Stewart looked for easy wins that would make a visual difference. For example, pathways were muddy and off-putting. Stewart called a local tree surgeon and asked what they did with their clippings. If they didn't want to just take them to landfill, the greenkeeping team would take them all and place them over the mud to make better pathways at no cost to the club.
The remaining sleepers were used to create new tee markers, with members and local businesses asked to sponsor each hole and help raise money for additional equipment for the course.
That raised £2,600, for which Stewart shopped around and purchased second hand backpack blowers, two strimmers and a set of sarel rollers to help improve the greens.
Stewart also runs charity skittles nights in the clubhouse, which create a good atmosphere for members and families. Any money raised goes into the equipment budget, funding things such as tines for the aerator.
"I HOPE YOU CAN GAUGE THE AMOUNT OF WORK AND EFFORT THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN BY A CLUB. WE MIGHT NOT BE THE MOST WELL-KNOWN COURSE IN THE COUNTRY (ALTHOUGH WE ARE AN OLD TOM MORRIS DESIGN), BUT I REALLY BELIEVE THE RESULTS WE HAVE ACHIEVED WITH ESSENTIALLY NOTHING IS TESTAMENT TO EVERYONE HERE.
"IF WE WERE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS CATEGORY IT WOULD REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF MANY CLUBS STRUGGLING LIKE WE WERE AND WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH THE WILL TO GET BETTER EVERY DAY."