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Portishead Golf Course given revamp

PUBLISHED: 11:39 24 June 2017

Volunteers helped spruce up Portishead Golf Course.

Volunteers helped spruce up Portishead Golf Course.

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Volunteers gave up their free time to make ‘desperately needed’ improvements to Portishead’s public golf course.

Bunkers were created and the course’s condition improved by helpers who were keen to spruce up the course.

The event came after a Facebook appeal by ex PGA Tour pro John Morgan, who would like to see more golfers using the course in Nore Road.

He said: “The course was in desperate need of some TLC. So I put a shout out to the community asking for help to tidy it up a bit to encourage more golfers to use this valuable asset.”

Mr Morgan, who learned to play golf there as a youngster, but enjoyed a successful professional career, finishing as runner-up at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Illinois in 2004.

He now commentates for Sky Sports and when he is home in North Somerset, he can be found at Portishead Golf Course offering lessons to golfers of all abilities.

The course is privately leased from North Somerset Council.

Its concessionaire, Adrian Stiff, was granted planning permission to make changes to the course by the council.

However, these have never been carried out as North Somerset refused to grant landlord’s consent for the work after campaigners raised serious concerns over the project’s safety.

A review over public footpath rights is also taking place.

However, regardless of what is going on behind the scenes, Mr Morgan still wants to see more golfers use the site.

He said: “It’s a viable course, very tricky in places for the more able golfer and great for kids to learn on. The plan is to make it more presentable and the good folk of Portishead have answered my 
call.”

The volunteers, armed with spades, forks, rakes and strimmers, set to work digging out the overgrown bunkers, painting markers, edging the tee boxes and planting flowers.

John Bachelor, deputy course manager at Long Ashton Golf Club, supervised the clean-up operation and was also barbecue chef.

Craig Rudge, who volunteered with his son Archie, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a good turnout and it was a great effort from everyone.”

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