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2023 FEGGA Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme Hosted by Kristianstad’s Golf Club, Sweden

2023 FEGGA Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme Hosted by Kristianstad’s Golf Club, Sweden

Introduction to the Programme

One major aspect of FEGGA’s work is providing opportunities for aspiring Greenkeepers to help develop and advance their careers. This opportunity at Kristianstad’s Golf Club provides a unique opportunity combining valuable work experience within a very experienced team led by Bevan Tattersall, coupled with an educational programme touching all aspects of Turf Management.  FEGGA are delighted to partner Kristianstad’s Golf Club in making this exciting programme available to aspiring Greenkeepers throughout Europe.

Are you looking to take that next step? Download the brochure and take a look at this career changing opportunity. 2023 Excellence in Greenkeeping Programme Brochure 2023

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Turfcare to run Virtual Roadshow – A great programme and speakers

Turfcare to run Virtual Roadshow – A great programme and speakers

FEGGA would like to support the upcoming Virtual Roadshow being run by one of its valued Patron Members “Turfcare” – A great programme and speakers…

To register in advance for this webinar: us06web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_

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Miklagard Golf – Smart Irrigation for a Short Season

Miklagard Golf – Smart Irrigation for a Short Season

Close to Oslo Airport and 25 minutes from Oslo City, Miklagard Golf is an 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones Junior-designed championship course that opened in 2001. An inland, parkland landscape with elevated greens protected by deep bunkers, Miklagard is rated one of the top 100 golf courses in Europe and has hosted the European Challenge Tour, the Canon Pro Series and the Turkish Airlines World Golf Series.

Miklagard means ‘great city’ and is the Viking name for Constantinople (Istanbul) and in keeping with its Nordic heritage, all the club’s holes are named after Norse monarchs and deities.

Following construction of a new five-star hotel which began in 2018, a Rain Bird irrigation system was installed by contractor Nelson & Vecchio as part of a course remodelling by (re)GOLF and the Robert Trent Jones design team in 2019 to relocate the driving range, 18th hole and five new holes. Groundworks took a while longer to complete than planned given the Covid-19 pandemic, which restricted travel in and out of Norway, but finally, in January 2022, Golf Course Manager Duncan Bruce took over the golf course and its new irrigation system.

The hybrid system now in place combines decoders in block formation on the old course, with a new Rain Bird® IC System™ on the six new holes, all controlled by one Rain Bird Central Control with a Rain Bird Global Support Plan providing back up.

As the season in Norway is short and intense, Duncan explains that it’s been a steep learning curve since the start of the year; getting to know the holes, levelling heads where winter frosts had moved the ground as well as putting the finishing touches in place, fine-tuning the way the system performs in a short season.

Having had a dedicated irrigation technician previously at Losby Golf & Country Club, Duncan created a brand-new position and recruited a new member of staff to his team, Rudolfs Vaivods, solely dedicated to irrigation and with considerable irrigation experience. Rudolfs’ appointment brings expertise that will help Duncan’s wider team to realise the ambitions of the new General Manager and club to further improve the course and playing experience.

“The new system is more accurate. On the old holes, you had to have three heads on at the same time. What we have now, for example, are 64 sprinklers (rotors) on the 18th fairway alone, giving us the ability to fine-tune the irrigation down to a single sprinkler which makes our water use more efficient. We’ve really noticed too how the climate is shifting. It’s intense anyway in Norway given the brief season. In summer it can be very hot, 30 degrees in the shade and with 21 hours of sunlight. We begin to winterise the system in mid-October, to shut it down for the long Norwegian winter and even then, it can vary wildly, from minus 10 to plus 10 degrees. In the winter here, there is no sunlight and where we used to have snow, in recent years there has been more ice than snow, which can actually be more damaging.

Coming from the UK, that stark difference was a real eye opener for me to begin with. In the UK, managing the course is a continuous process and you’re able to build on what you’ve done the previous season. Here, it’s completely different and you have to start afresh every year. There’s no continuity as, come spring, you literally have to start over. Winters can be bad in the UK of course, but not in quite the same way. The challenge is squeezing everything into a shorter season where there’s very little leeway anyway. Golfers can play here right through till 11.30pm with the long, light evenings and play starts again at 8am.

One of the challenges that all courses are facing now is the rising cost of electricity. There is a lake at Miklagard so while the water is free, running the pumps uses power which is becoming more expensive. Having an efficient irrigation system that limits unnecessary water use and corresponding pump activity will play an increasingly important role in our cost management. That’s where the mobile interface has also proved to be very helpful when it comes to managing irrigation and our time. What we’re dealing with at Miklagard is literally two courses in one – so the Rain Bird hybrid system allows us to manage the new and the old technologies together in a smarter, more efficient way”.

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Club Car launches street-legal electric utility vehicle

Club Car launches street-legal electric utility vehicle

Club Car, a world-leading manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles, has unveiled its new homologated vehicle, the Club Car Urban N1.

Featuring an ergonomic design, superior handling, 1-ton load capacity and quick acceleration with a top speed of 55kph, the Urban N1 is the perfect utility vehicle solution.
“The launch of our new Club Car Urban N1 is an exciting step forward in the European utility market where demand for sustainable transportation has been growing,” said Mark Wagner, President of Club Car. “The Urban N1 is ideally suited to satisfy the large municipal and commercial demand for a wide range of uses and applications. With Club Car’s more than 60 years of innovation and reputation for high-quality vehicles, our customers will benefit from a safe, 100 % electric and low-cost solution to industrial and commercial on-road transportation.”

In addition to the versatility of configurations available, one of the many benefits of the Club Car Urban is the low operational costs. The innovative lithium battery technology enables fast and efficient charging, reducing operating expenses. On top of operational savings, the N1 may be eligible for further cost savings through electric vehicle tax rebates. The vehicle also sets the standard for safety in its class, with customers benefitting from its automotive-grade safety features and extensive testing process.

Marco Natale, Vice President of EMEA at Club Car, said: “Our new Urban N1 will be transformational in cities and tourist destinations across EMEA. The compact cargo design offers easy access to tight spaces, narrow roads, and the ability to drive in and around landmarks, parks, hotels and events. Our customers in Europe and beyond can now take advantage of the many benefits of operating a street-legal, zero-emission, low-cost fleet.”

Visitors to the 2022 Salonvert in France, were given a preview of the Club Car Urban N1 that was on display during the country’s leading fair for green spaces and landscapes.

Following the acquisition of Garia and Melex in early 2022, Club Car has been steadily growing its line of compact vehicles for utility applications, including public sector, facility management, leisure and outdoor and last-mile delivery.

The Club Car Urban N1 will be available across the EU through Club Car’s broad commercial dealer network, providing customers with an exceptional Club Car experience. Full details are available at www.clubcarurban.com.

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Bob Randquist, GCSAA’s chief operating officer retires

Bob Randquist, GCSAA’s chief operating officer retires

Bob Randquist, CGCS, the chief operating officer (COO) for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), has announced he will retire on October 15.

In his time as COO, Randquist managed a broad and complex array of functions and facilitated multiple projects to meet the objectives of the association. While he represented GCSAA and maintained relationships with industry and allied partners, his main focus was on internal stakeholders and being an integral part of the headquarters’ culture.

Randquist joined the GCSAA staff in May 2018 after 20 years serving as director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Florida. As a superintendent, Randquist was a highly engaged GCSAA member and served as the association’s president in 2011. He has been a GCSAA member for 46 years and became a certified golf course superintendent in 1985.

“Serving GCSAA and its members has allowed me to further contribute to an organisation and membership that provided the educational and professional development opportunities that helped me enjoy a successful career as a golf course superintendent,” Randquist said. “It has been a pleasure to work with CEO Rhett Evans, the GCSAA board and all the GCSAA team members. I know that their efforts will continue to help our members increase their skills, professionalism and earn recognition for the work they are so passionate about.”

Randquist graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. While training in engineering, he spent his college years working on the crew at Trosper Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City. Upon graduating, he was offered the assistant superintendent position at Trosper Park GC, and his career path was set.

In addition to his staff and board roles at GCSAA, Randquist also served the golf industry in other organisations. On the local level, he served on the board of the Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents Association and was president of the Oklahoma Golf Course Superintendents Association and Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation. Randquist served on the USGA Green Section Committee for 27 years and has been honored by the USGA with its Ike Grainger Award, which recognises 25 years of volunteer service.

Randquist shared his expertise with others as a seminar instructor for the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show and has been a speaker at industry events for organisations around the world, including the USGA, PGA of America, Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association.

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Bayer sells its Environmental Science Professional business for £2.3 billion

Bayer sells its Environmental Science Professional business for £2.3 billion

Biotechnology giant Bayer has agreed to sell its Environmental Science Professional business, which is behind several golf course maintenance products, to a private equity firm for just under £2.3 billion.

Global private equity company Cinven entered into a corresponding agreement with Bayer in March and the conditions for closing the transaction – including the receipt of regulatory approval – have now been met.

