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
Winter Work Programme – Update
The awful weather has obviously had an impact on the Winter Work Programme. Progress listed as follows:
Additional drains and access points laid on the 18th hole and in font of the 17th green.
New drains installed on the 17th and 2nd greens. New drains laid at the back of the 17th green and front right hand bunker on the 1st. New drains laid to the right of the 3rd green.
Improving drainage will always be an ongoing programme. The purchase of the trencher means that this can be addressed at any time.
New sand has been delivered to mix in and create the correct consistency in our greenside bunkers.
Soil excavated during drainage has been used to fill the 3 scrape bunkers on the 9th hole. This needs levelling. They will then be turfed. It is still intended to build a new single bunker slightly further on to the left of the fairway. This bunker will be of a similar design to other fairway bunkers on the course. An assessment will be made in March to see if this can be completed this year.
Bunkering of the course to be reviewed by the Course Group this year. Dave Smith will provide the professional advice regarding removal and replacement. Plans for such changes will be produced and be circulated to members. This will be a long-term project and has obvious cost implications.
The tree Surgeon we identified who trains people in this field of work has as yet failed to give us any dates he can attend. The weather may have been the reason. We still hope to use his services. No cost implications for the club.
In the meantime our greens staff have started removing trees round the ponds on the 12th and 13th holes
The condition of the large pine tree by the first tee is still causing concern. Professional advice will be obtained before anything is done to this tree.
Health and Safety dictated additional work to reduce the gradient of the exit path at the rear of the 18th hole. Work is in progress. New stone will be laid on the surface. Areas will be turfed and flowerbeds created.
Work has commenced to renovate other paths on the course.
The donated astro-turf is too heavy to move and will therefore not be used for path construction. Other options for its use are being considered.
The club still hopes to purchase a TriLo Vacuum leaf collector. We will monitor the market for a suitable machine.
Out of bounds trenches
We will this winter dig trenches to clearly indicate out of bounds on the 2nd 6th and 7th holes. Work not yet started.
A programme for Spring, Summer and Autumn work to improve our greens will be circulated soon.
For the Course Group 2nd February 2018
Seasonal Work Programme
SPRING SUMMER AND AUTUMN WORK PROGRAMME 2018
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.
21st March 2018