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.

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 340 scholars from more than 30 different countries, equating to an investment of over £0.9 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.