Golf Agronomist and Turf Consultant Robert Laycock
Robert Laycock is an agronomist and turfgrass scientist operating in the UK from a North Yorkshire base.
After graduating from University College London he began postgraduate research work on close-mown turf while at Imperial College, London. Since then he has had a wide-ranging career involving various aspects of turf research and agronomy, bringing an unrivalled breadth of experience to his practice.
Robert Laycock has been involved with research and advisory work on turfgrass for over thirty years. He has an unparalleled range of experience and interests in this field.
Following Imperial College, he worked on turfgrass research at the Sports Turf Research Institute, Bingley for 6 years. It was while working at STRI that he developed the new optical point quadrat which has been widely used and cited in scientific works around the world. In 1981 he left to work in a technical capacity for plant breeding and grass seed production companies.
Later, he worked with cultivated turf production for nine years, becoming Technical Director of Rolawn, Europe’s largest cultivated turf company.
In 1992 he left to run his first consultancy company and then worked for Karsten (UK) Ltd., manufacturers of PING golf equipment, as General Manager of Karsten Turf Science, before setting up again as an independent agronomist in 1995.
He has published over fifty scientific papers and technical articles and for a while had his own column in Turf Management magazine. A full list of publications is available on request. Twenty-five papers and articles by Robert Laycock are cited in the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) operated by the Turfgrass Information Center ™ (TIC) at Michigan State University.