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Getting the best golf green drainage rates

Getting the best golf green drainage rates

Features, Sport / 22nd November 2017

by Stella Rixon, STRI agronomist   Golf clubs have many weapons in their armoury when it comes to luring new members to tackle their beautifully…

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Join us for the Golf Environment Awards 2018

Join us for the Golf Environment Awards 2018

Ecology, Environments, News / 16th November 2017

Would you like to be part of the celebrations for the Golf Environment Awards 2018, on 24 January in Harrogate? Tickets for the awards ceremony…

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Golf Environment Awards 2018 finalists announced

Golf Environment Awards 2018 finalists announced

Ecology, Environments, News / 10th November 2017

STRI is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2018 Golf Environment Awards (GEA), recognising golf clubs and individuals that strive to undertake environmental best practice.    …

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2018 Golf Environment Awards visits – part 2

2018 Golf Environment Awards visits – part 2

Ecology, Environments, Features, News / 30th October 2017

by Sophie Vukelic, Ecology consultant The STRI ecology and environment team has completed the final longlisting process for the 2018 Golf Environment Awards. This heralds…

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Is your greenkeeping budget fit for the future?

Is your greenkeeping budget fit for the future?

Features, News, Sport / 23rd October 2017

by Paul Woodham, STRI Agronomy services manager   Balancing your greenkeeping maintenance budget can be tough no matter how big or small the course is. How times…

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2018 Golf Environment Awards visits – part 1

2018 Golf Environment Awards visits – part 1

Ecology, Environments, News / 16th October 2017

by @striturf_sophie Once again we have been amazed by the standard of entry to the Golf Environment Awards and have had a great deal of…

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The smart way to manage disease

The smart way to manage disease

Features, News, Research / 6th October 2017

Improving your turfgrass management skills is an important part of career progression in the turf industry. Here, STRI’s head of research, Dr Ruth Mann, gives…

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STRI Research 2017 in pictures

STRI Research 2017 in pictures

Features, News, Research / 5th October 2017

Following another successful STRI Research event at our UK head office and sport research facility in September, we bring you the best images from over…

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Soil, Sand and Sod – practical workshops for golf clubs

Soil, Sand and Sod – practical workshops for golf clubs

News, Sport / 25th September 2017

Join STRI and England Golf for a series of practical workshops on making your greens perform better. The workshops, hosted by highly-experienced consultants, are perfect…

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Join us for STRI Research 2017

Join us for STRI Research 2017

News, Research / 20th July 2017

Join the STRI team, and our industry partners, for the free annual research open days held at our headquarters in West Yorkshire. On September 20th…

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Consistency is key on the grass of SW19

Consistency is key on the grass of SW19

Features, News, Sport / 17th July 2017

by Mark Ferguson, STRI’s Wimbledon Research Manager   Day 13 of The Championships saw Roger Federer lift the Wimbledon men’s singles title for a record…

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Getting Royal Birkdale ready for The Open

Getting Royal Birkdale ready for The Open

Features, Sport / 17th July 2017

After a wait of nine years the Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale. STRI’s Alistair Beggs, looks at the preparation that has gone into making…

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Last chance to enter the 2018 Golf Environment Awards

Last chance to enter the 2018 Golf Environment Awards

Ecology, Environments, Features / 17th July 2017

LAST CHANCE: The Golf Environment Awards application deadline is approaching! Have you entered yet?     STRI Group and The R&A encourage all eco-friendly clubs,…

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Twelve amazing golf course wildlife projects

Twelve amazing golf course wildlife projects

Ecology, Environments, Features / 12th July 2017

Golf courses are not just great for a quick nine holes, they are also great areas for wildlife. STRI’s ecology consultant, Teneille Barwick, wades into…

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The leatherjacket and chafer fine turf threat

The leatherjacket and chafer fine turf threat

Features, Sport / 11th July 2017

By Alistair Beggs, STRI head of agronomy   Insect pests of fine turf have been problematic in the UK for many years. However, until recently controlling their…

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Shaping our sporting landscapes

Shaping our sporting landscapes

Research, Sport / 3rd July 2017

Research manager, Mark Ferguson, talks to the Independent‘s David Barnett about Wimbledon 2017, the work STRI conducts into sports turf research, and preparing the best sporting surfaces.    …

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Is there light at the end of the tunnel for stadium pitch design?

