7th January 2019

Work with cultivated turf production 2018

My work with cultivated turf growers continues, with two new clients in 2018. As has been the case for many years, I was asked to contribute the section on cultivated turf production in the John Nix Farm Management Handbook. I received more Expert Witness work, most recently on the condition of lawns.

7th January 2019

Golf activities in 2018

I was very flattered to be invited by Visit Scotland to tender for the agronomy work at the Solheim Cup Tournament to be held at Gleneagles in 2019. Two of my clients have hosted this tournament in the past – Dalmahoy in 1992 and St Pierre in 1996. After much consideration, I decided not to proceed with this but I was delighted to have been asked. 2019 marks the 20th year since I first [...]

3rd January 2018

Work with cultivated turf growers

My work with turf growers has continued and I have a regular client base, with two new clients this year. I continue to work with the Turfgrass Growers Association and ran courses on Understanding Turf Quality for growers in the autumn. I am an experienced expert witness and this year am again involved in a planning dispute – the first for many years. Most County Council planning [...]

3rd January 2018

Golf activities in 2017

Golf course work continues to occupy most of my time, with some new clients and some of my older clients now having been with me for over twenty years. I was invited by Visit Scotland to tender for agronomy services for the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. This is a great honour but I was unable to do this due to family reasons.

2nd January 2017

Top golf club “second opinion” visits

In 2016 I made two one-off visits to well-known golf courses where a agronomists were already retained but who needed reassurance that they were following  the correct agronomic policies to get the best from their greens.

2nd January 2017

New turfgrower clients

It is some time since I advised at a new turf farm, the state of the economy not having been encouraging for some time, but in 2016 I began to advise on the development of a  new turf business. They join my other regular turf grower clients with whom I have had long relationships over the years. As with all my work with turf growers, client confidentiality is strictly observed.

2nd January 2017

Slaley Hall

Slaley Hall became a regular client in 2016. Two top courses – some of the best golf in the north-east of England.

2nd January 2017

Stockport Golf Club

In 2016, Stockport Golf Club became a regular client again, returning after 11 years of receiving advice from another agronomy company. A former Open Regional Qualifying course, Stockport is one of the best courses in Cheshire.

5th February 2016

Greenkeeping Award winners

There are 2500 golf courses in the UK. Greenkeeping staff from 9 of these were nominated for the 2016 BIGGA greenkeeping awards at the BTME in Harrogate. One in each of the three award categories was from my client golf clubs Broadway, Minchinhampton and Woburn.  The nominees from Broadway and Minchinhampton were winners and received their awards from BBC Breakfast presenter and keen golfer [...]

21st August 2014

Update on client golf courses

2013 In 2013 some of the best amateur golfers played on my regular client courses. Northern golfers played their England Golf Northern Counties Championship final at the Manchester Golf Club. The winners at Manchester were in action again at Minchinhampton for the Men’s County Championship Finals in September. The London Golf Club was chosen by England Golf to host the Brabazon Trophy in [...]