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GOLF


I don't like this mentality of a two-year apprenticeship then





you’ve got your NVQ, and off you go. If you’re going to bring them in, then make a career for them and show them


Greenkeeper John Major cutting the practice green


company some years ago, which made a difference because we went from trustees and a committee to a board. Several other clubs have done that. We now have a set of people who are business minded and want to see the bigger picture. So, there was a business plan put together for putting the driving range up, and that is looking like it’s on target to pay for itself. It’s been exceptionally popular.”


Martello towers


Martello towers, sometimes known simply as Martellos, are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the French Revolutionary Wars onwards. Most were coastal forts.


They stand up to 40 feet (12m) high (with two floors) and typically had a garrison of one officer and fifteen to twenty-five men. Their round structure and thick walls of solid masonry made them resistant to cannon fire, whilst their height made them an ideal platform for a single heavy artillery piece, mounted on the flat roof and able to traverse, and hence fire over, a complete 360° circle. A few towers had moats or other batteries and works attached for extra defence.


The Martello towers were used during the first half of the 19th century, but became obsolete with the introduction of powerful rifled artillery. Many have survived to the present day, often preserved as historic monuments.


40 PC August/September 2019 Mechanic Malcolm Baxter at work


“Every future plan depends on how we’ve done each year. Next year’s projects get given the go ahead, or not, based on if we’ve had a good year and we try, like everywhere, to work a good year in advance and not get ahead of ourselves.” Whilst the slow and steady approach has required patience, it has provided significant improvements across the club. Two years ago, the new driving range was built and has been very popular with members and casual golfers and, in April 2018, a major irrigation project was undertaken that increased the amount of available water from 8,500 cubic metres for 27-holes to 30,000.


Despite having a vastly increased amount of water to use in England's second driest area, Glenn is conscious of being responsible with it. He is pleased that the club has been able to use readily available water from a nearby reservoir located at the


bottom of a farmer’s field which was built to maintain marshland. Previously, twelve million gallons of water a year from this marshland was pumped into the sea, but that water is now being used on the courses, saving the club a significant sum going forward through not using mains water.


Completing larger projects, such as the irrigation, makes it easier for the greenkeeping team to achieve the standards they are after, but it is the day to day management of the team that provides the ongoing success. Glenn’s team are clearly a happy and engaged group who are free to air their ideas and opinions, and a lot of that comes from the style of management they work under.


“I’m fortunate that I’ve got an


exceptionally good bunch of staff, and it’s nice because I’ve selected them and built that. We’ve had some come and go, and I’ve now got to where I want to be with staff that want something out of the job.” “I always believe that people need to be self-motivated and enjoy what they’re doing. If I can help them enjoy it, then they will naturally return with interest in what they do. I’ve run most of the staff here through their NVQ Level 2 and 3 and management NVQs. We just got a small workplace employer


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