Major new research project unveiled by STRI and BIGGA

Golf course managers and greenkeepers are being given the opportunity to determine the direction of an innovative new research programme led by STRI in association with BIGGA.

The Golf Research Enterprise (GREEN) is aimed at identifying and developing solutions to the problems facing golf course professionals now and in the future.

The project is fully funded by the STRIas part of its commitment to supporting the industry. Results from the study will be made available to all.

Dr Ruth Mann, head of global research at STRI, said: “The Golf Research Enterprise will give all golf turf managers the opportunity to influence decisions on where research in the future should be focused. I’m really looking forward to working with greenkeepers to discover how we can address these challenges and further enhance golf course management.

"Through this initiative, alongside our efforts with the Golf Environment Awards and research days, STRI continues to support the greenkeeping industry with education, research and information.”

Crucially, the decision as to what GREEN researches is down to greenkeepers. BIGGA members are being encouraged to tell the STRI about the burning issues on their golf course by logging onto and completing a short questionnaire survey.

The results will be collated, with those of greatest concern prioritised. This list will then be discussed at BTME 2020.

Depending on the nature of the research programme that is instigated, BIGGA members may have the opportunity to be a part of the GREEN research programme by completing parts of the research objective on the golf course under the guidance of STRI. Anyone willing to be a part of this process should indicate so on the returned questionnaire.

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: “What makes the Golf Research Enterprise different from those initiatives that have come before it is that greenkeepers are being placed at the very heart of the project. BIGGA members have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the research and they will also be able to play an active role in any trials and practical studies that arise.

“In such a rapidly-changing industry, it’s vitally important that there’s clarity in the advice being given to our members.

“If we are to meet the ever-rising challenges of golf course management, we need to have answers to the questions that are being asked and so this initiative from the STRI is very welcome.”

Research results will be updated in seminars at BTME and STRI Research Days, online and via social media and through articles in Greenkeeper International and STRI’s Bulletin.

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