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GOLF


AFT trencher in action


I play a lot of golf myself and that frustration of pitching up on a lovely summer’s day, walking up to the green and realising there are holes everywhere


club for eighteen months and is currently doing his NVQ Level 2 in sports turf. He went through the junior ranks at the club but wasn’t keen on becoming a pro golfer so joined the greenkeeping team. Phil Birch, 55 years old, Apprentice Greenkeeper joined in April. He was previously a postman for 30 years. The part time staff member is 69 years old Ken Fredgill, who works three days a week as a greenkeeper/mechanic. “He is like gold dust to us,” says Steve. The


summer casual is the ex-Head Groundsman at Worcester Warriors, Martin Knight, who is now semi-retired.


Steven and his team have been working on some big projects in the last four years addressing the course’s most significant issues the drainage, irrigation and the bunkers. “We have managed to drain the five worst greens on the course. In October 2017, we were lucky enough to have a new Rain Bird irrigation system put in, including a


new ring main, pump set, control system and a valve in head system around the greens and approaches. All the pipework and cabling has been taken over to the tees, and this will be phase two of the project which we will do in-house over the next few years alongside tee reconstruction.” “Nine years ago, the club had major issues with stone contamination in the bunkers, along with poor drainage. They brought in a company, at a cost of £80,000,


PC August/September 2019


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