Great Success at this years BIGGA Award Evening

Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness 

Stuart Imeson of Dunstanburgh Castle for the Bunker Camp initiative while also stepping up to the manager role at the club

“New dad Stuart caps off banner year with BIGGA Award success” - Karl Hansel, BIGGA

BIGGA member Stuart Imeson has rounded off a banner year that saw him become a father for the first time and then be placed in charge of the entire operations at his golf course by winning a prestigious industry award.

Stuart, General Manager and Head Greenkeeper at Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland was tonight (22 January) announced as the winner of the BIGGA Awards 2019 Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness.

The awards ceremony, held tonight (22 January), is a major feature of the BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Jacobsen, which kicks off the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition, taking place this week in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

In addition to taking on parenting duties and embracing his changing role at the golf club, Stuart has continued to provide excellent educational opportunities for fellow BIGGA members through his incredibly-successful Bunker Camps, which was a sell-out in 2018 as greenkeepers from across Europe came together to take part. 

Bunker camp has been running for five years and was initially envisioned as a way for Stuart’s young team – he was only 23 at the time – to interact and network with other likeminded greenkeepers. The camp sees volunteers head to Dunstanburgh Castle to participate in the construction of revetted bunkers over a two-week period, with educational seminars and workshops taking place alongside the practical greenkeeping. More than 250 people have now been involved since the start of the bunker camp and education days.

Stuart said: “To be honest I’m a little bit star struck by the whole thing. If you just look at the standard of people that were up for awards, it’s an amazing achievement. If you look at my three lads, it’s absolutely out of this world to even think we could win something like this.”

BIGGA Chief Executive Officer Jim Croxton said: “Stuart is a fantastic example of the modern greenkeeper who is both highly-trained and keen to communicate about the work he undertakes to further improve standards across the industry. He has a genuine passion for greenkeeping and to develop the course at Dunstanburgh Castle, but the beauty of the Bunker Camp project has been that it has helped hundreds of golf courses across the region to improve their own standards, which is highly commendable. 

“Congratulations also to the teams at Skipton Golf Club and Prince’s Golf Club, who both overcame massive challenges to complete incredible projects at their clubs during 2018. All are a credit to BIGGA and the greenkeeping industry as a whole.”

BTME 2019 runs until Thursday 24 January and features more than 159 exhibitors from all aspects of the turf management industry. The exhibition is a celebration of the golf greenkeeping industry in the UK and each year more than 5,000 greenkeepers, trade members, club managers and other representatives come together to network and share the latest education and innovation opportunities.

This article was taken from the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association website. To read more visit


The Interesting Pictures side!

Stuart - Receiving his award with Adam from Baroness, we all know Stu should of had a tie clip on haha!

Stuart - Receiving his award with Adam from Baroness, we all know Stu should of had a tie clip on haha!

Stuart and Allan Patterson presenting at the Links Forum - not sure which accent is harder to understand, a northumbria/geordie or a true scots man!

Stuart and Allan Patterson presenting at the Links Forum - not sure which accent is harder to understand, a northumbria/geordie or a true scots man!

Not only winning an award, Stuart was down at the annual BTME - BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition giving vital education for all greenkeepers that attended.

Stu accompanied an industry leader Allan Patterson of Trump Turnberry on the stage at the links Forum to compare how they both manage links golf courses on completely different budgets.

Alongside all of the education seminars Stuart attended he also Constructed Revetted bunker live on the show floor to demonstrate how and why the bunkers are built.

Above the bunker Stu built live.

Above the bunker Stu built live.


Stuart was part of a Live Construction Zone within BTME which debuted at the show, he organised this with a friend of his Jack Hetherington the Course Manager at Alnwick Castle Golf Course. Between them they didn’t just build a Bunker they also demonstrated how to Build USGA specification green.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our recent success, this is only made possible by all the team here at Dunstanburgh. From the catering staff, to the greenstaff, from the admin staff to Proprietor Peter Gilbert, the support we have here is second to none.

Lastly we’ve had some comments recently about the project work we have been undergoing on the 14th Hole. The bunkers are settling in well, there’s still some drainage works to be completed before the rest of the final turf is added. We anticipate the works to be completed by the end of February, They will hopefully open for play on the day of the Scratch Open Texas Scramble (17-3-19). We thank you for your patience and co-operation!

Best Wishes

Stuart Imeson

Golf Course Manager

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