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 - March 2020
Course conditions remain very soft and wet with continuous, daily heavy downpours saturating existing wet ground. Limited golf has been available over recent weeks due to poor weather (see rainfall statistics).
Greens have had a cut with pedestrian mowers at 5.5 mm last week to remove some growth; this is first cut since early January due to wet ground conditions.
As weather improves greens aeration works will commence, they will be lightly scarified, top-dressed with sand and deep spiked with 20mm tines then again with smaller 13mm tines to close up holes.They will also be sprayed with seaweed and iron and a penetrant wetting agent to try and improve water movement through soil profile.
A granular spring fertiliser will be applied as temperature improves to greens and approaches.
Tees will be cleaned up, cut and divoted in next few days then heavily top-dressed with sand to fill in holes and improve levels. They will then be aerated with a deep spiker and an application of spring fertiliser will be applied.
Recent landscaping works around new fence at 14th has been washed out with floods and will have to be completed again.
Interceptor drains have been dug out on paths at 14th and 6th and all edges tidied up. A drainage outlet has been installed across front of 6th tee and will be connected to drainage channels shortly. This will hopefully slow down run off and flooding of both paths.
Some further scrub and low branch removal has been completed on left side 14th hole, allowing more light and air into 15th medal tees.
Some work on left side 4th hole has been stated to remove low branches and reduce shading and improve air movement around fairway area.
Old worn turf has been removed from rear 13th green and left side 16th green. Drainage works on both areas will be done shortly and areas re-turfed. 16th green continues to struggle with wet conditions and grass cover is thinning out rapidly.
The ditch to left of 10th tee has been cleaned out and new interceptor drain installed on roadway.
Some work in sheds has been completed in poorer weather with new tool storage hangers being installed and shelving rebuilt and cleaned up to allow for more floor space. Some new lights have also been installed.