The Committee would like to inform the membership that the problems with water yield from our bore hole have been solved thanks to the hard work of our Head Greenkeeper Mark Tucker.  Following lifting the pump with the help of the other greenstaff the Head Greenkeeper researched possible symptoms after seeing the pump and dipping the water level.  The borehole is just under 100m deep and water was being detected around 50m.  Therefore the Head Greenkeeper concluded that there was not a lack of water but another problem was causing the low yield.

The Head Greenkeeper diagnosed iron bacteria contamination and contacted companies who can deal with this problem.  Proquip Direct were extremely helpful and the Club purchased some of their IGON product and treated the borehole for 48 hours (please see information on iron bacteria information here).  Following this treatment the results have been dramatic, even surprising the supplier how good the result has been, with the pump obtaining maximum output and not dropping in yield through the recent hot spell.

The cost for the treatment was just over £264.00 and when compared to a new bore hole at around £9000.00 the Club can thank Mark for his logical and hands on approach to investigating and solving the bore hole problem.


Our new Head Greenkeeper, Mark Tucker, has been in the position since the 3rd January 2012.  Mark is Devon born and came to Neath from the famous Saunton Golf Club where he worked for 13 years finishing as Deputy Head Greenkeeper on the Championship East Course.  Both courses at Saunton are ranked within the top 100 in the UK and the East Course 60th in the world.

Mark is qualified with a National Vocational Qualification Level 3 and has all other necessary qualifications to take on the role of Head Greenkeeper and help Neath improve to become the finest heathland course in Wales.  Working at Saunton has offered Mark the opportunity to play a leading role in all areas of greenkeeping including the design and construction of greens, tees and bunkers.  All of these transferable skills will be available to Mark as he takes on his new role here at Neath.

Mark has been involved in the preparation of a golf course for tournaments such as the Brabazon Trophy, British Boys Championship, British Senior Open and Carris Trophy.
  Mark is a golfer playing to a handicap of 10 and was a Helmsman for the Ilfracombe RNLI Lifeboat.

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