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New visions for Prestbury

PRESTBURY Golf Club’s new course manager Mark Crossley is delighted to be given the opportunity to work at one of Cheshire’s top courses.

Crossley first got into golf as a junior playing with his dad, but back then football and cricket always came first. Eventually golf came to the fore. “My dad owned a landscaping business and this got me used to working outside as I worked for him from the age of 13 during school holidays and weekends,” he explained.

“I began green keeping as a summer worker at Skipton Golf Club in 1998 and this led to a role in the following summer closer to home at Nelson. “During that year I joined Myerscough College where I completed my Foundation Degree in Turf Science and Golf Course Management, which included a work placement in Tenerife.

“During my final year I was offered a first assistant’s position back at Nelson where I spent two years before moving to Stockport, where I had previously volunteered to help in course preparation for the Regional Open Qualifying.

“At Stockport I gained a keen eye for detail that is essential to manage any golf course. “After three years at Stockport I was offered the chance to become course manager at Mickleover and I will always be grateful to them for giving a 24-year-old a chance to make a name for himself. Five years on I found myself at Chesterfield, where we held many county and Midland events.

“Not only did we improve the quality of the course but also wrote the club’s first Course Policy Document, upgraded all the machinery and installed a state-of-the-art £250,000 irrigation system. “I greatly enjoyed my time at the two Derbyshire clubs and will always be grateful to them for the help, guidance and support they offered me.

“In order to keep progressing my career I knew that I had to apply for the position at Prestbury when it came up. It was a fantastic feeling when the club decided to appoint me and three months on I could not be happier. “I have had a wonderful reception from members and staff, the kind you hope for but never really know until you get there.

“Prestbury has a stunning course and it is all about improving it further. “We are planning to redevelop all the bunkers on the course, more in tune with the original Harry Colt style bunkers as well as the teeing areas, two problem greens as well as much agronomy work such as changing the composition of the grasses on the greens.”

Prestbury manager Neville Young added: “Mark has made an immediate impact on the course and all at the club are looking forward to him and his team continuing their good work in the coming years ahead to make the course one of the best in the North of England.”