Parkstone – golfing gem wins top greenkeeping award

If every picture tells a story, then the images portraying Parkstone Golf Club from summer 2019 are of Pulitzer Prize standard.

Stunning views of the course captivated anyone who was fortunate enough to visit Poole for the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship. You can judge with your own eyes from the images below.

It was, therefore,  no surprise when the Dorset club was recognised for its outstanding condition and character at this week’s British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA) awards in Harrogate.

Parkstone Golf Club’s greenkeepers were deservedly honoured for their performance following the successful staging of the European Ladies’ Amateur event.

Course manager Grant Peters has admitted that an amazing team effort produced stunning results.

“We had ten full-time staff and two seasonal employees working on the course and this number was swollen by a number of volunteers on championship days,” said Peters.

“In total, we had 22 people on the ground working away and their efforts were fantastic.

“Our guys basically worked the whole of July without getting a day off, but the condition of the course was just right.

“We enjoyed a dry June and, the Friday before the championship started,  we had an inch of rain which kept us going through the week. By the end of the championship, the course was playing firm and true.

“It was the biggest ever event in Dorset and it was really well supported which was commented on by the organisers. This award is the icing on the cake.”

The championship was presented by England Golf and the EGA and won by Hertfordshire’s Alice Hewson after a thrilling week’s play.

Parkstone faced stiff competition for the BIGGA award having made the original shortlist.

Solheim Cup hosts Gleneagles and the venue for the English Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship, Ipswich Golf Club, were the other strong contenders.

But Parkstone’s perfectly manicured tees and greens and the natural beauty of one of the world’s finest heathland course won over the judges.

As well as looking fantastic in the July sunshine, Parkstone proved to be an outstanding test for the 144 golfers who teed it up at the event.

The club itself was also extremely welcoming to the members of the public and the volunteers who attended on competition days.

Within a stunning woodland setting and offering fantastic views of Poole harbour, Parkstone was the perfect venue for the major event and will no doubt be used again for top amateur championships in years to come.

Photography: Leaderboard