PORT ELIZABETH (26 June 2014) – The Humewood Golf Club, which has been under the management of Mark Wiltshire Golf since November 2012, has received a major boost with the release of the highly reputable Golf Digest Magazine’s 2013 course ranking list.
Humewood slipped from 18 to 20 in 2012, but has climbed a very credible five places to 15th on the latest ranking list.
For a club that was in the doldrums before the Humewood Committee called on Mark Wiltshire Golf for management assistance, the rise is nothing short of remarkable.
Competing against courses that are well funded and a lot more modern, Humewood’s outstanding conditioning is surely a major factor in its rise in the rankings. It has been a long battle for the Humewood Committee, though, who are working hard at ensuring the long-term viability of this famous club.
When Mark Wiltshire Golf took over the management of Humewood, the company put a “Seven Point Plan” in place, with the immediate focus being the conditioning and playability of the course.
Soon after taking up the management contract, Mark Wiltshire Golf also assumed responsibility for the course. Winning over the members by providing a range of top class golf facilities was an important factor in the strategy. The results are clearly evident as member rounds are on the increase and the club is receiving favourable comments from visitors on a regular basis.
Mark Wiltshire, the founder and owner of Mark Wiltshire Golf, paid tribute to the efforts of the greenkeeper, Ivor Peterson, and his team.
“Ivor has taken the improvement of the course as his personal project and it is so good to see the course and his efforts being recognized”, said Wiltshire.
Club President John Black praised the ongoing efforts of the Peterson, and the input from Mark Wiltshire Golf.
“Mark Wiltshire Golf has brought a great deal of golfing common sense to the table,” Black said. “Our two major sponsors, Chevrolet and Investec, and the members, who had shown tremendous loyalty, should also take credit. Through their support, the club has been able to ensure that its greatest asset, the course, was being maintained in accordance with the high standard expected of a top 20 club.”