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for stadium pitch design?

Sport / 16th June 2017

As the world focuses on the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, STRI’s Head of sports surface design, Dr Richard Gibbs, examines the unique set of challenges stadium pitch…

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The future of the turf industry?

The future of the turf industry?

Features, Research / 7th June 2017

The sports turf industry is always changing. The next generation of greenkeepers and groundstaff will have some very interesting benefits and dilemmas to consider. STRI…

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Pesticide Usage Survey

Pesticide Usage Survey

Research / 17th May 2017

Take part in a nationwide Fera Science pesticide usage survey and help the amenity industry gather important data within the UK.   The survey has…

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STRI strengthens ecology and environment team

STRI strengthens ecology and environment team

Ecology, Environments, News / 11th May 2017

STRI Group has expanded its UK regional ecology and environment operation by bringing in two new consultants.     Teneille Barwick joins STRI after moving…

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Can Fulham’s training pitch facelift inspire promotion glory?

Can Fulham’s training pitch facelift inspire promotion glory?

Features, Sport / 8th May 2017

As some of the biggest games in Fulham’s history loom in the form of the Championship playoffs, can technology first developed for the carpet industry help…

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STRI bolster agronomy team

STRI bolster agronomy team

News, Sport / 2nd May 2017

STRI Group has strengthened its UK regional agronomy operation with the addition of two new turfgrass consultants.     Michael Boyes joins STRI after a…

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Springtime tips for turf growth on golf courses

Springtime tips for turf growth on golf courses

Sport / 24th April 2017

by @StellaRixon STRI agronomist Stella Rixon provides a topical update on managing springtime turf growth.   Headlines Disease pressure in late summer and autumn 2016…

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AST tested Qatar World Cup pitch laid in record time

AST tested Qatar World Cup pitch laid in record time

News, Sport / 21st April 2017

A pitch specially developed in Qatar, and tested by STRI Group subsidiary Aspire Sports Turf, has been laid in record time at Khalifa International Stadium,…

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GEA Winners Trip to the Algarve

GEA Winners Trip to the Algarve

Ecology, News / 7th April 2017

The winners of the Golf Environment Awards 2017 have arrived back in the UK following a truly memorable champions’ trip to the Algarve.   Alex…

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STRI on panel at ESSMA pitch management workshop

STRI on panel at ESSMA pitch management workshop

News, Sport / 5th April 2017

STRI’s head of sports surfaces, Dr Richard Gibbs, will be among the panellists at the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop in Leicester City’s King Power Stadium…

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Golfers’ grumbles series in full

Golfers’ grumbles series in full

Features, Sport / 22nd March 2017

Here’s our “Golfers’ Grumbles” series in full, we hope you enjoy reading it.     You can check out all five ‘grumbles’ parts on the…

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Green speeds extra – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part five

Green speeds extra – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part five

Features, Sport / 21st March 2017

by @striturf_paulw For the final part of our series on “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I thought I’d serve an extra helping of green speed debate, as it’s an…

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STRI talk to Turf Business about the Golf Environment Awards

STRI talk to Turf Business about the Golf Environment Awards

Ecology, News / 14th March 2017

STRI ecologists Bob Taylor and Sophie Vukelic talk to Turf Business about the Golf Environment Awards (GEA).     The winners of the 2017 Golf…

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Green speeds – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part four

Green speeds – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part four

Features, Sport / 13th March 2017

by @striturf_paulw For part four of our series of “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I will be looking at the thorny issue of green speeds.     Once…

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The impact of woodland thinning and tree removal in golf

The impact of woodland thinning and tree removal in golf

Ecology, Features / 10th March 2017

by @striturf_bob Woodland thinning and tree removal are an essential part of greenkeeping. It’s necessary to ensure optimum turfgrass quality by way of air flow…

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Closures and inspections – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part three

Closures and inspections – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part three

Features, Sport / 6th March 2017

by @striturf_paulw For part three of our series of “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I will be looking at the practical issues surrounding course closures and inspections. A…

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Managing gorse across UK links courses

