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 - October 2019
Course in general continues to be very wet due to persistent rain over recent weeks and months. We are now over 300 mm since the start of August.
There are a few areas on course where rainwater has been traveling along new irrigation tracks and causing excessive flooding and water-bubbles (left of 1st green, between tees at 2nd and behind 3rd green/4th tees. These areas will be dug out and have new drains installed shortly.
Most of the soil based greens are extremely soft at moment and a bit bumpy after busy golf days. We are cutting with pedestrian machines all the time as triplex machines are causing too many wheel tracks and damaging perimeters of greens. Height of cut has also been raised.
All greens will be solid pencil-tined this week with a hired in pedestrian aerator as our tractor is too heavy on such wet greens. 6, 11, 15 and 17 greens will be hollow-cored again with more sand added, to try and firm up.
The early autumn spiking and hollow-coring has definitely proved to be beneficial and has helped us get through this very wet spell of weather and keep the course open most days.
Tees and approaches will also be hollow-cored and cleared and sand added.
Rear left side of 16th green has been lying too wet for too long and grass cover has diminished rapidly. This area will be dug out and re-turfed soon.
A contractor has been organised to deep spike all fairways when conditions permit to try and remove surface compaction and excess water.
4 junior members recently divoted all fairways while on work experience with us for a week, this has helped improve appearance and level out deep holes. We are also now on preferred lies for remainder of year.
Growth has slowed down a bit in all areas and weekly cutting will continue as normal as weather dictates.
As normal at this time of year, leaves and needles are a constant problem to clear and take up a big part of our daily routine to try and keep areas playable and remove wet surface debris from paths etc.