GC 2030 - Aggregates: their availability for golf courses and alternative solutions/products

R&A Golf Course 2030 project

Sands and gravels play a crucial role in golf course construction, renovation and maintenance. They are, however, a finite natural resource and there have been reports that some grades used on golf courses will run out within the next 30 years. What will courses currently using these products turn to? Are different grades an option or are there alternatives materials, with a much longer life-expectancy that would be suitable?

Presented by Dr Christian Spring, Research Operations Manager, STRI Group


Dr Christian Spring
STRI Group | Research Operations Manager

After gaining his PhD investigating the structural effects of earthworms on soil, Christian joined STRI’s Research Team in 2005 as a soil scientist and for the past seven years has worked as a research manager.

Christian’ current role is as STRI’s research operation manager, whose role is to oversee the day-to-day operations of STRI’s UK Research Team.

Christian leads research into a wide variety of subject areas, including sports surface construction and drainage, turfgrass nutrition, sports turf management, use of wetting agents and pesticides, surface performance assessment and machinery testing.

Among his roles, Christian also leads STRI’s BASIS, FACTS and NMP courses. Christian is a passionate communicator of science and can regularly be found giving talks to turf managers at various industry events.


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