Two renowned Golf Architects, Donald Steel and Cameron Sinclair, who both worked with Frank Pennink in the highly successful ‘Cotton Lawrie Pennink’ Partnership, have welcomed the launching of this website and have offered to join our advisory panel.
Donald Steel is not only the UK’s leading living golf architect, is also a brilliant golf author and was the Daily Telegraph’s golf correspondent for many years. His book “Classic Golf Links of Great Britain and Ireland” published in 1992, containing Brian Morgan’s wonderful photography has, to use a pun, become a classic of our time. See his FineGolf YouTube video
Mark Parsinen is the entrepreneur and key principal in the design and construction of the renowned Kingsbarns and more recently Castle Stuart golf links. He is an American who loves traditional links golf and is at the forefront of the modern retro-trend back to the running game. We welcome him to our Advisory Panel and recommend golfers to check out his golf design philosophy at castlestuartgolf.com/ethos
David Golding, was a Golf Course Manager and a great friend of Jim Arthur. He, since the 1990s, has been the man behind the development of greenkeeper training and education that has come on by leaps and bounds in recent years in Great Britain and Europe. He is the Education Director of The GTC and brings a depth and wealth of experience from whom FineGolf is lucky to be able to take advice.
Alistair Beggs is one of the UK’s leading golf agronomists, retained by The R&A’s Open Championship Committee and a raft of the finest ‘running’ courses in the land. He is Head of Agronomy and Ecology at STRI and in the Open Championship year of 2014 he was also elected the Captain of Royal Liverpool GC. A single figure handicap golfer, he is passionate about fine grasses. See his FineGolf YouTube video.
Gordon Irvine (Master greenkeeper), often called ‘Jim Arthur’s heir’ is one of Europe’s leading advisory turf consultants to many of the finest courses who are part of the modern retro-trend back to the running game. Including Royal Cinque Ports, Hunstanton, Ganton and Notts(hollinwell) , Luffenham Heath among many others. He led the recovery of Askernish.
The Temple GC has stood out from other golf clubs around London and the Home Counties in pursuing a fine grasses policy over the last 20 years. Malcolm Peake, their Chairman of Green during the difficult and disruptive change-over years in the nineties, is a leading advocate of natural sustainable policies and is the author of two influential, STRI published, titles ” A natural course for golf “ and ” The confessions of a Chairman of Green “. Malcolm’s friendship, knowledge and support are enormous assets for FineGolf.
The architect of Walton Heath’s regeneration as a true heathland course in the last ten years is Simon Creagh Chapman, their now Ex-Chairman of Green. He is enthusiastic, devoted and decisive. He understands that the prime purpose of any Green Committee is to throw its support behind the Course Manager/Head Greenkeeper and fight their battles when it comes to policy making and expenditure.
It was an honour to also welcome, now the late, George Mobbs as an advisor, a well known county golfer and Secretary at Northamptonshire County Golf Club from 1966 to 1981. He served as a council member of the Golf Society of Great Britain for 13 years and was influential in helping the Society through a difficult period. He has spent 60 years collecting and collating golf course photographs and has generously offered his entire collection of fourteen volumes to FineGolf.
Thanks also to Michael Evans and Anthony Ramm, the most brilliant website designer and programmer, who have with patience creatively interpreted the needs of FineGolf from myself, who was an IT neanderthal when the project started.
I take full responsibility for all editorial comment, while I thank John Harris, the golf historian ( see Dunbar GC review in East Scotland area) who has been a great support with his intelligent comment and knowledge of English!