Rain Bird was invited to attend the annual, week-long educational event organised by the Norwegian Greenkeepers Association. ‘Gresskurs’ 2019 was held in Spain at the Playa Granada Resort & Spa in Costa Almeria from 23 to 30 November and attended by around 75 Course Managers and 15 General Managers.
The theme for this year’s event was leadership and performance. Speakers from different golf clubs, from Norway and further afield, including Per Kristoffersen from Losby Golf Club, one of the most experienced general managers in Norway, covered a host of topics affecting golf club operations,
Rain Bird gave seminar presentations in partnership with its Norwegian distributor S48 focusing on Rain Bird’s guiding philosophy, The Intelligent Use of Water™. The aim was to highlight the increasing need for more efficient water management and the impact this has in providing a superior course experience for members and paying visitors. General Managers were encouraged to take a closer look at their current irrigation system and gain a more in-depth understanding of the true costs involved to help them plan the most cost-effective system renovations in the future.
Joakim Ström, Rain Bird Golf Sales Manager for Scandinavia commented; “Golf clubs need to plan system renovations carefully and so knowing what the current system is really costing you is an important first step.”
For Course Managers the emphasis was on the growing importance of having a risk management strategy in place, especially for periods of drought or in harsh weather conditions.
Pictured is a walk-the-course educational event hosted by Fanny Sunesson (with megaphone), formerly a world-famous caddie for Nick Faldo, and Magnus Sunneson, former Swedish European Tour player and independent course improvement consultant.