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 June/July 2019
Generally, the course is improving as we continue into the season. Grass growth has been exceptional over recent weeks with persistent rainfall on a daily basis. We had 99 mm for May with a few closures due to flooding. Great difficulty in getting fairways and semi-rough cut and cleaned up without leaving excess grass lying about and thus not getting the presentation we would like at times.
Greens have been generally putting pretty decently and becoming a lot smoother with improved ball roll. They are a bit slower than we would like but conditions have been too wet and soft underfoot to do much verti-cutting and rolling recently or lower height of cut.
Further light sand dressings and spiking will be done after the championship to firm up and improve water percolation.
16th green now in play - may take off on quieter non-comp days to work on it and get height slightly lower to improve speed and roll but generally quite happy with it for a new green.
Looking forward, we are planning to hollow-core and sand with further over-seeding, (a process that will be much helped by the irrigation system), to get improved grass species quality and take greens into autumn in a better condition. This work (subject to suitable ground conditions) will take place week commencing 12 August. Anyone who would like to volunteer with help to remove hollow-cores - that help would be greatly appreciated!
We have been full out, grass cutting and general course set up over recent weeks with some pretty busy golfing days and corporate shotgun competitions affecting our schedules.
Bunkers have been edged and firmer bases rotovated. New sand has been added to some, with more in stock ready to go into others especially 17th, 2nd and 10th fairways when time permits.
We have managed to get a couple of fairways divoted recently but there are some really bad holes in most landing areas and it is a task that we will try and get done as time allows. We have also tried to move divot boxes on tees beside markers on a daily basis but have had little response from players in re-filling holes on par 3’s.
New practice net has been fitted and area around old water tank seeded and some new growth has come through in recent weeks.
Protective netting is still to be installed but unlikely to be soon as no spare time available.
Flower tubs and patio planters have been potted up and further plants will be added to beds at 3rd and road entrance to replace dead species and fill in gaps.
All contractors cabins have been removed from compound and cleaning up of area and total weed-killing will be done along with around car park and clubhouse areas once we get a drier spell of weather.
Some selective weed-killing on fairways and semi rough on localised areas will also be done.
There has been an increase in rabbit populations over last few months on course mostly coming from surrounding gardens and other boundaries at 14/15. Some members have volunteered to do some shooting and we have borrowed another gun to take with us as we do course set up. Unfortunately the rabbits are causing a lot of scraping on some fairways and bunkers but are very flighty and difficult to shoot.
Red blaize pathways will continue to be edged and cleaned up as time permits and remainder of stockpile will be removed back into compound now that we have space. The blaize path beside putting green in-front of clubhouse needs to be recovered with either tar or rubber crumb as is constantly being washed out from run off and overflowing roan’s from clubhouse thus blocking drainage channel on pathway regularly.
We have received new scarifying units for greens and tees work and we continue to evaluate new roller and other replacement machinery.