Who We Are

The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, is dedicated to the continuing professional development of its members and in serving their needs, will strive through education and training for standards of excellence in golf course management throughout the greenkeeping profession.

BIGGA was formally created on January 1, 1987 from an amalgamation of the British Golf Greenkeepers Association, the English and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and the Scottish and International Golf Greenkeepers.

BIGGA has since established itself as a significant body within the game of golf as a whole and a key element in the lives of those working in the fine turf industry.

In October 1998, the Association’s new headquarters BIGGA House was opened. Housing 12 members of staff and with a state of the art training room, the Association now had the facilities to further its services to members and the greenkeeping profession.

The Association launched its own magazine - Greenkeeper International - which steadily moved from strength to strength. Also its own annual education programme and trade show every January in the Harrogate International Centre, under the banner of Harrogate Week. These have proved to be a firm fixture in the diaries of many in the amenity turf and club management professions both at home and abroad.

Other landmarks in the Association’s progress have been the world renowned Master Greenkeeper certification, the BIGGA National Championships and the BIGGA Support Team at the Open Championship.

Working closely with other industry bodies, such at the Greenkeepers Training Committee and Committee for Golf Club Salaries, has enabled BIGGA to have a strong influence in setting educational standards for Greenkeepers and working conditions within Golf Clubs. Our links with the Golf Club Managers' Association has also proved beneficial and in 2006 a downloadable training manual to be used by members of both Associations was launched.