What the Isle of Wight lacks in quantity, it definitely makes up for in quality. With just 8 golf courses in the Isle of Wight, it was still a difficult decision due to the exceptional level of ecological sustainability. This area has unique wildlife which is being preserved and promoted by the hard work of greenkeepers.
Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club
Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club is an 18 hole heathland course that was established in 1900 and sits in a prime position on the Isle-Of-Wight. Tony Mears has been the Head Greenskeeper there since 2011 but has more than 40 years of experience in greenskeeping. He has published articles on training and motivating greenkeepers so they are well positioned to bring the golf club into the 21st Century.
The biggest challenge on the course is drainage but through the great work done by Tony and his team this problem has been overcome and the result is that the course is now playable 52 weeks of the year. Solving the drainage problem has also resulted in denser grass cover and reduced the use of chemical fertilisers. Trees have also been removed without affecting the endangered Red Squirrel population.