Aldwickbury Park Golf Club sees membership rise thanks to quality turf

The course condition at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire parkland is behind a 55 per cent rise in membership since 2006, course manager Stuart Langhorn has said.

Burhill Golf & Leisure bought the club in 2006 and has seen 140 new members join in 2009, bringing membership to 820.

Stuart Langhorn said: "We pride ourselves on being the most welcoming club in Harpenden, with excellent facilities to accommodate players of all abilities.

"We have the challenging 18-hole Park course, the delightful nine-hole Manor course and good practice facilities, but the overwhelming reason why we are seeing growth in membership is the investment by Burhill, which has resulted in the course condition improving year on year. Even in today's harsh economic climate we are still attracting new members."

Langhorn has been at the club for four years, having previously worked at Woburn Golf Club for six years and prior to that at Wimbledon for the Lawn Tennis Association. He has a team of six greenkeepers.

During his time at the club he has worked closely with the Benington branch of Ernest Doe & Sons, which is the main dealer for Ipswich-based turf equipment manufacturer Ransomes Jacobsen.

"I've been running a Jacobsen Tri-King tees mower, an AR250 rotary mower, a Cushman Turf-Truckster and a Turfco SP1530 topdresser for some time now, all purchased from Ernest Doe," Langhorn added. "We needed to upgrade our ageing tractor with something in the 50hp range, with the power and lift capacity to handle our Wiedenmann deep aerator, Lewis trencher and large Rotomech rotary mowing deck. Ernest Doe demonstrated their Iseki TG5470 and it proved to be ideal for our requirements, with plenty of power for all the attachments."

 

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