Trevor Glover is secretary-manager at Chesterfield Golf Club. Having entered golf club management following 25 years of service with the RAF, Trevor has now surpassed that after starting his journey at Tewkesbury Park in 1989. His career has also included stops at Blackmoor, Withington and Lymm.
A private members’ club, known locally as Walton, Chesterfield was founded in 1897 and the club moved to their current site in 1906. Over the past few years, the club’s STRI inspection reports have compared the quality and speed of their greens to those found on the European Tour.
I live in Stockport so I’m up at 6am and on the road to get to the club for around 8am. We appointed our new professional at the end of February. Shane Naisbett had been assistant at the club for 10 years and has moved up seamlessly. He’s the first person I see in the morning and he lets me know what’s been going on over the weekend. I’ll walk into the office and sign-in to the computer to check the diary and emails. That’s the first hour gone just sorting the junk and dealing with others straight away. My hours vary but I’m normally in at 8 and out again any time between 4 and 8.
There are always meetings. Suppliers, visitors, staff and committee. Today, it’s the Woodland Trust who are coming to have a walk around the course to give us advice on how to manage our woodland.
The chairman comes up to the club just about every day and he is my day-to-day focal point. We discuss everything going on from course and membership matters to nance and forward planning. He, the captain, and the treasurer dedicate a great deal of their time to the club.
Three meetings scheduled for today: 10am to talk about our rating appeal, greens at 3pm followed by health and safety at 5.30pm.
Treasurer’s day is either Friday or Monday, he still works in London and contact can be in person, by phone or computer. He needs accurate and up-to-date figures for income and expenditure as well as bank balances and comparatives with the previous year in order to provide accurate information to the board. We are not a cash rich club and are looking all the time at ways of controlling budgets, reducing spend and improving cashflow.
I’m lucky that I don’t generally work weekends. Club competitions are usually on Saturdays and we don’t take visitors, other than member’s guests, at weekends until after 1.30pm on Sunday. The competitions committee take care of weekend results and it’s very unusual for a competition to have not been finalised when I get in on Monday. I think I’ve got the best committee now I’ve had during the whole of my time in club management.
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