Brian Pierson on Jim Arthur

Added on October 17th, 2020 by Lorne Smith
Posted in Jim Arthur 100 celebration

Brian Pierson, the leading golf course constructor in the boom period of the 1970s to the 1990s and still operating today.

Brian Pierson, leading golf course constructor.

“I first met Jim Arthur at Donald Steel’s home in Marlow in 1970 and had the privilege of working with him for the rest of his career.

He supervised my work for the R&A at St Andrews and on the renovations of seven Open Championship courses together with over 100 other courses. I always managed to meet Jim’s high standards.

He was not always the most diplomatic but “He was always right”.

Memories of his sayings remain to this day, such as:

“Green Committees should comprise of an odd number and three is too many”.

When Trees overshadowed greens his comment would be: “You need Thunder and Lightning” (his euphemism for two chainsaws).

“No Fertilizer” meant “only a little”.

His regular mantra was: “Aeration, aeration, aeration”.

He persuaded me to buy the just invented, revolutionary Verti-drain. I ended up with five such machines working on his courses.

The R&A set up an external fund committee, unfortunately without Jim. As I was the only contractor to be invited, it regularly fell to me to “Ask Budleigh Salterton” for his opinions and report back.

Great men are rarely recognised in their life-time and Jim was no exception. Fortunately his hard fought principles on maintenance are now well recognised as “Par for the Course”.

The Golf Course Builder, Brian D Pierson  has worked on over 200 projects in 17 Countries. America :  Canada : Bulgaria : Denmark : England : France : Germany :Holland :  Jersey : Ireland : Macedonia  : Portugal : Scotland : Spain : Sweden : Switzerland : Wales, is the only golf course builder in the World to have built two new golf courses at “The Home of Golf”  St Andrews and to have undertaken major alterations to Seven Open Championship Courses, St Andrews, Royal Lytham and St Anne’s, Royal St George’s, Royal Birkdale,  Muirfield, Royal Troon and Turnberry .

He joined Landscape Maintenance in 1966, and agreed to expand into Golf course construction ( GCC) side of the business. The company rapidly became one of the UK’s leading GCC, in 1974 he was appointed MD.

With three fellow GCC’s they formed the British Association of Golf Course Constructors (BAGCC).

He resigned from the Company in 1976 and set up Brian D Pierson Contractors limited, which became the leading GCC in the UK. Unfortunately the industry collapsed in 1996, with 10 of 14 BAGCC members ceasing trading.

He then built courses in Germany, France and Spain together with many consultation commissions throughout Europe.

Having built new courses at Skibo Castle and Stapleford Park in the UK  for Peter de Savary, in 1999 he commissioned Brian to build courses in South Carolina and Newport Rhode Island.

In recent years he has been more involved in the construction of Irrigation Reservoirs at Royal Ashdown Forest : Sutton Place : North Foreland : Banstead Downs : West Sussex Golf Club : Grobernhof :  Rosenhof : Miltenburg plus European Consultancy.

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