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FEGGA Launch New Excellence in Greenkeeping Programme in Partnership with Kristianstads Golf Club

FEGGA Launch New Excellence in Greenkeeping Programme in Partnership with Kristianstads Golf Club

Do you want a career in Golf Course Management?

Careers in Golf Course Management have become increasingly popular and as a result more education courses have become available which will enhance the individuals. The challenge is finding suitable practical Greenkeeping work experience to complement this formal education.

FEGGA in association with Kristianstads Golf Club in Sweden have put together what we believe is the perfect opportunity for a greenkeeper to gain practical experience along with a well structured lecture programme that will have a long-term benefit to any Greenkeeper at the end of the course.

Based in the idyllic and historic seaside village of Åhus, Kristianstads Golf Club is one of Sweden and Europe’s best golf complexes. Major investment has taken place since the course was bought out several years ago. A total renovation of its East Course was completed in 2017, a ‘state of the art’ new Maintenance facility was opened in 2019, and resort houses and sports centre opens 2020. Plans for the coming two years are to firstly host the Creekhouse Ladies Open, on the Ladies European Tour (September 2020), build a new Clubhouse facility, and to redesign or second course, the West Course.

Kristianstads Golf Club is the 5th oldest club in Sweden, first founded in 1924. The Club prides itself on quality and service and strives to produce the best playing surfaces for its members, guests and tournaments. If your CV is lacking in Tournament preparation, this may just be the course you cannot miss.

To download the brochure with further details please click the link FEGGA Scholarship Brochure

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FEGGA come together with the inspiring Nick Edmund

FEGGA come together with the inspiring Nick Edmund

Through utilising our distinctive ‘4-Flag’, and by encouraging clubs and event organisers to fly this flag on the 4th hole of their golf courses on special occasions, we can create a powerful and far-reaching awareness platform, while at the same time be a catalyst for fundraising opportunities within the golf community.

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Going for the buzz at Sawgrass

Going for the buzz at Sawgrass

Each year John Deere, in association with the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland, sends seven association members to Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida to join the agronomy team on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for the duration of The Players Championship – the unofficial fifth men’s Major tournament.

It’s an incredible experience, where the volunteers get completely immersed in the hosting of the PGA Tour’s flagship event with flights, accommodation and other costs all thrown in. Representing the British and Irish associations, the successful seven selected to join the John Deere TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Programme in March 2020, working alongside the home greenkeeping team as part of the volunteer course maintenance force of over 90, are:

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 South East: Ben Hunter, deputy course manager, The Richmond
 South West & South Wales: Mark Tucker, head greenkeeper, Neath
 Central England: Alex Brougham, deputy head greenkeeper, Trentham Park
 Northern: Peter Lewis, greenkeeper, Royal Liverpool
 Scotland: Eddie Irvine, deputy head greenkeeper, Trump International Aberdeen
 International: Yannick Weber, assistant superintendent, Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
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 Ireland: Dean O’Connell, greenkeeper, Grange Golf Club

Previous successful applicants of the scheme have described the experience as life changing and overwhelming. One of BIGGA’s 2019 delegates, Welshpool Golf Club course manager Jon Gamble, said: “TPC Sawgrass is an amazing venue and is out of this world. The presentation of the whole site is fabulous, from the condition of the course to the flowers and grandstands that sit very high on 17.

“They really do gear the tournament up so that everyone who goes has an awesome time, from a spectator point of view. Going to Sawgrass has made me want to go back every year now, just to get that buzz from what you experience. I would encourage and push anybody that wants to go there, to do so.”

This year’s tournament dates are March 12-15, 2020; the John Deere sponsored group flies out to the US on Friday March 6 and returns on Tuesday March 17.

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New John Deere greens mowers win AE50 Award

New John Deere greens mowers win AE50 Award

After a successful launch in 2019, John Deere’s 2700 and 2750 PrecisionCut and E-Cut hybrid electric triplex mowers have been honoured as a 2020 AE50 Award winner by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Each year the AE50 awards highlight the industry’s most innovative designs in product engineering, as chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The development of these new John Deere cylinder mowers was based on customer needs and challenges – most importantly, the struggle to find quality labour and tight operating budgets.

With this in mind, the mowers are equipped with the proven, advanced TechControl system, which is passcode protected and allows course managers, technicians and other trusted supervisors to input commands that control nearly everything regarding the operator’s performance. This includes frequency of clip, turn speed, clean-up pass speed and how fast the cutting units raise and lower.

The engines on all models are electronically controlled and include an Eco mode that automatically reduces engine speed when mowing, saving up to 30 per cent in fuel and reducing sound levels by up to 3dB(A). The lightweight, open platform design, with a low centre of gravity, ensures excellent stability and traction performance. The mowers offer a 62in (157cm) mowing width and speeds of up to 6mph (9.7kph) for increased productivity.

