Sand Valley Golf Resort has established itself as a world-class Stay & Play destination in Northern Poland, close to Gdansk airport. Rapid growth and the numerous 2018 ratings as Poland’s #1 golf course & resort mean that the golf product needs be taken to the next level.
A big emphasis is now on offering the best possible playing conditions, regardless of the time of the year. To achieve this, investments are being made in both equipment and know-how.
“It is important to know what your product is and what things are important for your clients. We have noticed that being rated as Poland’s flagship golf project also means that customer expectations for the golf product are higher – It was logical to start tuning the already amazing golf product. For me the logical way to start was by adding world-class know-how to Sand Valley – therefore we are proud to officially announce that Bruce Jamieson joins our team!’
Antti Pohjonen, Sand Valley’s CEO
“I am delighted to be part of the agronomy/greenkeeping team at Sand Valley, having joined the project during the summer when concerns had been raised over several agronomic issues. A plan was introduced to address the immediate problems. I returned during early November and was pleased to note that these issues had received attention and the improvements were noticeable.
For background information, I started my career in golf course maintenance in 1974 as an apprentice greenkeeper for Turnberry Hotel and Golf Courses and attended Elmwood College one of the foremost greenkeeping colleges in Europe.
During this time, I was involved with the 1977 Open, 1979 European Open and several other major events. I took over Powfoot Golf Course in 1980 as the course manager and then moved to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in 1983. At Porthcawl, I attended Pencoed College to study management. In 1988 I joined the PGA European Tour as Director of Agronomy and remained with them until 1995 when I left to form my own consultancy, B Jamieson Golf Advisors Ltd.
B Jamieson Golf Advisors Limited is a company, which offers expert advice on golf course agronomy, maintenance and presentation, and is dedicated to customer satisfaction and conservation of the environment. I have been involved in the Greenkeeping industry for over forty years during which time I have had the opportunity to work with and advice some of the renowned course in the world.
Between 1989 and 1995 I was responsible for organising and coordinating a greenkeeping support team and agronomy consultants to assist at 36 tournaments each year. I was also responsible for organising three bi-annual greenkeeping conferences for the PGA European Tour which involved planning the programme, finding sponsors and arranging accommodation and flights for all delegates and speakers. I advised and assisted in the preparation and presentation of two Ryder Cups at the Belfry in 1989 and 1993. Additionally, from 1993 I advised European Golf Management (joint venture company between PGA European Tour and International Management Group) on budgets, staffing levels, machinery and material requirements for the maintenance of their golf courses.
B. Jamieson Golf Advisors Limited was founded in 1995 to give a programme of on-site visits to work with staff and officials to produce the best possible golf course conditions. Since 1995, I have developed a client list, which covers Iceland, Finland, South Africa and everything between. I am looking forward to working with Sand Valley next year.’