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: -
- 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.
- To communicate to members the reasoning behind actions or work on the golf course.
- To contribute to the production of policy documents recommended by the R&A and English Golf Union.
- To liaise with the Competitions and Handicaps and Ladies’ Committees to ensure that their views are communicated effectively.
- 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.
- The Course and Facilities Directors are responsible to the Board of Directors for all Financial and Personnel matters.
- The Course Manager is directly responsible to the Course and Facilities Directors.
- 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.
- The management of the golf course will be in accordance with The Course Management Policy Document.
Latest Update From The Course
Completed winter work 2018/19
• Construction of new bunkers on 9th fairway and at the practice chipping area.
• Removal of bunker at old practice area.
• Remove liners and various bunkers, re shape faces and edge off all bunkers ready for the season.
• Top up with sand.
• 8th green drains.
• 15/16th extend ditch and fix broken clay pipe joints. Clear outlet.
• Lower section of 7th fairway, fit new carry pipe with 8 new laterals. Build two manholes as access rodding points. Rod any existing drains found and joint back up.
• 14th drains at the manhole outlet, divert water off 14 down towards 4 as existing outlet was fully blocked with tree roots.
• Build new 2nd tee. 40 tons of soil and 20 tons of rootzone. Drainage and turf.
• New path on the 1st hole to the 2nd tee using artificial grass, crush and run base after excavating by hand to a 4” depth.
• Remove sleepers in front of 3rd tee and angle down the bank, turf after.
• New practice bays on the practice ground using old top soil, sleepers, crush and run, sand and artificial grass.
• Remove hedges, benches and trees up at clubhouse.
• Remove hawthorns at rear of 5th green and side of winter tee on 4th. Replace with rhododendrons.
• Path on 14
• Build new bays at the shed using re-bar, wet pour concrete and concrete blocks allowing for the storage of aggregates and sands without cross contamination.
• Turf worn areas.
Before the start of the season we are hoping to put a pathway over the 1st ditch and before the 6thgreenside ditch on the slope.
Seasonal Work Programme
SPRING AND SUMMER WORK PROGRAMME 2019
To maintain the Greens, Greens Surrounds, Tees, Fairways, Rough and Bunkers as per the Course Management Policy Document.
Last year we reduced considerably the level of thatch in our greens. Ideally this should be reduced slightly further. In order to do this and insure thatch levels do not build up, we will continue to aerate and dress the greens with sand on a regular basis. Last year we applied 80 tons of sand. The objective this year will be 150 tons.
As a general rule the exact timings of work cannot be stated. This will depend on weather conditions. Also the actual method of aeration may vary. This will again depend on the weather we have had and the condition of the greens sub-soil and grass roots.
How and when we carry out work will be a decision for the Course Manager. However the below details some our plans:
In Spring it is intended to Solid Spike the greens and apply a heavy top dressing of sand.
At the end of May the greens will be overseeded with bent grass. Tees will also be overseeded.
Twice during the year we will hire the use an Air 2G2 machine to inject air into the greens. This will reduce compaction of the sub-soil.
The week commencing 12th August 2019 is a designated greens maintenance week. As stated the actual nature of the work will be assessed nearer the time. Options are to hollow core, solid spike or use other machinery to inject sand into the greens. The greens will again be overseeded with bent grass.
Throughout the Spring and Summer we will sand the greens with a light top dressing and lightly spike them by micro-tining and use of the Saral Roller.
19th February 2019