Course Updates - August 2017

01 Aug 2017

Posted by: Chris Cooper

Subjects: Course updates

Thanks to the recent favourable weather and a lot of hard work, the course is currently in great shape, but over the next week the aim will be to get the playing surfaces in the best possible condition for the Club Championships.  Weather permitting, this will involve reducing the fairway cut to 16mm and the cut on the greens by .5 mm.   You will have seen from the Chairman’s recent update, that we are expecting delivery of the groomer and vibrating rollers in the next few days. Once these are operational members can expect to see the greens running faster.

As a diversion from the usual update I am responding to suggestions from members that it would be helpful to be able to put names to faces with the greenstaff.  Our new Course Manager, Robert Ransome, will take up his post on 11th September and I will include a profile of him in the next issue. I shall also discuss with Rob how he wishes to take the blog forward.  The rest of the team are as follows:


Steve Freestone (Deputy Course Manager)


Steve, nickname Silverback, started working at Eaton in April 1981. He enjoys golf, playing off a handicap of 22 and still plays football at the age of 53.


Paul Freestone


Paul, nickname Fred, has been working at Eaton since 1988. He is a keen Nowich City fan and enjoys cricket and socialising.


Richard Brown


Richard, known as Nodsy, started at Eaton in November 2005. He is a keen golfer playing off a handicap of 9 and also enjoys playing and watching football.


James Brown


James, known as Jam started at Eaton in July 2007. A gym junkie he is now attempting to master golf.


Ben Borley


Ben, known as Mutley, is our newest recruit, starting in April 2016. A qualifed tree surgeon Ben enjoys outdoor pursuits and strange ciders.


Mick Lathrope


Mick, known as Metal Mickey, is our longest serving staff member having started at Eaton in March 1972 and was until recently our head green keeper. Mick enjoys rock and roll and riding his BSA motor bike.


John Effemy


John, known as AJ is our gardener. He is 87 years old and now only works 4 hours a week, but still manages to keep our garden in an amazing condition. AJ has also been working at Eaton for over 40 years.


Chris Cooper & Steve Freestone