Rain Bird’s bright new presence at the British Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) in January rapidly became a vibrant meeting and discussion place for golf and sports turf industry visitors from near and far.

The annual event, run by the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) in the spa town of Harrogate, England, has expanded significantly in recent years to become a major European showcase for the golf and sports turf industry.

Turf managers are joined by golf club managers, contractors, architects, students, manufacturers, distributors and specifiers who travel from around the world to attend a week-long education programme offering more than 250 hours of expert-led workshops, seminars and conferences, followed by a three-day exhibition which this year covered all three floors of the Harrogate International Centre.

Rain Bird’s European Golf Specification Manager Stuart Tate and Golf District Manager for the UK Alastair Higgs kicked off a busy week leading a popular practical full-day workshop for 32 golf greenkeepers on ‘Understanding the maintenance and management of your irrigation system’. One lucky participant, Mads Christiansen, took home an AuditMaster sprinkler performance testing kit for his golf course in a prize draw run by Rain Bird in conjunction with its UK distributor, Rigby Taylor.

In the bustling show halls, plenty of attention was focused on Rain Bird’s new 551 series rotors for watering golf tee boxes and other smaller areas of the golf course, and on the Sod Cup Kit which attaches to golf rotors to provide a seamless course appearance while improving playability.

The Rain Bird Europe team provided visitors with live demonstrations of the IC System’s programming features and mobile interface, showcasing the full capability of Rain Bird technologies for monitoring and responding across site in real-time with IC Connect functionality.