STRI’s head of ecology, Bob Taylor, will be among the speakers at the BIGGA Scotland Golf Industry Conference 2017.
Taking place at Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday 7 March, the conference is the flagship event of the 2017 calendar for the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s Scottish Region and brings together professionals from around the country and from all sectors of the golf industry.
Also speaking at the Scottish conference will be Allan Patterson, Estates and Courses Manager at Trump Turnberry, Dr Steve Otto, director of research and testing at The R&A, and course designer Martin Ebert, of MacKenzie and Ebert.
There will also be talks on ecology and sustainability from Guy Redford of Loch Lomond Golf Club and Amanda Dorans of 2017 Scottish Open venue Dundonald Links.
A talk on volunteering at TPC Sawgrass will be given by Murrayfield’s Graeme Davidson and Paul Miller of the Scottish Rural College, while Kingsbarn’s Alan Hogg will also be speaking.
“It’s a great honour to be asked to speak at BIGGA’s Scottish Conference, especially as I will be presenting alongside Guy Redford of Loch Lomond,” said Taylor. “Guy has done so much in the last few years to demonstrate sustainable practice, so it will be a pleasure to work with him again.
“We will be discussing the many practices that individual golf clubs can consider to bring about cost savings, improved working efficiency and importantly an enhanced standing within the golf market place.”
Given the world-class standard of speakers and the new, larger venue, the BIGGA Scottish Conference is expected to be one of the largest ever gatherings of Scottish greenkeepers and turf management professionals.
BIGGA Scotland Chairman, Stuart Ferguson MG, said: “I am really looking forward to hosting the conference and I believe the line-up of presenters we have is exceptional and sure to appeal to many. I am particularly pleased that we have secured the spectacular new venue of Perth Concert Hall for our event.
“The conference will conclude with a presentation from Allan Patterson on the redesign of Trump Turnberry, and I know fellow greenkeepers will be excited to hear what he has to say.
“It is my hope that the conference continues to grow in strength and by relocating to Perth with its excellent transportation links, I believe we are making it more accessible to everyone working in this great industry.”
BIGGA is the membership organisation for golf greenkeepers in the United Kingdom and works to aid the professional development of its more than 5,700 members, as well as enhancing the reputation of greenkeepers across the golf and turf management industries. Conferences are a vital part of that continuing aim and provide fantastic opportunities for education and networking.