Best club in annual John Collier Survey
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.