Jour­ney­man’s home at Hall

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

TIME flies when you are hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing your­self and this the­ory is cer­tainly echoed by Mot­tram Hall’s hugely ex­pe­ri­enced course man­ager Stu­art Sten­house who can hardly be­lieve that he has been work­ing there for the past 12 years.

Stu­art has worked at many dif­fer­ent golf cour­ses in the UK and abroad in­clud­ing links, park­land, desert and heath­land.

His ca­reer high­lights in­clude manag­ing the ‘Grow In’ of the Cen­te­nary course at Gle­nea­gles in the 1990’s and work­ing on golf cour­ses in the UK, Eire, Mid­dle East, South Africa and Europe and be­ing part of the team that de­liv­ered the Pres­i­dent’s Cup at Fan­court, South Africa, in 2003.

He then went back to Gle­nea­gles for the Ry­der Cup to help on the course for the Ry­der Cup week.

He has also man­aged many tour­na­ments in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Tour, Bells Scot­tish Open, Ir­ish PGA Cham­pi­onship, English Se­niors cham­pi­onship, WPGA Mac­don­alds Cham­pi­onship of Europe, Scot­tish PGA and the PGA Cup.

At Mot­tram Hall he has also man­aged the Leg­ends Ten­nis Tour­na­ment and pro­duced a Pre­mier­ship stan­dard football pitch used by teams from the UK and Europe in­clud­ing FC Bruge, Real Betis, West Ham and Southamp­ton.

Stu­art said: “Cur­rently at Mot­tram we are re- sand­ing our bunkers to im­prove their over­all qual­ity and we have also been car­ry­ing out a Tee lev­el­ling pro­gramme for three years.

“We do the usual aer­a­tion work to all areas but we use tech­niques that are less dis­rup­tive and have a min­i­mum im­pact on the mem­bers and guests ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Over the years at Mot­tram I have al­ways had a great team that work very hard and take pride in the golf course and the es­tate.

“My gar­den­ers also pro­duce won­der­ful gar­dens ev­ery year that al­ways at­tract com­ments from our guests and with­out this team we would not be able to sus­tain Mot­tram as Cheshire’s Premier Ho­tel and Es­tate.”

Mot­tram’s Head of Golf Robert War­rener added: “Stu­art and his team have once again pro­vided an out­stand­ing golf course dur­ing the winter given the harsh weather we have ex­pe­ri­enced since late Novem­ber.”

“The feed­back my­self and the op­er­a­tions team have re­ceived, es­pe­cially on the con­di­tion of our greens, from not only our mem­bers but also our visi­tors has been fan­tas­tic.

“With all this pos­i­tive news Mot­tram Hall took the ti­tle of best golf course within the QHo­tels group for 2016 which is a su­perb achieve­ment and brings great credit and recog­ni­tion to the hard work Stu­art and his team have been car­ry­ing out on a daily ba­sis.”

“With all of the on­go­ing work that the green keep­ing team is now un­der­tak­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the sea­son ahead it goes with­out say­ing that our mem­bers and guests will con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence cham­pi­onship golf at Mot­tram Hall in 2017.”

The lat­est 9-hole pro’s Sta­ble­ford at Alder­ley Edge saw di­vi­sion one won by An­drew Wells with 18 points and in di­vi­sion two Bill Ben­nett was on fire with 24 points.

In the Edge Winter League the Cap­tain and pro­fes­sional Charles le Sueur halved their fi­nal match with Brian Pen­ning­ton and Dave Snell thanks to Charles win­ning the fi­nal hole to draw level.

The lat­est Thurs­day Sta­ble­ford at Shrigley Hall saw in-form Steve Wells first past the post with 37 points from Charles Green 36 and Rod­er­ick Scott and Nick Rain­ford, both 35.

It’s get­ting near to last lapof the highly com­pet­i­tive Se­niors Winter League at Styal and it could hardly be closer with a hand­ful of points sep­a­rat­ing the lead­ing play­ers.

Robert War­rener and Stu­art Sten­house on the 18th green

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