Prest­bury Golf Club’s grounds for cel­e­bra­tion

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

PREST­BURY Golf Club joined three other UK clubs as win­ners of the pres­ti­gious 2015 Golf En­vi­ron­men­tal Project Awards, or­gan­ised by the Sports Turf Re­search In­sti­tute (STRI).

The Prest­bury en­try won a tro­phy and a Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Project of the Year.

There were 163 clubs en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, and of th­ese 25 were con­sid­ered good enough to reach the fi­nals and merit a visit from the STRI ad­ju­di­ca­tor.

The Prest­bury project at­tracted favourable at­ten­tion af­ter a three­year pro­gramme to erad­i­cate the in­va­sive Hi­malayan Bal­sam plant from the golf course and its grounds.

This weed is par­tic­u­larly ag­gres­sive and fast spread­ing and suf­fo­cates all the na­tive plants in the ar­eas over which it can rapidly spread.

Hav­ing cleared this weed there has been a trans­for­ma­tion in the wood­lands of the course with the emer­gence of blue­bells and other in­dige­nous plant life and the resur­gence of birds and small mam­mals into the area.

The lat­est Win­ter League match at Shrigley Hall needed a cpo on 37 points to see Joe Cas­sidy home from Ben Han­cock with Charles Green, Ian Roebuck and Jez Han­cock all on 35 points.

The draw for the 2015 In­ter Club Se­niors Team Match Play has taken place. It fea­tures: Macclesfield v Re­gent Park; Styal v Lowes Park and Daven­port v Eaton.

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