Date: Thu 05 Jan 2017

EIGCA Members gather for CPD Seminar

Members of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects met with Industry Partners at the Sofitel Hotel at Gatwick to discuss aspects of bunker liners and the use of social media.

Charlie Greasley, Kerr Rowan, Lee Strutt, Tom Mackenzie and Caspar Grauballe

Charlie Greasley, Kerr Rowan, Lee Strutt, Tom Mackenzie and Caspar Grauballe

Twenty three members attended the two day programme which included seminars, workshops and plenty of time to socialise with fellow architects and our industry partners.

The seminars covered different bunker liners and was kicked off with Lee Strutt, Golf Course Manager at the Royal Automobile Club, who explained about the tests he had carried out prior to the reconstruction of the course´s bunkers. A lot of insight was presented to the process and valuable knowledge about the reasoning behind the choices for bunker lining and sand.

Charlie Greasley from our long standing Industry Partner John Greasley Ltd, followed with a presentation of their HyLine bunker liner which they have developed themselves. It is a puncture resistant liner that offers quick and effective installation.

Kerr Rowan, representing our new Industry Partner, Capillary Concrete, ended our bunker liner session. He presented the benefits and advantages to using their product in bunkers as well as a new use. The product can also be utilised as a sub-surface irrigation system for tees potentially saving water as there would be very little evaporation.

Lindsey Collumbell

Lindsey Collumbell

The second day started early with two seminars on the use of Social Media conducted by our award winning PR and marketing specialist, Lindsey Collumbell. Most of the attendants had a fairly limited use of social media prior to the seminars, but perhaps we'll see a change in this after the thorough introduction by Lindsey. Even President Tom Mackenzie found a social platform which he took a liking to after starting the day as a sceptic!

John Aherne, the founder of Golfgraffix, a new Industry Partner specialising in producing 3D flyovers and other digital graphics for golf courses, explained about a software package they have developed which makes it possible for architects to create almost instant 3D animations of proposals for clients and then, making changes quickly, with the images updated almost instantly.

Gavin Kelly from Profile Products delivered the final seminar. He presented porous ceramics as an inert rootzone amendment which can generate impressive results in improving the physical, chemical, and thereby the biological profile of a rootzone.

Gavin Kelly, John Aherne and Caspar Grauballe

Gavin Kelly, John Aherne and Caspar Grauballe

Kneale Diamond, now with Industry Partner Perrot, said “I was pleasantly surprised by the event, the quality of the presentations were the best I have heard in many years at these kind of events.”

Graham Humphries, of M J Abbott, commented “The Autumn seminars were extremely interesting and the talks provided some very thought provoking discussions which were good to be a part of.”

Former student, Gareth William, said “Over all it was a really good event. Staying up to date on construction products and industry trends is very important, and having the chance to discuss them with fellow golf course architects was really useful.”

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