London, England: The largest-ever programme of education at a turf industry event in Europe has been unveiled by the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).
Continue to Learn at BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) will feature more than 250 hours of education with guest speakers such as Neil Cleverly, Superintendent of the Olympic Golf Course in Rio, and the Course Managers and Superintendents responsible for hosting the last four Ryder Cups.
An integral part of BTME, Continue to Learn encompasses events for course managers, deputies and all levels of greenkeepers.
Workshops and sessions also cater for golf club managers, directors of golf, golf club owners and committee members.
More than 3,000 attendees are expected to descend upon the Harrogate International Centre and The Crown Hotel, Harrogate for the four-day series of events (January 15-18, 2017).
Hosted by BBC presenter Naga Munchetty, a highlight of Continue to Learn and BTME will be a talk on The Ryder Cup – Past, Present and Future. The event will feature the course managers from Ryder Cup venues Celtic Manor (2010), Medinah (2012), Gleneagles (2014), Hazeltine (2016) and Le Golf National (2018).
BIGGA Head of Member Development Sami Strutt said: “After nine months of detailed planning and consultation with BIGGA members, we are proud to announce the launch of the hotly-anticipated Continue to Learn at BTME 2017 education programme.
“BIGGA takes great pride in being able to offer our members and other golf industry professionals access to the best educational opportunities possible, and so I am delighted that we are able to offer our best-ever programme of events. There really is something for everybody.”
BIGGA members can benefit from seminar pre-booking and preferential rates for education events.
New events introduced this year following member feedback include: Dealing with Stress; Project Management; Introduction to Soil Microbiology; PA2 Refresher; Sustainable Grass for Golf; Greens Renovation and Irrigation Design. Many other topics are also covered.
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