Johnston Design & Agronomy Joins Asian Golf Industry Federation

Andy Johnston.

Singapore: Johnston Design & Agronomy (JDA), specialists in golf course design, project management and agronomic services, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).

Led by Andrew Johnston and partner Matt Swanson, JDA has earned a reputation for delivering award-winning golf courses on time and on budget that are maintainable in tournament conditions daily.

“A well designed and built golf course is directly related to planning, communication and teamwork,” said Johnston, who has spent the past 10 years at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club.

“My hands-on approach as a team leader with a keen understanding of golf course operations allows me to design, construction manage and contribute to the grow-in process,” he added.

Initially retained at Sentosa to re-model the Serapong Course in 2006 and in 2010, Johnston went on to become the club’s Director of Agronomy before assuming the position as General Manager in 2013.

In 2016, he re-designed the club’s second major undertaking, producing a new layout for the Tanjong Course, implementing revolutionary technological and turf management tactics alongside design themes rivalling those at some of the world’s best layouts.

Currently he’s upgrading the Serapong Course, which is planned to re-open in late 2020 with ‘some small surprises’.

Johnston’s tenure at Sentosa has coincided with widespread international recognition, culminating in being named ‘World’s Best Golf Club’ in last year’s World Golf Awards.

Johnston and Swanson have worked together for more than 20 years on projects in Asia and the United States.

“Matt is an artist at heart and has used his creativity and vision to support the direction of our projects around the world,” said Johnston, adding that JDA’s services and agronomic course maintenance programmes are tailored to suit the needs of each property and client.

“We produce elite playing surfaces synonymous with our reputation. Our reputation is superseded by our commitment, passion and vision to excellence,” added Johnston, a Board Member of the AGIF.

Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Andy is among the most respected figures in the Asian golf industry. His contribution to improving standards of management and course conditioning and presentation has been immense.

“We’re pleased to welcome him and Johnston Design & Agronomy to the Federation as an Associate Business Member.”

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