York-based independent turf consultant, Robert Laycock, has been appointed by Marriott UK to provide agronomic support to the 11 course managers at golf courses located at Marriott Hotel and Country Clubs throughout the United Kingdom.
Encompassing 16 separate golf courses in England, Scotland and Wales, the appointment by Marriott UK involves the provision by Robert of advisory visits as well as detailed soil and plant analysis, as required by the individual course managers.
Robert Laycock’s appointment was confirmed by David MacLaren, director of golf operations, Marriott UK: “This appointment is part of a world-wide strategy by our parent, Whitbread plc, aimed at reinforcing Marriott Golf’s position as the number one provider of quality golf and associated hotel and leisure facilities in the United Kingdom,” he said. “The year-round condition of the golf courses is a key element in Marriott Golf’s strategy and vision for the future. Although we are very proud of the work carried out by all our course managers, it was felt that they deserved additional independent technical support to help maintain Marriott’s golf facilities in peak condition throughout the year.”
David MacLaren explained that Robert Laycock came highly recommended having worked closely over the past two years with the course managers at Marriott Hanbury Manor and Marriott Forest of Arden. Both courses are PGA European Tour venues and have hosted four English Opens between them since 1997. The 2001 Compass Group English Open will take place at the Marriott Forest of Arden from 7 – 10 June this year.
“I am naturally delighted to have been chosen to provide independent agronomic input and technical support to such an important group of golf courses,” commented Robert Laycock. “My brief is to work closely with all Marriott Golf’s course managers to help them maintain the very highest levels of course condition for the benefit of individual club members and for corporate and individual golfers visiting from around the UK and from overseas.”
Robert Laycock, Turf Consultant www.robertlaycock.co.uk