How to Create a Great Team Culture

Craig Haldane
  • Bernhard Academy Director talks to Syngenta Growing Golf podcast about his 26-year career in global turf management
  • Former Gleneagles and Emirates Golf Club course manager shares insights on how to bring teams together to drive productivity, turf quality and retention
  • Highlights challenges and solutions for today’s fast-changing turf industry – and advises course managers to, “leave your ego at the door”.


Craig Haldane, Director of The Bernhard Academy, says course managers should “leave your ego at the door” in order to create great team culture, in a new episode of the Syngenta Growing Golf podcast.

After a 26-year career managing world class venues including Gleneagles and Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, Haldane is now training the next generation of golf course managers – and sharing his experience and expertise to improve the performance of turf teams while retaining valuable talent.

Talking to host Gary Firkins, Haldane says, “I have a unique perspective from the journey I’ve had – different cultures, different languages, different purpose. I’ve picked up on things that resonate and are transferrable wherever you work.

“If you ask anyone who’s worked with me what’s the one thing that Craig taught you, hopefully it would be to put your hand up when you need help. It has never let me down, and I do it to this day.”

In an open and honest interview, Haldane reveals the biggest mistakes he’s made in his career – and what he learned from the experience.

And he advises course managers to, “leave your ego at the door,” to enjoy long-term success in turf management. “We all have egos, but you have to recognise that and manage it,” says Haldane.

Episode three of the Syngenta Growing Golf podcast ‘How to Create a Great Team Culture’ is available to listen to now via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other major streaming platforms.

You can also watch the episode in full below: