The R&A - Working for Golf

Greenkeeping Support


Without our courses there would be no golf. The R&A recognises the key role of greenkeepers in preparing courses for play and in taking care of the natural environment which forms such an important part in the enjoyment of a round of golf.

The R&A is working to support greenkeepers in their key role through its advocacy of sustainable course development and management; protecting the enjoyment of the game and safeguarding the financial operations of golf facilities, in a manner which preserves natural environments and enhances community engagement. Find out more about R&A Course Management.

Thanks to the success of The Open, The R&A is also able to invest in programmes which provide direct assistance to greenkeepers.

Greenkeeper education is vital to the future sustainability of the sport, and The R&A operates a greenkeeping scholarship programme which supports ambitious greenkeepers wishing to make their way in the industry. This programme provides a financial contribution towards higher education and unique opportunities for successful candidates, which enhance their learning experience and career prospects. Thanks to distance learning, R&A Greenkeeping Scholarships are available to greenkeepers wherever they may be working.

A lack of machinery in good working order makes the greenkeeper’s job even more difficult.The R&A has recognised this issue and operates a greenkeeping machinery programme which supplies equipment to those most in need around the world.

Greenkeeping Machinery Programme

This programme was established in 2004 to provide support to golf facilities across the globe. Having identified that a lack of equipment can restrict many courses from maintaining good playing surfaces, The R&A set up this mechanism to provide machinery free of charge to those most in need.

The following greenkeeping machinery is available to successful applicants to the programme:

  • 5-gang trailed fairway mowers (clubs are required to have their own compatible tractor)
  • 3-gang trailed fairway/rough mowers (clubs are required to have their own compatible tractor)
  • pedestrian greens mowers
  • pedestrian aeration and scarification equipment for selected sharing schemes.

Once the machinery has arrived in-country, recipients are responsible for covering any costs incurred in clearing customs and onward delivery.

Since the programme’s inception, The R&A has supported over 140 golf clubs from more than 40 different countries, equating to an investment of over £1.6 million. This is made possible by the continuing success of The Open and The R&A’s reinvestment in the sport through its ‘Working for Golf’ programme.

A brochure describing The R&A Greenkeeping Machinery Programme can be downloaded here.

Applications are accepted from any facility, but The R&A carries out a rigorous assessment of all applications received to ensure that only those in most need benefit from the programme.

Applications can be made online using the form available from this page, but they must be accompanied by a note of support from the applicant’s R&A affiliated national governing body.

For more information on The R&A Greenkeeping Machinery Programme, contact us at gkmachinery@randa.org.

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Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme

This programme was established in 2004 to provide support to students enrolled in turf management higher education, with funds provided by The R&A Foundation. Working closely with selected education providers, The R&A identifies the most deserving students to receive scholarships each year.

In addition to the direct financial assistance which is available to appointed scholars, those selected also gain access to a number of exclusive networking and continuing professional development opportunities which further enhance industry exposure and employability.

Since the programme’s inception, The R&A has supported over 200 scholars from more than 20 different countries, equating to an investment of over £0.6 million.

Students wishing to apply for an R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship should do so when signing up to relevant courses at the two colleges currently servicing this programme; Myerscough in England and SRUC Elmwood in Scotland.

A brochure describing The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme can be downloaded here.

For more information on The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme, contact us at gkscholars@randa.org