NEW FREE GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM LAUNCHED
22 January 2013, St Andrews, Scotland: A free and easy to use
new online system that helps golf courses manage themselves more
sustainably and efficiently has been launched by The R&A.
CourseTracker was unveiled today (Jan 22) at the British and
International Golf Greenkeepers' Association (BIGGA) Turf
Management Exhibition 2013 in Harrogate.
CourseTracker 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
CourseTracker also enables golf clubs to anonymously benchmark
their performance against that of other clubs of a similar size in
their country. 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 range of functions. It has been
endorsed by England Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland, the
Scottish Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Wales.
Around 50 representatives of the golf industry attended the
launch at a special ceremony in the Majestic Hotel inHarrogateclose
to the exhibition centre.
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
"CourseTracker is free, completely secure and can enable clubs
to compare their performance on an anonymous basis with other clubs
of a similar size and situation. The aim is to give clubs more
information and understanding of their course maintenance
activities to enable them to improve performance."
Paul Keeling, Club Services Manager at England Golf which has
supported CourseTracker, said, "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 is a quick, easy to use system which can deliver
accurate and useful management information for golf clubs. We will
certainly be recommending CourseTracker to courses we work with
CourseTracker can be accessed online at www.coursetracker.org.
Golf 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.
Based inSt Andrews, The R&A organises The Open Championship,
major amateur events and international matches. Together with the
United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game
worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of
Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf
Rankings. The R&A's working jurisdiction is global, excluding
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the
growth of the game internationally and the development and
management of sustainable golf facilities. The R&A operates
with the consent of 144 organisations from the amateur and
professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in