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, though given recent conditions, an additional update is provided for works planned in the near future.
Course Update - August 2018
As many members are aware the recent dry spell over the last few months has caused significant damage and loss of grass cover to many areas of our golf course. The continued lack of available water and pump pressure has resulted in many areas on greens and tees thinning out dramatically and surfaces being very uneven and bumpy. There has been a big loss of annual meadow grass coverage on our greens and tees have suffered very badly due to wear with very little recovery especially on par 3 holes. With this in mind we plan to bring forward all our autumn renovation work to increase the recovery and improve the grass coverage in these areas going into the end of season.
Solid tine greens and approaches with 12mmm tines (already completed).
Hollow-core with smaller 12mm tines and clear cores.
Scarify to remove surface debris and open up dormant and dead bare areas.
Over-seed all areas in two directions with colonial bent fine grass mixture to improve species and deter future annual meadow grass invasion thus improving sward composition for the future.
Continuous topdressings applied over next few months to build up levels and regain improved smoother surfaces and brushed in.
Autumn fertilisers and micronutrients will be applied to encourage re-growth and seeding establishment and height of cut will be significantly raised to encourage new grasses to thicken out.
Unfortunately some of areas of greens especially on perimeter edges are beyond repair and will be re-turfed as soon as weather and moisture levels permit.
There will also be an increased chance of much more disease being evident on greens this autumn with greens being so weak and the lack of contact remedial fungicides being available for use through new legislation.
All tees will have a similar process applied as to the greens.
Solid tine with 12mm tines (already completed).
Hollow-core with larger 19mm tines and clear.
Scarify to remove excessive dead surface debris.
Over-seed with stronger rye/fescue seed mix.
Heavily top-dress and brush.
Fertilise with slow release autumn feed to encourage new growth.
Again some areas are beyond repair and will be re -turfed later - ie medal tee 18th and yellow tee at 3rd, further areas may need to be done but this will be assessed as work progresses.
We may have to remove play from tees especially par 3 holes earlier than normal this autumn to allow tees to re-establish and regain grass cover.
Worn areas on bunker faces and surrounding areas will be re-turfed as required to improve coverage and appearance.
There are no other major projects planned out-with the proposed new irrigation installation this winter with the main focus being returning the golf course to good playing conditions for start of next season as recovery could be slow depending on weather.
If recovery is good, some bunker re-furbishment may take place on selected holes.
Archie Dunn - Golf Course Manager
Following the Committee Meeting of Monday 02 July the decision was 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, in effect forms the first phase of any future clubhouse development as additional space is freed up by the removal of the existing storage tank.
For avoidance of doubt, the existing tank is no longer fit for purpose as the water volume of a full tank is only sufficient for watering three greens at a time and it has been this issue that has particulary hindered green quality this season. The borehole and larger tank will alleviate future issues.
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.
D D Smith - Managing Secretary