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Why greenkeeping is the best job in the world

Why greenkeeping is the best job in the world: Some of the country’s leading greenkeepers reveal the things they love most about their job on the golf course… We all love golf and the hours spent out on the course are usually among the highlights of our week, writes BIGGA‘s Karl Hansell. I can’t tell you the hours […]

Forum calls for Amenity Standard to become a requirement

Forum calls for Amenity Standard to become a requirement: Since its formal launch at the start of this year, the Amenity Standard has been very much welcomed by all sides of both the amenity sector and policy makers.  The Forum is now calling on the UK and national governments to introduce this as a requirement […]

Bomb discovered on golf course

Bomb discovered on golf course: Greenkeepers unearthed a little surprise on Monday at The Royal Cromer Golf Club, when a bomb was discovered under ground at the seaside golf club in East Anglia. The bomb was found whilst groundsmen were carrying out work and maintenance between the 7th and 12th fairways around midday Monday 20th July. […]

Community efforts lift club’s fortunes

Community efforts lift club’s fortunes: The future is bright at Auchmill after community spirit put a real buzz into the Aberdeen club. A band of volunteers joined head greenkeeper Mathew Smith and stewardess Andrea Stewart to make massive improvements to the course and clubhouse during the Covid-19 lockdown. Their reward is seeing a demand to […]

Scott Fenwick reflects on four decades

Scott Fenwick reflects on four decades: He remembers hoisting the bag over his shoulder and playing from sunrise to sunset at Craigie Hill Golf Club. At this point young Perth High School student Scott Fenwick harboured dreams of rising through the ranks to stardom on the professional tour. That particular dream was not realised but his […]

Ryde GC’s long serving greenkeeper

Ryde GC’s long serving greenkeeper: Binstead-born Doug Rigby has helped develop Ryde Golf Club’s popular course into one of the best and challenging on the Isle of Wight over his 40-year career. Doug, 56, who joined the club straight from school, is believed to be one of the longest serving greenkeepers in the industry. After […]

Tributes paid to a first-class groundsman

Tributes paid to a first-class groundsman: Tributes have been paid to Durham Cricket’s former head groundsman, Tom Flintoft, who died on Tuesday, aged 86. Mr Flintoft, who lived in Whitby, spent seven years at Emirates Riverside becoming the club’s first head groundsman in 1991. He was born and brought up in the Whitby area on the family […]

Don’t hit your ball towards greenkeepers

Don’t hit your ball towards greenkeepers: After a course manager suffered a nasty head injury when struck by a ball, BIGGA explain their members often find themselves in the firing line. The golf course is perhaps unique in sport as greenkeepers can often be seen carrying out work while the course is in play. It’d […]

Maintaining a golf course alone

Maintaining a golf course alone: Meet the head greenkeeper who took on lockdown single-handedly and was overcome by the community at his club. Ian Pemberton always joked his course at Cleveland Golf Club would be brilliant if golfers weren’t on it. Then they were gone – for nearly two months. He was alone, his entire […]

Wimbledon will be greener next year

Wimbledon will be greener next year: Neil Stubley should have been nervously appraising how the grass he and his fellow Wimbledon ground staff had nurtured was faring on the first day of the Grand Slam. Instead, the head groundsman at the All England Club has seen the “blood, sweat and tears” spent in preparing for the tournament come […]

Greenkeeper airlifted to hospital

Greenkeeper airlifted to hospital: The course manager of Pitlochry Golf Club is expected to make a full a recovery after being involved in a terrifying accident on the Perthshire course yesterday. Stuart Griffiths, 44, was taken by air ambulance to Ninewells Hospital where his injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening. According to […]

Junior football pitch set on fire

Junior football pitch set on fire: Vandals who lit a bonfire on a junior football pitch in Barrow have been slammed by a member of the club. Football coach Paul Speirs said Barrow Wanderers Juniors are now thinking about having to fence off the field to stop people from wrecking the turf. Mr Speirs, coach and groundsman at […]

Greenkeeping course set to continue

Greenkeeping course set to continue: The Singapore-based Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) have said in a statement they will continue their Certificate in Greenkeeping (CIG). The development comes after the educational programme was abruptly halted by the coronavirus outbreak. The certification programme is being run in partnership with the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) […]

City groundsman on Etihad pitch

City groundsman on Etihad pitch: If all goes well on Wednesday, the only thing Manchester City’s head groundsman will have to keep his eye on during the Arsenal game will be the ball. When competitive games were suspended in March and the scale of the impact of the pandemic became clearer, the Blues were one of a number of […]

Pitch perfect at Holwell Sports

Pitch perfect at Holwell Sports: Carel Fourie has been named the United Counties League Groundsman of the Year after the Welby Road turf impressed judges. “It’s a great honour. As a Division One side, winning the award which also includes the Premier Division is a great honour,” said Sports chairman Graham Lewin. “We’re very proud […]

Shotts GC vandalised just before opening

Shotts GC vandalised just before opening: Yobs on motocross and quad bikes have senselessly torn up putting greens at Shotts Golf Club causing more than £1000 worth of damage. The turf on a number of the course’s greens and tee points was left scarred and scored, with motor oil spilt on it. News of the […]

Greenkeeper celebrates 30 years

Greenkeeper celebrates 30 years: Darren Hargreaves is celebrating 30 years as the deputy head greenkeeper at Skipton Golf Club. He has been involved in golf as an occupation virtually since leaving Greenhead Grammar School in Keighley, now University Academy Keighley – although he did initially “dabble” with a course in engineering. “I soon realised engineering […]

Grounds for concern at Barnsley

Grounds for concern at Barnsley: The sight of footballers taking the field for league matches in June – a time when the sporting calendar is usually focused on cricket, the Queen’s Club Championships and the Epsom Derby – would be incongruous for many. Not least for Barnsley’s head groundsman David Anderson and his counterparts at […]

Weymouth GC greenkeeper retires

Weymouth GC greenkeeper retires: Weymouth Golf Club will wish a fond farewell to their head greenkeeper this month, as he retires after 42 years working to keep the course in tip top shape. Rob Bayliss, 64, was appointed head greenkeeper at the club in May 1978 and many at the club will know him from […]

Tributes to devoted groundsman

Tributes to devoted groundsman: Tributes have been paid to a groundsman who devoted his life to the football and cricket clubs he lovingly served. John Marston, who was groundsman at Mundford Football Club and Mundford Cricket Club, died on May 13 at the age of 76. Employed throughout his working life by the Forestry Commission, […]

Greenkeeper threatened by golfer

Greenkeeper threatened by golfer: The manager of one of the top golf clubs in Edinburgh has expressed shock at a greenkeeper being “threatened” by a golfer. The incident happened on Thursday at Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club in the heart of the city. Like all courses in Scotland, it remains closed due to the coronavirus […]

Greenkeeper banished beard for NHS

Greenkeeper banished beard for NHS: Reay Golf Club greenkeeper James Macadie wanted to do something special to raise money for the NHS – so decided to take part in his very own “Covhead Challenge” by having his beloved beard shaved off. James (69) had been sporting his beard since the early 1970s and only once […]

Elgin pitch in to thank NHS

Elgin pitch in to thank NHS: Elgin City’s Borough Briggs pitch displayed a special message to the heroes of the NHS thanking them for their efforts during the Covid-19 crisis. Club director and groundsman Cecil Jack came up with a unique way for City to express their gratitude by marking a huge love heart and […]

Groundsman keeping Keepmoat pitch ready

Groundsman keeping Keepmoat pitch ready: The pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium would be ready for Doncaster Rovers with just a couple of days notice – but that has been no mean feat during lockdown. Operating in an environment of uncertainty with football and rugby league halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak, head groundsman Andy Thompson […]

Green set on fire by vandals

Green set on fire by vandals: A golf club has been left in dismay after being the victim of “pure vandalism” in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown. Thousands of pounds of damage was caused to various elements of the course at Knighton Heath Golf Club in Bournemouth. The spate of damage across the 90-acre site, which sits […]

1.4m more children could play sports weekly

1.4m more children could play sports weekly: A new report by the Grounds Management Association (GMA) today reveals that junior participation levels in rugby and football could increase by almost 1.4 million (1,376,252) children every week, and in cricket, by almost half a million (489,859) per season. With the right investment, guidance and care, a massive 4 million more children’s football […]

Interview greenkeeper Gary Cook

Interview greenkeeper Gary Cook: Gary Cook, the head greenkeeper at Enmore Park Golf Club, admits that he is a fortunate man, writes Richard Walsh. “I am lucky to be doing something that I always wanted to do and enjoy doing it as well, so I am very fortunate,” he says. Cook was born into a […]

Greenkeeper shares 40 years of memories

Greenkeeper shares 40 years of memories: A dedicated greenkeeper thought to be one of the longest serving in the industry is celebrating spending 40 years at the same golf club. Terry Wharton joined Haydock Park Golf Club in April 1980 as a young man and is now head greenkeeper. He said: “The 40 years have […]

