Best club in an­nual John Collier Sur­vey

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Fam­ily-fo­cused club wins Collier award.

Bryanston Coun­try Club in Cen­tral Gaut­eng is the 2017 win­ner of the 10th an­nual John Collier Sur­vey, for good gov­er­nance and en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance among South African golf clubs. Bryanston stood out as the ex­cep­tional can­di­date among sev­eral strong con­tenders.

This ac­co­lade comes on top of Bryanston hav­ing a record fi­nan­cial year, and reach­ing a new high of 3 000 mem­bers. It has grown from strength to strength in re­cent years, thanks to club­house re­fur­bish­ments and a strat­egy of be­ing a coun­try club that is the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity.

Gen­eral man­ager Paul Leish­man said there was a big fo­cus on fam­ily at the club, with unique ac­tiv­i­ties for kids. “We cre­ated drive-in movies on golf carts in the ball­room, there were trea­sure hunts on the course, and ju­nior sports pro­grammes,” he said.

“There has also been a re­lax­ation of the dress code and stiff rules, so the club is now a fun place to be at.We serve great food and Bryanston is se­ri­ous about ser­vice – we do reg­u­lar mem­ber sur­veys and mea­sure per­for­mance at all lev­els.We have a fan­tas­tic team of pas­sion­ate man­age­ment, com­mit­tee and staff.

“In the past year there has been ex­tra fo­cus on the golf course, and course ar­chi­tect Mark Muller and Golf Data did a course au­dit. A Grounds Com­mit­tee was formed last Septem­ber and tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity for over­sight of the sus­te­nance of the course and other fa­cil­i­ties; a medi­umto long-term role that cov­ers

wa­ter­ways, greens, trees, etc. The con­di­tion­ing is much im­proved, and we look for­ward to host­ing the Premier In­ter­provin­cial for the first time in Septem­ber.” This is the first SAGA event since Bryanston held the 1977 SA Am­a­teur.

Collier noted in his re­port that “Bryanston’s pro­gram­mat­i­cal ap­proach to good gov­er­nance and en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance un­der­pinned the club’s li­cence to op­er­ate.” Re­view­ers had been im­pressed by Bryanston’s bal­anced ap­proach to sus­tain­abil­ity, by the club’s gov­ern­ing body, its en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee, the man­age­ment team, and in par­tic­u­lar, Paul Leish­man and Course Su­per­in­ten­dent Ron­nie Cousins.

“They ex­celled in a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing turf and wa­ter man­age­ment, bio­di­ver­sity plan­ning and mon­i­tor­ing, plus there were im­prove­ments in sup­ply chain man­age­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, and com­mit­ment and action in out­reach pro­grammes.”

Spe­cial men­tion was made in Collier’s re­port of two KZN North Coast clubs, Prince’s Grant, and last year’s win­ner, Umh­lali CC.While Prince’s Grant’s green­keep­ing team showed im­pres­sive re­port­ing of data, Umh­lali again il­lus­trated an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to­wards sus­tain­able im­prove­ment.

There was a 39 per­cent re­sponse rate from golf clubs, and a 27 per­cent na­tional com­pli­ance level. Pre­vi­ous Collier Sur­vey win­ners among Gaut­eng clubs have been Benoni CC, Randpark, Kyalami and Pre­to­ria CC.

Above: The 18th green and 10th tee at Bryanston Coun­try Club. Be­low: The BCC team with the John Collier Award cer­tifi­cate, from left, golf direc­tor Graeme Ron­ald, course su­per­in­ten­dent Ron­nie Cousins, and gen­eral man­ager Paul Leish­man.

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