Swinton Park Golf Club

Course Group

The creation of the new company Swinton Park Golf and Country Club 2017 Ltd means that the original terms of reference for The Course Liaison Group formed in April 2014 need to be amended.

The new Course Group will consist of the following members: -

  • The Course and Facilities Director. (Jason Haye and Kevan Morris)
  • The Course Manager. (Paul Massey)
  • The Club Golf Professional. (Dave Smith)
  • Two full playing members appointed by the Board of Directors. (Steve Bailey and Mike Stanfield)

The Course Groups terms of reference are: -

  1. To provide a forum for discussion of members’ ideas and suggestions on golf course presentation. They will ensure that full and objective consideration is given to all matters raised by members of the club. They will objectively convey member’s views as a whole rather than any subjective personal view.
  2. To communicate to members the reasoning behind actions or work on the golf course.
  3. To contribute to the production of policy documents recommended by the R&A and English Golf Union.
  4. To liaise with the Competitions and Handicaps and Ladies’ Committees to ensure that their views are communicated effectively.
  5. To market the financial potential of the “Golf Course” side of the business by increasing membership and visitors. Including Opens, Societies, General Visitors and the use of “Teeofftimes”. The interests of members’ access to the course will be considered during this process.
  6. The Course and Facilities Directors are responsible to the Board of Directors for all Financial and Personnel matters.
  7. The Course Manager is directly responsible to the Course and Facilities Directors.
  8. The Course Manager is professionally qualified to manage the playing condition of the golf course. Professional decisions on how and when work on the course is to be carried out will not be overridden.
  9. The management of the golf course will be in accordance with The Course Management Policy Document.

  Course Management Policy Document

Latest Update From The Course

Course Update

Dear Members

This week we have reduced the cutting height on the greens and rough cutters.

The greens are now being cut at 3mm. It is producing a roll of  9 on the stimpmeter.


We will continue to cut at this height for the next month. On the 14th August the greens will be over seeded with bent grass and dressed. At this time of the year it is expected they will return to perfect condition in two weeks.

A number of members have stated they felt the rough on the course was too penal, resulting in lost balls and slow play. The height of the cut of the rough has therefore been reduced. Whilst we make this transition members will notice an increase in the amount of grass cuttings in the rough. This should disperse as further cuts are made at the new height.

Unfortunately the greenkeeper we offered a job turned it down because of a change in his personal circumstances. We still intended to take on a new full time greenkeeper but this may not be possible this year. As an interim measure we are taking on part time staff to assist. Additional hours are also being worked by our part time staff. This should allow us to complete work that out of necessity had to be put on the back burner.

The rough on the banks of the stream on the first hole will be strimmed this week. 

Can I remind all members that the Course Group was formed to assist in better communication between the Course Staff and the members of the club. The Course Group welcomes feedback and suggestions from you the members. There is a suggestion book, which I have now pinned to the Course Notice Board located in the downstairs corridor.

The easiest method of communication is however electronically. The Course Group have and will continue to inform members by email and by updating The Course Group page and News page on our website. Should any members have any questions regarding any issue concerning the course they can be forwarded direct to myself at michael.stanfield@sky.com

Mike Stanfield

On Behalf of the Course Group

18th July 2017

Seasonal Work Programme

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