English groundsmen braced for uncertainty

English groundsmen braced for uncertainty: While most counties have furloughed staff and players in a bid to save money as they wait to see what, if any, cricket will be played this summer, a hardy bunch of groundsmen remain in situ, trying their best to keep on top of the country’s 18 first-class grounds. Without […]

Golf green light could come ‘overnight’

Golf green light could come ‘overnight’: Greenkeepers across the country have been advised to prepare for their courses re-opening at very short notice, “perhaps even overnight”. That is one of two scenarios outlined in a document published by the British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA). In a statement, the organisation said: “BIGGA has had no […]

Sheep take over groundsman duties

Sheep take over groundsman duties: Although it’s hard to find many silver linings in the heavy clouds pressing down on us at the moment, one positive part of lockdown is the natural world taking back what’s been nabbed by humanity. Whether it’s herds of wild goats taking over Llandudno, or deer roaming the estates of […]

Martinstown CC’s message of support

Martinstown CC’s message of support: Martinstown Cricket Club have found a unique way to get behind the NHS, leaving a message of support in the middle of their pitch. The club has shown their love and support for the NHS by cutting a pattern of the three letters encased in a heart into the turf. […]

Greenkeepers’ caution on golf’s return

Greenkeepers’ caution on golf’s return: Golfers were warned to expect “inevitable disappointment” when they were able to return to play whenever government lockdown restrictions are eased. Only essential maintenance has been permitted, often by stripped down greenkeeping crews, since the decision was taken to shut the doors on clubs on March 23. Images spread across […]

The time to make pitches perfect

The time to make pitches perfect: Croke Park pitch manager Stuart Wilson has revealed one positive from the break in GAA activity, a revitalised and reinvigorated pitch at GAA headquarters. And Wilson, who has previously worked at the Aviva Stadium and Arsenal’’s Emirates Stadium, has insisted that club and country grounds nationwide can similarly benefit. […]

Grassroots funding hits £8m

Grassroots funding hits £8m: Grassroots sports clubs and organisations in England have received a total of £8m worth of funding from the Community Emergency Fund, set up to help with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Launched and managed by Sport England, the emergency fund has already secured the futures of more than 2,000 sports […]

England groundsmen face uncertain times

England groundsmen face uncertain times: While most counties have furloughed staff and players in a bid to save money as they wait to see what, if any, cricket will be played this summer, a hardy bunch of groundsmen remain in situ, trying their best to keep on top of the country’s 18 first-class grounds. Without […]

Grounds never looking better

Grounds never looking better: Grass roots sports, at least in name, have a dependence on the surface on which they’re played. That’s why grounds maintenance across the Province has been deemed essential during lockdown – so that our golf courses, cricket squares and sports pitches are fit to play on again when it is deemed […]

Foxes keep groundsman busy

Foxes keep groundsman busy: A brush with the local fox population is keeping Leeds Rhinos’ groundsman Ryan Golding busy during the coronavirus crisis. Most of Rhinos’ 150 employees have been placed on furlough, a form of paid leave, but Golding is among a handful still working – and vulpine pitch invaders are giving him plenty to […]

Sheep taking over golf courses

Sheep taking over golf courses: At least two closed and empty English golf clubs have been taken over by sheep during the coronavirus lockdown – where the ruminants have been taking on the grass cutting duties normally reserved for the currently furloughed greenkeepers. Several UK golf courses are located near to farmland but animals are […]

Todmorden CC pay NHS tribute

Todmorden CC pay NHS tribute: Todmorden Cricket Club have paid tribute to the NHS by cutting its logo onto their pitch. Former club president and groundsman Nevil Sutcliffe said: “It’s just a bit of a tribute from us. “It took me a couple of hours Monday morning, half-an-hour on Sunday working out what to do. […]

BIGGA and R&A’s updated advice

BIGGA and R&A’s updated advice: The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and R&A have updated their guidance after the lockdown for coronavirus was extended Greenkeepers have been given updated advice on what counts as essential maintenance during the coronavirus pandemic. The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and R&A have issued new guidance […]

Irish surfaces kept pitch perfect

Irish surfaces kept pitch perfect: There may be no games taking place in the Danske Bank Premiership right now, but a small band of individuals up and down the country are still having to prepare as if there are. The day that football does return is still a long way down the line as the […]

Park grass-cutting to re-start

Park grass-cutting to re-start: Grass-cutting in Angus parks, cemeteries and open spaces is to resume next week. The authority said the move was aimed at helping the area’s residents get their daily exercise locally. But a reminder over outdoor area closures already in place and a warning for people to stick to lockdown rules have […]

Golf Club’s NHS tribute

Golf Club’s NHS tribute: The Llandrindod Wells Golf Club has paid tribute to the National Health Service by mowing the letters NHS on its course – with a heart around it too. A photo of the tribute, which was created by greenkeeper Ben, was posted on the golf club’s Facebook page and gained a hugely […]

New Zealand greenkeepers return

New Zealand greenkeepers return: Mowers started up for the first time in three weeks on Tuesday at many of New Zealand’s 400 golf courses. Greenkeepers returned “just in time”, with some facing overgrown roughs and disease encroaching on the greens. The Government gave the all-clear for golf course maintenance to resume, following lobbying from those in the golfing community. […]

Plymouth pay NHS tribute

Plymouth pay NHS tribute: Plymouth have paid tribute to the NHS with a special decoration of their Home Park pitch. The League Two club got their head groundsman Chris Ralph to work with the mower, cutting a pattern reading “Thank You NHS” into the turf. Plymouth had already handed their stadium over to the local […]

Andy Fogarty pitching in for Yorkshire

Andy Fogarty pitching in for Yorkshire: Yorkshire may not have been consistently successful on the pitch in recent times but they have been consistently successful in producing good pitches. The groundstaff led by head groundsman Andy Fogarty deliver day-in, day-out and have the accolades to prove it. Indeed, the biggest thing in Fogarty’s house is […]

Greenkeeping during a pandemic

Greenkeeping during a pandemic: As clubs continue to be shut in the UK while the coronavirus pandemic holds its grip over the world, one of the biggest concerns looking ahead is the shape our courses will be in when normality returns. In the wake of the lockdown, the government confirmed greenkeepers could still attend work […]

Later Wimbledon a no go

Later Wimbledon a no go: Wimbledon head groundsman Neil Stubley says “it’s not possible” to host The Championships later in the summer or in autumn as the daily window for play would be too short. Wimbledon last week became the highest-profile tennis tournament to be cancelled due to the coronavirus with the All England Lawn […]

Greenkeepers work fury

Greenkeepers work fury: Greenkeepers at Caird Park Golf Club in Dundee are said to be fuming they are being forced to continue going in to work despite two of their colleagues testing positive for coronavirus, according to the region’s Evening Telegraph. A report from BIGGA last week claimed that it was in their understanding that […]

Vandals damage golf club

Vandals damage golf club: Vandals have damaged the course at a north-east golf club. Vehicles were driven on to the site at Oldmeldrum Golf Club on Thursday night, leaving tyre tracks on the grass. It’s not the first time the course has been targeted. Last year parts of the site had to be closed following […]

Askam rugby club’s NHS gesture

Askam rugby club’s NHS gesture: Askam Rugby League Club have gone above and beyond to show their appreciation for the NHS.  Groundsmen took advantage of the suspended season to say thank you to local healthcare workers. Lines have been painted on the club’s pitch with ‘NHS’ printed inside a large heart. The club posted on […]

ECB unveils interim support package

ECB unveils interim support package: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a £61 million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19. The plans detail a number of measures for the whole sport from elite to grassroots, including the MCC, the First-Class Counties (FCCs) and their County Cricket Boards (CCBs). […]

Groundsman’s sense of normality

Groundsman’s sense of normality: Amid all the uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, it is reassuring to know that some routines have hardly changed. “The grass doesn’t stop for coronavirus,” Scott Humphries, groundsman at Oxford United’s training ground says. This is the start of the third week without players working on the pitches at the club’s headquarters near […]

NZ courses braced for no upkeep

NZ courses braced for no upkeep: Normally at the weekend, stadiums around New Zealand are full of kiwis watching rugby and cricket or for the thousands of weekend hackers, it’s time for a round of golf with their mates. But with the country in lockdown, those stadiums and golf courses aren’t just bare of people […]

COVID-19 advice for course maintenance

COVID-19 advice for course maintenance: What is classed as ‘essential maintenance’ during the Covid-19 outbreak? The R&A and BIGGA have had their say. How much maintenance does a golf course really need during the coronavirus pandemic? After the Government put new curbs on personal movement as the outbreak intensified, greenkeeping teams were advised by the […]

