The Groundsman

April 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions AHEAD OF THE GAME 24 the Groundsman April 2016 Can you give me a brief career review? I graduated from Askham Bryan College specialising in horticulture and golf course management, which included work experience at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. Competing in the Gleneagles Excellence in Golf Award Scheme was really when I fell in love with the industry and I hold myself to the professionalism they taught me so many years ago. After graduating I took part in the Ohio State Internship Programme at Harbour Town Golf Links where I was introduced to warm season grasses and the nuances of transitioning between warm and cool season turf grass. This was followed by spells in Australia and Ireland where I gained management experience working the Ryder Cup matches at the K-Club. I moved to Dubai to return to warm season Flavours of a main course in the desert In an exclusive interview, Jumeirah Golf Estates' agronomy manager Mark Tupling talks to Dan Prest about his career, the challenges of his role in Dubai and fine turf preparation in the run up to a major championship By: Dan Prest management and to be part of the Jumeirah Golf Estates legacy. I currently manage the maintenance of the world-class Earth and Fire Golf Courses within the residential and lifestyle golf community, Jumeirah Golf Estates, where for the past seven years we have hosted the DP World Tour Championship, the season finale of the European Tour's Race to Dubai. What are your views on the stature of sports field management in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) set against golf? Do you and your peers have a blank canvas to raise awareness of the level of professionalism within your field? Sports turf management has been practised in the UAE since the late 1980s and has boomed since 2000. The main differences between the golf and sports field industries is that the majority of sports fields are managed through third party contractors. The only anomaly to this would be the management of cricket wickets, which is a very specialised area. However, the maintenance of outfields and football pitches would typically be managed by an asset manager with the work being carried out by contractors. On the contrary, golf course maintenance is mainly an in-house operation due to its specialised nature and high standards that are expected by the UAE golf market. What are the major environmental issues - long term and operational/daily versus your views on UK issues? The climate and local weather will always need to be managed no matter where Mark Tuplin (foreground in white shirt) enjoys a 'team shot' with Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship event in Dubai

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