Past Events


Spring Seminar 2013 The Island Golf Club



A crisp morning greeted the 96 delegates at The Island Golf Club in North County Dublin. After tea, coffee and registration delegates from Irish, Scottish, and British Links golf courses were treated to an extremely informative presentation by the retired Course manager of Carnoustie Golf Links, Mr. John Phil. John spoke of the history of greenkeeping, Carnoustie and his experiences encompassing preparation for several Open Championships, renovations and improvements in greenkeeping techniques and machinery. A question and answer session of current hot topics followed.


After a lovely lunch prepared by the Island golf club caterers everyone ventured out to the putting green where Barry Drennan of Reeltech gave a demonstration of a prototype pedestrian slit seeder. A hybrid of a pedestrian corer unit and a Vredo slit seeder. The RT600 looked to be an essential tool for Links Greenekeepers as they strive to maintain traditional Fescue dominant Links Greens.


Finally, Dave Edmondson, newly appointed Course Manager at The Island took everyone onto the course to see some renovation work on the 5th and 12th greens. He detailed the work ahead for him and his crew. An ardent fan of traditional links courses, Dave writes several blogs, most notably Life on the Links. or find him on twitter @festucaman.IMG_0094



Rosslare Golf Links hosted the 2012 Annual Conference.

There were three topics for their course walk, The Fescue Program, Coastal Erosion and Protection, Construction work and ‘The Greenstester’!

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Iain Wakeman gave a detailed account of the Fescue Program at Rosslare Golf Club. Details included the Overseeding program to greens and aprons, top-dressing requirements, presentation of the links and future improvements including work carried out on 17 and 18 to recreate a mini dune structure, and the rough management program.


David Colley gave a brief history of the Coastal Erosion and Protection at Rosslare. On a windy and wet day delegates really got the feel for the force of the sea and nature.

Fintan Brennan demonstrated ‘The Greenstester’ on Rosslare’s 17th Green. A minor tool of the greenkeeper ‘the stimp meter’ is fast becoming out dated, and the ‘greenstester’ may well replace it. It gives more accurate readings of ball roll and trueness. Fintan hopes to launch the ‘Greenstester at GIS this year, 2013 and bring it to the American market.

After the Walk and Talk, there was a panel of experts assembled to answer questions from a floor of about 60 delegates. The panel included, Iain Wakeman (Rosslare), Gary Johnstone (Portmarnock), Fintan Brennan (Portmarnock Hotel), Michael Murphy (Waterville) and Ian McClements (STRI), and was chaired by Steve Isaac (RandA) and John Quigley (Portmarnock). There was an abundance of questions from the floor ranging from seed types and optimum sowing times, use of turf nurseries, playing quality green speeds, bunkers, and sand requirements, rough management and machinery choice.