ECB say groundsmen’s work is essential

ECB say groundsmen’s work is essential: The England and Wales Cricket Board and Yorkshire Cricket Board have deemed the work of groundsmen and women essential. While virtually all other cricket activities have been stopped, Rod Heyhoe, secretary of the Yorkshire branch of the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), has been reading through a five-page document from the ECB. “It […]

Stadiums converted into hospital wards

Stadiums converted into hospital wards: Leisure centres and stadiums are being transformed into emergency hospital wards in Wales, as part of measures to tackle the unprecedented challenges placed on the NHS. Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli, Carmarthen Leisure Centre and the Parc y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli are among those being used to create hundreds […]

ECB – Coronavirus and Grounds Maintenance

ECB – Coronavirus and Grounds Maintenance: For the avoidance of doubt, due to the developing nature of the outbreak, all grounds teams must ensure that they are monitoring relevant Government and Public Health England (PHE) sites which may change and therefore have an impact on the contents of this document which is correct as of […]

Coronavirus’ impact on sport

Coronavirus’ impact on sport: The world is witnessing the advance of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impacts on a global scale. The effects of COVID-19, which is already considered a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, are bringing thousands of cases in every part of the world and will cause brutal economic damage. The negative […]

Living every cricket lover’s dream

Living every cricket lover’s dream: Just like the players, Karl McDermott would now be entering the final stage of his preparations for the English cricket season. As head groundsman at Lord’s, he would have an eye on April 12, when Middlesex were due to open their campaign against Worcestershire. Instead, he is “living every cricket lover’s dream” — […]

Greenkeepers still able to work

Greenkeepers still able to work: Following the Prime Minister’s curbs to fight coronavirus, greenkeepers can still attend work for ‘security and essential maintenance purposes’ But all work “must be carried out in accordance with government guidelines on social distancing”, and the association that represents the profession is seeking further guidance on what that means. The […]

Perennial prepares for increase in demand

Perennial prepares for increase in demand: Perennial is the safety net for people in the horticulture industry and are here to help anyone working in, or retired from any job involving trees, plants, flowers or grass. As the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to evolve for the whole industry, including everyone working in turf or groundscare, Perennial is urging anyone […]

Government update on greenkeeping

Government update on greenkeeping: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening that the country is effectively in ‘lockdown’, BIGGA has been working hard to obtain clarification as to what that means in practice for our members, many of whom are looking for reassurances with regards their careers and income. It is an unprecedented time for […]

Angels crowdfund to protect pitch

Angels crowdfund to protect pitch: Tonbridge Angels Football Club has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £35,000 so that it can purchase covers and carry out urgent work on the pitch and drainage system at Longmead. The plea comes with the club’s finances suffering severely after a succession of home games at the stadium have […]

ECB statement on recreational game

ECB statement on recreational game: “Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended. “This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity. “Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical […]

Tribute to groundsman Reg Lomas

Tribute to groundsman Reg Lomas: Reg Lomas, former head groundsman at Stratford and Cheltenham racecourses, has died at the age of 88. Lomas was awarded an MBE in 2002 for his work within racing and had a race run at Ludlow in his honour in October 2005, the Reg Lomas Lifetime In Racing Handicap Chase. […]

Coronavirus tips for greenkeepers

Coronavirus tips for greenkeepers: BIGGA – the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association – explain how clubs can assist their vital greenkeeping teams during the pandemic. Greenkeepers are an essential part of keeping a golf club open. The clubhouse may be able to temporarily shut its doors and ask golfers to change at home or […]

Groundsman recognised at seminar

Groundsman recognised at seminar: Westbury & District Cricket Club’s groundsman, Gordon Gill, was invited to join top groundsmen from across the country to speak about his experience at a seminar held last month.  He was joined by Vic Demain (head groundsman at  Durham CCC), Karl McDermott (head groundsman at  MCC/Lords), Sean Williams (head groundsman at Gloucestershire CCC) […]

The IOG set to rebrand

The IOG set to rebrand: Following independent research entitled ‘Groundsmanship: Sports Vital Profession’ which highlighted the urgent need for change, the IOG today announces its intention to re-brand. After a thorough selection process, the proposed new brand name and identity, unanimously backed by the Board of the IOG, will be the ‘Grounds Management Association’. The […]

What a signing!

What a signing!: Port Vale have made some terrific signings over the years although not many have given greater service than the 17-year-old groundsman they took on in May 1979. Hard-working, knowledgeable, hugely dedicated to the club….oh, and best avoided if the Vale have just had a game called off. That doesn’t happen very often, […]

Council cutback challenges

Council cutback challenges: Council workers are maintaining enough grassland in Argyll and Bute to cover the entire area of Monaco – but sometimes struggling to be available to cut it. A report has revealed that two million square metres of open grassland space is maintained by the authority’s staff – equivalent to the size of […]

‘Truly testing’ winter at Plymouth

‘Truly testing’ winter at Plymouth: Plymouth Argyle’s head of grounds Chris Ralph has described the ‘truly testing’ winter that has taken its toll on the Home Park pitch. February has seen record rainfall levels across the country and Plymouth has not escaped the deluges. The combination of that very wet weather, plus a busy programme […]

Storm funding helps over 100 clubs

Storm funding helps over 100 clubs: More than 100 sports clubs and organisations have already received grants from an emergency storm relief fund launched earlier this month. Set up by Sport England to help those affected by storms Ciara and Dennis, the fund has seen grants of up to £5,000 being awarded across the country. […]

Golf club vandalised by motorist

Golf club vandalised by motorist: No arrests have yet been made after a vehicle was driven across a golf course, causing damage to one of the greens. The incident at Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club occurred between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: “We received a report of criminal damage […]

Ilkley Town back up and running

Ilkley Town back up and running: Ilkley Town AFC is back up and running in the wake of flooding by Storm Ciara. “We’re very pleased to be back up and running again,” said Richard Giles, chairman of Ilkley Town. “When Storm Ciara hit, the river burst its banks and came on to the pitch.” Since […]

The Grass is Greener in LaLiga

The Grass is Greener in LaLiga: From the rain of the north to the heat of the south, club greenkeepers in Spain are keeping their pitches in the same high conditions. Using LaLiga’s ‘Greenkeeper’ app, clubs are not only using the best techniques but sharing their data with other clubs. In Spain, weather conditions can […]

Greenkeeper’s 30 years of service

Greenkeeper’s 30 years of service: Market Drayton Golf Club’s head greenkeeper has achieved a remarkable 30 years of service with the club. Simon Cotterill, who joined the club staff as the 11-hole course was expanding to 18 holes, has greatly influenced its development. Market Drayton Golf Course is now recognised as one of the best […]

Relief fund for Ciara victims

Relief fund for Ciara victims: Storm damaged pitches and facilities could be back in use sooner than expected thanks to a new emergency flood relief fund from Sport England. The effects of Storm Ciara are still being fully assessed but, in an attempt to rectify the damage as soon as possible, local authorities and community […]

Cricket club counting cost of Ciara

Cricket club counting cost of Ciara: Bridgeholme Cricket Club is counting the cost of being flooded again, but this time it is worse than ever, according to groundsman Keith Hudson. The club’s Eastwood ground has been flooded several times in recent years, but it has been left in a horrendous state by Storm Ciara over […]

S&B groundsman passes away

S&B groundsman passes away: The name Peter Dury will probably mean little to the current generation of Southport & Birkdale’s players or supporters. Yet between 1961 and 1965 Dury, who died last month, built a reputation as the finest groundsman in the club’s history. Moreover in a working life spanning half a century Dury carved […]

Greenkeepers keen to maintain course

Greenkeepers keen to maintain course: Parkview Golf Club’s green-keeping team has completed a five-day project to mow about three kilometres of the verges along the golf course perimeter. The project, at an estimated cost of R15 000 is part of the club’s embracing programme to secure the environmental integrity of the course, according to club […]

Cricket groundsman to stand down

Cricket groundsman to stand down: He has become one of the recognisable figures in north-east cricket over the last 20 years. But now, Kenny McCurdie, the head groundsman at Aberdeenshire CC, has confirmed he is stepping down from the role at the end of March. Regarded as one of the country’s best pitch preparers, McCurdie […]

Michael Davie wins BIGGA award

Michael Davie wins BIGGA award: Greenkeeper Michael Davie – who set up a mental health support group to help his fellow professionals in the turf industry – has picked up the top award at the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s annual convention. Davie, the course manager at Hazel Grove Golf Club, in Stockport, has […]

Winning bid announced for charity auction

Winning bid announced for charity auction: Maskinia, the Authorised Doosan Construction Equipment Dealer in Sweden based in Linköping, is delighted to announce that the winning bid of SEK 202,000 (19,100 Euros) was made by local company, CN:s Gräv AB, in the company’s on-line charity auction of a new Doosan DX10z 1 tonne mini-excavator to raise […]

