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 2020
As you all are aware I have been maintaining the course myself over the past 8 weeks with some help from my son Johnathon, to try and keep the place ticking over as best as possible. We have only been limited to doing mostly essential maintenance tasks as guided by the R & A and government guidelines.
Most people will forget we came into this situation in early spring following the worst 2 months of rain in January/February for ten years and a very wet saturated golf course. Thankfully the weather and ground conditions have totally flipped over and we now have an extremely dry, firm course with us only having had 11 mm rain in last 7 weeks and that was only on 2 rain days. The irrigation system installed last year has proved a very sound investment and has been on constantly for the last few weeks on greens tees and approaches on a daily basis .We are averaging around a 3-4% loss on evaporation every day with the extremely cold northerly winds that we have been experiencing lately this followed some very warm temperatures for previous weeks. Grass growth has been extremely inconsistent with varying temperatures and low moisture levels.
The course at present is looking good visually and we have generally just about managed to keep on top of grass cutting tasks weekly and keep nutritional requirements on main areas to a level that sustains good turf health and decent playing conditions.
There are many areas out-with this, that have had no work done to them such as bunkers, penalty areas and general pathways that remain outstanding.
Our winter work programme was pretty decimated with wet weather and drainage projects have not been started at rear of 3rd green, 15th fairway or 16th green.
New drainage has been installed at rear of the 13th green and a stand up drain catchment should reduce any flooding in this area, turfing works still have to be completed as and when turf becomes available from suppliers.
16th green has had turf removed from wet area on rear left side and drainage tracks and further drains will be dug when contactors machine becomes available and staff resources are present. I would estimate that the green would be out of play until August to allow turf to mature and works to be completed. The approach area will be cut down to a reasonable height and maintained to allow for temporary use as a green.