Ian named president at Mannings Heath as club re-works 36-hole set-up to cater for ‘current demands’
By ECG Newsdesk
Ian Jaggard has been appointed president of Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate. A dedicated member since 1996, he is a past captain of the club, and the current captain of the Sussex golf captains, representing the clubs in the county.
“The club is in my blood and I am excited at the prospect of a new era in the club’s history,” said Jaggard. “It has been the setting for many personal events; my late wife Susan and I renewed our marriage vows there in January 2009 and it was the venue in December 2015 for the celebration of her life. A memorial tree now stands by the 11th tee on the Waterfall course.”
General manager Adam Streeter said the club was grateful to Jaggard for taking on the role. “His knowledge of and commitment to the club and its membership made him the ideal choice as an ambassador for the club and to provide guidance to our board and officers,” said Streeter.
Mannings Heath, meanwhile, is undergoing one of the biggest changes in its 100 year history as the new owners convert one of the two 18-hole courses, the Kingfisher, to nine-holes and plant a vineyard on the 500 acre estate, to create a ‘wine experience’ at the classically designed clubhouse.
On the decision to convert the Kingfisher course, Streeter said: “The enhanced 9-hole layout is more in keeping with the current demands for less time-invasive golf and will encourage youngsters into the game.
“The changes will take place over time in several phases; this will include redesigning some of the holes, incorporation of alternative tees for a different back nine, a major upgrade of the practice facilities, including a short game area, and the building of a new pro shop. Our golf pros are very excited about these plans and, from the feedback, we are convinced that the decision is the right one.”
The nine-hole Kingfisher course is a par-36, when played from the white tees, whilst the second hole has expanded from a par-3 to a par-5 - so that the course is challenging for experienced golfers, whilst beginners can enjoy nine holes in under two hours.
Players on the championship Waterfall course and the Kingfisher benefit from new on and off-course facilities with brand new practice nets recently installed. There are also two putting greens, a practice range, indoor teaching facilities and a fully stocked pro shop.