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Bernhard Academy Cutting unit set up course - BTME 2024 day 1

Bernhard Academy classes at BTME’s ‘Continue To Learn’ fastest to sell out.

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Starting yesterday, the Bernhard Academy has been hosting its ‘Grinding Perfection and Cutting Unit Setup’ workshops in its facility at Moortown Golf Club – nearby to Harrogate Convention Centre.

The Bernhard Academy classes, available to book free of charge for those attending BTME 2024, as part of BIGGA’s (British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association) ‘Continue To Learn’ programme, were the first classes to become fully booked this year.

During these full-day classes, participants are gaining an understanding of the principles of cutting units and learn how to take control of a cutting unit maintenance regime. They’re learning the fundamentals of using grinders, getting the most out of their mowers, and ultimately ensuring the highest quality of cut year-round.

Furthermore, they are gaining first-hand knowledge of how to communicate the importance of the work that takes place in a maintenance facility to key stakeholders in their business, in addition to the impact that the work has on the end product (golf courses) that they are selling.

If you missed out on a spot at one of the ‘Continue To Learn’ Bernhard Academy courses, don’t fear, as the ‘Grinding Perfection and Cutting Unit Setup’ workshops are also available to book at later dates via the Bernhard Academy website. Simply click ‘Courses’ at the top of the page to find the closest workshop to you.

Bernhard and Company and the Bernhard Academy will be located in Hall 5, stand number 534, in the Harrogate Convention Centre this week at BTME for an unmissable mix of exhibition, education, conferences, and brilliant networking opportunities. As the distribution partner for the UK and Ireland, Bernhard and Company will also be exhibiting the latest Soil Scout technology at BTME.

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Unlocking Your Potential in Turf Maintenance: Bernhard Academy’s New Educational Courses

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Unlocking Your Potential in Turf Maintenance: Bernhard Academy’s New Educational Courses

In the world of turf maintenance and golf course management, staying ahead of the game is essential. That’s why Bernhard Academy, the UK’s leading provider of education for the turf industry, is thrilled to announce its new program of educational courses.

These courses are designed to empower greenkeepers, turf professionals, and mechanics to take their skills to the next level and stay at the forefront of the industry. After a year of careful curation, Bernhard Academy is ready to unveil this exciting array of courses that address the evolving needs of the turf industry. The courses have been developed to provide real-world skills and solutions that can enhance the performance of turf maintenance facilities on a daily basis.

The academy has forged partnerships with prestigious golf venues throughout the UK[NK|BaC1] , setting up tailor-made facilities for turf maintenance workshops. Courses are delivered in world-class learning environments at locations like Moortown Golf Club and Royal Norwich Golf Club in England, as well as the Bernhard Academy headquarters in Haverhill, and even Gleneagles in Scotland. For those who can’t make it in person, there’s also an interactive online webinar series delivered live from the Bernhard Academy in Haverhill.

The new programme categorises its courses into two tracks: Management and Technical, each covering a range of essential topics to help achieve success in turf maintenance.

Management Series:

  • The Power of Understanding Others: Develop crucial interpersonal skills to foster effective relationships within teams and with stakeholders·
  • Using Data and Information for Solid Decision Making: Learn how to utilise data for well-informed decision-making in turf management
  • Principles of Innovation and How to Generate Great Ideas in the Workplace: Explore the foundations of innovation and techniques for generating creative ideas in a professional setting
  • Managing Finance, Preparing, and Controlling Budgets: Learn the fundamentals of budgets and how to deliver to your business needs
  • Stakeholder Communication and Engagement Techniques that Work: Master the art of stakeholder management, a critical aspect of successful turf maintenance projects
  • Transparent Project Management Tools to Achieve Great Results: Acquire project management skills to plan, execute, and oversee turf-related projects efficiently
  • Change – How to Prepare and Manage Effectively: Understand strategies for effectively preparing for and managing organisational change
  • Performance Management and Unlocking Maximum Productivity: Learn techniques for optimising productivity through effective performance management

Technical Course:

  • Cutting Unit Setup and Sharpening Techniques: This course provides hands-on training in the precise setup and maintenance of cutting units, ensuring agronomic and economical benefits and the best quality of turf presentation and health

This is a remarkable opportunity for individuals looking to enhance their turf maintenance careers. To secure your place in one of Bernhard Academy’s educational courses and embark on a journey of professional growth, head to for booking information, course details, registration, and support.

Craig Haldane podcast with Gary Firkins Syngenta

Syngenta Growing Golf Podcast: Creating a Great Team Culture – Craig Haldane

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Syngenta Podcast – Growing Golf featuring Craig Haldane

Craig Haldane, Director of The Bernhard Academy, says course managers should “leave your ego at the door” in order to create great team culture.

Craig Haldane is interviewed by Syngenta’s Growing Golf podcast host Gary Firkins, Craig talks about his career in an open and honest interview. See what Craig has to say about his early days as a turf professional, what he has learnt through his 26-year career managing world class venues. Venues including Gleneagles and Emirates Golf Club, Dubai and now heads up the Bernhard Academy investing his time in sharing his experience and expertise to other turf professionals to improve the performance of turf teams while retaining valuable talent.

Talking to host Gary Firkins, Craig says, “I have a unique perspective from the journey I’ve had – different cultures, different languages, different purpose. I’ve picked up on things that resonate and are transferrable wherever you work. “If you ask anyone who’s worked with me what’s the one thing that Craig taught you, hopefully it would be to put your hand up when you need help. It has never let me down, and I do it to this day.”

Watch the full podcast on the Syngenta YouTube channel by clicking on the video below.

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