The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation and Maintenance in Asia

There are a lot of seminars happening in Asia in early March. Two new events are available this year, one in China and another in Thailand. These are The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation and Maintenance in Asia.

The first is on March 3 and 4 in Beijing:

The R&A is to host a free to attend seminar in China that promotes responsible and practical approaches to golf course design, renovation and maintenance - highlighting the ongoing work of the industry in raising the expectations for golf.  This seminar will provide the most comprehensive sustainable education event in Asia across golf developments, renovations and course management.

The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation and Maintenance in Asia will be held in Beijing on 3 and 4 March, as part of the China Golf Show at the National Convention Centre.


The second is on March 10 in Thailand, focusing on "golf developments, renovations and course management."

The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation and Maintenance in Asia will be held at the Amata Spring Country Club on 10 March.

Both seminars are free to attend.

More information and registration for the China seminar is here: registration closes on February 26.

Details and registration for the Thailand seminar are here: registration closes on March 4.

Registration open for 2016 conference

Registration is now open for the Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2016 conference. The registration forms in Thai and English are at the register link here.

The conference will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, from March 7 to 9. The conference includes two days of classroom educational seminars, lunch and dinner each day, a turfgrass management exposition in partnership with the Asian Golf Industry Federation, the Asian Turfgrass Field Day at newly renovated Phoenix Gold Country Club, and the ever popular chipping course contest at Laem Chabang. At the Monday night conference dinner, it's a cowboy (or cowgirl) theme this year.

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Please note that the member and TGCSA guest registration fee is only available through 29 February; any registrations made after that will be charged at the general delegate rate.

This conference is organized by the Thai Golf Course Superintendent Association and the Asian Turfgrass Center for the Thai Golf Association, with support from The R&A. We hope you will be able to join us in Pattaya this March.


Highlights, and more great photos from the 2015 conference

These photos from Boy Yothin and the Thai GCSA capture all of the conference. Some of the highlights this year included:

  • a record attendance of 293 people
  • excellent seminars at the Amari Pattaya taught by our speakers from the USA, Scotland, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines, with all handouts and presentations available for download at this link
  • the Asian Turfgrass Field Day on a sunny morning at the Siam CC Waterside course, with on course demonstrations of the principles taught in the classroom seminars
  • the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition at Laem Chabang, with equipment and product demonstrations and networking
  • great food and fun social events

AGCSA Continuing Education Points Awarded

We are pleased to announce that the Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association (AGCSA) have awarded continuing education points to the educational program of the 2015 conference.

Agcsa_education_logoAGCSA members attending the conference can provide proof of attendance to the AGCSA in order to receive the points.

The educational program for the 2015 conference covers a range of practical and diverse turfgrass management topics, with the invited speakers coming from Scotland, China, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, and the Philippines. The conference includes the AGIF Turfgrass Management exposition, a field day at Siam CC, plenty of social events, a pre-conference seminar on the design and build of golf courses, and optional post-conference golf.

Asian Turfgrass Field Day 2015 at Siam CC Waterside

Siam Country Club's new Waterside course will hold the field day on 10 March.

There was a planning visit this week at the Siam CC Waterside course to start setting out the test plots and planning the educational sessions for the 10 March 2015 Asian Turfgrass Field Day.

Boonthong Ngamsaprang, a past president of the TGCSA, will be the host superintendent for the field day.

At the field day, we will be discussing many interesting things, trying to make it as exciting and as interactive as possible. With the invited speakers and special guests for the field day, we are planning to show:

  • soil profiles, soil organic matter accumulation, and sand topdressing amounts to optimize soil and surface conditions
  • divot size and recovery
  • weed abundance in different species and weed development with and without control measures
  • resistance of weeds to common herbicides
  • growth rates of different grasses
  • centipede grass introduction and demonstration
  • individual nutrient effect on warm-season grasses
  • and much more
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Lunch this week at the Siam CC Waterside clubhouse.

After the morning field day, we will have a buffet lunch of delicious Thai food at the Siam CC Waterside clubhouse, before continuing to Laem Chabang International CC for the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition. 

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View from the clubhouse at Laem Chabang International CC, host of the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition on 10 March.