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 January 2019
Course continues to improve over recent weeks with some continued growth on all areas due to milder conditions recently. General cutting on greens/tees and approaches on a weekly basis to improve presentation and smooth out surfaces. This also helps worm cast suppression in all areas.
Greens have recently been sprayed twice with carbohydrate/seaweed/magnesium/protein elicitators and light amounts of nitrogen to improve plant strength and healthier rooting.
Aeration work and seeding done earlier in season in warmer conditions has significantly improved grass cover recently and enabled greens to remain drier and in play longer throughout year.
Tees, approaches and winter greens have also been sprayed with iron/seaweed and magnesium to deter moss invasion and worm casting and improve appearance.
Normal aeration works on greens and tees has been reduced until spring to allow turfing repairs to be completed and new turf to settle and root deeper.
Unfortunately outbreaks of fusarium disease in late autumn months have caused significant scarring on most greens and this will take to late spring to recover.
Turfing repair works on greens is nearing completion with only 10th and 12th outstanding and those will be completed shortly. Once remaining turf on 16th has been removed works will start to rotovate and re-level green and area will be re-turfed. The approach area on 16 will be used as a green until original area is ready for play.
As per our schedule the top of the yellow tee at 3rd will be removed, levelled and re-turfed as per 18th medal tee which was completed recently.
Winter course has been set up and old markers put out to allow for course furniture refurbishment.
Disappointing to see so many pitch-marks on greens repaired badly or left unattended by members over recent months.
Other course works:
Old irrigation tank and pumps removed and surrounding trees cut down. Area will be landscaped after new irrigation and power line has been installed.
Clubhouse protective netting and framing recently damaged in high winds has been removed to allow for new uprights and netting to be installed.
Turfing repairs to burnt out bunker faces and worn out edges around course will be done shortly.
Stump grinding on old fallen trees will be completed this month and areas tidied up and re-turfed as required. We are planning to re-plant some trees on left of 9th hole in open areas if time permits.
Path ends at 18th tee and ladies 1st tee outside clubhouse have been re-turfed and areas roped off.
Large potholes and tarring repairs outside front of clubhouse still in need of repair and broken concrete edging on access ramp beside sign needs replacing. This will be done once any chance of snow/ice has gone at which time the car park white lining will also take place.
Myself and Shaun will be attending seminars and turf exhibition at Harrogate next week and we will be doing irrigation installation and repairs training with contractors in-house to learn about system and control set ups.
Shaun and David McLaughlin will also be doing chainsaw training update over next few months
Shaun is volunteering to work at TPC Sawgrass tournament in March.
Routing and setting out of pipework and sprinkler location to avoid existing drainage and services has nearly been complete. All routes are being GPS recorded during installation and future maps will be supplied.
Work has started and progressed well on irrigation mains installation and cabling over recent days during drier spell and 75% will be completed before end of this week. Contractor’s compound has been set up to store machinery and materials securely.
Pump-house and tank base concrete has been installed by us recently and brick work has been completed on building by contractor. Roofing will be installed shortly to make watertight.
Work on system is scheduled to take around 8 weeks but is very weather dependent at this time of year. Contractors have stipulated works will be completed before start of season.