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BAGCC members to meet new challenges

12.25am 26th January 2007 - People

Members and guests of Land Drainage Contractors Association, British Turf & Landscape Irrigation Association, Turfgrass Growers Association, National Turfgrass Foundation and British Association of Golf Course Constructors attended the British Seed Houses sponsored evening during Harrogate Week, enjoying BSH hospitality and an excellent speech by Ronan Rafferty the former European Tour and Ryder Cup player who is now involved with broadcasting and golf course design.

During the evening one of the founder members of the BAGCC, Brian D Pierson, was asked to say a few words about the future of the Constructors’ association. He explained that the Association chairman, Ted Awcock has recently stepped down, and that the membership has been holding informal talks about the future of BAGCC.

The overwhelming majority of the nearly twenty members and associates has agreed that the BAGCC needs to go through a process of restructuring. It is felt that with continuing European Directives, Health & Safety Issues along with both Insurance and CDM regulations, all those involved in new construction work and/or the increasing number of renovations to existing courses face serious challenges.

The feeling within BAGCC is that now would be an opportune time to revisit the responsibility of golf course constructors and their clients. It may well be that, with BAGCC approaching its 30 anniversary, now is the time for change and repositioning. The members and associates would welcome any input and comment from others within the golf industry and Brian Pierson has agreed to collate these contributions which should be sent by email to

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