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STRI and BIGGA launch Golf Research Enterprise

News, Sport / 25th September 2019



Golf course managers and greenkeepers have the unique opportunity to determine the direction of an innovative new research programme led by STRI and in association with BIGGA.


The Golf Research Enterprise (GREEN) is aimed at identifying and developing solutions to the problems facing turf management professionals now and in the future. The project is fully funded by STRI as part of its commitment to supporting the industry and the results will be made available to all.


BIGGA chief executive officer, Jim Croxton, said: “STRI are making a significant investment and we are delighted to be working alongside them. We urge everyone in the turf industry to get involved in this initiative”.


(lr) Mark Godfrey STRI CEO, Dr Ruth Mann, STRI Global Head of Research, Jim Croxton, BIGGA CEO


Crucially the decision as to what GREEN has to research is down to you – the people who manage golf turf. What do you think are the most difficult turf management challenges, where a focused investigation could determine future best management practices?


The challenges of golf turf management are varied; they could be UK wide or may be very localised. What keeps you awake at night? What turf issue do you Google most? These are the issues GREEN would like to identify, investigate and disseminate the resulting knowledge for the good of the golfing industry.


How GREEN works


Tell us your burning issues on your golf course by logging into and completing a short questionnaire survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GRenterprise

We will collate all the responses and prioritise those of greatest concern. The priority list will be presented and discussed at BTME 2020.

The survey is open to all turf managers, you do not have to be a member of BIGGA to participate.


Next steps


Once the priority topics are established, GREEN will develop a research programme to investigate and identify solutions with trials work commencing at STRI’s research facility in Bingley in 2020.


Depending on the nature of the research programme instigated, you may have the opportunity to be part of the GREEN research programme by completing parts of the research objective on your golf course under the guidance of STRI. Therefore, we would be grateful if you would indicate your willingness to be part of any trials work on your returned questionnaire.


The results


The results from the research programme will be updated periodically in seminars at BTME and STRI Research Days, online and via social media as well as through articles in Greenkeeper International and STRI’s Bulletin.


Dr Ruth Mann, head of global research at STRI, said: “The Golf Research Enterprise will give all golf turf managers the opportunity to influence decisions on where research in the future should be focused. I’m really looking forward to working with greenkeepers to discover how we can address these challenges and further enhance golf course management.


Through this initiative, alongside our efforts with the Golf Environment Awards and Research Days, STRI continue to support the greenkeeping industry with education, research and information”


Croxton said: “What makes the Golf Research Enterprise different from those initiatives that have come before it is that greenkeepers are being placed at the very heart of the project. BIGGA members have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the research and they will also be able to play an active role in any trials and practical studies that arise.


“In such a rapidly-changing industry, it’s vitally important that there’s clarity in the advice being given to our members. If we are to meet the ever-rising challenges of golf course management, we need to have answers to the questions that are being asked and so this initiative from the STRI is very welcome.”