Enville appoints new Course Manager
Jonathan joins Enville from Ross-on-Wye Golf Club, where he was Course Manager for more than eight years. He brings some 20 years experience as a professional greenkeeper to Enville, where he will have full responsibility for the management of this well known heathland/woodland site and a team of ten greenkeeping staff deployed across Enville's two courses, Highgate and Lodge.
"This is not only a fantastic opportunity for me, but also one that presents the chance to play a pivotal role in realising the full potential of both courses at Enville," says Jonathan. "In addition, Enville is scheduled to host the Open Championship Regional Qualifying in 2007 through to 2011, and is also hosting the English Seniors Championship in 2007. Both these leading events are a great recognition for the club, as well as presenting an additional challenge and focus for the golf course management programme."
Together with having substantial hands-on experience, Jonathan has dedicated time to acquiring the technical knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands placed on a modern and progressive Course Manager. Amongst these academic pursuits, he has studied at Elmwood College in Fife, Scotland, and has just completed the first year of a Foundation Degree in Sports Turf Science from Myerscough College.
"Enville is an extremely special site and one of great environmental importance due to its heathland characteristics," says Jonathan. "I intend to make the most of my role as custodian of such a unique 36-hole course, and focus my expertise on managing both courses to create an environment that is challenging for its golfers, but also sustainable from an environmental perspective."
Amongst his plans for the short and long term, Jonathan cites a proactive programme of two-way communication with the club's members. "This is vital to the success of the course management programme," he says, "in order to ensure that Enville delivers to its membership the playing conditions and challenges they are keen to see realised."
Jonathan, who lives in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, joined Enville in June 2005.
Photo: John Bishop (left) Secretary Manager of Enville Golf Club, with the club's new Course Manager Jonathan Wood.