This last month has been a busy month for the greens team, we have seen a huge spurt in growth and at the same time a reduction in numbers of greens staff with the resignation of the head greenskeeper. So the course has had many demands on the greens team and I would like to thank them all for the sterling work they have achieved through this difficult time. There have been many positive comments on the course throughout Captains Weekend and the club championship, with high praise from the many visitors. Of course there will always be criticism as that is the nature of things, but we must put that into context and keep positive.
I can announce that the board of Directors have agreed to appoint John Dales as the new head greenskeeper and hope that the Billingham members give John all their support in his promotion and new role. We have also agreed to appoint a new Deputy head greenskeeper in Roy Applegarth. He comes highly recommended from his previous role at the prestigious Rockcliffe Hall Golf Club. Roy’s task is to work closely with our current team and with fresh eyes help to develop Billingham Golf Course as “the place” where visitors will want to come and play and increase membership. He along with John Dales will work closely with the Greens team and Greens committee in developing our 5 year rolling plan for the course.
You may have noticed that we have two new pieces of machinery in and around the course, a new Iseki tractor/loader and a new Jacobson greens mower – replacing the old worn out units. This is also a new initiative and with time and increasing club membership we hope, over the next few years, to be able to increase our investment in our plant and machinery to the betterment of the golf course.
Lets hope for continuing good weather and we will endeavour to keep on top of the growth and over the next month make some inroads to better bunkers, and a start on tackling the pond at the 11th hole.
Keep all your constructive and encouraging comments coming in and we will try and address in the short term and plan for the long term.