Last week, 6 of the team visited Harrogate for the annual British Turfgrass Managers Exhibition.Left to right, Greig Easton, Darren Burton, James Bledge, Chris Clark, Lee Campany, Nick Machin.
This is the highlight of many a Greenkeepers year due to the fantastic education schedule, busy show and great networking opportunities. Running from the Sunday to the Wednesday the team attended seminars and classes. One of the most interesting classes was taken by Adrian Mortram. Adrian is designing the potential upgrades to our new irrigation system and is an absolute fountain of knowledge (excuse the pun). The 8 hour class covered all aspects of irrigation design however this class could easily have lasted a month due to the vastness of the subject. Below is a graph we used to study pressure and friction loss in pipe work. Who says greenkeepers are just grass cutters!
One of the most interesting classes was entitled the Dr and The Super hosted by Chris Tritabaugh, Golf Course Superintendent, Hazeltine National Golf Club and Dr Brian Horgan, Professor, University of Minnesota. A fascinating insight in to the challenges of setting up last years Ryder Cup course which was considered to be the best conditioned golf course of all time. Inspirational.
The show was ram packed with all the latest machinery and products. It is great to catch up with the reps and manufacturers of all of the products that make our courses so wonderful!
BBC News and Strictly Come Dancing star Naga Munchetty hosted some of the events. A new idea was round table discussions. Legendary Ryder Cup Course Managers from Celtic Manor, Medinah, Gleneagles, Hazeltine and Le Golf National joined her for a discussion that was enjoyed by many.
Our organisation BIGGA do a first class job of arranging this exhibition and it gets better every year. Greenkeepers from all over Europe and America and chew the fat with others for the week and new friendships are made. The BIGGA team look after us Greenkeepers so well during the week and it’s thanks to them that the show is such a success. The Royal Cinque Ports team will be back next year.