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R&A steps forward to promote golf sustainability in Asia

Story published at 12:43, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016


(from left) Micah Woods, Dominic Wall, Steve Isaac, Sam Thomas, Pirapon Namatra, Paul Jansen

(from left) Micah Woods, Dominic Wall, Steve Isaac, Sam Thomas, Pirapon Namatra, Paul Jansen

The R&A has successfully staged the second of six seminars to be held across Asia through to 2018. Geared to promoting sustainable golf course design, development and management in the region, this event was held in Thailand on March 10, 2016 at the Amata Spring Country Club.

The free to attend seminar attracted huge attention the golf industry, including local Thai and regional golf course operators, with a total of over 80 attendees. This seminar was aimed at course developers, owners, architects, general managers and superintendents, covering a wide range of topics and exploring opportunities within the sport to create a new platform for sustainable golf in Asia.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive The R&A, asserted: “For The R&A, sustainability is the financial, environmental, health and social viability of where golf is played. To achieve this, golf has to react to the challenges that it, and other businesses, face from economic, environmental, social and regulatory pressures. The end result is a sport that benefits everyone, bringing employment, protecting nature and providing healthy recreation.”

This seminar outlined how sustainability can be built into golf course designs, renovation and maintenance. The speakers provided a wealth of experience in delivering sustainable solutions through the implementation of well-founded practices.

Topics at the seminar were presented by industry-leading international and local speakers. The keynote speakers were Steve Isaac, Director – Golf Course Management, The R&A; Pirapon Namatra, Owner, Golf East; Micah Woods, Chief Scientist at Asian Turfgrass Center; Paul Jansen, Owner of Jansen Golf Course Design & Construction; and Sam Thomas, Golf Development Manager, Golf Environment Organization.  The seminar was chaired by Dominic Wall, Director – Asia Pacific at The R&A.

This Thailand leg of The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation and Maintenance in Asia has the ultimate aim of promoting responsible and practical approaches to golf course design, renovation and maintenance – highlighting the ongoing work of the industry in raising the standards of golf.

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