Find out what the future holds for Scottish greenkeepers...
BIGGA's Scottish members are invited to attend the 2020 Golf Industry Scotland on Tuesday 3 March, where a panel of expert speakers will discuss the climate and its effect on golf.
Hosted by BIGGA in collaboration with Circle Golf and The R&A, the conference takes place at Dunblane Doubletree Hotel and will be presented by TV and radio's Alison Walker.
The event costs £40 for BIGGA members and £60 for non-members and is a great opportunity to keep up to date with the state of the greenkeeping industry in Scotland.
Speakers taking part will include:
Carolyn Hedley, Scottish Golf
Our coastal and links golf courses are being impacted by rising sea levels and changing weather patterns, increasing the threat of coastal flooding and erosion. This session will provide an overview of the risks facing our courses, examples of Scottish clubs that are successfully adapting to coastal change and the action being undertaken by the golf industry and Government bodies.
Steve Isaac, The R&A
The extremes of weather associated with the changing climate will pose serious challenges for golf course condition and playability. This session will provide an update on Golf Course 2030, the R&A-led industry intiative that is looking to deliver research and education solutions to help mitigate the impact of the changing climate, resource constraints and regulation to provide greater resilience for the sport.
John Kemp, GEO Foundation
What are the opportunities and challenges you have identified and what action will you take? This session will help you to plan your next steps, how you can communicate them and where to get help.
Stuart Taylor, Glasgow GC
Stuart will have a one on one discussion with Alison about the skin cancer issues he has faced over the years and the importance for everyone in the golf industry to protect themselves against the sun.
Richard Windows, The R&A
The session will describe how climate change and extreme weather will impact on the condition, playability and management of Scottish golf courses. Best practice agronomic and greenkeeping solutions will be described and how best to adapt maintenance programmes to cope with the challenges posed to help minimise the threat of deteriorating playing performance.
Panel discussion - what happened at Deeside?
To illustrate he devastation that can be caused by weather on a golf club, Alison will discuss the flooding and subsequent recovery process to the golf course with Neil McLoughlin, course manager at Deeside, club manager Debbie Pern and golf professional Frank Coutts.
Special thanks go to conference partners Agrovista Amenity, Aitkens, Gosta Training, Greentech, GroGreen, KAR Uk/Hunter, OnCourse, the PGA. Scottish Golf, SRUC. Enviro Centre and John Young Signs.