With a degree in computing, Kevin Bain spent almost a decade in the IT field working with oil and consulting companies. It then took him a move to St Andrews that opened the opportunity for him to get a role at The R&A. During his early years in the company, he led The R&A in developing their digital infrastructures bringing in Wifi connectivity in the courses, developing their websites and mobile app development to The Open.
He is now the head of data and digital infrastructures and he is also involved in developing digital and social media strategies, managing project and operational budgets and overseeing teams of designers, application developers and third party agencies.
The R&A is golf's governing body and organiser of golf’s oldest and most international Major championship The Open.
4:10 A brief introduction about The R&A
5:02 Kevin Bain chats about his role as Head of Data and Digital Infrastructure at The R&A
6:08 How the digital landscape looked like in the early years at The R&A
7:04 How mobile phones and Wifi connectivity changed the infrastructure requirements at The Open
8:30 The challenges in rolling out digital advancements in the links courses
13:21 Kevin on how they tackle the challenges that different parts of the business require
14:50 Redeveloping the rules of golf
15:51 How they manage the traffic around The Open Championship days
18:18 Redeveloping The Open app for their One Club membership program
20:51 How they are ensuring the production of relevant content for golf fans to consume
32:13 Kevin on finding inspiration in the development of The Open website
35:56 Sports Geek Closing Five
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Excited to see how The Open goes in July
Good to have a lookback on some firsts
Something to think about this year
Beautiful golf course. Great set up by The R&A