This means nearly 900 employees will transfer from Bayer to a divested business called Envu, which was set up this year. It is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, United States, and is active in over 100 countries.

“We thank the employees of Environmental Science Professional for their many years of commitment and the associated success of Bayer. In Cinven, we have found a strong new owner with a firm commitment to the long-term growth potential of the business and to its people,” said Rodrigo Santos, member of the board of management of Bayer AG and head of the Crop Science Division. “At the same time, we can concentrate on our core agricultural business and the successful implementation of our growth strategy in the Crop Science Division.” Bayer will use the net proceeds from the transaction to reduce its net financial debt.

“Envu is a global leader in a highly attractive and critical industry. We thank Bayer for the trust they have placed in Cinven and plan to build on the strong foundations established by Bayer by significantly investing in it,” said Pontus Pettersson, partner at Cinven. “Cinven is excited to build an independent, focused company and is well positioned to continue to drive innovation and accelerate growth, including the delivery of digital and data-enabled solutions, and to extend the product portfolio further by creating innovative and sustainable solutions for its customers.”

Envu says it offers dedicated services in golf and professional pest management and its portfolio consists of over 180 well-known brands.

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Portuguese Greenkeepers Association (APG) extend an invitation to attend their upcoming Conference.

Portuguese Greenkeepers Association (APG) extend an invitation to attend their upcoming Conference.

The Portuguese Greenkeepers Association (APG) extend an invitation to attend their upcoming Conference.
Please use the following link for signing up (https://forms.gle/52wy9neY5qVVTKRCA)

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FEGGA Promoting opportunities in Australia and New Zealand

FEGGA Promoting opportunities in Australia and New Zealand

Are you an experienced greenkeeper looking for some international experience? EnvoyGolf have seasonal jobs available now!

EnvoyGolf is currently welcoming all eligible candidates that are interested to work in the golf industry in Australia or New Zealand. We are looking for confident individuals with good interpersonal skills who are eager to learn. Candidates should have prior experience in greenkeeping, be responsible, punctual and ready for an adventure”

Interested…Take a look at the video and hear from greenkeepers that have already experienced the programme – envoygolf_international_video (1080p).mp4 – Google Drive

Here is the link to view Course Maintenance Jobs | EnvoyGolf  to the Course Maintenance information page. Candidates can click “apply” from within this page also.

Download the full brochure here –  EnvoyGolf Experienced Seasonal Casuals-3.pdf (1)

For further information, please contact Cameron Campbell

cameron@envoygolf.com

Tel: +61 402 169 240

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On 9th of September Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association held its Annual conference at Lighthouse Golf &  SPA Hotel, Balchik. A record number of 53 members, speakers and guests attended. There was a wide range of people representing 9 countries. The international group had the opportunity to play golf the day before on 8th of September and everyone was enjoying the fruitful evening for which the great hospitality of the hosts contributed much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conference was opened by Yavor Atanasov, Chairman of the Association. He shared last two years experience BGGA went through and how difficult it was for the industry. But definitely the interest in the Association becomes bigger from new sponsors and members.

The first speaker for the day was Olaf Bos from Barenbrug. He showed how the company he represents is working in favour of the turf industry trying to help out to fight with the challenges. Poa annua battle is always though and some of the members definitely had new ideas after the speech.

Next in row was Tedodor Dentchev (Toro Company) to introduce the new technologies on the market and innovations in the industry recently. The audience became excited from the presentation. The eager discussions that followed proved the high interest in this hot topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coffee break after brought many disccusions but the guys were eager to come back in the room for the next speakers – Stuart Tate and Gundars Vietnieks from Rain Bird. The practical experience they offered to the members and guests were highly valued. It proves that knowledge is vital for growing in the turf industry.

Daniel Jones and Andy Matthews took the lead after, representing TurfCare – one of the many new sponsors joining the Association. The new technologies in moisture measuring in combination with very promising wetting agent results showed a hint for the future – water saving management.

Group photo was taken after the first half of the day and before the lovely lunch held in the hotel restaurant. F&B manager made his best to impress the guest of Lighthouse Resort.

Knowing how tough is to bring people together after lunch Russell Riley (Sustane) made an exceptional work and grab the attention of the audience from the first minute. He intrigued with the unique products offered by his company and already available on the Bulgarian market.

Anamaria Lazar from Oxy Gazon was the next presenter. She made her second appearance this year in front of the members representing the biggest turf producer in Romania. She also showed know-how technologies in grassroofs and made everyone familiar with OxyTurf technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was hard to imagine that FEGGA executive officer (Dean Cleaver) would be out of the scene. Been already part of the BGGA family group for many years he is very well recognized before the event and eagerly expected. He gave the update on greenkeepers industry as well with some great FEGGA initiatives. He also presented the new draft EU regulation for pesticide free world of use. Many thoughts came after as expected.

