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

Please see the below information provided by Scott Gardener on behalf of the Course Staff and Course Group:
This week we applied a long release granular feed applied to the greens in preparation for the greens renovation works next week. The greens were also left a little longer to allow growth and to help with the recovery after the work we plan on doing.
We will bring the cutting height from 3.25mm to 4.5mm for Saturday 11th competition so golfers can expect slightly slower greens. The idea behind this is that we will not suffocate and stress the grass sward when we top dress meaning the greens will take more sand and also recover faster. We plan on cutting at 4.5mm for two weeks after our renovation works.
The actual renovation will consist of a verti-cut, deep slit, sorel roll and then a deep verti drain. We will then overseed bare areas and finally top dress. A couple of days later we will then micro-tine and iron the greens to settle any heave and also to open back up the sward profile once more and to help promote root growth and allow water percolation through the soil profile via irrigation.
The outcome we are hoping for is to continue to dilute our thatch and improve the profile of our greens further. We will apply 30 tonnes of sand so this will take us to above 50-55 tonnes this year. We then hope to get another 20 tonnes on by the end of September with light regular dustings. 

The Course Group

Seasonal Work Programme


To maintain the Greens, Greens Surrounds, Tees, Fairways, Rough and Bunkers as per the Course Management Policy Document.

The main priority this year is to reduce the level of thatch in our greens. This will be achieved by aeration to reduce compaction, followed by the application of sand.

In Spring as soon as the course is dry enough hollow core and apply a heavy top dressing of sand to all of the greens.

Twice a year use an Air 2G2 machine to inject air into the greens. This will reduce compaction of the sub-soil.

Week commencing 13th August 2018 hollow core the greens a second time and apply another heavy top dressing of sand.

In Autumn deep verti-drain and heave the greens to further reduce compaction. A top dressing of sand will be applied.

In May, June, July and September we will sand the greens with a light top dressing and lightly spike them with the Saral Roller.

Course Group

21st March 2018

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