“Our customers are battling a variety of challenges, from labour to budgets. The 2700 and 2750 triplex mowers have been designed to directly tackle these concerns and take the stress out of mowing,” says John Deere Golf product manager Brad Aldridge. “From the innovative TechControl system to the open platform design and excellent cut quality, these machines deliver a precise, uniform cut, regardless of who’s driving – now every operator can be your best operator.”

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organisation dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Each year the Society announces and presents the AE50 awards at the ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky in February.

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Jacobsen Begins a New Era with the AR530 Rough Mower

Jacobsen Begins a New Era with the AR530 Rough Mower

Jacobsen has started a new era of end-user focused products with the launch of the AR530 rough mower.

The AR range has been redesigned from the ground up with the focus on re-establishing Jacobsen’s commitment to engineering best in class mowers with their famous quality of cut.

To achieve this, customers and dealers participated in one of the largest ever research programmes commissioned at Jacobsen to establish the everyday challenges greenkeepers and groundsmen face. The results focused on features, quality and durability. These were crucial elements in the design process for Jacobsen Product Manager, Lee Frie.

Lee explained: “We had a machine that did well in the market, and we learnt a lot in seven years, so this was really a ground-up redesign of a good machine that we wanted to make better.

“We wanted to improve the experience of cutting with the AR and the results you get from it, and I think operators are going to find quite a bit different about this machine. We’ve improved the cut quality as well as the after cut appearance with grass clipping dispersal. We’ve also improved the traction system, so it does a fantastic job of climbing and side hill performance.

“The ergonomics are greatly improved, and it’s much easier for operators to get on and off because you don’t have to climb over the units. All of the controls are at the user’s finger tips, so it’s very easy to operate, and I think they are going to see a vast improvement.”

Nothing has been taken for granted during the redesign, and that includes the quality of cut. The new AR models are available with five or seven floating 58cm articulated contour rotary decks, with the AR530 providing a cutting width of 2.3m and the AR730 – which is due to launch in September 2020 – 3.15m.

The new TrueDeck design uses smaller decks to follow tight undulations and provides the best power per width of cut ratio on the market. This eliminates clumping and produces a better after cut appearance while height of cut adjustments can be made quickly and easily.

To harness the cut quality, the traction system has been enhanced to a best in class standard using SureTrac II 4WD. This parallel-cross diversion hydraulically powered traction system, with momentary 4WD differential lock, provides superior traction when climbing difficult contours and slide slopes by transferring power from the wheel that slips to the one that grips. Using this system allows the AR to glide over hilly terrain with acute undulations while giving an even cut by utilising the weight transfer system.

The sound level of the machine has been lowered to make it quieter for the operator and to reduce passer-by noise. Vibration has also been looked at in detail. Overall operator exposure to vibration is a health and safety requirement but that aside it is often a subtle thing, and it can make users feel tired during their working day, but with the reduced vibration levels, using the AR minimises operator fatigue.

The seat position and InCommand II control system have all been adjusted for maximum comfort and productivity while the new step design has been installed to make getting on and off the machine significantly easier.

All of these features have been combined into a Stage V compliant unit that has been assembled with a commitment to high-quality engineering and a promise of outstanding performance and service.

For a demonstration of the new AR530, contact your local Jacobsen dealer or visit https://www.jacobsenbuilt.com/.

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Campey Makes Weed Control Emissions Free with the AllTrec Tool Carrier

Campey Makes Weed Control Emissions Free with the AllTrec Tool Carrier

The 100% electric AllTrec Tool Carrier from Campey Turf Care Systems has made weed control CO2-emissions free.

Weed control is an essential task in almost every groundsman, greenkeeper, contractor and landscapers schedule, and the AllTrec with Air E-Variator or Weed Brush has made it quicker, easier and emissions-free.

The E-Variator is one of four attachments currently available for the AllTrec Carrier and it has been specifically designed for weed management on large paved and semi-paved surfaces. It works both preventively and repressively, saving up to 70% of its own energy through re-use – better known as the patented advanced air recycling system.

The unique variable airflow function (ADS) enables the machine to work in corners and around obstacles in just one pass, with operators able to fully control the attachment using the digital control screen. LPG tanks used for the E-Variator Weed Burner can be mounted to the back of the AllTrec, with a connection available for the automatic tank heater to prevent them from freezing. The closed burner system with heat recovery has gas reduction of no less than 60% and an automatic temperature regulation of 380C.

Weeds can also be removed using the 70cm Weed Brush, which is electrically powered with three brush speeds and controlled using the onboard joystick. It can be hydraulically adjusted to any angle and used for a full day without any worry of batteries running out. All batteries come with a three-year warranty and have a lifetime of + – 2500 charge discharge cycles. The 48VDC battery uses LifePO4 technology with a capacity of 20kwh or an optional 30kwh, with onboard charging taking 4-8 hours.

