Caldy Golf Club are seeking a new Club Manager

Salary: £ Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: 5th Oct

Situated on the banks of the River Dee. Founded in 1907 Caldy Golf Club is a thriving private members club with 750 members and regarded as one of the best courses in the Wirral and Cheshire Areas.

The Club Board are seeking to appoint a forward-thinking manager who will be able to take the club forward, embracing up to date management practices whilst recognising the traditions of golf. Ensuring that the offer from the club at every level provides a memorable experience for all members and visitors. Working closely with the Board of Directors to develop a clear vision for the long-term future of this high-quality members club. The vacancy arises as a result of the retirement of the present Club Manager, who will be available for a hand over period.

The successful candidate will ideally possess:

  • An adaptable, enthusiastic approach with an ability to communicate and develop relationships at all levels with strong leadership skills.
  • A proven track record in golf club management or a similar industry / sector.
  • Strong Leadership, communication and people management skills with the ability to motivate and manage a small direct team and relationships within the club.
  • Strong marketing skills to attract new members, to retain existing members and to maximise all income streams
  • A bright and positive outlook at all times with a tenacious and can-do attitude.
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Pro-active management skills the golf business through continuous improvement and innovation, developing the Strategic Review with the Club Board.
  • A sound knowledge of bar and catering operations, compliance matters in respect of Health and Safety, Employment Law and Pensions legislation relevant to a Golf Club.
  • A proven financial management, reporting and budgetary control including the delivery of monthly and annual reports in a timely manner.
  • IT skills should ideally include Microsoft Windows and Office, Sage Accounting software, Golf software ClubV1, BRS, HowDidIDo, Website, and social media.
  • An appreciation of golf, its rules and the traditions and ethos of a private members club
  • Highest levels of integrity and diplomacy with an understanding of relevant legislation and regulations.

How to Apply

Applications with a covering letter and full CV (please include current position and salary) should be sent in confidence to:

Caldy Juniors triumph in Sweden

Emily Fearns-Nicol, Tom Parker-Thompson, Sam Johnson and Cameron Walker represented Caldy in the annual exchange programme in Sweden from Sunday 5th August to 12th August.

Participating clubs from England are Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale and Caldy with Falsterbo, Flommens and Ljunghusen representing the Swedes.

Each club is represented by 4 juniors and they play competitive golf over the week with the winners receiving the Pinnington Pot. The competition was varied over the six days with a scramble, greensomes, fourball better balls and finishing with singles on the final day.

The exchange originated in 2002 by Royal Liverpool member Joe Pinnington who was living in Sweden at the time. The original three clubs were Hoylake, Birkdale and Formby. Caldy became involved in 2014 when Formby decided they could no longer be involved and we are now their permanent replacement.

The courses played were all of high quality with different challenges on each. Flommens in English means little pools. I can advise the pools were far from little and with the constant off shore wind causing problems it was a challenging course. . Ljunghusen means houses of heather which was an appropriate description. Falsterbo is a typical links course and extremely difficult. The first visit to Falsterbo was somewhat spoilt by an invasion of mosquitoes who went for the English in a big way. They didn’t seem to bother the Swedes!!

The English players adapted brilliantly to the varied conditions and the Caldy juniors all played well and contributed a large number of points to the English total. The final result was 28-14 for England which was their first victory for us in 4 years.

The overall trip was a resounding success. The Swedish courses were all good quality, the hospitality was simply superb and everywhere we went the people were friendly and helpful. The youngsters all played good golf and their behaviour was impeccable. Junior golf in the area we visited is thriving. Ljunghusen has 300 juniors with 200 at Flommens. This is remarkable compared to the numbers of junior golfers that clubs in this country have. The Swedes invest large sums of money into junior golf with the budget at Ljunghusen a quite staggering at £150000 p.a. The area is a major holiday resort which obviously helps and golf is very much a family affair. I feel we in the UK could learn a lot from their approach.

The adult leads for the Caldy team were Ray and Wendy Simm. A huge thank you goes to Mark Shields for his impeccable organisation of the trip.

We all look forward to the return of the Swedish clubs to the UK in 2019.

