The European Institute of Golf Course Architects will mark the fifth anniversary of the amalgamation of the former British, French and European Golf Course Architects Societies by holding a celebratory Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Home of Golf between 13th and 17th April 2005.
The venue for the celebrations will be The Old Course Hotel, which will play host to over 150 of Europe’s leading golf course designers, builders, superintendents and ecologists. Also in attendance will be representatives of the EIGCA’s patrons, the R&A, the European Tour and the European Golf federation as well as guests from the United States Golf Association and the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects. It is likely to be one of the largest gatherings ever organized of those who work in the development of golf courses.
The Conference, to be held on Friday 15th, will include contributions from invited golf course architects from the USA, Australia and China as well as a workshop relating to golf course design and the environment led by The R&A and by two of the world’s most eminent consultant ecologists.
EIGCA President, Mark Adam, said, “The EIGCA consider environmentally friendly and sensitive design to be the cornerstone of our professional work. The golf course development industry has recently made huge strides in recognizing the benefits not just of reducing the impact of golf on the environment but also taking the opportunity to actually improve bio-diversity where it is appropriate. Our 5th Anniversary conference, sponsored by Toro, will aim to cement the importance of protecting and enhancing the natural environment during the golf course design process and beyond, through construction and future management”.
Following the conference the R&A will be marking this important event by holding a reception for all the delegates at the Old Course Hotel. The five day programme will also feature competitive golf on the Old and New Courses, for the Presidents Cup, as well as visits to Kingsbarns, St. Andrews Bay and Crail.