Agrovista Amenity launches at BTME

Agrovista Amenity launches at BTME: Maxwell Amenity and Sherriff Amenity, the professional turf and landscape division of Agrovista, have joined forces to herald the start of an exciting new era. Agrovista Amenity, launched at BTME in January, brings together two of the most experienced and progressive teams in the amenity turf market and is the […]

School groundsman talks about role

School groundsman talks about role: Lewis Pattinson, the head groundsman at Bradford Grammar School, has spoken of his pride at looking after the grounds at the school. He said: “It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life.” He tell us what his job is like and how he loves being a groundsman: “I’ve worked […]

Groundsman’s near miss

Groundsman’s near miss: A groundsman was almost struck as he replaced divets halfway through a race during one of Musselburgh Racecourse’s biggest days of the year. The ‘near-miss’ incident occurred during the Edinburgh Cup in September when groundstaff had been warned to remember the main race of the day would see the runners go round the […]

Football club hit by vandals

Football club hit by vandals: A reward has been offered for information on the vandals who damaged a football pitch on Christmas Day. Leysdown Football Club’s ground in Shellness Road on Sheppey was targeted by vandals sometime last Wednesday when tyre tracks were left in the grass. It has led to bosses from fellow Island club, Sheppey […]

Billericay strive to improve surface

Billericay striving to improve surface: Billericay Town vice-chairman Greg Lake insists the club is doing everything it can to make sure less home fixtures are called off in the weeks ahead. Town have seen numerous contests at New Lodge called off this season due to an unplayable pitch. But Lake stresses Billericay are doing everything they […]

Carnoustie give back to local community

Carnoustie give back to local community: Carnoustie Golf Links are supporting a joint project with the Carnoustie Branch of Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) to provide bespoke hampers to those in the local area who could do with a little help this Christmas.   The RBLS currently supports many families already, through their Food Share […]

IOG recommend 2.5% pay rise

IOG recommend 2.5% pay rise: The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK, is recommending a 2.5 per cent increase in grounds staff’s national minimum salary bands for 2020.  In addition, says the IOG, the amount paid in […]

Student greenkeeper an ‘inspiration’

Student greenkeeper an ‘inspiration’: Kyle McClung, who started his career on home turf at Wigtownshire County Golf Club but is now working at Glenbervie, has been named as the top student greenkeeper in Scotland. The accolade is awarded by BIGGA (British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association) through the Harry Diamond Award in memory of an […]

Groundsman’s ECB commendation

Groundsman’s ECB commendation: Radlett Cricket Club head groundsman Nick Searle has received a commendation in this year’s annual ECB Groundsman of the Year Awards. The Award, in the out-ground venues category, is awarded to groundsmen around the country who have hosted matches across any of the three formats and are judged based on the pitch performance […]

Tributes paid to Derek Hughes

Tributes paid to Derek Hughes: Tributes have been paid to a Vale of Clwyd footballing stalwart who died last week. Derek Hughes, a long-time groundsman at Denbigh Town Football Club and a stalwart of the Llanrhaeadr Summer League team, died on Monday morning. Mr Hughes was the groundsman at Denbigh Town’s Central Park ground for […]

Tributes for Burton groundsman

Tributes for Burton groundsman: Tributes have been paid to a green-fingered South Derbyshire man who tended to Burton Albion’s hallowed turf more than 30 years. Alan Roberts has sadly died at home, aged 88. Mr Roberts worked most of his life as a coal sampler at Rawdon Pit, but in his spare time enjoyed looking […]

Alaves groundsman nets award

Alaves groundsman nets award: John Stewart, from Laurieston, has been named the best groundsman in Spanish football in the year 2019 for his work on Deportivo Alaves’ Mendizorrotza Stadium pitch. The 49-year-old was presented with his award and trophy at the annual La Liga greenkeeper’s dinner in Madrid last week, becoming the latest local sport […]

Rugby club’s open invite to vandals

Rugby club’s open invite to vandals: A rugby club has condemned the actions of vandals who drove on their pitch and left tyre marks strewn across the muddy playing surface. But Phil Prangnell, facilities manager at Dereham Rugby Club, has urged those responsible to curb their ‘boredom’ by joining the team and trying their hand […]

Green speed more than a number

Green speed more than a number: At The Open this year the green speeds measured at 10’1”, 10’2”, 10’3” and, with the threat of rain on the horizon, were slowed to 9’11” for the final day, with all 18 greens stimping within just 4 inches of each other. With that in mind, Golf Magic teamed […]

Golf greens destroyed with clubs

Golf greens destroyed with clubs: A golf club is counting the cost of a ‘disheartening and stressful’ vandal attack. Seven out of the 18 greens at Oldham Golf Club were hacked at with a golf club or clubs. Photographs posted by the club on social media show one green with dozens and dozens of divots […]

Club receives donations after vandalism

Club receives donations after vandalism: A thriving Suffolk football club has received two kind-hearted gestures after vandals damaged two pitches and forced youth games to be postponed. Volunteers at Stowupland Falcons FC were dismayed after quad bike vandals left tyre tracks on the field overnight on Saturday, November 2, causing the cancellation of Sunday youth […]

Plea for help after vandal attack

Plea for help after vandal attack: Volunteers from a city football club have appealed for help after vandals struck. As reported by the Evening Express on Friday, officials at Kincorth AFC were left shocked after intruders damaged their pitch at Kincorth Field. Vandals got onto the land and covered it in tyre tracks and burnt-out […]

Swindon boss praises groundsman

Swindon boss praises groundsman: Richie Wellens revealed the work of groundsman Marcus Cassidy and his army of matchday volunteers played a big part in his decision to accept the Swindon Town manager’s role little under a year ago. Last week, Town scooped the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year accolade at an awards […]

Greenkeepers reveal greatest annoyances

Greenkeepers reveal greatest annoyances: Golfers and greenkeepers. One can’t survive without the other and occasionally, things get a little heated out on the course. What’s the solution? Here at GolfMagic, we’ve teamed up with the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) to hear things from the greenkeepers’ perspective. We spoke to nine top greenkeepers up and […]

New 3G Pitch Vandalised

New 3G Pitch Vandalised: A new 3G pitch for Lanarkshire schoolkids has been wrecked by vandals. The ground in Calderbank has been left unplayable and scorched in several places. One furious local said: “our lovely new sports facility, well used by the community..ruined, and it’s only the 4th of November.” It’s part of a 25 […]

The toughest greenkeeping challenges

The toughest greenkeeping challenges: Greenkeepers are often the unsung heroes of the golf industry. They start work early in the morning and are usually out of the way long before golfers tee up. Yet their responsibility to maintain the golf course means they’re in charge of the most important asset at any club. Golf courses […]

Binfield Football Club vandalised

Binfield Football Club vandalised: Vandals hit Binfield Football Club on Saturday night leaving tyre tracks on the pitches at Hill Farm Lane. The Moles, who had earlier won through to the Third Round of the FA Vase following a 3-1 win at home to Redhill, discovered the damage to pitch 2 at the club when […]

Car vandals destroy pitches

Car vandals destroy pitches: Volunteers at a community football club have been left devastated after vandals ruined two of their football pitches. Members of Gateshead Redheugh, a club which helped nurture the talent of Newcastle legend Paul Gascoigne, arrived to host a football camp on Wednesday morning to discover a car had been driven across the playing […]

Games cancelled after pitch vandalism

Games cancelled after pitch vandalism: Angry club officials have spoken of their frustration as a reckless driver has damaged two of their football pitches. Southwell City Football Club has had to cancel their 7-a-side matches for the foreseeable future as their pitch has been damaged by a irresponsible driver, or drivers, racing and performing doughnuts […]

Vandals cause £1000 of pitch damage

Vandals cause £1000 of pitch damage: Members of Old Laurentian RFC and Old Laurentians Minis & Juniors have been left saddened after finding £1,000 of damage to their pitches. On the night of Wednesday, October 9 – October 10, vandals caused around £1,000 of damage to two out of the three pitches on the site, […]

Willingdon GC targeted by vandals

Willingdon GC targeted by vandals: Vandals took a spade to greens at Willingdon Golf Club in an ‘extreme’ and ‘premeditated’ attack this week. Course manager Luke Turner described it as the “worst vandalism” he’d experienced in his decade at the club, and says it could take until spring to fully repair the damage. Course manager […]

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman: Manager Danny Grainger has praised departing Workington Reds groundsman Jeff Curwen after the stalwart ended his 16-year association with the club. The shock news was revealed on Monday that Curwen, 78, is stepping down. If Reds had moved to Derwent Park this summer, it was Curwen’s intention to step down. But after the […]

400 Up For Mant Family

400 Up For Mant Family: A son who followed in the footsteps of his dad by becoming head groundsman at Fontwell Park Racecourse is celebrating his 400th race meeting at the racecourse this weekend. Paul Mant, who took over the role from dad Roger 16 years ago after learning the ropes and working alongside him […]

