There has been a big change here at Fulneck Golf Club in recent weeks. With the news that our longstanding green-keeper was to retire a little early, we had to go on a recruitment drive.

Mick Rook, who was here with us for over 25 years put a lot of hard work into getting the course to where it is now. Just last summer we were getting comments on how good the course looked and how much the greens had improved over recent years. We would like to thank Mick for his service and hope he enjoys his well deserved retirement.

Another thanks must go to his apprentice Adam Fowler who completed his qualification with us here at FGC, he has also moved on to pastures new and we wish him luck.

Onto the new, with the sad news that yet another golf course was forced into administration this year we took it upon ourselves to contact the officials at Riddlesden, firstly to offer any support but also to ask their head green keeper to contact us about our soon to be open position.

Robert soon got in touch and after a couple of interviews was offered the job based on his experience from over 30 years in and around Riddlesden. A number of our members have played Riddlesden over the years and have always commented how well presented it was. That is what we need down here at FGC and we are looking forward to getting stuck into the season.

A special mention must go out to long term member John Robinson for the hard work and support he has offered Robert in his first few weeks. There was a lot of frustration at not being able to get onto the course with some of the machinery due to the massively wet winter but that time was not wasted.

John a life-long engineer has fully serviced all of the machinery, sharpened every cutter and replaced some rather tired looking parts. And now, with the wet weather seemingly behind us, Robert cannot wait to get out there and show us, our members and our many visitors what he can do.

Another mention must go to Mr. Captain Harry Reason for not being afraid to get his hands dirty and offering Robert a lot of help over the past few weeks and over the coming months.

Good luck Robert