European Institute of Golf Course Architects - Email Newsletter


Spring is coming along nicely here in Surrey, with daffodils and cherry blossom out in full force. We hope the weather is kind wherever you are.

In this issue we have an article on Technology and Design by Paul Kimber, and a personal view of Tobacco Road Golf Course by Robin Hiseman. We’d like to include more of these ‘personal views’ so if any members have a favourite course they would like to write about, please send it to us.

We also have the first of our ‘Member Spotlight’ features, in which we look at the career of Peter Fjällman, who steps down from Council after twelve years’ service. Peter is the first member to have moved up through all categories of membership from student to Past President.

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Tom Mackenzie passes EIGCA Presidency to Ross McMurray


Last month we held our Annual Meeting in Puerto Banus, in Spain. Ross McMurray was elected President at the AGM, with Christoph Städler stepping in as Vice President. Nine new Partners were welcomed at the meeting, including three recent additions, and three others were presented with awards for their fifteen years of support.

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Naas GC 2nd

Members News

Two of our members have been busy with bunkers recently – one at Astbury and the other at Bruntsfield Links. Another has created a masterplan for St Anne's Golf Club in Ireland; and, also in Ireland, two members have implemented a masterplan at Naas Golf Club.

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John Deere Classic

Patron and Partners News

During the Annual Meeting week, our Gold Partner, Rain Bird, arranged a visit for a group of members to Valderrama. In Silver Partner News, the John Deere Classic was voted Tournament of the Year, while Better Billy Bunker continues to grow in Europe.

We also have news from our Bronze Partners Perrot, Capillary Concrete and Team Green.

FEGGA welcomes a new Chairman, EGCOA launch new vision 2020 Resources: ‘Forever: Golf that Lasts’, GEO features in a report on Global Goals for Sustainable Development and The R&A and the USGA publish research on driving distances in golf.

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Links books

Resource Centre News

In this issue the Research Spotlight is on Links Golf– we all know what that means, don’t we? You can also catch up on Articles You May Have Missed.

We have news of two publications from the Annual Meeting: Turfgrass Culture: a technical handbook, which was handed out by Bronze Partner Semillas Fito; and Blue Covenant: the global water crisis and the coming battle for the right to water, which was mentioned by Mohan Subramanian of Rain Bird. Both of these books are available to borrow from the Library.

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