Vandals Leave Golf Green ‘Completely Shredded’

Vandals Leave Golf Green ‘Completely Shredded’: This was the scene of devastation left at a golf course after an off-road buggy was seen performing ‘doughnuts’ on the greens. A section of the course at Prestwich Golf Club has been ruined after the act of vandalism, which took place at 4.40pm last Friday. It is believed […]

BASIS Seek Chair For Board Of Trustees

BASIS Seek Chair For Board Of Trustees: National charity BASIS is seeking to recruit a Chair for the Board of Trustees, starting in April 2020. BASIS CEO, Stephen Jacob, explains the Chair will play a vital role in the running of the charity, that looks to support and develop the agricultural and associated industries with […]

Volunteers ‘Disheartened’ After Pitch Vandalism

Volunteers ‘Disheartened’ After Pitch Vandalism: Volunteers at an amateur football club have been left “disheartened” after vandals rode across their pitch on off-road motorcycles. After going to check the pitch at Breightmet Wanderers’ Dolan Park on Sunday morning, a member of the club spotted long tyre trails across the turf. The pitches, off Newby Road, […]

Police Appeal After Pitch Damage

Police Appeal After Pitch Damage: A Clitheroe sports pitch has been “cut to shreds” after a sneaky adult kickabout. Now, the pitch will be closed for several days, while council groundsmen rectify the damage. Up to 12 adults were spotted turfing up at the Edisford Road pitch – one of five next to the car […]

Vandals Rip Up Furness GC

Vandals Rip Up Furness GC: Golfers have called on the community to ‘grass up’ the mindless vandals who caused a ‘hole’ lot of damage on their course. Over the last two decades officials at Furness Golf Club on Walney have had to contend with regular incidents of criminal damage on the greens. These have ranged […]

Gordon Moir To Take Top Post

Gordon Moir To Take Top Post: Former St Andrews Links Trust director of greenkeeping Gordon Moir is in line to land a prestigious post in the industry where he made his mark. The 60-year-old has accepted the nomination to become vice president of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association in 2020, with a view […]

Tributes To Stalwart Willie Duffy

Tributes To Stalwart Willie Duffy: Stenhousemuir Cricket Club paid tribute to one of its greatest stalwarts Willie Duffy, who died last Friday, aged 83. Willie joined the club in 1952. He was a steady medium paced swing bowler. He had some spectacular success such as the occasion when he took six wickets against Watsonians at […]

Twickenham’s New Head Groundsperson

Twickenham’s New Head Groundsperson: The RFU has appointed Jim Buttar as Twickenham Stadium’s head groundsperson, a role he began on 2nd September.  Jim has over 20 years’ experience in grounds maintenance. He was head groundsman at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane for 11 years and deputy head for three years during which time he was […]

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman: Richard Keogh was allegedly involved in a post-game altercation with a Nottingham Forest groundsman, according to reports. Sky Sports report that the Republic of Ireland and Derby County defender was left with “noticeable scratch marks” on his neck following a “scuffle” with the Forest groundsman. It is unclear if the groundsman suffered […]

Cricket Club Slams Vandals

Cricket Club Slams Vandals: The chairman of a cricket club has voiced his anger after their pitch was vandalised ahead of an all-important title decider. Players and officials at Bradenham Cricket Club were left devastated last week after groundsman Brett Gates arrived to find the outfield desecrated with tyre marks. Mr Gates subsequently took to […]

£40,000 Mower At Inverness Castle

£40,000 Mower At Inverness Castle: Highland Council is planning to use a £40,000 remote-control lawn mower to target difficult-to-reach steep slopes around Inverness – including at the city’s famous Castle. While the lush green banks by the castle and the River Ness are regarded as a major tourist attraction, they come with serious grass-cutting problems. […]

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had different opinions on the Wimbledon speed surface. The Swiss player believes it got slower than the previous years while Nadal said it is still the same one. Neil Stubley, who oversees the groundsmen team in the All England Club, said: “Every year we have […]

John Ledwidge Talks Groundsmanship

John Ledwidge Talks Groundsmanship: John Ledwidge always wanted to work on a football pitch. But rather than dreaming about becoming a star striker, he a wrote a letter to his local club, Coventry City, to ask about gaining work experience as a groundsman when he was just 13. The 28-year-old is now head of sports turf and […]

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award: Everyone connected with both Boreham Wood and Arsenal Football Club, would like to congratulate our groundsmen Daniel Hunter and Declan Robinson on winning the very prestigious and Nationally awarded ‘groundsman of the year’ award. The dedication, skill and application shown by these two very committed grass and soil technicians come rain, […]

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award: Hastings United’s surface- and its architect- recognised in FA Groundsman of the Year Awards. Grass. It’s often something we take rather for granted, isn’t it? But creating a fine surface for football doesn’t happen by chance; it involves a great deal of back-breaking work and an incredible amount of skill, which […]

New App For Groundsmen

New App For Groundsmen: The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation are ramping up efforts to improve the quality of grass pitches in England with the launch of the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community app. The new platform provides a resource of expert advice for grounds staff, enabling them to connect with peers, discover […]

Trophy For Alfreton Groundsman

Trophy For Alfreton Groundsman: Alfreton Town’s Rob Brooks picked up the third place trophy in the National League category at the FA Groundsman of the Year Awards. Boreham Wood claimed first place with Chesterfield in second. The Impact Arena is widely recognised up and down the country for its stunning surface and being one of […]

Tributes Paid To Gary Lewis

Tributes Paid To Gary Lewis: Tributes have been paid to former Blackpool FC groundsman Gary Lewis, who has tragically passed away. His son Mark has taken to Twitter to reveal the sad news, saying he and his family are “in shock”. Lewis joined Blackpool as groundsman in May of last year, having previously spent three […]

Kassam Pitch Delights Robinson

Kassam Pitch Delights Robinson: Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has praised the work done this summer to make improvements in the pitch at the Kassam Stadium. Oxford United’s home game with Peterborough United marks the surface’s competitive debut, following extensive refurbishment during the off-season. A good pitch is essential for the way the U’s want […]

Pitch Damaged After Concert

Pitch Damaged After Concert: Pundit Michael Stewart has revealed his dismay at the condition of Hearts’ pitch after the club hosted an Edinburgh Festival concert a week ago today. The damage appears to have been done when the stadium was the venue for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3. It saw a crowd […]

Groundsman Pleas To Dog Owners

Groundsman Pleas To Dog Owners: A football club groundsman has slammed irresponsible dog owners for not picking up their pets’ faeces, which has been left scattered across a village field which is used to host matches. Long Ashton Football Club stalwart Davy McGimpsey believes the amount removed by players is ‘nothing short of disgraceful’ and […]

Bunker Washouts Destroying Morale

Bunker Washouts Destroying Morale: The greatest challenge that has faced golf course superintendents over the past several years has been the difficulty of recruiting and retaining staff. All courses – regardless of budget – are impacted by this labor shortage, but those hit worst are struggling to simply keep up with mowing the entire golf […]

Vandals Cause Grass Pain

Vandals Cause Grass Pain: Volunteers at an East End football club have blasted vandals who repeatedly trash its pitch for five years. Cosmos Football Academy, in Tollcross, which trains kids as young as four-years-old, raised concerns with Glasgow City Council about the repeated problems. The club says that as well as smashing glass bottles on […]

Ireland To Host 2026 Ryder Cup

Ireland To Host 2026 Ryder Cup: The Ryder Cup will return to Ireland in 2026 when Adare Manor, in County Limerick, hosts the biennial contest between Europe and the United States for the first time. Ryder Cup Europe – which comprises the Managing Partner the European Tour, the Founding Partner the PGA of Great Britain […]

United Groundsman Sent To China

United Groundsman Sent To China: Manchester United are sending their groundsman to Shanghai to make sure there is no repeat of the pitch farce that marred their last visit to China. The first derby on foreign soil against Manchester City was scrapped three years ago after torrential downpours left the surface at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing unplayable. […]

Greenkeeper Injured In Holiday Accident

Greenkeeper Injured In Holiday Accident: A British holidaymaker could be paralysed for life after breaking his neck in an accident at a Spanish water park, his family fear. David Briffaut, 23, lost consciousness and suffered serious injuries after hitting the water in a pool at the bottom of a slide at the Aqualandia tourist attraction […]

Tributes For Former Groundsman

Tributes For Former Groundsman: Tributes have been paid to the former head groundsman of Bangor on Dee racecourse after he passed away on Wednesday, July 10 aged 82. John Malam, who will always be associated with the North Wales course, where he was affectionately known as Mr Bangor on Dee, was from the neighbouring village […]

Tribunal Rules Unfair Dismissal

Tribunal Rules Unfair Dismissal: A greenkeeper was unfairly dismissed by bosses at a posh golf club, a tribunal has ruled. Clive Poole, 47, began work at Prestbury Golf Club in 1996 but was sacked from his role – and lost the rented home that came with it – in June 2017. In a lengthy judgement […]