Managing gorse across UK links courses

Ecology, Features / 3rd March 2017

by @striturf_richw and @striturf_sophie Gorse is a very important component of links courses around the UK. It provides shelter and nesting habitat for birds and mammals,…

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STRI Group boosts Australia operations

STRI Group boosts Australia operations

News / 28th February 2017

STRI Group has strengthened its Australian operations following a series of new high profile appointments.     Business development manager Mark Stidwill arrives from PGG…

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Bunkers – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part two

Bunkers – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part two

Features, Sport / 27th February 2017

by @striturf_paulw For part two of our series of “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I will be looking at the practical issues surrounding bunkers and touching on a…

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The great Poa dispute

The great Poa dispute

Features, Sport / 24th February 2017

by @alistairbeggs (STRI head of advisory) Clenched teeth, anger, palpitations and emotional outbursts are not just the symptoms of mass hysteria, but also characteristics to be found…

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Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part one

Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part one

Features, Sport / 20th February 2017

by @strituf_paulw Picture the scene. The greenkeeper is proudly laying turf on a newly constructed tee, when he hears the ‘banter’ of the passing golfer…

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Spring Checklist: 10 ecological things to consider before March

Spring Checklist: 10 ecological things to consider before March

Ecology, Environments, Features / 9th February 2017

by @striturf_sophie March signals the beginning of many wildlife events, some of which determine how we manage the landscape. Whether you manage a golf course…

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Taylor announced as speaker at BIGGA Scottish Conference

Taylor announced as speaker at BIGGA Scottish Conference

Ecology, Environments, News / 8th February 2017

STRI’s head of ecology, Bob Taylor, will be among the speakers at the BIGGA Scotland Golf Industry Conference 2017.     Taking place at Perth…

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STRI Group take root in Scotland

STRI Group take root in Scotland

News, Sport / 7th February 2017

STRI Group has opened a new Scottish office, in the heart of Glasgow, to help deliver a diverse range of sportsturf solutions to new and…

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STRI Group to enhance Auburn turf research

STRI Group to enhance Auburn turf research

News, Sport / 23rd January 2017

STRI Group has joined forces with a leading provider of turfgrass education, Auburn University, to initiate research and development programmes throughout the US sports surface…

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Golf Environment Awards 2017 winners revealed

Golf Environment Awards 2017 winners revealed

Ecology, Environments, News / 19th January 2017

The winners of the 2017 Golf Environment Awards (GEA) have been announced at the Hotel Du Vin, Harrogate, in a ceremony hosted by STRI Group….

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The R&A to partner Golf Environment Awards

The R&A to partner Golf Environment Awards

Ecology, Environments, News / 16th January 2017

STRI Group is delighted to announce that The R&A has agreed to become a lead partner of the Golf Environment Awards (GEA).      …

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STRI launches Chinese business

STRI launches Chinese business

News, Sport / 13th December 2016

STRI Group has launched its new Chinese company with partners Shanghai KeHua Sports Promotional Co. and Beijing iRENA Group. The inauguration of 上海体赞草坪科技有限公司 (Shanghai Tizan…

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What makes the perfect pitch?

What makes the perfect pitch?

Features, Sport / 6th December 2016

It doesn’t matter if the players who step on to your pitch are worth £20million or less than a bag of crisps, everyone involved in…

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STRI and England Golf to hold a joint workshop at BTME 2017

STRI and England Golf to hold a joint workshop at BTME 2017

News, Sport / 22nd November 2016

STRI and England Golf  are joining forces to present a one-day workshop on golf course management at BTME 2017, which is specifically tailored to secretary/managers,…

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Time for bespoke training

Time for bespoke training

Features, Sport / 22nd November 2016

Devoting time and energy to training can be an exasperating process. Budgets are tight, travelling offsite is time consuming and your staff have different requirements….

