The drive for juniors is on at Shendish Manor

29/7/2011'Shendish Manor Golf, Apsley, with Bronwen Pateman and James parker.
29/7/2011'Shendish Manor Golf, Apsley, with Bronwen Pateman and James parker.

It is set to be a busy few months at Shendish Manor as they make a concerted effort to attract more juniors to the course.

Since being taken over by the current owners in 2009, Shandish has seen vast improvements both in terms of course quality and number of users. They have also taken the business out of administration.

29/7/2011'Shendish Manor Golf, Apsley, with Bronwen Pateman and James parker.

29/7/2011'Shendish Manor Golf, Apsley, with Bronwen Pateman and James parker.

The driving force behind the transformation is a dedicated team of workers who have set about improving the Manor’s reputation.

Golf membership sales coordinator Bronwen Pateman and general manager James Barker have been at the heart of the improvements, under the guidance of Dean Thompson who also manages Shendish’s sister hotel, The Manor of Groves in Sawbridgeworth.

And now they hope that the course’s popularity will continue to grow – especially within the junior sector.

“We really want to increase our junior section,” said Dean. “After all, the juniors are the future of the club.”

The first event on the junior calendar is a Hertfordshire-wide tournament which is set to be held at Shendish on October 29.

It is open to youngsters at all clubs throughout Herts, and is being promoted by the Herts Golf Union.

“We are hoping for a good turnout because it is on a day when no other tournaments are taking place and it is in the school holidays,” said Bronwen.

The day is also set to be boosted by the appearance of Crystal Palace’s former Tottenham Hostpur footballer Steffen Iversen, who is set to take part in the trophy presentations.

Iversen is a regular visitor to the club.

As well as the juniors, it is hoped that the number of ladies playing at Shendish can be increased.

“We are really trying to get more ladies here,” said Bronwen. “It would be nice if we could organise some mixed tournaments.”

Dean added: “We’re not the most well-known of golf clubs in the area because people think of us mainly as a hotel.

“But we’re working hard on changing that and the golf is something we are really trying to promote.”

For information on the golf course and hotel, visit www.shendish-manor.com.