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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.
WORK ON FAIRWAYS
Greens staff will tomorrow (15th) carry out work to rake the surface of the fairways on holes one, four and seven and the carry area on the sixth hole.This process will open up the ground to allow new grass to come through and should also reduce the slip hazard.Disruption to play will be minimal, with no hole closures necessary and winter mats already in play for fairways, so you shouldn’t be inconvenienced during your golf – but please be aware that staff may be working in areas of play.
We have recently been blessed with some dry autumnal days, some sunshine, frosty and cold but also some milder warm days. This weather has meant we have been able to remain on the main tees and continue to maintain the course through cutting. It has also meant that the greens have slowed down in growth, so we have been able to reduce the cutting frequency and iron more often to keep the surface smooth and true.
We have recently applied lawn sand to the greens to help them maintain a healthy sward and fight disease naturally. We have started on some of our winter projects. The trees between 4 and 7 are currently being thinned out to allow light and air get to both holes. Self-set trees and brambles are being removed whilst Oaks and mature trees will be left. The 17th men’s tee has been stripped of turf, raised and is currently being levelled with rootzone. The teeing area has also been widened to give more tee positions. The turf has been used to grass over the ditch that divided the carry and the fairway. The 2nd tee has had the turf cut in preparation for being stripped and levelled. These tees will be returfed with new turf in the next couple of weeks to give them enough time to grow in before the start of next season.
Can I please remind members that by 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 are being damaged by a lack of care and attention to detail.
Greens staff have today begun work to level the 17th tee as part of their winter improvements programme.It means the main tee will be out of action while levelling and turf replacement takes places.All golf will be played from the winter tee until this is completed.
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 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.
The latest STRI report is available to download here.
(effective from Monday, 12 November 2018)
A ball lying on a closely mown area (including the ‘first cut’ of rough) through the green 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 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 hazard 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 the first cut of 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.
‘Closely-mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less. ‘First Cut’ of rough means the first grade of semi-rough adjacent to the fairway.
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.
Sean Boyle, Secretary/Manager. 9 November 2018