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Over time, we have just


diversif ied into other things. Instead of hiring machinery, we have always bought it


pitches. “We do a lot of seed drills on greens with the Vredo, whilst the Air2G2 is out a lot on hire. We have carried out drainage jobs at a few other local golf courses. We do a lot of football pitch maintenance and end of season renovations for various clubs around the area.”


Whilst Richard is away, his twin sisters Catherine and Claire (33) are at the helm. They have been working full time at the club since they left full time education but, even


before they finished school, they would pick up balls at the driving range and rake bunkers at the weekends and in school holidays. Alan Lee, whose dad helped build the golf course, has been at the club for twenty years. Terry Battersby joined twelve months ago. Johnny Bowker is the in-house mechanic. He is self-employed and uses the club’s grinders and facilities to run his own business whilst repairing and servicing the club’s machines. Johnny features in Pitchcare’s ‘how to’ series of videos. Richard has PA1, PA2 and PA6 spraying certificates but, other than this, does not have any industry-recognised qualifications. “I’ve learned everything on the job over the last twenty odd years, plus sharing ideas with other industry professionals. With my family coming from a farming background, we all knew a bit about growing grass and what was involved in it. So, with quite a bit of tweaking here and there, I have got to where I am today. I have never really had the time to go to college as I have been helping my dad build and improve the course since the beginning. This said, I do


Richard Roberts 26 PC April/May 2019





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