Ray Simm

Cheshire Junior Championship 2018 – Didsbury

We are delighted to report that two of our Juniors took part in this year’s Cheshire Junior Championship hosted by Didsbury Golf Club.

In a field of 45 competitors, our very own Cameron Walker came 8th overall with a gross score of 78 and a nett score of 69, and our very own Dan Edwards came 21st with a gross score of 85 and a nett score of 74. In the U14 category of the competition with 36 competitors, Cam and Dan came 5th and 14th respectively. Well done gents!

Maintenance week at CGC

by Carl Crocher, Course Manager

Maintenance week has become an essential fixture in our Greenkeeping Calendar but need not signal the end of the season. Indeed, its only week three in August, with much to play for, not least the Finals weekend.

The majority of good Clubs now use this period of time, from the beginning of August to the middle of September to complete these essential works. Overseeding,  to improve the sward content has become a major part of these renovations, and this goes hand in hand with keeping our surface organic matter (thatch)  in check. We saw a minor increase from the wet winter and this needed addressing to bring it back towards the STRI recommended guidelines.

We are in the midst of that week again, so what have we done since Monday?

The old greens have had 8mm solid tines down to 150mm then they have been overseeded lightly with Fescue, thanks to the Clubs recent purchase of our own overseeder. We will use it to also apply some Bent seed later in the week.

This is the best time of the year to apply Bent seed, the soils are warm which they require and the day lengths are now shortening, which helps. Ideally some warm showery weather over the next 10 days would be the ideal, but we can irrigate if needed. We have chosen to put Fescue in at the same time, though this will be sown deeper as it’s a much bigger seed. If it’s in the ground now we don’t need to disturb the surfaces again before the end of the season.

The short game area greens have been deep scarified to remove some of the high level of OM that you find in commercially grown turf. They were then overseeded with Bent into the scarification lines and have had a pass with Fescue today. The 9th, 13th and 18th were cored first, the cores then broken up and worked back in before the OM was blown off and collected. These were also overseeded with Fescue and we managed to get the 8th and 14th greens done in the same manner. Today they have had a further light dressing, brush and iron to smooth the surfaces, the forecast rain later would make this a very good day.

We still have the rest of the sand construction to complete before the weekend, 1 to 3, 7, 12, 15 and 17.

Ideally we will carry out the same process as on 8 and 14, i.e. Dress, core, leave to dry, smash up with verticuts, work back into the holes, clear debris and collect, overseed with Fescue, 3 passes of the machine, work in seed with dewie brushes, dress, brush and iron.

We have also solid tined the surrounds and we hope to have verticut some of the tees before we’re done. The surround of the short game greens has been cored and dressed. The tees will be dressed after aeration and as the recovery of the approaches kicks in these will require some real TLC after this summer unprecedented drought.

Congratulations to Dan Edwards

We would like to congratulate Junior member Dan Edwards, who won the Under 15 prize in the Wallasey Junior Open on Sunday 12th August with 42 points, he is thrilled.

Well done Dan, from everyone at Caldy Golf Club

Sponsors Day – Festival of Golf 2018

A fantastic week of golf culminated with our Sponsors Day last Friday afternoon. In a tight competition our winners were HE Simm, on 88 points, with the team comprising of Ian Bruce, Greg Simm, Alan Smith and Chris Evans. The full results are as follows:

  • Winners: HE SIMM 88 points  team players Ian Bruce, Greg Simm, Alan Smith and Chris Evans
  • 2nd Team: MJK Capital/Vendcare 87 points team players Mick King, John Locke, Guy Garton and Karl McKinney
  • 3rd Team: Windsor’s 86 points team players Caldy GC Captain John Crosby, Mr Ex. Dave Crinson, Matt and David Tuomey
  • Nearest the Pin 8th hole: Jim McGrath
  • Nearest the Pin on 17th: George Falk

15 players hit the green on the 10th, the Captain / Lady Captains’ charity hole, raising £920 for the UTS Foundation and Maggie’s Clatterbridge.

