During the winter of 2016 David Scammell - the incoming Chairman of Greens at Sandy Lodge contacted Greg regarding his services. At that stage their course was in a bit of a mess. The previous course manager left, greens were attacked by disease and the condition of the course was poor given the club’s standing in the industry. After an initial meeting the club engaged his services on a management agreement to work with the newly promoted Head Greenkeeper and team.
Greg’s initial mandate was to help and support the greenkeeping team building their confidence, which had suffered over the preceding year. Two strategies worked in tandem. First, the immediate improvement of the playing surfaces successfully altered and improved the clubs fertility, top dressing and aeration programme. The second initiative took a bit longer to take effect, reorganizing the greenstaff’s structure and work practices to make them suitable for the modern age.
To date Sandy Lodge has been a great project. The course received rave reviews in 2017 and the greenstaff’s morale has much improved. A new structure is established within the team with greater accountability and responsibilities for each team member. New working practices such as operational procedures and preventative maintenance are now in place. And to top it off, the club installed a new state-of-the-art short game area. The 600m2 chipping green is complete with revetted and sleeper faced bunkers. Through his management role Greg also undertook project management responsibilities with this project. It was some year!