Has your renovation project gone well?

8 October 2021 BTME

Have you completed a major project at your golf club?

Stuart Imeson and the Dunstanburgh Castle team won the award in 2019


Perhaps you've redeveloped the lay-out of the course, undertaken some major conservation work or installed features that will protect the viability of your club for years to come - if your team has done something innovative and you'd like them to be recognised for their efforts, we want to hear from you.

The Greenkeeping Project of the Year Award sponsored by Baroness recognises those greenkeeping teams who have undertaken a specific project, completed within 2020 or 2021. Projects can be long term and can be construction, renovation or repair - the possibilities are endless.

And it's well worth entering as each team that is nominated will received recognition in the form of a BIGGA Awards nominee certificate.

There are some incredible prizes up for grabs for the overall winner, with a full course photography session including drone footage from Carefree Golf Photography worth £1,000, so you can have a record of your achievement and show off your team's incredible work for years to come.

There's also a £300 Virgin Experience Days voucher for the team to enjoy, so they can relax or have a bit of fun to thank them for their incredible efforts.

The team will also receive a BIGGA Awards 2022 trophy to put on display around the golf club.

In 2020 the Greenkeeping Project of the Year Award was won by the team at Bromborough Golf Club, led by Darren Anderson MG. The team replaced a 46-year-old irrigation system, alongside rebuilding greenside bunkers. Completing the work in-house, it is estimated that the greenkeepers saved the club around £150,000.

In 2020 the Bromborough Golf Club team were presented the award by Adam Butler of Baroness


The previous year demonstrated the wide range of projects that can be considered for an award as Stuart Imeson, general manager and head greenkeeper at Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumbria, was given the award in recognition of the Bunker Camps scheme he operated, which not only provided a cost-saving method of renovating the club's bunkers, but also provided excellent educational opportunities for fellow BIGGA members.

Speaking at the time, Stuart said: "To be honest I'm a little star struck by the whole thing. If you just look at the standard of people that was up for awards, it's an amazing achievement. If you look at my three lads, it's absolutely out of this world to even think we could win something like this."

Finalists will be invited to attend the BIGGA Welcome Celebration on the opening night of BTME 2022 and we'll announce the finalists during December. At that event we'll also be handing out other prizes, including the Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Bernhard and Company and the Championship Performance of the Year sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions.

BIGGA members can nominate themselves and their team, while anyone else may also nominate someone for an award, the only requirement is that the head greenkeeper/course manager of the club is an active BIGGA member.

Check out the BIGGA Awards page of the website to find out more and to start nominating!

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Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive


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