STERF Research Programme
STRATEGIC RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
The golf and turfgrass industry, like other land-based industries, has to take responsibility for sustainable societal development, i.e. it must produce golf courses and other turfgrass areas of a high standard while at the same time ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources and contributing to functioning ecosystems.
The aim of STERF is to support R&D that can help the golf industry to fulfil these ambitions. The activities of STERF are intended to lead to improvements in the quality of golf courses, as well as economic and environmental gains for the industry and society as a whole. The strategic objectives for STERF-funded R&D activities are that:
- The design, construction, management and administration of golf courses provide optimal conditions for playing quality, degree of utilisation of the course and management inputs.
- The design, construction, management and administration of golf courses are economically and environmentally sustainable, for example with respect to plant nutrient requirements, water and energy use, drainage and control of weeds and plant diseases.
- Golf courses contribute to production of biological diversity, the conservation of natural and cultural environments and the retention and expansion of ecosystem services, and to improving the conditions for good quality of life and health, e.g. through providing a broader active outdoor life, experiences of nature and better climate adaptation in the everyday landscape....