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Laurence W. Pithie

Laurence W. Pithie, Turf Master One Ltd

Laurence Pithie was the first Course Manager to achieve Master Greenkeeper status in Europe and now runs his own training and consultancy company, Turf Master One Ltd.  He has served the greenkeeping industry for 42 years, 23 of which have ranged from an apprentice greenkeeper to that of Course Manager.  From 1992, he headed up the Maintenance Division for Golf Management Companies, mainly American Golf and more recently Crown Golf until April 2009, where he was responsible for managing 33 golf properties. 

Laurence gained the accolade of winning both Greenkeeper and Groundsman of the Year in 1984 and 1988.

Laurence has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience and is a regular contributor to many golf trade magazines, newsletters and websites, also presenting papers at numerous European Golf Course Conferences and UK Seminars over the past 6 years.  More recently, Laurence has published a complete Maintenance Manual in conjunction with the English Golf Union.  This has now been translated into Dutch and Finnish and is available from the NVG in Holland.   In addition, he has produced two short books, ‘Managing Golf Courses more Effectively’ and ‘Seasonal Requirements for Golf Course Management’, the latter being especially beneficial for club managers, greens chairmen and owners.  This year he has recently completed a detailed report for the Royal And Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews on ‘Effective Golf Course Management’.

In 2010 Laurence was the first training provider in the UK to be awarded ‘quality assured status’ by the Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC).  His aim is to provide high quality affordable training on a regional basis that is both informative and relevant to the task of managing golf courses anywhere in Europe.  To date, Laurence has hosted 9 regional GTC workshops for Chairman of Green and General Managers in England.  Another 4 are planned in the Autumn of this year.  Full details of his training portfolio can be accessed from his website on the ‘Training’ page.

Laurence W.Pithie MG .
Tel.: 07774 414207
Fax.: 01666 505233
E-Mail.: turfmasterone@aol.com