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2017 Golf Environment Awards finalists announced

2017 Golf Environment Awards finalists announced

Ecology, Environments, News / 15th November 2016

After a year filled with new ideas for nature conservation, environmental innovations and chemical legislation changes, STRI is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2017 Golf…

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Remembering the Battle of the Somme

Remembering the Battle of the Somme

Environments, Features / 8th November 2016

As Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies draw near agronomy manager Steve Gingell reviews the preparations, management and aftercare at the Thiepval Memorial, when it…

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How to tackle the earthworm casting headache

How to tackle the earthworm casting headache

Features, Sport / 1st November 2016

One of the most problematical turf issues faced across western Europe is earthworm casting. STRI’s turfgrass agronomist Conor Nolan investigates their murky underground world for…

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STRI Group starts global recruitment drive

STRI Group starts global recruitment drive

News / 18th October 2016

STRI Group has launched a global recruitment process to fill an array of roles across its UK, China and Qatar operations. The Yorkshire-based global sports turf…

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Guide to engaging an ecologist

Guide to engaging an ecologist

Ecology, Environments, Features / 10th October 2016

As the autumn nights draw in your golf club’s attention may be turning to course refurbishment, landscaping or extensions. Perhaps tree removal, pond cleaning or changing…

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Russia 2018 LOC, FIFA and STRI conduct World Cup pitch inspection

Russia 2018 LOC, FIFA and STRI conduct World Cup pitch inspection

News, Sport / 6th October 2016

Specialists from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA joined experts from STRI for an inspection of pitches which will host matches and training sessions at the 2018 FIFA…

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STRI Research 2016 round-up

STRI Research 2016 round-up

Features, Research / 3rd October 2016

STRI Research 2016 took place at our headquarters in Bingley on 21/22 September and featured stations from Bayer, Farmura an Aquatrols Company, ICL, SISGrass, SWDsystems,…

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Operation Pollinator Awards now open

Operation Pollinator Awards now open

News, Research / 8th September 2016

The Operation Pollinator Awards 2016 are now open for entries. The competition rewards golf clubs that have created ecological features that attract essential pollinating insects…

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STRI commit to diverse workplace

STRI commit to diverse workplace

News / 8th September 2016

STRI Group has partnered with Job Centre Australia to include a Disability Action Plan into the company’s core operating principles. As many as one in…

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Regional training for groundstaff and course managers

Regional training for groundstaff and course managers

News, Sport / 2nd September 2016

STRI is running a series of regional training courses for groundstaff, course managers and turfcare professionals, throughout November and December. Venues across the North, Midlands and…

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Ten reasons why you should have a green roof

Ten reasons why you should have a green roof

Environments, Features, Research / 23rd August 2016

by @striturf_tomy You may have noticed that more and more buildings are now being constructed with their roofs covered in plants. Known as ‘living roofs’…

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Groundskeeper training launches in Oceania

Groundskeeper training launches in Oceania

News, Sport / 29th July 2016

Seven Cook Islands groundskeepers furthered their knowledge on how to improve and maintain natural grass pitches during a two-day quality workshop at the CIFA Complex,…

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STRI Group announces Chinese partnership

STRI Group announces Chinese partnership

News, Sport / 21st July 2016

STRI Group has taken a major step into the Chinese sports turf market after striking an agreement with Beijing iRENA Group and Shanghai KeHua Sports…

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Preparing for the Amateur

Preparing for the Amateur

Features, Sport / 10th June 2016

The Amateur Championship has been graced by some formidable golfers since it was founded in 1885.  In 2016 the links of Royal Porthcawl and Pyle…

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Top tips for golf course bat protection

Top tips for golf course bat protection

Ecology, Features / 26th May 2016

by @striturf_sophie   Trees are an important feature on golf courses, providing definition, strategy and screening for adjacent holes. However, their removal is also a vital part…

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Join the STRI Team – Groundsperson

Join the STRI Team – Groundsperson

News, Research / 23rd May 2016

STRI is the largest independent sports turf consultancy in the world and is rapidly expanding its resources, research facilities and services to meet the demands…

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STRI appoint Mark Godfrey as new CEO

STRI appoint Mark Godfrey as new CEO

News / 9th May 2016

STRI Group are delighted to announce that Mark Godfrey has been appointed chief executive officer effective May 2016. Mark, who joined the company in 2006,…

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New course dates announced for BASIS (FSTA), FACTS & NMP training

New course dates announced for BASIS (FSTA), FACTS & NMP training

Sport / 2nd January 2016

We are pleased to advise that due to a high demand for accreditation within the turfgrass industry, STRI will be running two separate courses for…

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