Ian Darler Hits 40 Years

Ian Darler Hits 40 Years: From eating a Sunday roast with Barry Fry in the centre-circle at London Road, to sing-along fishing trips with John Beck and rubbing shoulders with Herve Renard, it would be difficult to find anyone that has experienced the highs and lows of Cambridge United more than Ian Darler. Having arrived […]

Pitch Vandalised With Golf Clubs

Pitch Vandalised With Golf Clubs: A football club has hit out after vandals tore up their pitch with golf clubs only a week before their first pre-season friendly. Billinghay Athletic Football Club, which competes in Division One of the Boston and District Saturday Football League, have criticised the actions of the vandals, which have left […]

Groundsman Reveals Cricket Challenges

Groundsman Reveals Cricket Challenges: Gary Barwell, the head groundsman at Edgbaston, has done well to stay chipper as he prepares the pitch for the second of the World Cup semi-finals on Thursday. Unseasonal bad weather almost scuppered the venue’s first match – between New Zealand and South Africa – before Virat Kohli bizarrely complained about […]

Wolves’ Perfect Pitches

Wolves’ Perfect Pitches: Come rain or shine, they are the men working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure every pitch is Premier League quality. From the under-8s side honing their skills at the training ground to a Saturday afternoon fixture at Molineux, Wayne Lumbard and his dedicated team of groundsmen ensure the turf they are […]

Mower Man Gets Wembley Invite

Mower Man Gets Wembley Invite: A grass cutter whose efforts in creating a pitch “fit for Wembley” for children has been invited to cut the stadium’s pitch for real. A tweet Jimmy Broadhouse shared of his work at a council field in Bilbrook, near Wolverhampton, has been seen almost three million times. It also caught […]

‘Bored’ Groundsman’s Grand Design

‘Bored’ Groundsman’s Grand Design: A “bored” lower league football groundsman went to great lengths to create the perfect pitch – covered in geometric shapes. Fed-up with ‘drawing’ the same outline on the Brechin City turf, Neil Wood, 54, decided to design something more creative with his lawnmower. The patient Glebe Park groundsman spent six hours […]

Centre Court Steam Cleaned

Centre Court Steam Cleaned: The famous Centre Court at Wimbledon has been steam cleaned to kill off any nasty pests lurking beneath the surface, head groundsman Neil Stubley said.  The All England Club first trialled steam sterilising in 2017 and is now rolling it out around the courts. The technique involves covering the grass with […]

Exmouth Pitch In Good Shape

Exmouth Pitch In Good Shape: The football ‘close-season’ is almost at an end as the ‘pre-season’ edges ever closer. Most football teams enjoy an entire month of June recharging batteries before returning in early July for the rigours of pre-season training. However, the ‘close-season’ is not a period of rest for everyone involved with football […]

Bayer Set To Invest $5.6 billion

Bayer Set To Invest $5.6 billion: Bayer has announced it plans to invest about $5.6 billion of its research and development budget on alternatives to its glyphosate weed killer over the next decade, according to an article by Bloomberg. The German company, with U.S. headquarters in Whippany, New Jersey, acquired Monsanto, St. Louis, the maker of Roundup, […]

TurfSync Launched By STRI

TurfSync Launched By STRI: STRI Group is delighted to announce the launch of a new sports surface performance tracker – TurfSync. TurfSync connects the team and players to the surface they are playing on, whilst providing stadium operators with important management data. Its easy-to-use online interface allows the groundstaff, coaches, management and venue operators to […]

Cromer Courts Among The Best

Cromer Courts Among The Best: Cromer’s tennis players have always boasted that their 10 grass courts are amongst the best in the country – and now it is official. Following a visit and inspection by an official from the LTA, the sport’s governing body, and an inspector from the Sports Turf Research Institute they have […]

Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award

Groundsman Wins Volunteer Award: Birmingham Exiles’ Andy Harris was honoured at the annual North Midlands Volunteer Awards recently. The awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate outstanding voluntary service to rugby sides in the region, with the hard work and generosity of volunteers often proving the difference in keeping rugby clubs running. Harris was named […]

Vandals Tear Up Golf Green

Vandals Tear Up Golf Green: A group of “mindless” joy riders ripped up a north-east golf course at the weekend, leaving one green badly damaged. Grounds staff at Oldmeldrum Golf Club arrived on Sunday morning to prepare for the day’s action only to discover tyre marks across the 17th green. Sections of turf had been […]

Groundsmen Sacked After Team leak

Groundsmen Sacked After Team leak: Employees of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club claim they were unfairly dismissed in a “witch-hunt” after a team selection was leaked online. Three members of ground staff were allegedly denied disciplinary hearings or reasons for their sacking on Friday. The GMB union said the dismissal “stinks” and called for […]

Groundsman ‘Tweaks’ Pitch Plans

Groundsman ‘Tweaks’ Pitch Plans: Fleetwood Town’s head groundsman Nick Hyndman has revealed that feedback from keeper Alex Cairns has resulted in a different approach to relaying the Highbury pitch this summer. Hyndman is hopeful the pitch will be in “brilliant” condition by the time Premier League side Burnley arrive for a friendly on July 23. […]

Dover’s Pitch Makeover

Dover’s Pitch Makeover: The new football season might be two months away but preparations have already started on Crabble’s turf ahead of Dover’s 2019/20 National League campaign. Following the installation of the fibre sand pitch last year, Head Groundsman Sid Fletcher is now performing the necessary maintenance work to ensure the ground is in top […]

Thief Steals Football Lawnmower

Thief Steals Football Lawnmower: A local football club that has had to endure a traumatic season off this pitch has been dealt another blow. Boston Town FC have been dealt a huge blow off the pitch as their Ransom 2 wheeled lawnmower was stolen from the ground on Tuesday May 28. Other equipment used to […]

Police Hunt For Golf Vandals

Police Hunt For Golf Vandals: Police are investigating a case of vandalism on two greens at the Crookwell Golf Club. The incident occurred sometime between 9pm on Friday, May 24 and 8.30am on Saturday, May 25. First and second hole greens were ripped up by vehicles which were deliberately driven across the golf course. This […]

Thieves Rip Out Artificial Turf

Thieves Rip Out Artificial Turf: Thieves have ripped out specialist artificial turf from a £33,000 training centre used by young cricketers. The nets were set up at Porthill Park Cricket Club around a month ago following a fund-raising drive. But yobs cut up one of the lanes used to help build youngsters’ confidence in the sport. […]

Cousins’ 70 Years Of Service

Cousins’ 70 Years Of Service: Two cousins have celebrated 70 years of service to the same golf club. Bobby Hay retired earlier this month after 45 years with Gullane Golf Club, while cousin Paul Hay toasted 25 years of long service. Bobby, who was irrigation and drainage technician, and Paul, who is head greenkeeper at […]

Dog Handler Rescued By Tractor

Dog Handler Rescued By Tractor: When Mary Grant dislocated and broke her ankle at work, paramedics were struggling to find a way to get her safely to the ambulance. Mary, a senior dog handler at KDW Doggie Day Care in Kelty, Fife, was teaching puppy agility at the centre when the accident occurred on May […]

Bayer To Appeal Glyphosate Ruling

Bayer To Appeal Glyphosate Ruling: Bayer shares continued to fall on Tuesday after a California jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion in damages to a couple who alleged that the company’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused their cancers. The third successive loss by Bayer in US courts and highest award to date by […]

Ground Staff Furious Over Criticism

Ground Staff Furious Over Criticism: It was a remark by Mark Ramprakash, England’s former batting coach, after the recent Test series defeat by West Indies which pushed one first-class groundsman over the edge. Ramprakash had just been asked why his batters had underperformed so woefully, and responded by assigning a chunk of the blame to […]

New Court Almost Ready

New Court Almost Ready: Often called the world’s best tennis tournament, Wimbledon will be unveiling a new Court No.1 this year and the preparations are in their final stages. The famously skilled groundsmen at the All England Lawn Tennis Club have tweeted pictures of the lines being painted onto court No.1 with the brand new […]

Vandals Hit Ellesmere Port GC

Vandals Hit Ellesmere Port GC: Police have taken to social media to reveal the damage caused by vandals at a recently re-opened golf club. Ellesmere Port Golf Club, also known as Hooton Golf Club, relaunched last month with the Ian Woosnam Golf Academy. The site, which closed suddenly last October after operators Mack Golf ceased trading, is owned […]

Award For Gillingham Groundsman

Award For Gillingham Groundsman: Gillingham groundsman John Plummer was awarded the Elliott Scally Cup at the club’s awards evening last Sunday. The cup goes to someone at the club who deserves special recognition. Plummer was given the daunting task of dealing with a new hybrid pitch early on in the season after the old one […]

