Kidd, golf courses and estates director at the world-renowned resort complex declared
the inaugural Gleneagles Turf Care Conference, sponsored by Textron Golf, Turf
& Specialty Products, "a resounding success".
to over 135 delegates at the conclusion of the three day conference he said, "The
conference has surpassed all my expectations and, without fear of contradiction,
I can say that it achieved all of its aims…and more. We had a diverse range of
delegates from all parts of globe and it provided the ideal forum for them to
expand their knowledge and understanding of the golf industry. The speakers, many
of whom had travelled from across the world, were first rate and question time
at the end of each session provided the opportunity for a lively debate on the
various issues raised."
Provost of Perthshire, Mike O’Malley, officially opened the conference, saying
that he was delighted that Gleneagles had been selected as the venue for the 2014
praised Jimmy Kidd for his dedication and resolve to ensure that the conference
went ahead before wishing everyone a successful three days.
speaker, Fred Green, the renowned golf course developer whose projects include
Nantucket Golf Club, Eagle Springs in Colorado and more recently the new Queenwood
Golf Club in London, expounded his philosophy on golf club development and the
impact of modern technology on course design.
was particularly concerned with the advances in club and ball design, suggesting
that a review would be necessary to ensure that all the major courses remain challenging
to the top professionals.
theme was continued later with course designer David McLay Kidd providing a fascinating
insight into designing courses that are challenging for the professional, while
remaining playable for the majority of golfing enthusiasts.
topics relating to other aspects of the design and management of a course were
discussed including grass types, the use of seed or turf, the future of turf maintenance
equipment, water sourcing and usage, and tournament preparation which included
an interesting case study from Paul Latshaw on his regime for the 2001 Walker
Thomas, of Barrelfield Golf, looked at project finance and management structures,
and George Sheils, consultant agronomist with PGA European Tour, spoke on the
use of fertilisers and maintenance procedures.
environmental issues including site planning, bio-diversity and wildlife management
were discussed, before the final session on marketing, promoting the business
and working with the media completed the conference.
delegates and guests also had the opportunity to relax and enjoy a round of golf
on one of the famous courses but the highlight of the social calendar was the
hospitality was overflowing as the Gleneagles Pipe Band beat the retreat on the
hotel lawn prior to the guests filing into the ballroom, bedecked in tartan, behind
a lone piper for dinner. The haggis was then ceremonially piped into the hall
and addressed in time-honoured fashion with a poem by Rabbie Burns.
Patrick, Sales Director at Textron concluded by saying, "Jimmy Kidd has been nurturing
this idea for the past three years and it didn’t take us long to accept his request
to support what has proved to an absolutely superb event. As principal sponsor
we are delighted with its success. Through Jimmy’s vision and the efforts of everyone
involved, this inaugural conference has achieved its goal by providing an international
perspective on golf course management and providing a forum where best practice
can be explored to the benefit of all the participants."