‘And Thanks to the Greens Staff’

‘And Thanks to the Greens Staff’

We only have a small team of greenkeepers here at Forest Hills but they punch way above their weight when it comes to the condition of the course. Our hard working team, seen here mowing the fairways and greens, have had extra mowing this year as the sunshine and showers has been ideal grass growing conditions.

New signage and some super new machinery should make the tees easier to find and the greens faster.

The feedback we receive cites the course and friendliness of the staff as the 2 top things visitors notice, so they must be doing something right. In the speeches at the end of a long golf day, when the sentence is heard ‘and we’d like to thank the greenkeepers’ we know it’s well deserved.

If you’d like to read our ‘myths exploded’ blog post entitled ‘Why do they always mow in front of us’ click here.

February Pictures

February Pictures

At the end of a wet winter one of the things you won’t see is standing water (apart from the ponds of course!) The trees might be bare still for a month or two yet but the Course is still enjoyable in the February sunlight. Just wrap up warm. We’ve yet to see if the winter wheels policy helps the course improve more quickly come the spring but spring is most definitely around the corner.

This is the last of our monthly picture blog series, a whole year has gone by since we started. A new blog series will be arriving with the new golf season.

We look forward to seeing you on the Course.

June on The Golf Course

June on The Golf Course

Early summer golf on a sunny day – does it get any better and with the promise of months of warm weather golf to come. June might be the perfect month to play golf here, perhaps why we have more golf days in June than any other.

What can I gain from buying at the Pro Shop?

What can I gain from buying at the Pro Shop?

Pro Shop Myths Exploded

With the advent of the internet, Pro Shop sales of golfing hardware and clothing has seriously declined. While the brands go from strength to strength the individuals in the business have found it harder to make a living. Bigger brands demand large minimum orders and they are forced to include goods that don’t sell as well. Those brands may well then bring out a new product, leaving the shop with redundant stock.

So why run pro shop? Can the shop and experienced staff add anything to the buying experience of golfers and is it worth the extra money you pay?

We asked Gavin Butcher, owner and manager of Forest Golf Ltd who runs the pro shop at Forest Hills Golf Club in Gloucestershire.


What is the point of a Pro Shop stocking a wide range of goods and services when everything is available for a click and a £3.00 delivery charge? Why would anyone shop there?

Having the help and advice from someone you trust is one of the main reason many golfers buy from their pro shops rather than online, Regardless of the price golfers still require equipment that is best suited to them and will benefit their game.

Why is everything cheaper on the internet?

Is it cheaper? Many products being sold online at discounted prices are often last year’s equipment. Comparing the latest products and prices you will find that your pro shop will be more than competitive. If it seems too good to be true…It generally is!!

Do you REALLY find people have bought fake goods online then come to you to get them repaired?

It is happening more and more frequently and the quality of the fake clubs are improving all the time putting more emphasis on purchasing from a trusted retailer.

Are there 3 over-riding reasons why I should buy clubs from you, a man of experience and not a cheap retailer or online store?

  • The clubs will be fitted to you personally and not off the shelf
  • We only sell genuine products not cheap fakes
  • We are here for every game you play if you ever have any problems with the products purchased.

What exactly does your experience add?

15 years experience in the industry has been invaluable. 10 years on the high street and 5 years in a local pro shop has allowed me to see both sides of the golf industry. Seeing the members every week and even playing rounds of golf with them has given me the opportunity to offer them better advice on everything from purchasing new clubs to wearing the right shoe!

If you have any questions on this topic for Gavin, please leave a comment.