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The only internationally accredited turf grass management academy in Africa

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Situated at the Silver Lakes Golf Academy facility, African Turf Academy is ideally situated to offer premium greenkeeping solutions.

African Turf Academy’s high performance golf programme specifically targets young aspiring professional golfers who are keen on understanding the management of the golf course.

African Turf Academy provides the only internationally recognised greenkeeping qualifications in Africa and our full time academy programme is designed for aspiring young professional golfers who are passionate about the understanding of managing a golf course while pursuing their dreams of playing on the professional golf tours.


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Silver Lakes Golf Estate

Situated in the east of Pretoria in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Silver Lakes derives its name from the numerous lakes around which the course was built, with the most beautiful ‘silver’ sunsets over the water. With a signature 18-hole Peter Matkovich designed golf course, the Estate offers a tranquil lifestyle to its residents which includes fishing opportunities in our numerous natural dams, two tennis courts, two squash courts, a game reserve filled with local buck and small animals, nature hiking trails & other fun activities.

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Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

The creation of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) took place in 2012 by merging SAC (the Scottish Agricultural College) with three respected partners (Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges). SRUC exists to deliver comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services is of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy-makers.

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The R&A

The R&A organises The Open, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. In addition, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 152 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. The R&A also provides best practice guidance on all aspects of golf course management, to help grow golf throughout the world in a commercially and environmentally sustainable way.

Ransomes Jacobsen

Ransomes Jacobsen’s long history begins in 1789 when Robert Ransome started his iron-foundry business with only £200. Ransomes Jacobsen is committed to providing superior quality turf maintenance equipment to customers around the globe. Ransomes Jacobsen is committed to providing the turf care industry with the best training available for its customers and end users.

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Bernhard and Company Limited

Bernhard and Company Limited are the leaders in the sharpening systems market and one of the world’s most influential forces in the presentation and quality of turf grass. In the USA they are in 75 of the top 100 golf courses, and over 65% of the World Top 100 golf courses. Bernhard continue to support and develop research and education programmes, and understand better than most the relationship between sustainability, conservation and a keenly run maintenance department. They achieve this fine balance by their continued support and partnership with professional greenkeeping / superintendent associations, and other professional bodies.

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The P.G.A. of South Africa

The Professional Golfers Association of South Africa is a members’ organization of over 500 qualified Club Professionals. The PGA was founded in 1925 and lists amongst its members over the years many of South Africa’s greatest golfers and most dedicated servants of the game. The PGA is committed to training and serving golf pros whose principal aim is to offer a highly professional service to golfers in all aspects of the game.

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The South African Golf Association

The South African Golf Association is the governing body for male amateur golf in South Africa.

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With a pedigree going back 80 years, Titleist is one of the most respected brands in golf, providing tournament class balls, clubs, bags and accessories to professional and amateur golfers across the globe. Utilizing advanced equipment fitting methods, detailed swing analysis, and science-based player conditioning, Titleist is our preferred fitting partner.

Andrew McKenna, founder of McKenna Academies

Andrew McKenna

With over 25 years' experience in managing and optimising golf management solutions, Andrew's core focus has always been driving growth and clearly-defined business strategies in the golf industry with phenomenal success. He is the CEO and founder of the McKenna Academies, which includes the world-renowned African Turf Academy and the McKenna Performance Academy.


Nikki Curtayne

Director of Education

African Turf Academy at McKenna Academies
African Turf Academy at McKenna Academies
African Turf Academy at McKenna Academies
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