Turf Managers' Conference

Non‐Chemical Management Strategies for Turf Insects ‐ Leatherjackets and Chafer Grubs for Turf Insects ‐ Leatherjackets 

This session will discuss the life cycle, ways to monitor activity, cultural strategies that can be used to minimise damage and status of biological control options for leatherjackets (crane flies) and chafer (white) grubs.

Learning Outcomes:

• Life cycle of leatherjackets and when damage occurs

• Life cycles of the various chafer (white) grubs and when damage occurs

• Techniques to monitor leatherjacket and grub activity

• Ways to modify cultural practices to put the pest at a disadvantage

• Recognise which biological control agents might be used to reduce pest populations and techniques to enhance the effectiveness of those agents

Presented by Dr Pat Vittum, Professor to Turf Entomology, University of Massachusetts


Intensive Mowing and Rolling of Putting Greens, Costs and Benefits

This session will discuss some of the benefits of rolling greens and the potential interaction between low mowing heights and rolling. Cost analyses of rolling and mowing strategies will also be presented.

Learning Outcomes:

• The agronomic and playability benefits of rolling

• How rolling can impact labour and maintenance costs

• If rolling is ever a bad idea

• The physiological response of greens to intensive mowing and rolling

Presented by Dr Mike Richardson, Professor, University of Arkansas


Assessing Golfer Enjoyment and Playing Quality of Your Facility

Greenkeepers can lose sight of the “big picture” of golfer enjoyment of their facility in their daily turf management operations. It is important to take a step back to understand who the average golfer is and how they enjoy the golf course. This session will focus on the abilities of average golfers and how it impacts golf course maintenance decisions. It will also cover the issue of pace of play, how it impacts golfer enjoyment and some changes that can be implemented to enhance the golfing experience for these players.

Learning Outcomes:

• Why people play golf

• Limitations of an average golfer’s abilities, with particular emphasis on driving distances and accuracy of chip shots

• The importance of pace of play, its impact on golfers’ experiences and maintenance strategies to improve pace of play

• Be aware how factors like putting speed, fairway width, rough height and hazards affect playing conditions and golfer enjoyment

• Case studies that have improved pace of play and golfer enjoyment at other golf courses

Presented by Elliott Dowling, Agronomist, USGA 


Why Staff Leave...and What You Can Do About It

This session will look at the most common reasons for high turnover; why staff leave teams and organisations, what high performing teams do to retain staff; what can be done to improve retention and how can we do that? 

It will offer an insight into what the best environments do to retain their talent.

Learning Outcomes:

• Potential traps to avoid losing staff

• Best practice for keeping staff

• Practical tools and techniques to improve engagement and retention rates

• The next steps

Presented by Tim Cox, Managing Director, Management Futures


Success Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful

Stress is not inevitable, it is avoidable. Learn to put your life back into balance and be the best you can be.

Have you ever thought that there has to be a better way? That stress is having too big an impact on your job, career, and your life? Using the unique ‘Don’t Just Be’ approach, Laura and Laila will talk you through how to make one of the most stressful industries a breeze for both you and your team. This session will arm you with practical tips on how to spot the signs of stress in yourself and others, and will give you useful advice that you can put into practice today to reduce the symptoms of stress in your own life.

Learning Outcomes:

• Identifying what is worth stressing about

• Recognising personal symptoms of stress

• That everyone experiences stress in different ways • The “Don’t Just Be”. 10 point plan

Presented by Laura Capell‐Abra, Career Coach and Laila Datoo, Wellbeing Coach, No More If’s or But’s


Be The Best You

Exceptional professional impact in business requires professionals to have strong emotional intelligence and adapt themselves to do and say the right thing at the right time... in multiple environments with multiple stakeholders, authentically. This is easy to say but not always easy to do.

Discover a sophisticated performance skill set that will empower you to confidently adapt “natural” behaviours and responses to instantly and credibly become who you need to be, when you need to be it, without feeling inauthentic or worrying about how others perceive you.

Presented by Mark Doyle, Managing Director, The Method

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