Steven makes his big move from Old Links
STEVEN Hemsley has been the Head Greenkeeper at Bolton Old Links Golf Club for the past 14 years and the experience and skills he brought to the role has brought fantastic improvements to the course.
Steve said: “I have been leading the improvements on the course at Bolton Old Links GC, and with strong leadership from Chairman Steve Bryan, the club has gone from strength to strength, culminating in it being awarded the Lancashire Championships in 2023. Drainage is now installed on all greens and all the greenside bunkers are currently going through a four-year renovation programme.
“Wanting to set new goals, I decided to move on and therefore I am now looking forward to my new role as course manager at Penwortham GC.
Penwortham have been really enthusiastic and positive about the progression the club has taken and I will do my utmost to improve things further.
The new role offers me the chance to put my mark on the course and build on the improvements already made by the current team. The greens are always the benchmark of any course and I will do my best to continue to improve them.
There are too many people to thank, including those mentioned, who have helped me along the way. I have a large network of connections and we try and help each other in the industry.”
Steven outlined his golfing experiences that have helped him develop his skills, passion and enthusiasm for greenkeeping.
“I have always been passionate about sport, especially golf. I originally got into sports retail, however I then took a full time HND in Golf Course Management at Reaseheath College in 1994. This three year course had a one year placement included and I was lucky enough to go to The London Club in Kent.
The work ethic was brilliant and Lee Sayers was my mentor who guided me through, not knowing too much!!
After finishing college in 1997, I was then given the chance to work on The Old Course, St. Andrews. During my time, under the excellent guidance of Eddie Adams, I was involved with all aspects of links golf management, including bunker building and gorse management. The highlight of my career came up there when working at The Open 2000, where Tiger dominated the field.
Wanting to move up the ladder, I decided to move away and took the role of Deputy Head at Northwood GC in Middlesex. I was there for around four years and learned the management ropes and supervisory skills needed for the future.
Having met my wife during my spell in Scotland, we decided to move back to our native North West and set up camp in Bolton, where we were joined by our only daughter and have enjoyed a great time at a fine golf club which has moved with the times to set up an exciting future”.
Steven is pictured on the famous 17th green at Sawgrass