Groundsman Targets Improvements

Groundsman Targets Improvements: Swindon Town groundsman Marcus Cassidy hopes beneath the surface improvements, as a result of continued investment over the summer, can help improve the County Ground pitch even further next season. Town were confirmed as winners of the Grounds Team of the Year award for League Two on Wednesday night, one place better […]

EFL Award Winners Announced

EFL Award Winners Announced: The EFL has announced the winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2018/19 in each of the three divisions. The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge the clubs and their ground staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in […]

New Pitch Investment Pays Off

New Pitch Investment Pays Off: For years the quality of the Memorial Stadium pitch was criticised by managers both home and away as it cut up badly. Former Gas manager Darrell Clarke used to lambaste it at regular intervals. Which makes today’s announcement that Bristol Rovers have been named Grounds Team of the Season in […]

Tributes Paid To Bob Black

Tributes Paid To Bob Black: Tributes have been paid to a community stalwart who supported football clubs in his area for more than 40 years. Bob Black, of Evenwood, was a passionate fan of Evenwood Town Football Club and became well known for helping out with everything from fixing stands to painting on the white […]

Tractor Stolen From Football Club

Tractor Stolen From Football Club: Staff at Eastleigh FC say they are “gutted” after a tractor worth £19,000 was stolen from their ground. It happened at the Silverlake Stadium on Sunday night. The Head Groundsman Dan Barnes arrived for match day preparations on Monday to discover the tractor had been stolen and the extent of […]

Plastic Pitches Set For Twenty20

Plastic Pitches Set For Twenty20: The ECB expect plastic pitches to be used in domestic Twenty20 action this season when the heavy World Cup scheduling takes its toll on the squares of the country’s leading grounds. Artificial surfaces are yet to be used for professional matches in the UK but the ECB’s cricket committee sanctioned […]

Vandals Damage Football Pitch

Vandals Damage Football Pitch: Junior footballers from Spalding were left “devastated and disheartened” after vandals wrecked their pitch and equipment on Friday night. Players and officials from Spalding United Youth Football Club arrived for their games in West Pinchbeck, only to find that a pitch had been vandalised and a container storing equipment used by […]

Groundsman Celebrates 30th Year

Groundsman Celebrates 30th Year: A long serving groundsman at Worcestershire County Cricket Club has celebrated a milestone of 30 years looking after the picturesque cricket ground. Tim Packwood, the head groundsman at the New Road ground, marked his 30th year at the club this weekend. Mr Packwood came to the club in April 1989 as […]

How Golf Course Can Save Bees

How Golf Course Can Save Bees: The putting greens are perfectly smooth, every blade of grass is polished and preened to perfection. No stray clumps of moss or random dandelion leaf to cause even the slightest bump. Bunkers of fine sand dazzle under the Georgia sun. The crystal-clear water sparkles. Even Augusta National Golf Club’s […]

Holes Appear In Cricket Pitch

Holes Appear In Cricket Pitch: Vandals have hit a cricket club in Tameside after digging up more than 150 holes on the pitch. The damage to the wickets at Ashton Ladysmith Cricket Club was discovered earlier this week. It’s thought to have happened some time between 5pm on Tuesday and 2pm on Thursday. The ground on Rosehill […]

Groundsman’s Expertise At Aintree

Groundsman’s Expertise At Aintree: The head groundsman from Cartmel Racecourse headed to Aintree over the weekend to play a crucial role in the 2019 Grand National. Gary Sharp, 40, has worked at the south Cumbria course since 2002, ensuring the track is in peak condition for each of its nine race days every year. But […]

Liverpool Groundsman Retires

Liverpool Groundsman Retires: Groundsman Allan Webster has retired from his role at Liverpool after more than 40 years working at the club. The 64-year-old has tended to the famous Anfield pitch as well as the training ground at Melwood, and since 2005 he has looked after the lawns at the academy in Kirkby. Speaking to Allan […]

Groundsman’s Burger Discovery

Groundsman’s Burger Discovery: When a burger descended from space to land on the training ground at Colchester United on Thursday, groundsmen at the club were stumped as to its origin. Was it a cryptic message from another solar system, or possibly a bizarre ploy from an opposing team to upset United’s preparations? All was revealed […]

Boy Racers Churn Up Football Pitches

Boy Racers Churn Up Football Pitches: Boy racers performing ‘donuts’ have churned up a team’s football pitch in Market Harborough. Two cars have damaged a large section of the turf at the Symington’s Recreation Ground by performing stunts and driving about at speed on Sunday night. Officials at Borough Alliance Football Club, who run 17 […]

New 3G Pitch Provides Opportunity

New 3G Pitch Provides Opportunity: A new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) which was opened at Philip Morant School and College in Essex recently (Monday 11 March) will support nearly 100 women and girls playing competitive football in Essex over the next five years. The new full-size pitch was made possible thanks to […]

Pitches Ruined By Tyre Damage

Pitches Ruined By Tyre Damage: A Renton football club were left devastated this weekend after Scottish Power vans ploughed through their pitches – leaving them unplayable. A coach of Renton Craigandro FC spotted the vans from Scottish Power Energy Network on Friday as they drove through the grass at Tontine Park leaving large muddy tyre […]

Lords Groundsman’s ‘Dream Job’

Lords Groundsman’s ‘Dream Job’: Karl McDermott, the new MCC head groundsman, may be preparing the Lord’s pitches for the World Cup final and the Ashes this summer, but when it comes to romance, Ireland’s first Test there will take some beating. He is from Dublin, and his journey to the home of cricket, replacing the legendary […]

Greenkeeper Death An Accident

Greenkeeper Death An Accident: A 35-year-old greenkeeper died last January after a poplar tree he was cutting fell on his head and fractured his skull, an inquest has heard. His girlfriend and her father later found his body. Father-of-one Martin Davenport, probably died instantly when the tree hit him in Christleton, Cheshire. A jury inquest […]

Manager’s Tribute To Former Groundsman

Manager’s Tribute To Former Groundsman: Southend United manager Chris Powell has paid tribute to Sid Broomfield, the man who helped to build Roots Hall. Broomfield passed away earlier this week, aged 94. And Powell insisted the club’s former groundsman would forever be a massive part of the club’s history. “You don’t get too many people […]

Award For Beccles Town Groundsman

Award For Beccles Town Groundsman: Beccles Town have been crowned winners of the Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year sponsored by Ransomes at the first time of asking. The club had never previously entered the competition, which is open to clubs in the county at Step 7 and below. The five members of the Judging […]

Vandals Damage Prestigious Golf Club

Vandals Damage Prestigious Golf Club: Vandals on quad bikes have ripped up turf on the greens at a local course while horrified golfers looked on. The wrecking spree has caused £5,000 worth of damage at Howley Hall Golf Club in Morley just weeks before the start of the summer season. The prestigious course claims to […]

From Homeless To Award-Winning Greenkeeper

From Homeless To Award-Winning Greenkeeper: Jack Percival spent six months on the streets. When greenkeeping provided a lifeline, he never forgot what he had been through. Of all the things Jack Percival no longer takes for granted – and it’s quite a list – there is one that stands out, that’s hardwired into his brain like […]

Vandals Cause Golf Course Closure

Vandals Cause Golf Course Closure: Golf course bosses have been left gutted after vandals went on a spree at the site, forcing the course to close. Bishopswood Golf Course, in Tadley, had to be closed today after, overnight, vandals caused extensive damage to the course’s greens. Rakes and flags were used to cause the damage before […]

Celtic Repair Vandalised Youth Pitch

Celtic Repair Vandalised Youth Pitch: Celtic have stepped in to help out over 60 youngsters of Torrance FC whose pitch was vandalised recently, leaving their teams without a venue to play their games. The pitch, which is near Celtic’s Lennoxtown complex, was turned over by tyre tracks at the weekend meaning that the Torrance club, founded […]

Praise For Orient Groundsman

Praise For Orient Groundsman: Leyton Orient assistant Ross Embleton hailed the work of Colin James and his staff after pitch struggles last season due to a lack of investment by the previous regime. The current condition of Leyton Orient’s home pitch will given the team the chance to impose themselves on their future opponents, according […]

Pitch Perfect At Swindon Town

Pitch Perfect At Swindon Town: Long summer hours, ensuring a pre-planned fertiliser programme is on target and achieving the right aeration balance – you could consider all of the above to be traits required by one of Wiltshire’s many farmers. But it also applies to Swindon Town’s chief groundsman Marcus Cassidy, who is midway through his […]

Players Seek Artificial Surface Ban

Players Seek Artificial Surface Ban: Players in the Scottish Premiership are pushing for a ban on artificial surfaces in the top flight, according to players’ union PFA Scotland. Hamilton Academical, Kilmarnock and Livingston play on artificial surfaces. PFA Scotland surveyed players at the other nine clubs and says it received a 100% response against their use. […]

