European Institute of Golf Course Architects - Email Newsletter


Over 700 venues across 46 countries participated in Women’s Golf Day on 6th June. In support of this initiative, Kari Haug, EIGCA Associate Member, has written a series of three articles with her answers on how the golfing industry can all work together to make the sport more appealing to female golfers.
We also have an article from Toro’s Andy Brown on Fleet Management and one by EIGCA Member David Williams on his intriguing solution to fitting 18 holes onto five greens.

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Ross McMurray


New President Ross McMurray looks forward to continuing the legacy of Past Presidents in growing and developing the Institute in his President’s Message, and in a new ‘Pulse check’ feature, members express their views on the review of playing aids and green-reading materials by The R&A and USGA.

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Jebel Sifah GC

Members News

We are pleased to report that one of our members has received the 5-Star Professional Award from the PGAs of Europe, while another has influenced Iceland’s decision to abandon the 18-hole requirement for golf championships. Members’ projects underway at the moment include the opening of Jebel Sifah Golf Course and New Giza, renovation work at Buckinghamshire, restoration work at St George's Hill, and the near completion of a course in Turkey.

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Royal Automobile Club

Patron and Partner News

The R&A, together with the USGA, are now Working Towards a Single World Handicap System, and have also issued a Joint Statement Regarding Green-Reading Materials.
Our Gold Partner, Toro, has signed an agreement with Jumeirah Golf Estates to supply them with course maintenance equipment. In Silver Partner news, Jacobsen celebrates ten years of partnership with GEO, and John Deere helps prepare Royal Birkdale for The Open.
We also have news from our Bronze Partners John Greasley, MJ Abbott, CMF Global, Asian Golf Construction, and Atlantic Golf Construction.

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Library Books

Resource Centre News

In this issue the Research Spotlight is on Preventing Groundwater Contamination– which was the subject of a recent enquiry. You can also catch up on Articles You May Have Missed.
We have added three new books to the collection: Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses, Golf Tourism, and The Centurions of Golf: 100 English Courses celebrating 100 years of golf. I chanced upon the last title while searching for something else on Amazon – it is an interesting account of the history of golf as told through the development of golf courses. They are all available to borrow from the Library.
The EIGCA Library has over 1500 books and journals, most of which are available to borrow. The Librarian can help you with any research you may need using materials in the collection or by online searching.

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