BIGGA's Continue to Learn bookings on the up

Steve Castlein Industry News

Bookings are flooding in for BIGGA's Continue to Learn education programme which is the most comprehensive ever held at BTME - and some sessions are already sold out.

Dr Brian Horgan
Workshop bookings are 24% up on the same stage last year and seminars are up 43% - two of which are already sold out. One seminar has even had to move from the Harrogate International Centre to The Crown Hotel due to overwhelming demand.

After BIGGA's largest ever educational programme opened for bookings last month, we've accepted reservations from hundreds of greenkeepers at various stages of their career, from a huge variety of facilities across the UK, Europe…and even Australia!

Sami Strutt, BIGGA's Head of Member Development, said: "There really is something for everybody at Continue to Learn whether you're a Course Manager or you're just starting out in your career, and we're very pleased at how bookings are progressing.

"I'd urge anyone thinking of booking a place to contact us as soon as possible as there are only a handful left on many of our workshops, seminars and focus on sessions. Don't forget there are also plenty of free to attend seminars."

The 'Basic Golf Mechanics' workshop on Monday 19 January is sold out, as is 'Woodland and Habitat Management' on the Tuesday.

One of the most popular events so far is 'The Dr and the Super: The Art and Science of Golf Course Management', which had to be moved to The Crown Hotel due to overwhelming demand. This will be presented by Dr Brian Horgan, Professor at the University of Minnesota, and Chris Tritabaugh, Golf Course Superintendent at Hazeltine National, host of the 2016 Ryder Cup. They will be discussing various cultural, nutritional and golf course management issues from a scientific and practical point of view - and some extra places are now available due to the change of venue.

Dr Horgan is also presenting a brand new workshop called 'Top 5 (+1) Fertility Topics' where he discusses soil fertility and plant nutrition, and the 'BCSR, MLSN and Sufficiency' seminar which covers the most commonly used soil testing philosophies. He's taught soil fertility and plant nutrition worldwide and is sure to present some fascinating ideas.

Continue to Learn covers everything you could possibly need to equip yourself for success in your career including mechanics, budgeting, people management, managing conflict, grass identification, health and safety and much more.

The Turf Managers' Conference offers a fantastic range of education across one day - covering customer service, water management and precision organic matter management to name just three topics!

To book your places, and also pre-register for BTME 2015, visit, Continue to Learn runs from 18-21 January, including the Turf Managers' Conference on 19 January, and BTME is from 20-22 January.

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