The role of the Greens Committee
The role of the Green Committee is diverse and wide. It is not in any way a surrogate head greenkeeper and should leave the professionals to do the job that they are employed to do. ideally the greens committee is made up of a representative cross section of the membership so that a balanced view is given to any changes and policy creation.
Fundamentally, the role is one of initially determining policy and then seeing that policy implemented by liaising with the head greenkeeper on a regular basis. To enable that policy to be implemented the committee should undertake regular liaison with the membership to ensure that continued support and funds are available to enable the necessary works to be completed. The policy document will include and implementation document and that in turn will discuss maintenance or reconstruction programmes designed to implement the policy earlier itemised.
This will contain a number of plans for the future to include a long term programme (20-30 years), a mid-term programme (10 years) and a short term 5 year rolling programme. This short, mid and long term planning process will enable the club to look at all aspects of the course including tree planting for the future and next year’s maintenance programme for today. Having a 5 year rolling programme enables the head greenkeeper to use his initiative to utilise resources efficiently and still work within an agreed long term programme.
The secret of success is to develop what might be called the “Green Team”, a true liaison and rapport between the Green Committee and the head greenkeeper and his staff. The Green Committee needs to support, facilitate and communicate regularly with the green staff if both parties are to be successful.
Whatever members might think, there is one thing that the Green Committee and green staff both want ardently and that is to provide the best golfing facilities for the membership.
It is worth commenting on the tree issue and this greens team approach. 10 years ago Mr John Nicholson was invited to the course to give advice on tree management and very little was done in the subsequent 10 years, which means that our problem is an additional 10 years older, hence some of our biggest Poplars are now bordering on unsafe, mainly those between 11, 12, and 13, to remove all right now is both unsustainable from a cost and aesthetic point of view but we are determined to resolve the issue over the next 10 years, and will plough ahead with a proper sustainable tree management plan including a replanting programme.
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