THE SCENES PREPARATION
ENSURES SLALEY STAYS ON PAR
Compaq European Grand Prix may have finished for 2000 but behind the scenes preparation
for next year’s event is just beginning at Slaley Hall in Northumberland.
agronomists and Slaley’s green keepers have already started working on programmes
and schedules covering aeration, hollow tinning, verti-draining, and over-seeding
with strains of hybrid grasses on the tees, fairways, semi-rough and greens.
Stancer, golf operations manager at Slaley Hall explains: “Comments from those
who took part in the tournament play a major role in shaping these preparations.
Over the last 12 months alone, player feedback has resulted in the some subtle
changes on Slaley’s two championship golf courses, including new bunkers, new
tee positions and reshaping of the fairways.
feedback is very important to us, particularly as professional golfers travel
the world and tell others about their experiences. We want to ensure that Slaley
is one course they do remember, but for all the right reasons.
addition to the changes brought about by player feedback, two other major projects
have been undertaken to rebuild the 3rd and 7th greens and
updating the drainage system on the Hunting course, making a total investment
of over £250k.”
planning for the tournament starts some four or five months before it takes place
with infrastructure site meetings, the ordering of equipment such as marquees
and scoring units, the appointment of catering and administration teams as well
as the preparation for the recruitment of the 250 marshals and score board operators
required during the tournament.”
the winter months, special covers on the greens will be used to promote growth
and provide a head start when spring 2001 arrives.
to 12 weeks to go:
dressing and fertilising programmes start and the greens are cut daily
weeks before to go:
top dressings are applied and extra mowers are ordered to handle the increase
weeks to go:
are cut shorter, from 5mm to 3.5mm, with cutting taking place twice a day and
the fairways being cut daily
week to go:
are now being cut to 2.9mm, four times a day
TV move on site to install over 70 miles of cabling on the estate, which will
supply 4 hours per day of coverage in 48 different countries
miles of rope and pins for crowd control are erected around the golf course and
a grandstand seating 400 people is erected on the 18th green
support, physio and player equipment/workshop units arrive on site
arrangements, including liaison with the local authority, police, St John’s Ambulance,
a team of paramedics and huge tournament doctor takes place
of traffic signage, internal and spectator signage, advertising boards and hoardings
is an awful lot of planning which goes into the tournament behind the scenes,
so that everything runs smoothly during the event and the golf courses are at
their absolute best,” said Mark Stancer.
next major event to take place at Staley Hall is the PGA North Region Championship
at the beginning of August, with the Compaq European Grand Prix scheduled for