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 - MAY/JUNE 2021 

  • March and April were very cold months, and May has seen a total of 63mm of rain to date with some very cold days. Ground conditions recently have been very soft and wet for the time of year. Continued poorer weather in general has restricted tasks and our ability to improve playing conditions.

  • The course in general is looking pretty tidy and from most reports has been playing fairly well in last couple weeks, and I think it is as good as many inland courses from reports that I have seen and heard from other people in the trade.

  • One area that has been letting us down is bunker maintenance. Our staff shortage (please refer to the Captain's Update), means that there has been a lack of daily raking and time constraints on being able to get bankings cut often enough and no edging and sand replenishing been done so far.

  • Greens have improved dramatically in the last couple weeks but growth in annual meadow grass dominated low areas is still extremely poor and is taking a long time to fill in. Those areas have been hit hard with poorer cold weather over recent months under snow and ice.

  • The proposed gravel banding works on wetter greens i.e. 11, 15 and 17 has been postponed till later to avoid too much surface disruption at this time.

  • We will be solid pencil tineing all greens with 12mm holes and lightly verti-cutting during w/c 24th May and sanding hopefully twice to improve surface roll and trueness before club championships and ongoing busy golfing schedule.

  • Another application of fertiliser will also be applied to greens and approaches to encourage growth and improve colour and appearance.

  • Fairways have been recently sprayed with iron and some liquid fertiliser and this has knocked back moss and improved density and colour. The divoting by juniors and volunteers has made a difference and I hope it is something that we can continue with as there is a lot of damage daily with busy play levels.

  • Recent scrub clearance and long rough cutting done on some holes in frosty weather seemed to be appreciated by most members especially on carry at 15th and left of the 7th. There is still some work to be done around trees on the  7th and 8th.

  • To ensure that our greens are in their usual top condition during the year, some pre planned maintenance work will be required before the end of the summer. In this respect we have provisionally pencilled in Monday 19th July (weather permitting) to complete this work. On the day, all flags will be moved to the approaches and greens will be out of use. It is hoped that with the help of a number of volunteers, the required work on all 18 greens can be completed, allowing the course to fully re-open on the 20th. More details of our request for volunteers will follow nearer the time but feel free to intimate willingness to assist in the interim.

    Archie Dunn