Dr. R.P. Singh

Current Golf Course

The Bombay Presidency Golf Club Ltd

Email Id

Date of Birth

15th July

Years in Current Golf Course


GII. Why did you choose Golf Course Superintendent as a career?

RPS.  Having the chance to join the Golf Course in 1999 as horticulturist, I quickly realized that Golf as a sport, combined with nature, provided a very rewarding feeling with the daily activities of turfgrass management.

GII. What type of ‘on the job training’ have you had in the field

RPS.  When I left organic farming I moved to Royal Palms Golf & Country Club as horticulturist. I started looking after the Golf Course, among other duties. It was not a difficult adjustment for me with my agriculture/horticulture post graduate & doctorate schooling. Turf management became an interesting focus for me.

GII. What type of education, classes, seminars, or other training you have in the field of Turf Grass management?

RPS.  I have attended most of the seminars conducted in India by Golf Organizations like IGU, GCSMAI & IGA in the past decade.

GII. Describe the different challenges you face as a Golf Course Superintendent. What seems to be the biggest challenge for you and why?

RPS.  Limited resources and changing management. The biggest challenge is to maintain and keep the Golf Course in pristine condition throughout the year, irrespective of extreme weather or amount of play. As a Golf Course Superintendent, challenges are complex in nature, rather than singular. This then requires you to excel not as an individual but in multitude of roles, such as Agronomist, Irrigation Technician & Specialist, Equipment Technician, Environmentalist, Turf Protection Specialist, Soil Science Expert, Electrician, Weather Forecaster, Human Resources Manager, Public Speaker, Motivator and Communications Manager.

GII. What would you do to further your knowledge of proper Course Maintenance?

RPS.  I keep myself up to date by reading turf maintenance related books, sharing/discussing with peers in the industry, local and international green keepers, experts & consultants in various fields and attending turf related seminars. Along with this, I listen to feedback and issues of members and staff on a daily basis.

GII. How are challenging situations handled involving Golfers who have concerns or complaints regarding the tee marker and Cup locations?

RPS.  I always welcome complaints/suggestions and handle them positively and diplomatically. Tee markers & pin positions are always placed as per standard procedures, usually refreshed every two years by the greens committee. Tournament managers usually specify tee and cup locations for individual events. Consistency and quality are important keys for tee and cup locations.

GII. What is your opinion of Golf Courses in relation to the Environment?

RPS.   It is a natural habitat for flora and fauna, oxygen generator and air purifier for the city, open and porous space for reclaiming rain water. If managed properly, Golf Courses are a positive environmental boost to the quality of life both on and near the Golf Course.

GII. If your course uses effluent water, what process is used to prepare it for use on the course?

RPS.   We have bio-treatment plant, coupled with various stages of physical water filtration and treatment, to reclaim the sewage water for our agricultural use. This process uses water that would remain untreated.

GII. What have been the most rewarding aspects of your profession?

RPS.  Providing a well maintained clean setup on a daily basis is always a good feeling. Enjoying nature has a positive impact on my happiness and am able to manage stress easily under these conditions.

GII. Knowing what you do now, if you had a chance to start your career over, would you again choose the Golf Course Superintendent? If yes, why?

RPS. Yes, definitely. It is more of my life’s passion now rather than merely a job or work.

GII. Best practice which you would like to share with other Golf Courses Superintendents.

RPS.  Be real. Share true information. Deal with issues quickly rather than delay.

Age when you started working

26 years

First Golf Course you worked for

Royal Palm Golf Course & Country Club

Favorite Golf Course in India

Bombay Presidency Golf Club

Favorite Food

All Indian Vegeterian

Favorite Drink

Tea & Fresh Lime

Favorite Sports Magazine

Golf Digest India & Golf Today

Favorite Pro Event

Indian open

Favorite Golfer

Jeev Mikha Singh

Favorite Golf Set

Taylor Made

Favorite Car