New R&A Greenkeeping Scholar

New R&A Greenkeeping Scholar: A Carrickfergus student has become the first in Northern Ireland to be awarded an R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship. Callum Burnside is currently undertaking a two-year foundation degree in Horticulture (Sportsturf) at the Greenmount campus of the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme was established in 2004 […]

Groundsman Creates ‘Starburst’ Outfield

Groundsman Creates ‘Starburst’ Outfield: TV viewers watching the latest test match at the Darren Sammy stadium in Gros Islet may have been struck by the unusual way the outfield has been cut, mown into the shape of a “starburst” fanning out from the pitch to the boundary. This sort of topiary appears to be unique to […]

Ex-Cricketer Criticises County Pitches

Ex-Cricketer Criticises County Pitches: England batting coach Mark Ramprakash believes county pitches are not helping create top-order batsmen for Test cricket, labeling them ‘inexplicable’. England have been bowled out for 77, 246, 187 and 132 in the first two Tests against Windies to slip to a series defeat and will now try to avoid a whitewash in St […]

Living Wage Employer Accreditation

Living Wage Employer Accreditation: We are delighted to announce our Living Wage Employer accreditation. This is a commitment to pay all our staff the real Living Wage – a rate independently-calculated and based on what people actually need to live. This rate is higher than both the government’s “minimum wage” and “national living wage” and ensures […]

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch: A football pitch in Drimnagh has been damaged in a suspected arson attack. The pitch on Benmadigan Road is used by local club St John Bosco. It is believed plastic fencing that was left at the pitch was set on fire. Pictures shared on social media by Cllr Daithi Doolan […]

Four Golf Greens Vandalised

Four Golf Greens Vandalised: Tayside Police are carrying out enquires after four greens were vandalised at a golf course near Dundee. The damage occurred at Camperdown Golf Course after motorbikes were believed to have been ridden around the greens, ripping up large areas of the putting surfaces. The 1st, 3rd, 4th and 9th holes were affected. […]

Vandals Target Golf Greens

Vandals Target Golf Greens: Two greens at the Keilor Golf Club in Australia were last week ripped up after vehicles were deliberately driven across the course. Brimbank infrastructure and city services director Neil Whiteside said the vandalism was unacceptable. “Council is disappointed that reckless vandals have damaged the Keilor Public Golf Course by deliberately driving vehicles […]

Oil Attack Ruins Cricket Pitch

Oil Attack Ruins Cricket Pitch: Members at Wyndham Vale Cricket Club in Australia have been left devastated after vandals poured oil on one of its pitches, rendering it unusable for several months. Liam Maloney was set to captain the club’s thirds on Saturday, January 19, when players arrived to find the pitch covered in oil. Mr […]

Groundsman Sacked Over Racist Tweets

Groundsman Sacked Over Racist Tweets: A former Lincoln City groundsman has been sacked by the football club after a series of offensive tweets surfaced. Ashley Barratt was dismissed 12 hours after the club were made aware of the tweets, following an investigation. Barratt’s tweets were posted online between September and October 2017, before he became an employee […]

IOG’s Rallying Cry

IOG’s Rallying Cry: No-one involved in club cricket will be particularly surprised that the evolution of volunteers in key roles is an ongoing concern. Struggles to recruit enough umpires and shortages of scorers is as old as the hills. Is it as bad as it ever was? I’ll leave that to you to ponder but the […]

Real Madrid Groundsman’s Office

Real Madrid Groundsman’s Office: Paul Burgess, the man responsible maintaining Real Madrid’s pitch, recently took to social media posting an image of his office with the message: “Preparing our summer planning today for the stadium and training facility, busy 2019 ahead.” Formerly in charge of the pitches at Arsenal, his modern techniques were taken on […]

Dan Sanders Wins Groundsman Award

Dan Sanders Wins Groundsman Award: Westfields groundsman Dan Sanders has been crowned the Midland Football League Premier Division Groundsman of the Year. Sanders, from Clehonger, looks after all the main pitch and other pitches as allpay.park. He also finished runner-up overall in the Midland Football League to Brockton Football Club as Groundsman of the Year. His certificate […]

Vandals Target Angus Golf Club

Vandals Target Angus Golf Club: Members of Letham Grange Golf Club have once again been left counting the costs after vandals tore over the fairways in a late night demolition spree. Green-keepers arrived on Sunday morning to be met by tyre marks cutting across the 17th fairway and the winter tees in the second incident of […]

Tributes Groundsman George Hay

Tributes Groundsman George Hay: Tributes have been paid to a fixture of Clydebank’s sporting community who will be laid to rest at the ground that became a family home. George Hay died on December 30 at the age of 69, just one year older than Drumchapel Amateurs. He lived his entire life across the street from […]

Inquiry Into Japanese Knotweed Impact

Inquiry Into Japanese Knotweed Impact: The Science and Technology Committee are holding an oral evidence session in early 2019, specifically to explore the science behind the effects of Japanese Knotweed on the built environment. To inform that session, written submissions were invited and the Amenity Forum has made a response. The Amenity Forum welcomed the inquiry. […]

Vandals Ruin Village Football Pitch

Vandals Ruin Village Football Pitch: A village football boss has condemned “mindless” vandals who ruined their pitch by driving across it and churning up the turf. Cartmel AFC’s ground was targeted by someone driving across the wet surface performing “doughnuts and wheelies” and scarring the sodden ground on Boxing Day. Club chairman Steve Chambers said it […]

Sports Pitch Ruined By Quad Bike

Sports Pitch Ruined By Quad Bike: Three junior football teams have had their pitch ruined by mindless vandals. Bosses at Cleck Sporting Juniors believe a quad bike was taken onto the field, in Mann Dam Park, off Spen Lane, in Cleckheaton, and used to churn up the grass earlier this week. It has left the pitch unplayable […]

IOG Recommend 2.5% Pay Rise

IOG Recommend 2.5% Pay Rise: The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is recommending a 2.5 per cent increase in grounds staff’s national minimum salary bands for 2019. The IOG say the recommendations have been made against a backdrop of economic uncertainty over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, which is likely to impact growth; GDP growth is expected […]

Cambridge Mow Christmas Tree Into Pitch

Cambridge Mow Christmas Tree Into Pitch: League Two outfit Cambridge United have shown their Christmas spirit by mowing a Christmas tree into their pitch. The special design at Abbey Stadium for the U’s game against Yeovil Town on Saturday was created by groundsman Ian Darler and features stars and baubles. “Our Groundsman does Christmas better than […]

Loss Of Propiconazole

Loss Of Propiconazole: The EU Commission has decided not to renew the approval for the fungicide active ingredient, propiconazole. This means that all products containing propiconazole for any market, including turf management, will be withdrawn from sale over the coming months. Approval was not renewed because it failed the cut off criteria given its classification linked […]

Karl McDermott Begins Lords Role

Karl McDermott Begins Lords Role: Karl McDermott has started work in his new role as the Head Groundsman at the famous Lord’s cricket ground. McDermott joined from Hampshire and has taken over from Mick Hunt, who retired after 49 years in the job. He joined Hampshire as Deputy Head Groundsman in 2009, becoming Head Groundsman in 2016, having […]

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch

Vandals Set Fire To Football Pitch: A Renton football team have been left with nowhere to play their games after vandals set fire to their pitch. Players and coaches at Renton Craigandro have been left gutted by the damage done to their pitches at Tontine Park. The grass pitch has been left blackened and unplayable with […]

Greenkeeper Celebrates 40 Years

Greenkeeper Celebrates 40 Years: A special staff function took place at the Berry Bowling Club on Sunday, to celebrate Rodney (Rod) Armstrong’s 40 years of continuous employment as a greenkeeper at Bomaderry Bowling Club and in more recent years also covering Berry. Rod started his apprenticeship at Bomaderry in 1978 under the highly respected greenkeeper Ron Sharpe […]

Greenkeeper Sets Up Mental Health Support Page

Greenkeeper Sets Up Mental Health Support Page: The head greenkeeper of Hazel Grove Golf Club in Cheshire has set up a successful Facebook page that offers mental health support to greenkeepers in the industry. Mike Davie created the page after observing “the increase of expectations of the golfer with increased personal abuse aimed at, and stress […]

Greenkeeping Team Rewarded

Greenkeeping Team Rewarded: The greenkeeping team at Golf At Goodwood has realised its ambition of gaining the coveted Golf Environment Organisation certification for its commitment to sustainability across both the Park and Downs courses. GEO Certified® is the symbol of great golf environments worldwide, showing a facility has met a credible standard in sustainability across six […]

Award For Rotherham Grounds Team

Award For Rotherham Grounds Team: More than any footballer could ever hope to Rotherham United head groundsman Dave Fellowes covers every blade of grass, suggesting he can clock up 100 miles a week on the pitch at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Up and down, across and back, up and down, across and back. Dave Fellowes reckons he […]