The power produced from the battery means the AllTrec can also be operated using the mower or hedge cutter attachments. The hedge cutting attachment has a 75cm working width with electric motors directly powering the blades which have speeds from 2000-3000rpm. The deck is controlled using a joystick and is easy to manoeuvre for a comfortable and effective days work. The mowing deck comes in optional cutting widths of 130cm or 180cm with a variable height of cut from 30-110mm, making it perfect for use on regularly maintained grass or overgrown vegetation. When cutting with the four-blade 180cm deck, the battery will typically last for 6-8 hours and 7-9 hours using the three-blade 130cm deck.

A large-action radius and highly efficient attachments combined with low operation and maintenance costs make the AllTrec perfect for use in urban environments, sports complexes, holiday resorts and parks by contractors, local authorities and landscapers.

For more information on making your weed control operation 100% electric and emissions free, contact Campey at info@campeyturfcare.com.

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Evian Championships 2020

Evian Championships 2020

If you are interested in applying or need more information, please contact Peter Wisbey at pwisby@btinternet.com or telephone Peter on 0044 7849 659254

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CLUB CAR LAUNCHES ITS MOST VERSATILE UTILITY VEHICLE: THE CARRYALL 502

CLUB CAR LAUNCHES ITS MOST VERSATILE UTILITY VEHICLE: THE CARRYALL 502

– Designed by superintendents for superintendents –

The new Carryall 502 from Club Car is the next generation turf utility vehicle, integrating the strong 30-year tradition of the Carryall range with all of the versatile features a modern superintendent might need.

Club Car, a global leader in golf, consumer and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand®, interviewed over 400 golf course superintendents during the design phase of the Carryall 502, specifically tailoring the vehicle to effectively manage golf course maintenance.

One of the key features superintendents asked for was greater visibility. The Carryall 502 therefore boasts the best visibility in the industry, with the widest windscreen in its class and a lowered dashboard to allow for better view of the turf.

The vehicle’s new monsoon canopy with integrated water management is also the widest in its class. It is designed to protect both occupants and equipment from inclement weather, while draining water off to the sides of the vehicle to help protect the rear box.

Other important factors superintendents commented on were space and storage within the vehicle. This led Club Car to design a more spacious occupancy area, with plenty of leg room and enough floor space to easily fit a seed spreader. The dashboard also features large storage areas that can fit a range of equipment and tools, as well as two USB charging ports and a multi-use drinks/tool holder.

Marco Natale, Vice President EMEA at Club Car, said: “We didn’t want to make assumptions about what golf course superintendents need from their utility vehicles. For us, it was important this vehicle works for them every day on the ground, and that’s why we went to them directly.

“The result, which we are immensely proud of, is the most efficient, reliable, comfortable and tailored vehicle in its class, with the customer’s needs right at the heart of its design.”

Other key features of the Carryall 502 include:

• A 14 horsepower gas engine with closed loop EFI engine, or an electric zero-emission option with Trojan T145 extended range batteries
• A rustproof aircraft grade aluminium frame, chassis and cargo box with Rhino lining to deaden sound, along with best-in-class ergonomics
• A total vehicle capacity of 1,200 lbs. (544 kg)
• Optional LED headlights
• An exclusive Versitach attachment system, providing security for tools while traveling

For more information about Club Car, visit: https://www.clubcar.com

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A Successful Conference for the Bulgarain Golf Greenkeepers Association

A Successful Conference for the Bulgarain Golf Greenkeepers Association

On 08.11.2019г. The Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association held its Annual Conference for greenkeepers, groundsmen and landscaper contractors at “St. Sofia Golf Club & SPA” near the capital Sofia. 46 people attended the event. The great interest showed that the Association turned into a real barometer and repository of knowledge for the turf industry in Bulgaria. The program was mainly focused on the groundsmenship but in the same time the greenkeeper topics were even more inspirational. Ben Connell`s presentation (Head groundsman Ipswich Town F.C., UK) was the reason the event to gain such a high interest among his Bulgarian colleagues.

