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Case Studies

Agronomy support to The R&A

Category: golf


STRI acts as Official Agronomic consultants to the Championship Committee of The R&A. In this capacity we provide advice and support to golf’s governing body and the host clubs they use to stage their championships.



What we do

The main focus of support is the Open venue clubs, all of which we visit on a continuous basis, and more regularly as any championship nears. STRI contributes to the strategic delivery of the playing surfaces for The Open Championship and as part of this process collects performance data from the course which can be used to inform preparatory maintenance schedules and programmes. The data collection programme also provides a valuable source of historic information which can be used to benefit future conditioning programmes.

For major championships such as The Open, The Amateur Championship, The Ricoh Women’s Open and The Ladies Amateur Championship, STRI provides a higher-level tournament support service whereby a team of professional agronomists assess and collect data from the host venue on a continuous basis in the build up to, and during the staging of the championship. This provides a further layer of objective information and support to The R&A and the host venue, and allows the best possible greenkeeping decisions to be made each time.



Additionally, we work closely with The R&A’s architectural and ecological partners to ensure the successful delivery of site project work. With the game in a constant state of evolution, and The Open becoming ever more popular to the golfing masses, ensuring the venues remain up to date and a challenge to the game’s greatest protagonists is a constant focus of attention. From subtle changes to the course to improved practice facilities, STRI plays a role in approving materials and supervising projects to ensure an optimum result.

STRI staff provide agronomic guidance in some form to all venues scheduled to host an R&A championship, and with the recent merger with the LGU, our support extends to venues scheduled to host Ladies’ events as well.

It is always a privilege and honour to visit these sites which are always among the premier venues available in the UK and Ireland, to stage the game.


The Results

The successful delivery of project work at The Open venues.

The provision of high-level tournament support from the assessment and collection of data on a continuous basis in the build up to, and during the staging of the championship.

All championship venues are up to date and remain a challenge for the game’s top players.

Delivering improved practice facilities and courses.