By Geoff Garnett
PGA pro Andrew Terry has returned to his golfing roots at Marland Golf Club in Springfield Park, Rochdale, where he has great plans after taking over the operation of the course where he has a long and affectionate connection.
Andrew said: “I started playing golf in 1999 age 15 at Marland. I then spent 15 years working as the assistant professional before leaving in 2015 to become pro at Whitefield.
The two-time Northern Order of Merit winner added: “I enjoyed my time at Whitefield but I always kept an eye on things at Marland and stayed in touch with friends who play there. Last summer I heard the course was facing financial difficulty and an uncertain future. That’s when I contacted Link4life CEO Andy King to offer to help.
“I left Whitefield and began working on my proposal with my business partner Joe Jackson to take over the operation of Marland, which was officially approved in February.
“It’s been a tough few years for the golf industry and it’s great to see in the latest Golf Participation report by England Golf indicate that numbers are finally growing again.
“Our aim at Marland is to remove all the barriers that stop people from taking up golf and make it accessible to everyone. We have scheduled free children’s coaching sessions as well as beginners Get into Golf sessions.
“The plan is to open the course wider than just the current membership, looking to attract the local community to the course, as well as opening the course to local schools and charity organisations.
“Our plan is to invest in the facility by alterations to the current pro shop to create a lounge area where players can enjoy a drink and a snack. We also have plans to improve the condition and layout of the course and have a fantastic greenkeeping team ready to start.
“I owe a big thank you to my family and friends who have been a huge help over the last few months whilst working towards the takeover.”
Photo caption: Andrew Terry (right), with councillors Janet Emsley and Allen Brett.