RINGWAY Golf Club’s head greenkeeper Jim Grainger was given a fond farewell by the club’s members at a special night to celebrate his time at the Altrincham-based course.
Jim, who has now retired, has been in greenkeeping since he left school some 50 years ago in his beloved Scotland.
He became the youngest head greenkeeper in England at the age of 21 when he took up the position at Durham City, where he stayed for nine years.
His next move was to go back to Scotland to Largs, where he maintained the course for 10 years.
Jim then moved to Letham Grange in Angus where he constructed two new courses, which hosted two Scottish Amateur Championships plus European Tour Challenge events.
With this great experience behind him he then moved south to become head greenkeeper at Ringway.
The six-handicapper said: “My aim at Ringway was to give members all-year round golf, which has been achieved as the only time the course is now closed is when there is snow on the ground.
“I have constructed three new greens, more than 20 tees, new practice facilities and three putting greens.
“The bunkers have also had extensive work carried out on them to bring them up to the standards needed for today’s play and all of the work has been carried out in-house under my guidance.
“I have enjoyed working at Ringway where the council and members have given me the encouragement to carry out work to improve the course, which they now play and I would also like to thank them for the wonderful retirement function they gave me.”
He has moved back to Scotland where he plans to play more golf, work his dogs at shoots and spend time with his family and four grandchildren.
“I have always looked forward to going to work every day as there is always a new challenge on every golf course!”