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, of course, 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.
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, apprenticed as a greenkeeper, became a Golf Course Manager and a great friend of Jim Arthur’s, having not quite made the grade as a Golf Pro.
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.
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. Simon is prepared to be judged by results and under his stewardship one of our most
famous inland courses is being nursed back to what is the new FineGolf trend. We will enjoy his company and advice.
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.
It is an honour to also welcome George Mobbs as an advisor, a well
known county golfer and Secretary at Northamptonshire County Golf Club from1966 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 Fine Golf.
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!