Broadstone Golf Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Staples as its new Head Greenkeeper.
Paul has been acting as interim Head Greenkeeper since March and following a thorough recruitment process, was the leading candidate to fill the role. With the golf course being in great condition this summer and implementing a number of subtle but effective course improvements, Paul's knowledge of the golf course and its current ongoing path to a more sustainable method of golf course management made him the ideal candidate.
Paul, an 8 handicap golfer who had been Deputy Head Greenkeeper at the club since 2012, commented on his promotion: 'Having worked here for over 10 years now and having acted up over this summer, I have many ideas and plans as to how we can improve what is already a wonderful place to play golf. It won't all happen overnight but I am glad that this summer we have seen some good improvements and the feedback has been excellent.'
Paul went on to say that he saw this appointment as only being the start of the process: 'My initial focus will be to get the staff working well, as you are only as good as your team. In the medium/long term, the key will be working well with Ed Richardson the General Manager, our Agronomist Gordon Irvine and the Management Committee to implement the larger scale improvements, whilst at the same time maintaining very good surfaces. Alongside this, I am also aware that we must never stop learning and I am already planning various ways in which I can ensure we copy best practice and give members and guests at Broadstone the very best golfing conditions.'
Broadstone Golf Club, which consistently features in the top 100 lists of golf courses in Great Britain & Ireland will continue to work with Gordon Irvine on a programme to move from predominantly poa greens to mainly bent grass surfaces and Gordon will also assist Paul with his development. The club have also now begun planning the next phase of course modernisation which is due to commence in 2018.