Golf Course Maintenance

GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE

Mike Wallington and Peter Matkovich have a long standing and deeply entrenched relationship. This is evident in the list of courses where Mike Wallington has fulfilled a consulting role for Peter Matkovich. This extends from detailed involvement during construction, to taking over the maintenance post construction. For this reason, Peter and Mike have decided to combine their expertise and establish Matkovich Golf Course Maintenance, by bringing Wallington Sports Turf into the Matkovich Group.

PROFILE:

MIKE WALLINGTON

Milke WallingtonMike Wallington’s first introduction to golf course maintenance started some 25 years ago, when he was involved with the maintenance at Ruimsig Golf Club. Since then, Mike has become widely known within the industry as a grass ‘guru’, with active involvement at Ruimsig, Gary Player Country Club, Mt Edgecombe, Zimbali, Fish River and Houghton, as well as a long list of other courses to which he has consulted.

Mike established Wallington Sports Turf CC 14 years ago. Initially, the consulting service offered once-off assessments, as well as monthly contract consulting. In the last six years, the focus has shifted from offering a consulting service to contract golf course maintenance, with the subsequent renaming of the company to Matkovich Golf Course Maintenance.

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At present, eight golf courses are maintained by Matkovich Golf Course Maintenance (MGCM). A full maintenance service is offered, where all ofthe staff members are employed by MGCM. All of the courses are maintained on a fixed-cost basis, where a monthly maintenance fee has been agreed upon.

Currently, the company specialises in golf course contracts only, where all of the senior staff have achieved results in their own right at various facilities. Although MGCM offers a similar maintenance service to other turf maintenance companies, technical competencies over the entire maintenance function allows the company to consistently produce superior results over a wide range of conditions and grass types.

High gearing and high staffing levels spread over a wide geographical area are associated with any company that undertakes contract golf course maintenance. This, coupled with the unique challenges of any “farming operation”, highlights the need for key technical competencies.

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OUR COURSES

Eagle Canyon Country Club,
Gauteng
Since 2016 – Full maintenance contract

Silver Lakes Golf Estate,
Pretoria
Since 2017 – Full maintenance contract

Royal Durban Golf Club,
KZN
Since 2014 – Full maintenance contract

Mount Edgecombe Country Club,
KZN
Since 2015 – Full maintenance contract

Elements Private Golf Reserve,
Bela Bela – Limpopo Province
Since 2005 – Full Maintenance Contract

Simbithi Eco-Estate,
Ballito – KwaZulu-Natal
Since 2006 – Full Maintenance Contract

Cotswold Downs Development,
Hillcrest – KwaZulu-Natal
Since 2006 – Full Maintenance Contract

Zebula Country Club,
Bela Bela – Limpopo
Since 2008 – Full Maintenance Contract

Euphoria Golf Estate,
Naboomspruit – Limpopo
Since 2011 – Full Maintenance Contract

Durban Country Club,
Durban – KwaZulu-Natal
Since 2012 – Full Maintenance Contract

Beachwood,
Durban North – KwaZulu-Natal
Since 2012 – Full Maintenance Contract

San Lameer,
South Coast – KwaZulu-Natal
Since 2012 – Full Maintenance Contract

Nondela,
Drakensberg – KwaZulu-Natal
Since 2012 – Management Contract

Kloof Country Club,
KwaZulu-Natal
June 2014 – Full Maintenance Contract