Dear Members,

UPDATE – As we enter the Autumn season of Golf here at the Manor of Groves, we believe it necessary to update you on the work taking place around the golf course at this present time, so that you can see the effort going on to make the Golf Course the best it can be.

BRIDGE WORK – Firstly, as you may have noticed, all bridge work is now completed, with new bridges being put on the 5th, 6th and 18th holes. This was essential work that needed to be done, especially as we head into the winter season with colder and potentially icy conditions.

TREES – Work has begun weeks ago to rectify this situation. We aim to begin working on cutting down the trees that are seriously in play within the next 2 months. Lee Brinkley, our Head Greenkeeper, has applied to the council for planning permission to cut the trees down as we have a tree preservation order set over the course. As soon as East Herts Council come and give us the all clear, we can commence the tree work immediately.

We aim to remove trees on the 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, as well as general trimming around the rest of the golf course to make it neat and tidy for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, there is an extremely large Fagus tree on the left of the 9th hole which must be removed due to having a disease. It is not a tree that comes in to play for golfers unless they are a way off target, but is still necessary nonetheless.

TEES – Finally, as you will notice this weekend, Lee has made the decision to bring us off the main tees earlier than usual this year. We are fully aware that the tees need urgent attention and while we still have good growing conditions it will be beneficial to start work now rather than in November because it gives the Green Staff more time to get the tees to a high standard. On the upside, we aim to get the tees back on earlier in the season next year.

We are going to completely relevel 5 tee boxes over the course of the winter, including the 4th, 5th, 10th, 13th and 15th, as well as resurfacing and reseeding the rest of the tee boxes to get them in as best condition as possible. 

Hopefully you will see that the issues with the tees, trees and bridges are being resolved, and that this is necessary work that needs to be completed. I would like to thank you for your continued support and patience and appreciate the feedback given over the last few weeks.


Many thanks,

Jack Spong – Golf Club Manager