STRI (formerly the Sports Turf Research Institute) will be conducting its 2 day training course “Running Golf Courses in the 21st Century” at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on 21st and 22nd January to coincide with the combined BTME and Golf Club Show. The course is specifically aimed at individuals involved in the management and administration of golf clubs including chairmen of green and secretaries.
In addition STRI will be launching two products and two new services to the golf market.
The long awaited revision of the 1996 “Golf Greenkeepers Training Manual – Theory Notes” will be released in CDRom format priced at £85 plus VAT. Designed for greenkeepers pursuing NVQ qualifications in amenity horticulture at sports turf level 2, the new CD has been approved by the Greenkeepers Training Committee.
The new format provides an interactive training programme with text searches and pop-up picture displays. The theory notes have been prepared in conjunction with the GTC Training Manual and are designed to meet the needs of the industry and the criteria laid down by N/SVQ qualifications.
Signed copies of STRI’s latest title in the ecology series “Studies in Golf Course Management” (£11.95) will be available at the Show. Written by Malcolm Peake, the book is based upon his personal experiences at Temple Golf Club. With full endorsement by the R&A, the new book has rapidly gained support across the industry and sales have reached over 300 copies since its release, almost matching sales of STRI’s annual best seller, “Care of the Golf Course.” A ‘Meet the Author’ session will be arranged during BTME for Malcolm to sign copies purchased at the Show.
The team running STRI’s new in-house irrigation services will also be present at the Show. Complimenting STRI’s turfgrass advisory and consultancy activities this new service provides independent support advice from one off feasibility studies to the design and project management of major contracts.
As an additional benefit STRI now offers ‘Medical Records’ to all clubs subscribing to their golf advisory services. This keeps a record of any problems caused by turfgrass pests and diseases and details of the control methods used. This enables clubs and their advisors to monitor the occurrence of any new diseases or changing patterns of established diseases.