Going for green

A review of the Greenkeeping curriculum in the UK and Ireland is one of two SRUC-led projects being funded as part of a £650k initiative.

The R&A established Golf Course 2030 in 2018 to address the challenges posed by climate change, resource constraints and regulation on golf course conditioning and playability.

The initiative will also provide best practice in sustainability to those working in golf course management.

SRUC, which teaches Greenkeeping and Golf Course Management at its Elmwood campus, is one of seven organisations receiving grant awards over the next four years to run sustainability projects and develop solutions that can be shared with golf course managers, greenkeepers and organisations involved in the maintenance and conditioning of golf facilities around the world.

The first SRUC project will review education for the Greenkeeping workforce while the second project will look at the Greenkeeper/Golf Course Manager Profile.

Paul Miller, lecturer in Greenkeeping and Golf Course Management at Elmwood, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded these two projects as part of the Golf Course 2030 initiative, and to be making what we trust will be a valued contribution to the future sustainability of golf course management.”

Steve Isaac, Director – Sustainability at The R&A, said, “This marks our initial investment in research, education and communication projects in support of our Golf Course 2030 initiative. We are funding these projects to develop best practice in sustainability and provide solutions to golf course managers that will help to sustain and improve the standard of golf course conditions and playability for the benefit of those who enjoy the sport.

“The results of the projects being funded will contribute significantly towards meeting the aims of Golf Course 2030 and provide insights to the golf industry as we consider how to address the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate, resource constraints and regulation on golf course management.”

Posted by SRUC on 10/01/2020

Tags: Golf, Funding and Grants, Elmwood
Categories: Sustainability | SRUC and Campuses