The conference started as usual with a welcome speech of its Chairman – Yavor Atanasov. He presented to the audience the ideas and the future challenges set in font of BGGA. He also emphasized the way the Association became a leading educational pillar for the turf industry in Bulgaria. The chairman introduced the new board member – Ventsislav Nikov (Education & PR officer of BGGA). The members had the honour to be welcomed by the Golf director and a Manager of Bulgarian Golf Association with whom both Association is working closely for developing the golf in the country.
The conference started with the European Sales Manager of Indigrow – Richard Poskitt. The company became an official sponsor since 2019. Richard demonstrated positive attitude for the future work with BGGA. He introduced a wide range of products to the members which are easily available through his distributor for the country. The members showed a great interest in the products and saw variety of options to improve their turf conditions.
The conference continued with Ben Connell – Head groundsman of Ipswich Town F.C., UK. Ben contributed greatly to success of the event sharing all his knowledge for proper maintenance, his cons and pros for real success. The members were very impressed by the honest and very open minded person in front of them. He was not afraid to answer all challenging questions and Ben turned out to be a Big friend to everyone.
In the coffee breaks and during the lunch time, characterised with very delicious gourmet food, the members were very enthusiastic and were really inspired. The discussions were endless.

The Conference was attended by Dean Cleaver (Executive Officer of FEGGA). He is a member of our growing family with the years. He opened the mind and the eyes to the members for future opportunities and individual education options abroad. It was obvious the willingness for future work between BGGA and FEGGA. The partnership so far between both organisations has been very productive and there are many new coming opportunities are open for the BGGA members.
Last but not least the word was given to Bruce Jamieson – The Toro Company Agronomist. He introduced know-how methods of greens renovation for UK which were unknown so far in Bulgaria. The BGGA members were more than happy from the shown and really inspired from the new methods.

In the end the chairman of BGGA thanked to all attendants. He said few hints for the future plans of the Association and certificates were submitted to all participants in the Annual Conference. A group photo was taken on the balcony of the club house at St. Sofia Golf Club & SPA”.
Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association keeps showing its unique presence in the Bulgarian turf market as the only educational body at world class. This year event was announced by the members as the best so far. This makes us very happy and satisfied and thrive us going forward together – organizers, sponsors and members.

Sincerely yours,
Yavor Atanasov

С уважение,
Явор Атанасов

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Up for The Cup at Gleneagles

Up for The Cup at Gleneagles

Gleneagles will hold a unique position in golfing history when the biggest event in women’s golf concludes this weekend, by becoming the first venue in Europe to have hosted both The Solheim Cup and The Ryder Cup (in 2014).

As the Gleneagles and volunteer greenkeeping teams led by golf courses manager Craig Haldane, together with director of agronomy and estates Scott Fenwick, put the finishing touches to the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, John Deere and local dealer Double A are equally busy behind the scenes.

The greenkeeping team at Gleneagles has risen to 100 people, with tournament standard conditioning also extending to The King’s Course, which is hosting The Junior Solheim Cup, and The Queen’s Course, which remains open for member and VIP visitor play during the week.

John Deere is the official golf course and turf maintenance machinery event partner to Gleneagles for this 16th biennial edition of The Solheim Cup. The company has a long association with professional golf, having been a title sponsor on the PGA Tour, official supplier to the PGA Tour for over 25 years, official supplier to the Ladies European Tour and a partner at numerous Solheim Cup events.

In addition, John Deere is partnering Gleneagles by exclusively providing golf course maintenance machinery and ancillary equipment for use across all three championship golf courses.

“We are very grateful for the support from our local dealer Double A as we’ve been gearing up the John Deere fleet ahead of the tournament,” says Craig Haldane. “Typically we aim to maintain all three courses at a very high level all year round, but we’ve upped the ante for The Solheim Cup.

“Closing the course three weeks prior to the event has allowed it to recover from any stress and provided additional time to prepare and introduce a higher frequency of cut. By fine tuning our existing practices we’ve been able go up another level in terms of a quality cut and finish for the tournament.

“We’re also very fortunate to benefit from the extra resources and experience provided by the volunteer greenkeepers supporting our team this week. Eight of the 52 volunteers are women, who have joined our own Laura Campbell and BIGGA’s head of membership services Tracey Maddison to help with the course preparations, so it’s fitting that we can showcase the equal role women play in our industry, especially during The Solheim Cup.”

Carlos Aragones, John Deere European turf sales & marketing manager, adds: “The Solheim Cup is one of the biggest events on the 2019 sporting calendar and we are delighted to be a part of it. We are also proud of our collaboration with Gleneagles in helping to prepare the course for such a prestigious tournament.”

In 2019 John Deere and its dealers are supporting more than 10 major tournaments in the UK and Ireland, every month from the Betfred British Masters at Hillside Golf Club in May to The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in September. This involves providing specialist support staff and more than 150 machines including walk-behind and ride-on greens mowers, tees & surrounds, fairway and rough mowers, compact tractors and Gator utility vehicles.

“Traditionally we work closely with the individual club’s course managers and greenkeeping teams to help keep all the machines in the fleet serviced and ready for work each day, and ensure all cutting units can achieve the highest possible quality of cut,” says John Deere Limited turf division manager Chris Meacock. “This partnership approach helps everyone to achieve the best possible results where they matter, out on the course, and keep things running as smoothly as possible throughout the event.”

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