Six course managers from CZ Golf, a golf course operator and management company based in Prague, visited The Tytherington Club and spent a week working with Course Manager Sandy Anderson and his team, looking at best practice on a UK golf course. Ransomes Jacobsen supported the visit helping with the logistics and general travel arrangements.
Nick Brown, Export Business Development Manager at Ransomes Jacobsen, introduced the two companies following the signing of an exclusive supplier contract with CZ Golf by their Czech distributor ITTEC spol. s.r.o.
Explaining the rationale behind the visit he said,"During the negotiations I was asked if we would consider arranging an exchange visit so that the CZ greenkeeping team could improve their understanding of best practice as it applies to the UK.
The Club Company is a similar organization to CZ Golf, but on a much larger scale and they are also a Ransomes Jacobsen national account. We contacted Chris Brook, their senior Course Manager who is responsible for all 12 courses within the group, and he immediately got things moving."
"We were only too happy and willing to help," said Chris Brook. "There's a certain synergy between our two organizations and we were in a position to offer them a week at our Tytherington Club in Cheshire. Sandy and his team are undertaking some extensive renovation work including all 88 bunkers on the course, so we were able to make it a meaningful experience.
"Emil Šedivý is a senior manager with the CZ Golf organisation and he was accompanied by five managers from the courses operated by their group. We were able to show them how a modern course management programme is undertaken here and they were able to take back best practice ideas to the Czech Republic.
"The exchange worked so well that we are considering making it a permanent arrangement. With support from Ransomes Jacobsen we will include a visit to their Ipswich manufacturing plant and to other facilities that can help them broaden their experience."