Message from the Captain, John Crosby

Thank you from the Captain of Caldy GC to all visitors at the to the 19th Festival of Golf week and the final day for Sponsors and also to the many Caldy Golf Club volunteers who gave up their time from Sunday 5th August  through to Friday 10th August to support the rota to ensure all Visitors were given a first class Caldy welcome; Carl Crocher and his hardworking green staff who have ensured the golf course was presented in great condition despite over 772 players using it this week; Pro Alan Gibbons and Josh Dixon for their support on Registration; Mark Kershaw and all his staff at Pickled Walnut for their provision of great quality food served with a smile, Caldy GC’s our very own “Catering with Character”; Club Secretary Gail and Golf Coordinator Matt for their early morning starts and late finishes each day this week and for their overall patience and support of the administration of the event. Caldy GC wish Matt our very best wishes as he moves on after today to pursue a career with Club V1; thanks also to Chris at Katalyst Creative our website designer who has also been busy on Social Media for us this week, working with Matt and Nigel McIntyre to ensure we have provided the best updates as events have unfolded.

Final thanks to the Sponsors who make the week possible each year, with this years event being supported by a record 23 number. Special mention to Windsor’s as main sponsors in their 10th year and Bill Collier for supplying an endless supply of Wirral’s best ice cream from Nicholls of Parkgate which was free to all players as they finished the 11th green.

Photos from Sponsors Day

Day 4 Results – Mixed Open Day – Festival of Golf 2018

After a hugely competitive Mixed Open Day, featuring 44 four ball teams, 94 points was enough for 1st place, with Mr David Sherman (South Herts Golf Club), Mr Andy Lomas (Ashton Golf Club), Mrs Tracy Capal (Manchester Golf Club) & Mrs Anna Lomas (Lady Captain at Ashton) today’s winners.

In addition to his four ball win, Mr Andy Lomas went closest to the pin on the 17th, and Mr Giles Terry from The Mere went closest at the 8th hole.

Here are the full results from day 4

  • 1st – Mr David Sherman, Mr Andy Lomas, Mrs Tracy Capal & Mrs Anna Lomas (Lady Captain at Ashton) – 94 Points
  • 2nd – Mr John Watson, Mr Martin Rogers, Mrs Elaine Watson & Mrs Ann Rogers (from Hurlston Hall) – 91 Points
  • 3rd – Mr Roger Clowes, Mr Paul Thompson, Mrs Maureen Clowes & Mrs Margaret Walker (from Astbury, Prenton & Wallasey) – 88 Points
  • Nearest the Pin on the 8th – Mr Giles Terry (The Mere)
  • Nearest the Pin on the 17th – Mr Andy Lomas (Ashton)

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who took part.


Day 4 – Mixed Open Day – Festival of Golf 2018

It is day 4 at the 2018 Festival of Golf and Mixed Open day. Today we welcome 44 four balls with best man and best lady to count in Stableford format, with prizes going to 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The first team go out at 8:30am and the final team will tee off at 3:40pm.

Good luck to all of our competitors today on what is looking like another stunning day at Caldy Golf Club.

Day 3 Results – Ladies Open Day – Festival of Golf 2018

After a one day break, the 2018 Festival of Golf continued today with the Ladies Open. Another close encounter saw Susan Mo, Kate Fitzgerald, Sue Cater & Sally Hart finish first with 93 points. Here are the results in full.

  • 1st – Susan Mo, Kate Fitzgerald, Sue Cater & Sally Hart – 93 Points
  • 2nd – Elizabeth Stainton, G Kenny, Carol Mawdsley & Lorraine Hulse-Hollywood – 88 Points
  • 3rd – Judith Brown, D Langley, C Makin & S Hughes – 86 Points 

Nearest the pin on 8th was Anne Greenough of Warrington Golf Club and Val Moran of Formby Ladies went closest on the 17th.

Congratulations to today’s winners and thank you to all who took part.

Here are some photos from day 3

Day 3 – Ladies Open Day – Festival of Golf 2018

Today is the Ladies Open on Wednesday of Festival Week at Caldy GC with players already on the course from 8am this morning through until 2:30pm and a total of over 150 players in a team event with best 2 of 4 to count (Stableford) and prizes available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.

Teams from many of the North West Golf Clubs are represented today.

Keep tabs on our social media pages for regular updates throughout the day.

Here are some early photos from the Ladies Open.