The latest work at the course is part of a new five-year plan. In the last four years the club has received an interior clubhouse refurbishment, stunning new marquee with beer garden, an all-weather England Golf short game practice facility, USGA chipping green, indoor state-of-the-art teaching studio and simulator and three new greenkeeping machines to name but a few.
However, 2015 will see some of the biggest changes yet as the club has hired the services of James Edwards, an EIGCA golf course architect, to draw up the five-year course improvement plan.
Along with the Warrington club’s head professional Freddy Valenti and head greenkeeper Ben Allen (formerly of Pinehurst, a US Open venue), James was able to create a grand design which will keep Poulton improving each year into the next decade.
The recent work at the back end of last year and early this year has seen the construction of two bunkers, six new tees, and a huge undertaking of tree thinning and felling, which has produced a much fairer and more attractive venue. “We’ve taken out almost every other tree from the really dense areas and it’s made a vast difference,” explained Freddy. He said:“It means golfers can now play out of the trees if they find their ball and it will also aid the health of the trees that remain.” Freddy added:“We’ve completed about 15 of the 120 projects, so there’s a long way to go, but the improvements have already made a huge difference. “We’re working with the Woodland Trust too and are going to be planting about 500 more trees to protect some of the homes that run adjacent to the course.”
Established in 1979, the nine-hole course had escaped the radar of high recognition, mainly due to its location and the fact that not enough people have been shouting about nine-hole courses. Over the last couple of years that has all changed. In a rather poor golfing climate, the club has flourished. Poulton has just nine holes, yes, but with 18 different tees the course has a wonderful variety of long and short holes and tight and strategic ones that challenge every type of golfer from beginner to professional.
See their advert in the April/May edition of the Padgate Courier. To keep up-to-date and get more details on the improvements, visit Ben’s blog at www.poultonparkgc.blogspot.co.uk or follow the club on twitter at @poultonpark and Facebook.