I was at the Spring City Golf and Lake Resort last week to speak at the Turf Management Best Practice conference organized by Spring City and Elmwood College with support from The R&A and companies such as Witgang Far East, The Toro Co., and Syngenta. In addition to my presentation on Integrated Pest and Turf Management (click here for a report on this talk at sina.com), I also led a field workshop along with Gordon McKie (course manager of the Old Course at St. Andrews), speaking to over 150 greenkeepers from China about how to create the desired playability on their golf courses. I am pictured at right along with Dr. Zhaolong Wang, professor at Shanghai Jiatong University.
The Spring City Resort is rightly recognized as the best golf resort in Asia, and the two golf courses there were presented in excellent condition. The greens were extremely fast and smooth, the fairways provided a great lie for every shot, and the views, as you can see from the photo of the Lake Course above, are remarkable. This is a great venue for such a conference, and the sold-out registrations for this event shows that both the content of the talks and the venue for this conference were aptly chosen for the audience of greenkeepers from China.
For a full report on the conference (in Chinese), see the Turf Management 2009 page at sports.sina.com.