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Every few weeks, our Course Manager, Nick Miles, will publish a short note explaining the work being done to maintain our wonderful course.
Greens staff have begun to thin out the wooden area between the fourth and seventh holes.
Self-set trees and plants, such as ground elder, and low-level branches of established trees will be removed.
The work will not affect your round of golf, but just be aware that greens staff will be carrying out chainsaw work in the area. It is anticipated that the work will be on-going for the next fortnight.
Meanwhile, work to install rubber matting to on holes 15, 17 and 18, to make them more accessible for single buggy users during winter months has now been completed, and grass is growing through the matting holes as it should do.
A reminder that these mats should be treated as an immovable obstruction in the same way as permanent paths.
If your ball comes to rest on or near the path and it interferes with your stance or the area of intended swing you may take free relief. Your ball must be dropped at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole, within one club length.
Unfortunately, Saturday 6 October was the first washout for the Autumn/ Winter period. Heavy overnight rain and still raining at 10am caused the greens to hold water and be unplayable.
We recorded 18mm in total, but I was very pleased to see how well they have drained by the following morning.
Apart from this episode, the weather has been relatively kind to us and the course is in great shape.
We have started to install the rubber matting in areas to improve accessibility.
We have also started on some drainage work on the carry of 17 to attempt to allow us to play the hole fully in winter. The ground is still extremely hard and shows how much moisture it is going to require after the dry summer.
Can I please remind members that failing to repair pitchmarks on greens is only going to affect the playing surface for your game. The greens at the minute are in excellent condition but being affected by a lack of care and attention to detail.
Nick Miles, Course Manager
The two recent storms, Ali and Bronagh, brought some strong winds and torrential rainfall to the course. The strong winds on the 19 September were quickly followed on 20 September with a calm day but the heaviest rainfall that I can remember. From noon to midnight we recorded 66mm of rain and this was followed by 15mm until 6am Friday. That was more rain in an 18-hour period than we had had over the past 100 days!
Unfortunately, areas of the golf course were very slippery due to the lack of grass coverage and we had to take the decision to close the course. The lads have worked extremely hard this week to get the bunkers back in play after they were all washed out. This week also gave us our first frost of the season on Tuesday.
The correct way to repair a pitchmark:
Insert your pitch repair tool just outside the back of the pitchmark. Pull the turf towards the centre of the hole. Repeat this same motion on all sides of the hole.
Gently tap the repaired area with the base of your putter.
This action stretches undamaged turf over the ball mark providing instant recovery.
Lift, Clean & Place
A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other rule apply.
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
Note: ‘Closely-mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
Through the Green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE.
Match play - loss of hole;
Stroke play – Two strokes.
T H Glover
3rd October 2017
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