Advisory Panel

The renowned Golf Architect, Donald Steel worked with Frank Pennink in the highly successful ‘Cotton, Lawrie, Pennink’ Partnership, welcomed the launching of this website and offered to join our advisory panel.

Donald Steel

Donald Steel

Donald Steel is not only the UK’s leading living golf architect, is also a brilliant golf author and was the Daily Telegraph’s golf correspondent for many years.  His book “Classic Golf Links of Great Britain and Ireland” published in 1992, containing Brian Morgan’s wonderful photography is simply the finest book on running-links courses in GB&I ever published. His enjoyable autobiography has been reviewed by FineGolf and See his FineGolf  Running-Golf Day YouTube video

mark parsinen, castle stuart

Mark Parsinen

Mark Parsinen is the entrepreneur and key principal in the design and construction of the renowned Kingsbarns and more recently Castle Stuart golf links. He is an American who loves traditional links golf and is at the forefront of the modern retro-trend back to the running game. We welcome him to our Advisory Panel and recommend golfers to check out his golf design philosophy at

Ted Dexter CBE

Ted Dexter CBE is perhaps the greatest cricketer-golfer Britain has ever produced. Not only influential in changing cricket’s structure but has now developed ‘speedier’ Rules of Golf that have been taken up by golf’s authorities. READ MORE.

Philip Truett, hickory golf,

Philip Truett

Philip Truett, the doyen of modern hickory golf, a founding member of the British Golf Collectors Society, is a visionary for classic, traditional golf and has publicised the iconic concept of the ‘Three-Dimensional Game’. He has played an influential part in golf behind the scenes, and has been a committee member of the Royal & Ancient and Walton Heath and is a member of many other clubs, including Rye.

John Philp MBE

John Philp MBE, is Europe’s most respected living, fine grass greenkeeper. After an apprenticeship at St Andrews, he was appointed Carnoustie’s Superintendent in 1985 at a time when the course had reverted through bad policies to 100% weed grass Poa annua. Nicknamed “The hero of Carnoustie” his team re-established fine grasses and allowed The R&A to return The Open Championship in 1999 after a 24 year absence. He is one of only two greenkeepers in the UK to have a hole named after him, the eleventh at Carnoustie. (The other? Tom Morris – the eighteenth at St Andrews Old). See his FineGolf  YouTube Video

Alistair Beggs agronomist

Alistair Beggs

Alistair Beggs is one of the UK’s leading golf agronomists, retained by The R&A’s Open Championship Committee and a raft of the finest ‘running’ courses in the land. He is Head of Agronomy and Ecology at STRI  and in the Open Championship year of 2014 he was also elected the Captain of Royal Liverpool GC.  A single figure handicap golfer, he is passionate about fine grasses. See his FineGolf YouTube video. 

Gordon Irvine MG

Gordon Irvine (Master Greenkeeper), nicknamed ‘Jim Arthur’s heir’ with a hands-on educational approach, he is simply Europe’s leading advisory turf consultant in helping return courses from weed to fine grassed surfaces. These include Royal Cinque Ports, Hunstanton, Ganton, Notts(Hollinwell), Luffenham Heath, Broadstone, Wilmslow Sheringham among many others. He was behind the idea of The R&A’s greenkeeping Scholarship and led the recovery of Askernish.

Norbert - the turf fox - Lischka, green illusion,

Norbert – the turf fox – Lischka

Norbert Lischka (Master Greenkeeper) is a leading independent, continental based, greenkeeping consultant of 30 years experience, who is nick-named ‘The Turf Fox’. He has promoted a campaign for the creation of respect between golfers and greenkeepers, while is a prolific author and lecturer Europewide.

john nicholson associates

John Nicholson

John Nicholson, Europe’s leading independent habitat and landscape golf course consultant, has 27 years experience of making a difference in the attitude to woodland management on golf courses. He is brilliant at educating committees and members that management is required to create sustainable woodland and that trees often conflict with the agronomics and strategy of golf.

Malcolm Peake

Malcolm Peake

The Temple GC has stood out from other golf clubs around London and the Home Counties in pursuing a fine grasses policy over the last 20 years. Malcolm Peake, their Chairman of Green during the difficult early years in the nineties, is a leading advocate of natural sustainable (low input, lower costs) policies and is the author of two influential, STRI published, titles A natural course for golf and ” The confessions of a Chairman of Green “.

David Golding

David Golding

David Golding, was a great friend of Jim Arthur. For 23 years until his retirement in 2016, he was the Education Director of The GTC and the man behind the development of greenkeeper training and education that has come on by leaps and  bounds in recent years in Great Britain and Europe.

Roger Green

Michael Evans and Anthony Ramm, the most brilliant website designer and programmer created the website ahead of its time in 2008. We are now pleased to be working with Roger Green of Spa Web Design who has led a rebuild.

Lorne takes full responsibility for all editorial comment, while I thank  John Harris, the golf historian ( see Dunbar GC review ) who has been a great support with his proof reading, intelligent comment and knowledge of English!