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Bernhard and BIGGA team up in Scotland

Posted on June 02, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Bernhard’s team of trainers have visited Scotland as part of a series of workshops in conjunction with BIGGA. The workshops presented to greenkeepers, club managers and mechanics are designed to inform and advise – and offered the opportunity for delegates to pick up CPD Credits.

The workshops, held at Royal Aberdeen, Turnhouse and Dundonald Golf Courses and Elmwood College covered a range of subjects including the setting of cutting units, reel maintenance, grinding and the benefits of correctly setting cutting units.

Willie Nisbet, himself a former greenkeeper at St Andrews Links and now Bernhard’s man in Scotland, is committed to education. He said: “We have been very pleased with the feedback that we’ve had from these seminars. It is vitally important for busy greenkeeping staff to be able to set units quickly and efficiently. There is always something new to learn and judging by the comments we received afterwards, even the oldest dog can learn new tricks!

“Greenkeepers have so many demands on their time, so really anything that allows them to save time has got to be a good thing. They are all trying to maintain their stock quality all year round and as we all know, a good quality course encourages new players.

“Good players notice the quality of the surface not just in terms of how it plays, but how the place looks. An exceptional shine on the course shows up the definition in the greens. As there’s no dead tissue, the green retains its colour and plays faster and more evenly.”

Ben Taylor, Bernhard Training Manager, began the seminars. He commented: “I introduced the delegates to the company and product, including the technicalities of angles, attitudes and details of cutting units. After a short presentation we went into the workshop where we ran through all features and benefits and demonstrated exactly what makes this machinery unique across the world. We then demonstrated how to sharpen quickly and efficiently.”

Robert Patterson, Course Manager at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, said: “We’ve had grinders here for quite a while. I thought Ben and Willie put their knowledge across very well in a nice easy manner. I found the details on angles and clearances very useful indeed.”

David Grey, First Assistant at Ladybank Golf Club, and former Bernhard Delegate, said “This was a fantastic in-depth presentation which detailed the importance of maintaining sound sharp units and the many consequences of failing to regularly do so. It was very interesting learning the various angles and how vital these are to achieve the perfect finish.”