The two day programme included workshops, seminars and panel discussions on various aspects of the industry. The seminars covered a range of topics from construction, heathland management, irrigation, lake edging and improving your PR.
Just as importantly the CPD is a great opportunity for fellow architects and partners to socialise and build relationships.
Kai Hulkkonen of Nelson&Vecchio kicked off the proceedings by sharing their experience of developing projects with extreme amounts of imported fill material.
New EIGCA Partner Esie O'Mahony, MD of Golflink Evolve Ltd, continued the construction theme with a broad discussion on the changing world of golf construction dealing with a wide variety of issues from modern operations, health and safety protocols to climate change and even Brexit.
Concluding the first day was a panel discussion with Andy Ewence of Woking GC ad Chris Gosden of St Georges Hill and moderated by EIGCA member Tim Lobb. The open forum focused on the restoration and management of heather on golf courses.
A drinks and dinner reception in the evening provided a further opportunity for delegates and speakers to interact in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Day two began with a talk by Stuart Tate of EIGCA Gold Partner Rain Bird with advice for golf course architects on the best practices for designing golf courses to minimise water usage.
Phil Grice, Chairman of the Golf Club Managers Association and General Manager of Royal Norwich Golf Club, was next up to give his thoughts on why golf can have a bright future.
Richard Allen of EcoBunker followed with an interesting discussion on an original method for constructing, supporting and defining water margins and lake edges.
The final seminar was a panel discussion on PR for Small Businesses with Lindsey Collumbell of Bojangle Communications, professional golf course photographer Kevin Murray and freelance golf journalist Jezz Ellwood.
EIGCA Member Robin Hiseman said "It was a great opportunity for EIGCA architects to spend time with our industry partners in a relaxed, social environment and listen to seven interesting and varied seminars. We all enhanced the scope of our knowledge and reinforced valuable industry contacts".
Speaker Richard Allen commented "This was the third EIGCA event and the first CPD seminar I have attended. It was well run , interesting and educational. A great opportunity to meet old friends and build new relationships and with golf course architects and industry colleagues in a friendly atmosphere".
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