Twenty-one course managers and deputies from the south east of England, plus representatives from Ransomes Jacobsen and their dealers for the region, met at the Royal Berkshire Hotel at Sunninghill near Ascot recently for the third ‘Evening with …’ event, organised by the Ipswich-based turf equipment manufacturer.
The previous two events featured presentations by senior staff from the Pebble Beach Company, and this year the speakers were the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf, Chris May, and his Director of Golf Course Management, Craig Haldane.
Dubai Golf are responsible for the management of Emirates Golf Club, the first grass golf course in the UAE when it opened in 1988, along with Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Al Mouj Golf Club in Oman.
Following a convivial dinner, Chris May began his presentation by describing the development of the three golf courses and the principles of Dubai Golf’s management philosophy for the prestigious resorts. He also provided an insight into the two major events hosted by Emirates Golf Club, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters.
Craig Haldane then took the floor and spoke at length about his turf and tournament management practices and the pressure of preparing the Majlis course for the two major championships, with limited time between the events. He stressed to his audience that he was never satisfied with his course preparation and would always look to be innovative in an attempt to improve every facet of the facilities under his remit.
The evening concluded with a question and answer session, where the assembled turf professionals sought more information or clarification of some of the points raised.
Commenting at the end of the evening Gareth Roberts, Course Manager at Hankley Common Golf Club said, “This is the third event I’ve attended, and each one has been fascinating in its own way. Chris and Craig’s presentations provided an intriguing and interesting insight into their careers, agronomic practices and the challenges they face maintaining these high profile facilities. Our thanks go to the Jacobsen team for making this possible; great presentations and a thoroughly enjoyable evening!”
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