Return of Sentosa Agronomy Superintendent Volunteer Programme

Andy Johnston
Andy Johnston

Singapore: Sentosa Golf Club is offering a unique opportunity for golf course superintendents to participate in the preparation and setting up of the award-winning Serapong Course for a top-level professional tournament.
One of the region’s most proactive clubs, the Asian Golf Industry Federation Golf Facility Member is organising a Sentosa Agronomy Superintendent Volunteer Programme.
The programme will take place from January 25-31 to coincide with the SMBC Singapore Open – a co-sanctioned event between the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation that will be headlined by world number one Jordan Spieth.
As well as helping out on the Serapong, attendees will get a first-hand look at the redesign and redevelopment work taking place on Sentosa’s Tanjong Course, aimed at turning it into a world-class facility that will be a draw for major tournaments in the future.
Andy Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, said: “These are exciting times for Sentosa Golf Club. In addition to the forthcoming Singapore Open, major works on our Tanjong Course have begun to transform it into a course that will exemplify the rigorous standards of modern golf.
“Meanwhile, we have already started preparing our Serapong Course for what will be the biggest local tournament of the year. The last time we hosted this programme back in 2012, we were tremendously impressed and grateful for the tireless efforts of our volunteers.
“I trust that we will once again have a fruitful programme. This year’s volunteer programme is designed to empower superintendents with rarely acquired tournament set-up conditions as well as several talks by notable industry professionals. There is never a better time to join us in this immersive agronomy journey.”
The new Tanjong will boast a state-of-art combination of Zorro Zoysia fairways and TifEagle greens. Construction work began at the start of November following a two-month ‘brown-out process’.
“We are excited to see our big plans being brought to life and would love to share them with other superintendents,” said Johnston, who will deliver an overview of the Tanjong Course redevelopment in the first of two presentations on January 26.
Jim Schumacher, President of Aqua Turf International, will then speak about the irrigation design for the Tanjong Course renovation project.
On January 27, Shannon Easter, Director of Golf Maintenance at Broken Sound Club in the heart of south Florida, will discuss ‘Organic waste digester/composter’.
The final presentation, entitled ‘Project Management for Tanjong Course Renovation Project’, will come from Owen Hester, President of Green Dynasty Golf Construction Management.
Rodney Mckeown, Sentosa’s Golf Course Superintendent, said: “The Superintendent Volunteer Programme is a special time for course superintendents from around the region to come together, learn and network with each other.”
The Golf Course Superintendent Association of America has endorsed the curriculum and shall offer CEU’s Certified Educational Units. These can be claimed and used for classification progress. At the end of each segment, superintendents will receive a certificate of achievement for use to claim the points.
For further information and details of attendance, please contact Adeline Yan at [email protected]

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