STRI have joined forces with Instituut voor Sportaccommodaties (ISA) in the Netherlands to develop a specialist golf unit located at the ISA in Papendall. The new unit will provide an advisory and consultancy service for Dutch golf clubs.
ISA is an independent division of the Netherlands Olympic Committee and Netherlands Sports Confederation, an umbrella organisation for sports in the Netherlands. ISA specialise in consultancy and research for indoor and outdoor sports facilities. The long-established relationship between STRI and ISA has prompted the formation of this new specialised golf unit.
STRI’s association with golf in the Netherlands dates back to 1930 when a visit was made to Kennmer Golf & Country Club in Sandvoort. The Club is still a subscriber of STRI. There has also been a long-standing relationship between STRI and the Netherlands Golf Federation.
The new unit will enable STRI to provide an improved local service with a Dutch speaking agronomist. With a permanent site in Papendall which includes laboratory facilities for testing and analysis, travelling expenses will be lower, reducing the cost of advisory visits, and time will be saved, increasing efficiency.
All consultancy contracts will remain between STRI and the Dutch golf clubs. STRI will also provide technical back-up, training and development and on-going support to the staff of the new unit. ISA will provide the club with the agronomic visit and other support services. STRI will retain full responsibility for the advice offered by ISA and English copies of the reports, where appropriate, will be sent to STRI for discussion before despatch to the clubs.
The contractual arrangement between STRI and ISA will strengthen considerably the STRI consultancy services offered to Dutch golf clubs and ensure that clients benefit from the combined skills of both organisations.