partnership and a shared desire to keep moving women’s golf forward.

The brand refresh includes a short film created in-house, capturing the passion and potential of the LET players, celebrating their hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Narrated by Solheim Cup star Suzann Pettersen and with a script written by multiple LET champion Meghan MacLaren, it focuses on the hard work and determination it takes to achieve goals, inspiring women and girls to pursue their passion and realise their potential through the game of golf. Continue reading

Course Manager Vacancy

North Berwick – West Links

The North Berwick Golf Club

Invites applications for the position of Course Manager

North Berwick Golf Club is one of the longest established golf courses in the world and golf has been played over the West Links since the 17th century. A long standing championship venue, North Berwick has hosted The Open – Final Qualifying and many other prestigious and international Championships.
Following the recent retirement of the Course Manager, applications are invited from candidates who have a proven track record of managing and motivating a team to achieve consistently high standards. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional candidate who has the desire to be part of the delivery of excellence.

The Course Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the course and the staff team are effectively managed. Maintaining the playing surfaces to the highest possible standard, while recognising the need for detailed planning and embracing innovation. Organisational and leadership skills will be a key to success in this position. Continue reading

Assistant Head Greenkeeper Position

Golf Club de Geneva

 

GOLF CLUB DE GENÈVE

We invite you to join our team as:

ASSISTANT HEAD GREENKEEPER

Golf Club de Genève is renowned for the quality of its course and for hosting every year, the exclusive tournament of the European Challenge Tour, the ROLEX Trophy. To pursue our quest of excellence, we intend to fill the vacancy of the position of Assistant Head Greenkeeper as described hereafter.

In charge of a team of 16 employees, our Head Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance and construction work on the Course. In this task, he is assisted by the Assistant Head Greenkeeper.

The mission of the Assistant is:

  • To manage the maintenance of the course under the instruction of the Head Greenkeeper
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of the course when the Head Greenkeeper is not on site
  • To bring up innovative and additional proposals to the Head Greenkeeper aiming at enhancing the quality of the course.

The candidate for this high responsibility position will have similar experience in an equivalent operation. Familiar with the maintenance of a modern golf course, he will be responsive to environmental aspects and sustainability. He will also be comfortable with computers, both in office and technical aspects. A good level of golf knowledge is an additional advantage.

Qualifications related to this position are mandatory as well as being fluent in French and English.

If you are interested in meeting this challenge with us, please send your curriculum vitae on or before December 18th 2019 to the attention of François Lautens, General Manager, by post to Golf Club de Genève, 70 route de la Capite, 1253 Vandoeuvres, Switzerland or by email to direction@golfgeneve.ch

We will handle your application with great care and interest.