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Every few weeks, our Course Manager will publish a short note explaining the work being done to maintain our wonderful course.
Drainage work remains on-going, but with underfoot conditions improving, we’re now in a position where we can reopen holes 16 and 17 on a phased basis. Both holes will be open for play this weekend. The area to the left of the 16th fairway is still being worked on – this will be roped off and should be treated as GUR. The holes will be closed again throughout next week and will reopen the following weekend for play. We’re not now far from being able to permanently reopen them and will do so as soon as possible. Members of the greens team have worked extremely hard in challenging conditions to carry out work to locate and repair drains, clear our overgrown ditches, and to dig out a ditch to the side of the 17th summer tee to aid drainage of the area. Water is now flowing much more freely through watercourses in the area and we’ll assess the impact of the improvements made before determining if further work is necessary.
Don’t mention the rain to Wain!
He and the greens team are at their wits’ end with the amount of wet stuff which keeps falling on the course – forcing closure again today.Further rain is forecast throughout the week, but the good news is for a much needed cold, dry spell from the weekend.The saturated underfoot conditions are playing havoc with work plans. Drainage work on 16 and 17, and the clearance work on the ditch behind the 16th green, have been halted because it is not possible to move heavy machinery into the area and underfoot conditions are not suitable for safe chainsaw working.It means the team is temporarily moving onto other planned winter projects on the course.This morning the team started thinning trees to the left of the second tee to allow light and air to the tee and promote healthy coverage during the growing season. This will involve removing three of the smaller trees and thinning the canopy of some of the other trees in the area.Few of us will look up when on the tee, but the current situation is that the trees overhang at least half of the tee area, inhibiting strong grass growth.The work is expected to take three-four days. There’ll be no impact on play should the course re-open as we’re playing from a forward winter tee.Speaking to other golf club and course managers who have been in the industry much longer than me, they say they’ve never known November conditions like it.Fingers crossed that the brighter outlook is correct!
From 16th November we’ve been operating a ‘lift, rake and place’ policy from all course bunkers. Meaning, should you wish, you can lift your ball when lying in the bunker, rake the surface and replace the ball on the same area of the freshly-raked surface. Of course, should the bunkers be declared GUR this will take precedence.
(effective from Monday 28th October 2019)
A ball lying on a closely mown surface in the general area may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.
The player then has two options as to how to proceed, he or she may: Place the ball on a ‘fairway mat’ within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a penalty area and not on a putting green, or move the ball at 90 degrees beyond the edge of the fairway and place the ball in the semi-rough not nearer the hole than where it originally lay. The use of a ‘fairway mat’ is compulsory on the tees of all Par 3 holes when playing from other than an artificial surface, regardless of the club used. 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.
Match play - loss of hole. Stroke play – Two strokes.
S Boyle Secretary/Manager 27 October 2019
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.