Testimonials

Robert Laycock works with top quality courses of all types throughout the UK:

Marriott UK Hotels

The Marriott group includes such well-known golf venues as Forest of Arden, Dalmahoy, and St Pierre which have hosted many top competitions, including the Solheim Cup, English Open, British Masters and Brabazon Trophy.

"Robert's experience and knowledge of turfgrass and golf course requirements makes him a valued and respected member of the team looking after Marriott Hotels' fifteen courses in the UK. He has visited at least annually since 1999 and the time spent with our greenkeepers on course is an important part of our maintenance programme. His expertise in the technical aspects of agronomy, coupled with sustainable and completely independent advice, is second to none. The condition of our courses is very important to us, and through his visits, and concise and well-written reports, we are able to improve what we have as well as deal with any problems that may arise. I thoroughly recommend him."

Alison Ainsworth, Senior Director of Golf, Leisure & Spa Operations Europe, Marriott Hotels Ltd



Woburn Golf Club

All three courses at Woburn are consistently rated among the best in the UK. Woburn was the venue for the British Masters for many years and is currently the location for the Travis Perkins Senior Masters competition and the Women's British Open Championship. It is one of four final qualifying venues for the Open Championship.

"I have known Robert for ten years through his association with the Marriott golf resorts in the UK, and when I came to Woburn I was very keen to use his expertise once again. I trust him implicitly to work alongside my Course Manager, John Clarke, to give us the back-up we need, ensuring that the operational tactics that we employ on a day-to-day basis delivers the long term stability and plant health that we are looking for. His annual visit, with the follow up report, is structured to cover all three golf courses at Woburn and is extremely useful when we discuss our future plans for machinery purchase and operational activity with our CEO and owner. I feel that using the expertise of John and the scientific input of Robert we can ensure long-term success for our courses."

Jason O'Malley, General Manager, Woburn Golf Club
www.woburn.co.uk/golf




Manchester Golf Club

Manchester Golf Club is a mainly moorland course designed by Harry Colt and is one of the top golf courses in the north-west of England. It hosted the Lancashire Amateur Championship 2011 and was chosen as the venue for the England Golf Northern Counties Championship in 2013.

"Having worked with Robert for six years as the retained agronomist at Manchester Golf Club, I have found his advice honest, accurate and invaluable. We have consistently seen an improvement in the condition of the golf course since Robert’s involvement and I have no hesitation in recommending his services. His experience, attention to detail and value for money have been an excellent asset to the club and his complete independence and impartiality provide additional peace of mind."

Nick Leech, former Chairman of Green, Manchester Golf Club
www.mangc.co.uk



Castle Eden Golf Club

Castle Eden Golf Club is one of County Durham’s finest parkland golf courses and is set alongside the beautiful Castle Eden Dene with great scenery and fantastic views of the Castle.

In the two years that Robert Laycock was appointed as the club’s agronomist, the quality of the greens has improved significantly and some problems that had existed for decades have been resolved completely. Robert Laycock’s influence was behind the upgrading of greenkeeping equipment and his suggestions for subtle changes to the management of the golf course have greatly improved the greens. This used to be seen as a five-month golf course and it is now in top condition for the majority of the year.

Stuart Forster, Greens Chairman 2013-2015, Castle Eden Golf Club
www.castleedengolfclub.co.uk