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CONTENTS Meet the


Pitchcare team


DAVE SALTMAN Managing Director


t: 01902 440 254 e: dave@pitchcare.com


JOHN RICHARDS Operations Director


t: 01902 440 256 e: john@pitchcare.com


Issue 84 April/May 2019


KERRY HAYWOOD Editor


t: 07973 394 037 e: kerry@pitchcare.com PETER BRITTON


Advertising & Production t: 01952 898 516


e: peter@pitchcare.com


Ben Grigor, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate COVER STORY: Starting from scratch


Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, an independent day and boarding school, is set in a 220 acre estate at Thorpe Underwood, North Yorkshire in rolling countryside. Of particular interest, especially to those in sports turfcare however, is QE’s dedicated Sports Village, recently completed in 2016. Grounds Manager Ben Grigor explains all to an impressed David Mears. P86


GOLF The man from Del Monte CAROL SMITH


Grounds Training t: 01902 440 251


e: info@groundstraining.com


LEE WILLIAMS Editorial


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This year, Pebble Beach celebrates its one hundredth anniversary. The course, that began life as part of the complex of the Hotel del Monte, hugs the Pacific coast of Monterey Bay and is regarded as one of the finest in the world. This June, it hosts the U.S. Open for the sixth time. P10


A right royal green space


ALASTAIR BATTRICK IT Manager


t: 01902 440 255 e: alastair@pitchcare.com DAN HUGHES


Sales & Marketing t: 01902 440 258


e: sales@pitchcare.com


No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. Editorial contributions are published entirely at the editor’s discretion and may be shortened if space is limited. Pitchcare make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the contents but accepts no liability for its consequences. Images are presumed copyright of the author or Pitchcare unless otherwise stated.


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PC April/May 2019


Something ‘green’ stirs amongst the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, as a popular multi- use golf club reaps the rewards of organically managed soil biology. Greg Rhodes interviews Chingford Golf Course’s Head Greenkeeper Gary Speller to find out more about the management practices at this green oasis of Greater London. P16


Diversity is the only way!


It’s been over eight years since Pitchcare first visited Hart Common Golf Club and much has happened in the interim period. Lee Williams visits one of his old haunts to discover more. P24


Good things come in pairs


Stockley Park Golf Club, just five minutes from London’s Heathrow Airport, is set in 240 acres of rolling countryside. Lee Williams met with the club’s General Manager Gary Ivory and Head Greenkeeper Martin Venner to discuss what the future holds for this par 72, 6,625- yard tree-lined course, opened in 1993 by European Tour legend Nick Faldo, who hit the very first drive. P32


WINTER SPORTS A stitch in time!


In the second of a series of updates, FIFA’s newly appointed Senior Pitch Management Manager, Alan Ferguson, discusses the issues surrounding the staging of the Club World Cup and Asia Cup, with a National Day thrown in for good measure! P40


Straight outta Carson


Though less than twenty-five years old, Los Angeles Galaxy is the best-known soccer franchise in the USA. The signing of David Beckham in 2007 catapulted the club onto the global stage and a conveyer belt of big-name players have followed since. This ‘starcentred’ business model has brought success both on and off the field. P48


Bluebirds’ fledgling head groundsman


Cardiff City Football Club are the only team from outside England to win the FA Cup, doing so in 1927. They have also been finalists on two other occasions and have spent a total of eighteen years in the top flight of English football, most recently in the current season, since their formation as Riverside AFC in 1899. P56


Polished at the Emerald


In this Keynote Interview, Ryan Golding, Head Groundsman at Leeds Rhinos RLFC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC, explains what attracted him to the industry and how things have changed since he started seventeen years ago, after reading a magazine article. P64


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