Prestwich Golf Club preparing for a bright future

PRESTWICH Golf Club is undergoing a major course development which should be completed in early 2020 and will bring dramatic improvements to their attractive course and enhance their excellent and friendly clubhouse.

Club professional Mark Pearson has been at the club for 24 years after beginning golf as a junior at Altrincham GC then assistant professional at Dunham Forest.

Mark said: "While the course restructuring is taking place we are reducing to nine holes but the sacrifice will be well worth it.

"We had six or seven cross-over holes which often did not endear the course to visitors but this will now be reduced to just one as those days will be gone.


"The course work is ahead of schedule thanks to some good weather and is now 30-35 per cent completed.

"We have a very professional and enthusiastic team here at Prestwich and want to create something very special. We are hopeful that with the improvements to the course and the standards we are producing we will encourage new members and visitors."

Prestwich Head Greenkeeper Chris Harding is a category one golfer at Stand and like Mark he is delighted with the plans and how well the work is going.

Chris said: "My career in green keeping began as an apprentice at Stand GC gaining NVQ level 2/3 and after five years I moved on to Dunscar GC, working there for four years 

"I then got an opportunity to move on to Dunham Forest golf and country club as green keeper mechanic - the club and Chris Gibson, the course manager at the time, were fantastic in helping me progress and put me through a degree in sports turf green keeping for which I will always be grateful and I became Head Green keeper at Prestwich in May 2013

"The current development is progressing very well and the contractors John Greasleys are producing some excellent work.

"Our architect Paul Thomas has given us some fantastic ideas and alterations which will help us drastically improve the perception of the current layout.

"We will be adding some strong par 3s a good par 5 and one of the most interesting 18th greens in the area - this will increase the difficulty in some areas also removing the blind holes and holes which cross each other also not playing over steep hills will encourage new members and visitors making the course an easier walk for all to enjoy 

"We have also discovered a vast amount of sand which the course is built on, this has been capped over time and we fully intend to make significant inroads into getting the course free draining as it should be also changing strategies for courses maintenance introducing long grassland areas and heathers."


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