New management system launched

Free and easy-to-use tool unveiled by the R&AFree and easy-to-use tool unveiled by the R&A

A FREE new online system that helps golf courses manage themselves more sustainably and efficiently has been launched by the R&A.

CourseTracker was unveiled at the British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association Turf Management Exhibition 2013 in Harrogate and it is designed for golf course managers and club secretaries to record the income derived from the course and what is spent on its maintenance.

The secure system allows golf clubs to monitor their performance over time and identify strengths, weaknesses and areas where savings could be made in terms of energy and water, for example.

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CourseTracker also enables clubs to anonymously benchmark their performance against that of other clubs of a similar size. It produces accurate performance reports for the use of course managers and club secretaries and can be used to keep committees informed and to aid decision making.

The system has been extensively tested with course managers, club secretaries and industry bodies and their feedback has been used to develop and refine its functions. It has been endorsed by England Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Scottish Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Wales.

Steve Isaac, Director- Golf Course Management at the R&A, said, “There is more pressure than ever on golf clubs to make the right decisions to manage golf courses sustainably, efficiently and cost effectively. CourseTracker can help them do that through recording, monitoring and reporting their activities and inputs. We know this is an area where many clubs struggle due to lack of time and resources.

Paul Keeling, Club Services Manager at England Golf, added: “CourseTracker is an excellent new resource for golf clubs which can really help them

get a grip on their expenditure on course maintenance. It is so important to manage golf courses sustainably both to protect the environment and reduce costs. This system delivers accurate and useful management information. We will certainly be recommending CourseTracker to courses we work with in England.”

CourseTracker can be accessed online at www.coursetracker.org. Clubs need only spend a few minutes registering before using the system. It is simple to use and there are full online tutorials available for guidance.

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