KNUTSFORD Golf Club is being described as a hidden gem of Cheshire - by the man who helps to keep it in tip-top shape.

The club are delighted to be the hosts for the popular Cheshire 9-hole championships on Thursday, August 20.

The competition, a 9-hole singles stableford is open to all members of Cheshire clubs, including men, ladies and juniors.

Knutsford course manager David Jones took on his new role in 2019 and he brings a wide range of experience and skills as he and his team are looking forward to providing a top class and memorable course for the championship.

David said: “I wasn’t aware of The Knutsford Golf Club until the summer of 2017 when a friend invited me to play.

“I was amazed that I had never heard of it after playing golf in Cheshire for 20 years.

“What I found can only be described as a true hidden golfing gem in the Cheshire area. The amazing surroundings and views into Tatton Park added to the experience of the great layout and challenges of the course.

“When the opportunity occurred to become course manager at Knutsford it was a move I couldn’t refuse.

“After talking with the committee, it soon became clear that the club are very ambitious to drive the club and course forward. The course development plan that has been written is extensive and an exciting time for all involved at the club.”

David spoke more about his background highlights.

“My career highlights include Distinction in Golf Course Management 2017 (SRUC Elmwood Scotland), being awarded R&A Scholarship 2014 (1 of 308 worldwide), being on the Walker Cup Support Team 2015 at Royal Lytham St Anne’s and the British Masters Support Team 2016 at The Grove London.

“My first job was at Vale Royal Abbey in 2006 where I learned a great deal and to develop my skills and my next move was to Hunley Hall Hotel and Golf in North Yorkshire in 2013 and this move again gave me plenty of extra skills.

“I moved back to the North West in 2016 to enjoy a great year at the fabulous and historic Southport and Ainsdale GC then took on the role as course manager at Hartford GC before my move to Knutsford.

“Since my arrival I have identified areas in need of improvement and development. I am guiding staff, monitoring and documenting my work and providing written plans to the club committee.

“I am currently establishing a culture of self-improvement within the club, recommending and identifying change and effectively encouraging staff to buy into change and also encouraging and proposing areas for staff development and successfully mentoring staff to reach their full potential and obtain more qualifications.

“Structure is being added to working practices and the course has steadily improved since my arrival with very positive feedback from members and committee.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club for their continued support since my arrival in September 2019.

“The changes have already been well received and as a team we are excited for what the future holds.”