What's in October's Greenkeeper International?

12 October 2020 Announcement
© Jamie Wade, The Belfry


Coming hot off the heels of International Thank a Greenkeeper Day on 23 September, October’s edition of Greenkeeper International is stacked with behind-the-scenes looks at the summer’s biggest tournaments and help and advice to help you navigate these difficult times. 

The magazine is posted to every member of BIGGA and is read by an estimated 14,000 turf professionals every month. If you’re a member of the association you can also view it on our website

Greenkeeper International is produced by BIGGA, with the assistance of industry experts and other BIGGA members at every stage in their career. The magazine provides a focal point for the industry to come together to share knowledge and exchange ideas for the benefit of the greenkeeping profession.

Any BIGGA member who contributes a feature for the magazine is automatically entered into a competition to win £750 cash and a trip to Florida. You can also join the debate by writing in to our Postage Stamp letters page, where BIGGA members can discuss whatever is on their mind. Emails can be sent to info@bigga.co.uk

In October’s magazine you can read about:

The European Tour's UK Swing

Eddie Adams is director of agronomy at the European Tour and he joined Celtic Manor’s Jim McKenzie MBE and The Belfry’s Angus Macleod to discuss the European Tour’s UK Swing, a series of six home-based professional tournaments hosted across the UK.

You can also listen to the extended podcast interview online now.

Should we ditch bunker rakes for good?

Royal Cinque Ports’ James Bledge asks whether COVID-19 restrictions have shown we shouldn’t ask golfers to rake bunkers after them anymore.

You can also read the article and join the conversation online

© James Bledge, Royal Cinque Ports
Dealing with stress

Helen Waddington from the horticultural charity Perennial offers advice on identifying and dealing with stress in the workplace.

Helen has recently taken part in our ongoing Continue to Learn Extra webinar series and BIGGA members can watch online now.

Turfgrass stress management

Andrew Turnbull looks at the creation of reactive oxygen species and antioxidants during biotic and abiotic stress in turfgrass plants.

Who’s who at BIGGA

We talk you through our new team structure so you know who to turn to for help and advice.

Thank a Greenkeeper Day

After a difficult and busy summer, members received thousands of messages of support online from famous golfers to club managers and one or two celebrities. We took a look at some of the amazing messages we saw on social media from all over the world.

Insight from Syngenta

The Syngenta team discuss using growing degree days to indicate disease threat

Act now to avoid disease pressure this autumn

Autumn is fast approaching and for greenkeepers this can be one of the most challenging times of the year, so the team at Bayer have some pointers

A disease control refresher

The team at ICL take another look at integrated turf management during heightened disease season

The role of calcium

Aquatrols ask how is calcium used in both soil structure and nutrition?

Promoting optimum grass growth

Toro ask what’s the importance of attaining optimum grass growth?

Course renovations from British Sugar Topsoil

TOPSOIL products are being used for tees, bunkers and repairs

Other regular features in this month’s magazine include:

© SIRAStudio Dr Micah Woods is presenting at BIGGA's National Regional Conference in November



An association update from CEO Jim Croxton

Across the Board

BIGGA Chairman Scott Reeves discusses the sale of BIGGA House


BIGGA launches a new ‘Available for Work’ service for members who find themselves out of work due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. You can also find more information about the scheme on our website.

Learning and Development

Announcing our online National Regional Conference line-up. Once you’ve read up on the conference you can register online.

Around the Green

Your regional and national member news


James Hutchinson looks at the reduction in starling numbers across the country

Apprentice Corner

How do you change a golf hole?

© GTC How do you know where to place a golf hole?
Industry News

What’s happening across the greenkeeping industry?

History of Greenkeepers’ Associations

Looking at the period from 1930 to 1932

Our extended History of Greenkeepers’ Associations is also available to read online.

Buyer’s Guide

Useful contacts for your greenkeeping needs


The latest job vacancies

You can also access our vacancies and apply for roles on our website. And if you've been made redundant due recently, list your availability for work anonymously and get back out there!

Don’t forget you can download Greenkeeper International from the resources of the BIGGA website.

Effective communication is a key skill for the modern greenkeeper. If you want to share what’s going on at your golf course, let us know and get involved with the magazine by emailing GI Editor Karl Hansell on karl@bigga.co.uk



Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive


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