Sherwood Forest Golf Club recently celebrated the long-standing service of three members of its greenkeeping staff. Together, the trio have been presenting the golf course, which ranks as the 35th best in England, for more than 95 years.
Head greenkeeper Kim Kirkham started working at the Mansfield-based club in November 1977 when Tiger Woods was just two-years-old and 12 years before Rory McIlroy was born. Kirkham, together with Adrian Rhodes and Keir Taylor and the rest of the team, have worked tirelessly to present some of the finest greens in the country and a course recognised by many to be the finest inland heathland layout.
This has all been achieved whilst working within the conservation designation of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This designation is due to the area being a substantial example of a nationally rare habitat for a number of plants and animals.
The presentation to Kirkham, Rhodes and Taylor was made by the chairman of the greens committee, Ian Anderson, and was attended by over 100 members of the club. “It is a fantastic achievement to have three such experienced greenkeepers at Sherwood Forest,” said Anderson.
“We recognise the great contribution they have made to the constant improvement of our course and look forward to the next 95 years of service!”
Sherwood Forest Golf Club currently has a limited number of memberships available and a special trial membership for ladies.