This page contains information about three other JBG Golf Centres - Keele, Chirk and Leen Valley

It appears that, at some time in the past, waste has been imported into Keele Golf Centre. The following paragraph comes from a letter to another company (at Stafford Castle) seeking to import waste:

The County Council has provided advice on a number of similar proposals to that proposed at Stafford Castle. For example, following discussions about a similar proposal at Keele Golf Centre (ref: 01/00685/FUL) the total quantity of proposed imported materials was reduced from 30,000 cubic metres to 15,000 cubic metres. This reduction was achieved by the applicant re-assessing and designing the proposals so as to create as many of the course features and landforms as possible through ‘cut and fill’ operations rather than direct importation. The final development was
successful in both achieving its intend purpose and objectives and in this case, the County Council was satisfied that the importation operations were ‘incidental to the development proposals’ and
therefore had no objections to this being considered as a ‘district matter’.

www.staffordshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/66F79EF0-06DC-4D39-83DC-B523E9C28FE0/42654/S0607040WCA201206StaffordCastle.pdf

Recent comments about Keele: taken from
www.golftoday.co.uk/clubhouse/coursedir/staffordshire/keele.html

ONCE AGAIN KEELES GREENS ARE TERRiBLE,IN NEED OF PLENTY OF WATER AND A DECENT CUT WOULD'NT GO AMISS. DOES ANY BODY KNOW WHY WE'VE GOT FAIRWAY BUNKERS IN THE ROUGH.....THE CLUE IS IN THE WORDS FAIRWAY BUNKERS.....ITS NOT HARD IS IT , COME ON KEELE ITS ONLY CUTTING GRASS.
Chris Pegg May 9, 2010

WITH REGARDS TO MY COMMENTS ABOUT THE GREENS AND BUNKERS... GREENS FIRST.... FORGET THE COLD WEATHER AND THE VOLCANIC ASH AND THE BROAD LEAF BENT GRASS, WE SEEM TO SUFFER WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS EVERY YEAR ... GREENS IN THE WINTER VERY GOOD SUMMER GREENS EXTREMELY POOR. GOOD,AVERAGE AND EVEN POOR PLAYERS WILL LOSE MORE SHOTS ON POOR CUT AND BADLY WORKED GREENS THAN ON ANY OTHER PART OF THE COURSE. THE GREENS ARE A MUST IF KEELE GOLF COURSE IS TO GET BACK TO ANYTHING LIKE IT WAS AS LITTLE AS 8 YEARS AGO... THE BUNKERS... LIKE MANY OF MY PLAYING COMMRADS I AM AT A LOSS TO WHY ANY ONE WOULD WANT TO ALTER THE PERFECTLY GOOD HOLES ON KEELE BY TAKING OUT SO MANY PERFECTLY PLACED BUNKERS. I HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT THE BUNKERS ARE BEEN ADUITED TO FIND OUT WHICH ONES ARE IN PLAY AND TO LEVEL THE ONES THAT ARE'NT.... TO MY KNOWLEGE ALL THE BUNKERS WHERE AND STILL ARE IN PLAY ....IF YOURE PLAYING GOLF. I'M SURE THE DESIGNER WOULD ARGUE HE PUT THE BUNKERS WHERE BEST SUITED F! OR EACH HOLE. THE BUNKERS HAVE TWO FUNCTIONS .... 1 THEIR A TRAP FROM TEE TO FAIRWAY..... FROM FAIRWAY TO THE GREEN..... 2 THEY STOP THE HOLE LOOKING LIKE YOUR JUST WALKING DOWN A FIELD. THE BUNKERS ARE A VITAL PART OF THE COURSE AND SHOULD ONLY BE TAMPERED WITH BY BEEN RAKED AND SHAPED IF NEEDED. TO TAKE OUT BUNKERS IS TO ALTER THE SO CALLED HARDNESS OF THE HOLE THUS THE STROKE-INDEX MUST BE AFFECTED.....PLEASE LEAVE ARE BUNKERS ALONE JUST RAKE AND LOOK AFTER THEM LIKE YOU SHOULD.... TAKING OUT BUNKERS IS NOT GOLF.
Chris Pegg May 9, 2010

keele...its brakes my heat to see what is happening to keele golf course since my last comments the course as been again violated. Bunkers have been leveled the 5th 7th 10th 14th 18th have no bunkers from the tee until you get to the greens,this is a totat disgrace, if for any possible reason can be given apart from the rubbish of the so called, it speeds up play.The way the bunkers have been letf to grow over or leveled as given any player who lands there a more harder shot to contened with than in the old bunkers,in the bunker its just sand and you know you take your medicine and just get out as best you can, now you,ve hit the fairway but now with no bunker your playing from an uneven badly repaired piece of ground many of witch still have the lip of the old bunkers to contend with, a not so conferdent or high handicap player now as more chance of playing a bad or duff shot into the trees or one off the many ditchs witch keele as incorperated thus creating ! the one thing there trying to avoid slow play..... to avoid slow play make sure the fairways and the rough is cut properly to lose a ball on a so called fairway is scandalous witch as been done many time at keele... keele deserves better so dose the members and the paying public. .....please nick warrol and the jack barker association stop before you distroy keele golf course altogether.
chris pegg June 9, 2010

Chirk Golf Club

The following announcement, dated 25 March 2008, is on the website of Chirk Golf Club.

Exciting developments have come to the fore at Chirk Golf Club, which has returned to the ownership of the Myddelton Estate as former operator, the Jack Barker Group, came to the end of an 8 year leasing deal.

Reflecting on the new acquisition, estate’s owner, Guy Myddelton, said, "The Myddelton Estate are pleased to announce that, with effect from Monday 19th January 2009, Chirk Golf Club will be managed by Guy Myddelton on behalf of Myddelton Estates. We intend to ensure that the Clubs facilities are improved and maintained to the highest standards through careful investment in new machinery and additional staffing, and I will be taking a personal role in directing the greenkeeping operations on the 18-hole Captain David’s course and nine-hole academy course."

To maintain a link with the previous administration, Trudi Jones will continue in the role of Club Administrator, and will be assisted by Chefs Rachel Russell-Huxley and Diane Layhe in providing a first class service to members and visitors to Chirk Golf Club.

"It is an excellent golf club and we are raising the present standards even higher. " continued Guy. "We particularly want to encourage more people to visit and enjoy the facilities available here."

FoBGC understand that while the club was managed by 'Jack Barker Golf' several attempts were made to get planning permission for the importation of waste, but that these were rejected by the local council.

Leen Valley.

The following posting on 25th August 2010 suggests that Jack Barker's Leen Valley Golf Centre may now have a new owner and may have reverted to its earlier name of Hucknall

Hi Scott have you played Hucknall golf centre.The membership is £385 a year for 7 days, and i`am informed that this will be same price next year,and if you know any one who is a member at Hucknall they can introduce a friend for £25 from september1st to march 31st.This course does not belong to Jack Barker any more and the new owner will be makeing improvements to the course.

www.golfshake.com/forums/view/7244/club_membership.html

A second post dated 14 October 2010 is along similar lines:

Hi
Please come and play the course next summer, this course has recently changed owners and has already seen some dramatic changes, the club house is being completely re vamped ad has a great driving range

www.golfeurope.com/clubs/hucknall/