visits being subsidised
by the R & A
year the R & A , as part of its role in improving the facilities for golf,
instigated a pilot scheme with the Welsh Golfing Union inviting it to submit the
details of ten Golf Clubs which it felt would benefit from the receipt of agronomy
advice. The ten Clubs chosen were ones that would otherwise be unlikely to afford
such advice. The WGU, being keen to participate in this initiative, submitted
nominations to the R & A. These in turn were passed on the STRI, who are their
official agronomists, and they are conducting the advisory visits on their behalf.
visits are now underway, with each Club receiving one visit per year for a three
year period. The Clubs will also receive a written report with detailed recommendations
after each visit. Richard Dixon, Secretary of WGU, stated that he was delighted
with initiative the R & A are taking and he is sure it will benefit the selected
Clubs. He further hoped that it will encourage other Clubs who do not currently
take professional agronomic advice to consider doing so in the future.
year, the initiative is being extended to the Scottish Golf Union who are currently
collating a list of twenty Clubs to receive this service. An extension to the
scheme will be considered once reactions to the benefits of these initiatives
have been evaluated.