Case Studies

Chris Roberts established Chris Roberts Agronomy in 2007 having had 12 years experience working at golf courses in the West Midlands. Since 2007 Chris has worked at golf clubs in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, and the West Midlands.

In 2008 Chris completed a foundation degree in Sports Turf at the University of Central Lancashire and his advice has not been confined to golf courses. Chris has worked on bowling greens and cricket pitches.
As a low handicap golfer, Chris believes this gives him the golfer’s perspective on all aspects of the course.

Chris Roberts Agronomy and Shrewsbury Golf Club

Shrewsbury Golf Club is a members club which is parkland in nature. It has stunning views of the South Shropshire hills and has hosted both county and regional events such as the Midland Seniors Championship.

In 2007 Chris Roberts Agronomy was brought in to focus on the quality of the putting surfaces and the general appearance of the course. Chris worked with the Greens Chairman and the existing staff to put in place a programme which saw rapid improvements. Chris was also able to advise on machinery purchase, budgets and long term sustainability.

Since 2007 the club has seen a significant increase in greens fees and all year playability. Chris Roberts Agronomy continues to work with Shrewsbury Golf Club.

Shrewsbury Golf Club - 12th holeChris Roberts and his team have produced fantastic greens even from the first shot gun in January. The ultimate accreditation for their efforts was firstly when after the County Match against Warwickshire, our county captain said “Shrewsburys Greens are of PGA standard" - David Sharp, Chairman of Greens



Worfield Golf Club


Worfield Golf Club - 9th GreenBetween Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton, Worfield is a proprietary parkland course. As well as a thriving membership it draws large numbers of societies and corporate events. Built on sandstone, the course presents unique challenges.

Chris Roberts Agronomy began work with Worfield Golf Club in 2007 to focus on the standard of the greens. Since then the greens have improved in speed and smoothness, playing consistently throughout the year. Chris was able to address the long term sustainability of the course on such a free draining site.
Chris joined us in February of this year at a time when our greens were not at their best, we had thatch problems that needed addressing. Six months on, the improvement has been remarkable; the greens are now drier, faster and far more receptive. Chris is very easy to work with and very knowledgeable about green keeping. We are looking forward to the continued success under the guidance of Chris" - W.E.M Weaver, Managing Director.

Ludlow Golf Club

Ludlow Golf Club - 9th FairwayLudlow was the first club to work with Chris Roberts Agronomy. Ludlow is the only heath land course in Shropshire, renowned for the quality of its greens. Chris installed drainage systems in the soil based greens and was instrumental in improving the quality of all playing surfaces.

It is widely recognised throughout both Shropshire and Herefordshire golf clubs that the putting greens at Ludlow are the envy of every golf club in the county.”  -  J. Bown, Chairman of Greens




Kington
Golf Club

Kington Golf Club - 5th GreenRenowned as the highest course in the country, Kington has spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Black Mountains, the Radnorshire Hills, Hergest Ridge the Malvern and Clee Hills. Chris Roberts Agronomy began work with the club in 2007 to address concerns about the conditions of the putting surfaces. Chris was also able to reduce expenditure by reducing fertiliser and pesticide consumption.

Chris’s guidance on the greens has been invaluable, he has helped restore my confidence in my greenkeeping and the improvement in the greens is there for all to see”
- Ian Gough Head, Greenkeeper Kington Golf Club

 

Sutton Coldfield Golf Club

The 14th Hole at Sutton ColdfieldSutton Coldfield Golf Club is a private members club situated on Sutton Park. The course is heath land in nature and has hosted many prestigious events including the Midland Open. Chris Roberts Agronomy starting work at Sutton to improve the standard of greens in the run up to the club co hosting the English Amateur Championships. With a regular work programme the putting surfaces have improved in both pace and smoothness, whilst giving a year round sustainable surface.

Chris joined us in September 2009. Since then the improvement in our putting surfaces has been remarkable. The greens are now much faster and smoother than many members can ever remember. We have recently co-hosted The English Amateur Championships and the greens were excellent (11 on the stimpmeter) with many compliments being given by the best Amateurs in England. He has implemented his modern techniques on the greens and introduced fresh ideas with great success". - Phil Curtis Chairman of Green