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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


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Issue 86 August/September 2019 COVER STORY: Vision Expressed


KERRY HAYWOOD Editor


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


Advertising & Production t: 01952 898 516


e: peter@pitchcare.com


There cannot be many more pleasurable things to do on a warm summer’s day than to visit the Isle of Wight, albeit via what is considered the most expensive ferry crossing per mile in the UK. Pitchcare meets Andy Butler, the head groundsman at one of England’s newest cricket outgrounds. P54


GOLF The hills are alive ... CAROL SMITH


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LEE WILLIAMS Editorial


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The Worcestershire is regarded as being one of the very best golf courses in the Midlands, nestling as it does into the stunningly beautiful backdrop of The Malvern Hills. Lee Williams speaks to Steven Lloyd, the Course Manager. P16


Surfs up!


Newquay Golf Club in North Cornwall was formed in 1890 with the intent of creating Cornwall’s finest golf course alongside the wonderful stretch of Fistral Beach. Lee Williams met with Head Greenkeeper Dan Kendle on a very wet and windy day on the Atlantic coast. P26


Making his own mark


ALASTAIR BATTRICK IT Manager


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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 August/September 2019


Felixtowe Ferry’s Course Manager Glenn Rayfield is on something of a mission to return the only links layout in Suffolk to its traditional values with the aid of his committed team. As Blair Ferguson discovers, there’s a lot going on at this 130 year old course, not least a passing interest in Love Island, apparently. P36


Carden of delights


If you’ve tended the golfing turf at Gleneagles, you expect to work to exacting standards of greenkeeping. Peter Pattenden is privileged to have done just that, and has been applying his experience and team management skills learnt there at an equally expansive golfing destination nestling between the open landscapes of the Cheshire plain and the rugged Welsh hills. P44


Matt Merchant, Head Groundsman, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground


SUMMER SPORTS


The Merchant of Old Trafford Old Trafford, known for sponsorship reasons as Emirates Old Trafford, opened in 1857 as the home of Manchester Cricket Club and, since 1864, has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. This is where Lee Williams met with Matt Merchant, the 45-year-old Head Groundsman who has been at the club for twenty-nine years. P62


Norfolk’s finest


Every year the Lawn Tennis Association and STRI visit lawn tennis clubs all over the country to assess their courts. In April 2019, they went to a Norfolk coastal town and two months later announced that Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Club had some of the best courts in England. Blair Ferguson reports. P72


Andy Butler, Newclose Cricket Club


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