Golf Course Update - in order to keep members fully updated of developments on the golf course, we will be distributing a course update following every Committee Meeting.
Course Update - June 2018
Following the Committee Meeting of Monday 02 July the decision has been taken to invest in an irrigation system including new borehole, storage tank and full automatic irrigation for tees, approaches and greens to be implemented in Autumn 2018. This will be paid for through normal club funding streams and will not require a levy from the members. Any donations will of course, be greatly appreciated.
The course continues to be under tremendous drought stress over recent weeks. Many areas on greens tees and approaches are showing signs of severe grass loss and thinning out daily.
Large areas on tees especially par 3 holes are being destroyed though heavy wear with no grass recovery evident and are showing extremely low moisture levels.
Greens have become increasingly hard and dry over last few days and are showing signs of dry patch over large areas of putting surfaces, especially in annual meadow grass (poa) dominated areas. Rooting has become very shallow and grass plants are under severe stress.
We have reduced cutting throughout week to try and protect grass cover and height of cut has be raised slightly. This may cause greens to be slightly slower and bumpy but we can’t continue to cut daily until weather conditions improve.
We are able to only water 1 green at a time with a mobile sprinkler due to inadequate irrigation and water pressure issues. Tees have had very little water over last 3 months.
This weekend we have been unable to get any water on at all with no pressure in system and sprinklers not working. A suspected burst is being dug out at 11th tee area to locate pipe.
Many man hours have been spent over recent weeks (with many out-with normal working hours) to try and water areas but unfortunately we have no chance of keeping areas properly irrigated and turf healthy with present set up.
Recent rainfall checks have shown- April, May and June 2016-182 mm; 2017-174 mm; 2018-99mm.
Unfortunately we are still in early summer and many more dry spells could happen throughout next few months and course could deteriorate further.
We have applied many soil wetters, seaweeds and fertilisers to all areas to try and alleviate and improve situation as much as possible.
Damaged hydraulic spill lines on 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 have been hollow-cored and seeded and are showing some signs of recovery although very slow due to moisture levels.
Hole changing has become very difficult recently with greens being so dry and hard and limited areas available for use.If dry conditions prevail, early autumn renovations will be crucial to aerate and over-seed many areas to retain grass cover going into autumn/winter months. Some larger areas may have to be re -turfed due to grass loss.
Grass cutting in all other areas on course continue as growth dictates and some areas of long rough may be cut back to speed up play when time permits.
Fairway and tees have been divoted recently with some help from members which is greatly appreciated.
Some bunkers will have new sand added shortly to improve playability .A new lighter coloured sand is being tried out as existing supplier has become inconsistent and unreliable.
Site meeting organised this week with Scottish Water to hopefully allow us to complete works on installation of sewerage connection for toilets and return toilet unit to new location. Fence painting will also be completed shortly
Paths will have blaize added to low areas to smooth out.
We are still awaiting contractor to grind down recently cut tree stumps around course.
Ponds at 12th and 9th have been cleaned out and this has greatly enhanced habitat and appearance.
Some selective weed spraying will be done on fairways and roughs to reduce daisies, clover etc.
Flower tubs at clubhouse have ben replanted and are being watered daily with help from bar and kitchen staff. Plants have also been purchased for new bed at club entrance and soil and landscaping will be done shortly.
Patio area at clubhouse could do with a power wash to enhance and clean up area and outside seating has become quite poor .Could be utilised more in good weather.
Car park tarring works still incomplete in-front of clubhouse as insurance claim is on-going.
Hedges at 18th inside edge have been cut back to clarify out of bounds lines and tops and outside edge will be cut back out-with nesting season.
Discussions with neighbour at 17th regarding wall on-going with unsafe wall to be rebuilt (shared cost). Also wall at 1st beside the ball washer to be checked and bulging area repaired.