Robert Laycock has a modern analytical approach to golf course agronomy, combining the best of the traditional and the new. Unlike many agronomists, he has been involved with the day to day running of a golf course and understands the problems and pressures of the modern golf club. He is one of the most experienced agronomists advising on golf courses in the UK.
In addition to his academic qualifications, he is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Biologist and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and holds the Diploma of Membership of the Imperial College of Science and Technology.
“I am not a greenkeeper or a golf course architect or a professional golfer or a fertiliser salesman. On the whole these people do a great job in their specialist fields but they are not agronomists. I believe that to be effective a golf course agronomist should be completely independent of all commercial interests and have a serious scientific background with degrees in soil or plant science and preferable come from a scientific research background, which helps with problem solving on the course.”
Regular client golf courses in the last five years have included all the Marriott UK golf courses, the Britannia Hotels golf courses and other well-respected courses, such as (alphabetical order): Accrington & District Golf Club, Billingham Golf Club, Blackwell Grange Golf Club, Brancepeth Castle Golf Club, Branston Golf & Country Club, Broadway Golf Club, Castle Eden Golf Club, Dalmahoy, Darlington Golf Club, Denton Golf Club, Hartlepool Golf Club, Kirkbymoorside Golf Club, Ladbrook Park Golf Club, The London Golf Club, Malton & Norton Golf Club, Manchester Golf Club, Matfen Hall Golf Club, Minchinhampton Golf Club, North Manchester Golf Club, Norwood Park Golf Club, Pike Fold Golf Club, Slaley Hall Golf Club, Stand Golf Club, Stockport Golf Club,Ulverston Golf Club, Woodham Golf & Country Club, Woburn Golf Club and Worsley Golf Club. Other one-off visits have also been carried out to clubs such as Enville, Ponteland and Thorpeness.