The BIGGA Awards

The BIGGA Awards recognise that high standards of quality and dedication are vital to the success of any golf course or championship. They reward the innovation delivered by BIGGA members who are at the cutting-edge of their profession. Any BIGGA members within the UK, can enter these awards. These awards are an opportunity to showcase your team’s successes and highlight the quality of your golf course and team. 

The winners will be revealed at the BIGGA Celebration sponsored by Jacobsen at BTME 2024. Read on for details of how to nominate someone.

Nominations will close on Saturday 30 September 2023 at 5pm.


Nominations are open for the BIGGA Awards 2024

Greenkeeping Project Award

This award recognises those greenkeeping teams who have undertaken a specific project, completed within the past year. However, projects can be long-term, beginning in a previous year and can be construction, renovation or repair – the possibilities are endless.


  • Full course photography session including drone footage from Carefree Golf Photography worth £1,000
  • £250 Virgin Experience Days voucher for the team to enjoy
  • BIGGA Awards 2023 trophy


Championship Greenkeeping Performance Award sponsored by Bernhard and Company

This award isn't just restricted to those clubs who host majors or European Tour events. A team may have done incredible work to get the course fit for professional or amateur events, such as national or important local championships. All nominations will be considered on merit.


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  • Ecology visit from BIGGA's James Hutchinson including full ecology plan
  • £250 Virgin Experience Days voucher
  • BIGGA Awards 2023 trophy


Outstanding Contribution Award

In recognition of the growing number of members who undertake voluntary work each year for the betterment of the association or any number of charities. The winner may be someone who has raised significant sums for charity or given fantastic support to greenkeepers or the industry.

Alternatively, this award may be given to someone who has dedicated their career to the support of the greenkeeping profession.


  • £500 donation to the winner's charity of choice
  • £250 Virgin Experience Days voucher
  • BIGGA Awards 2023 trophy


More information

Why enter?

  1. Awards are a fantastic marketing tool. Just being shortlisted can improve awareness of your golf course and the successes of your greenkeeping team.
  2. Raise your profile. Assist your career ambitions of yourself and members of your team by gaining recognition for your efforts.
  3. Demonstrate your capabilities. Show why you are a leading turf manager.
  4. Celebrate your achievements. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to reflect upon the hard work you have put into the course and celebrate as a team.
  5. Attract talent. Other ambitious greenkeepers and industry professionals will be more eager to join a successful team.

Who can enter?

BIGGA members may nominate themselves for an award. External nominees may also nominate a BIGGA member. There is no restriction as to who an external nominee may be.

For group awards, greenkeeping teams may be nominated if at least one permanent member of the team is a Full BIGGA member.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter more than one category, but please complete a separate online entry submission for each category and each entry. Remember to tailor each entry to meet the requirements for each specific category.
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Previous winners:

Greenkeeping Project of the Year

Winner 2023

BIGGA Awards 20223 finalists: Strathaven Golf Club


Winner 2022

BIGGA Awards 2022 finalists: Loch Lomond Golf Club

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Winner 2023

BIGGA Awards 2023: David Golding


Winner 2022

A turf educator known as the ‘grandfather of greenkeeper education’ and credited with helping establish training opportunities for those working on golf courses was recognised on the opening evening of the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) 2022.

Dennis Mortram (right) was presented with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award by Steven Nixon of Bernhard and Company
Dennis Mortram (right) was presented with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award by Steven Nixon of Bernhard and Company


At the BIGGA Welcome Celebration with AMS Robotics, Dennis Mortram, 75, was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award. Dennis is a former tutor at Reaseheath College in Cheshire and was one of the first to recognise that greenkeepers would require industry-specific education if they were to elevate the profession and raise standards of golf course maintenance. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Master Greenkeeper certification.


Dennis received:

  • £500 donation to the winner's charity of choice
  • £300 Virgin Experience Days voucher
  • BIGGA Awards 2022 Trophy


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