It was an exciting end to last year with arguably the most interesting course development project so far as it involved our Becton loop. Changes to the famous Harry Colt design had to be subtle and fit in with the rest of the course. Guided by the club's course architect, Howard Swan, all of the construction was done in house, which kept the team busy for 6 weeks. When asked if we had enjoyed the project it was unanimous - hard work but well worth the effort.
There have been some changes in the team over the last 6 months, with Kevin leaving us after just two years to further his career at Ferndown. We recruited quickly because of the winter schedule, finding Amy Thomas looking for a move from Farnham Golf Club. Amy is ambitious, well qualified and has proved a popular member of staff...she even made the boys brush up on their housekeeping in the sheds.
Over the last couple of years, the Board being very pro-active has allowed us to increase the team to 9 full time staff with 2 part time, incorporating the clubhouse gardening into the weekly work plans. This has enabled us to increase mowing and all presentation around the course. Away from basic greenkeeping the team has achieved diverse projects that are still ongoing. A clubhouse staff outside seating area has been built by Stroller 1st tee. The range buggy has its own garage alongside the maintenance sheds, purpose built by the team. Several other projects are in the pipeline, to be reported on in the next blog.