After the last coffee break it was time for Indigrow to come on the stage. The company was represented by Valentin Varbanov (AvaPark) – the dealer for Indigrow for Bulgaria. He showed in an interesting way the company products and emphasized on the new technologies used in their unique products.

Unfortunately the next speaker Vladimir Petrov (Tech Sport Bulgaria) missed his flight and we could not enjoy his presentation.

The conference continued with Liran Yaniv presenting the American company Hunter Irrigation .He was happy to share his knowledge and introduce the new technologies of the company in front of the audience. Many questions raised up during the presentation which proved the members were still on the toe even in the end of the day.

In the end it was time for the traditional certificates of the attendance for everyone and the Chairman thanked the audience for the great venue everyone made together.

Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association set very high standards with this passing event. It was very well accepted and highly attended. The feedback was very positive and definitely encourages the board members to keep up the good work.

Yours sincerely,

Yavor Atanasov

 

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SUSTAINABLE GOLF WEEK DRIVES GREEN AGENDA FORWARD

SUSTAINABLE GOLF WEEK DRIVES GREEN AGENDA FORWARD

– Inaugural event designed to help reflect, celebrate & inspire industry efforts –

The first ever Sustainable Golf Week is taking place next month, hosted by GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf with its partners and collaborators globally to reflect, celebrate and accelerate industry efforts to build a greener future for the game.

Between Monday 3 October and Sunday 9 October inclusive, Sustainable Golf Week will spotlight golf’s achievements in sustainability; celebrate the eco-friendly actions of many golf courses, developers, designers, tournaments, players and companies; and promote what still needs to be done in this UN Decade of Action to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Under its #DrivingTheGreen theme across several mainstream and social media initiatives, Sustainable Golf Week will champion the work of leaders across the golf industry with inspirational examples and ideas on the practical steps that everyone involved in the sport can make to move the green agenda forward.

The week will focus on a number of key topics and parts of golf including – grassroots clubs and courses, tournaments, developments and innovations – with a range of daily highlights, features and social media posts. It will also help further engage golfers, raising awareness about how they and their clubs can make a difference in fostering nature, conserving resources, strengthening communities and taking climate action.

“Sustainable Golf Week provides an opportunity for people across the sport to connect around a common purpose – to make sure that golf becomes established as a credible global leader in sustainability and climate action,” said Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the international non-profit GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf. “It is about helping to bring some stronger collective focus to the issues, as well as building ever greater energy and momentum to golf’s contribution. We are excited about the ways in which this week can go on to be an ever-stronger catalyst for more action and visibility for golf and sustainability around the world,” he added.

Sustainable Golf Champion and 2023 Solheim Cup Captain Suzann Pettersen is among those supporting the week’s activities: “Many environmental issues are fundamentally important to our quality of life. So whilst taking action is vital for the future of golf, we also have to play our part amongst communities, in business and also with governments. We have to be at the forefront of the global movement in sustainable sport and equally we should take time to proudly celebrate our positive contributions,” she said.
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Leading partners and collaborators with GEO Foundation in the acceleration of sustainability in and through golf include The R&A, European Tour group, Ryder Cup Europe, Ladies European Tour, LPGA, The Toro Company, Dow, Vidauban Foundation, Visit Scotland, Galvin Green, Motocaddy, Provision Events, Sky Sports, IAGTO and some 50 industry federations and associations across 25 countries. The effort is closely aligned beyond golf, including UN Sport for Climate Action, The Gold Standard and ISEAL Alliance.

Demonstrating the reach and impact of the sustainable golf community, people and organizations in more than 75 countries are already part of a growing movement. Some of the pioneering courses, certified for many years, include: Ljunghusen GC in Sweden; Golfparc Zurichsee in Switzerland; Hirsala Golf in Finland; Koninklijke Haagsche G&CC in the Netherlands; Costa Rica Country Club; Canuelas GC in Argentina; Golf Della Montecchia in Italy; Golf du Rhin in France; Oslo GC in Norway; Royal Wellington GC in New Zealand; Berkhamsted GC and Burhill GC in England and St Andrews Links, Carnoustie and Royal Dornoch in Scotland.

To find out more about Sustainable Golf Week and GEO Foundation and how to get involved visit: sustainable.golf/sustainablegolfweek or follow @sustainablegolf on social media.

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