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Winter Rules wef 3rd October

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Nick's Reports

Every few weeks, our Course Manager, Nick Miles, will publish a short note explaining the work being done to maintain our wonderful course.

Pitchmark Repair

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.

PitchMarkRepair

STRI Report August 2016

The latest STRI report is available to download here.

Winter Rules

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.

Plugged Balls

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

Secretary/Manager

3rd October 2017

Latest Course Report - 6th October - and Winter Programme

Course Report

Considering the recent weather I think the course is withstanding it fairly well. The greens are definitely a little softer now but the ball is still rolling true. Once we have carried out the drainage work outlined below we shall be verti-draining greens and fairways as well as blowing leaves. Soil temperatures are still warm enough for the grass to be growing as the definition on the course is excellent. The disease prevention programme is working well with a combination of fungicide applications and phosphate/chelated iron applications.

WINTER PROGRAMME 2017

Drainage

• 5th Hole Install new drain into sump pond dug out behind Hope Hut. Laterals coming off the main drain to stop area getting wet during winter. Main drain to be dug out with digger, laterals using trencher.

• 9th Hole Dig out area that blisters during winter to see if there is a joint there and repair.

• 11th Hole Install new drain next to right hand fairway bunker through trees into brook. Laterals coming off the main drain to stop area getting wet during winter. Propose to change bunker whilst working in that area. Bunker to be reshaped. A new drain installed and new sand. All work to be carried out with digger. Pipe and fill in narrow ditch next to tee.

• 16th Hole Install a main drain from fairway across to ditch on right hand side at the top end of the copse. Laterals coming off to dry up semi rough beyond trees. Main drain to be dug out by digger, laterals using trencher.

• 17th Hole Pipe and fill in ditch dividing carry and fairway as it is not improving the hole or taking any water as planned.

Tree work

Plan is to have Steve working on trees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This will be working hole by hole removing all lower hanging branches and any suckers growing from the base. Main focal point will be on 9, tidying up the willow following the storm damage and working on the ditch line up to the pine trees. Regarding any tree removal around the 18th green, I feel that this should only be undertaken if the membership is in agreement.

Bunkers

Having discussed the pros and cons of liners with Steve and Wain I feel that this could be an expensive exercise that may or may not work. Therefore, I would like to propose that we under-take a 5 year plan that involves us removing the existing sand, reshaping bunker if required, checking drains and putting new sand in.

Pathways

Continue using the rubber mats at the ends and top up majority of paths this winter. Work to be carried out on 10, 14 and 15 as a priority.

Nick Miles

Course Manager

Latest Course Report 16th September

After a couple of dry weeks the rain has come back! The drier fairways that were treated with a soil surfactant have benefitted from the rain and are now looking much healthier. The wet and mild weather last week brought with it high disease pressure but I was able to get out before it with a fungicide and this has worked well.

So far, September had been a good month for grass growth and course presentation. This week has brought a change so we have been busy getting ahead on some aeration, verti-draining tees and approaches. Storm Eileen hit Tuesday night and we suffered some significant damage to a couple of trees, especially the willow on 9. Unfortunately, a branch also fell onto my caravan damaging the roof.

We have been experimenting with the bunkers recently by raking the faces to try and get the sand more evenly distributed. Can I please ask that, if you go into a bunker, you use the rake present and rake all footprints and shot marks. I would also like to remind everyone to try and repair any unrepaired pitchmarks on each green.

Nick Miles

Course Manager

Previous Course Report

Recovery of the greens after maintenance week has gone very well again. We fertilised the greens to help recovery and the new seed has taken very well. To allow the seed to establish we have raised the greens mower height slightly from 3.5 to 3.75mm. We had the STRI visit on Monday ,21st August and the report will be published shortly.

We plan to lightly top dress the greens again to continue to maintain a good surface. We will also be fertilising the tees and approaches with a slow release granular feed. We will also be spraying the course for weeds and giving the fairways a light feed and an application of soil surfactant to improve the dry bare areas. The winter programme plan will be published during the following month.

Nick Miles
Course Manager

Previous Course Report -11th August

Very briefly, despite the 40mm of rain this week, we have still managed to get the course maintenance completed. The greens have been solid tined, had the Air2G2 over them, a double pass with the overseeder and finally around 30 tonnes of top dressing applied.

Another week to recuperate and the greens should be back to normal next week.

Nick Miles

Course Manager

Previous Course Report - 1st August

Summer Maintenance Week

The plan for the week commencing 7th August is to solid-tine all the greens, as we did in March, followed by the Air2G2. We will then over-seed them using a Vredo over-seeder and top-dress. Our aim is to get most of the work completed by Wednesday so that we have enough time to get the course cut for the week-end and make sure the top dressing has been fully brushed in.

I would like to clarify something that I previously mentioned. During the mini heatwave, I stated that we raised the height of cut so that the greens didn’t suffer. We are currently cutting at 3.5mm with the ride on greens mower and have been since the beginning of June. The plan had always been to hand cut the 2 weeks prior to Captain’s Day. The hand mowers are set at 3.75mm and we managed to cut 4 times with these before the weather intervened and forced us to use the ride on mower to get the speed back into the greens. We therefore only raised the height of cut 0.25mm and for a short period of time.

Can I please remind golfers when using the practice area not to play iron shots from the academy course greens.

Nick Miles

Course Manager

Previous Course Report 18th July

Thankfully both the Captain’s Days went off without too much disruption from the weather!! With 35mm of rain recorded in the middle of the week leading up to Sunday, I did think, “here we go again!” That rainfall had a dramatic effect on the speed of the greens so we took the decision to use the ride on mower and double cut to get some speed back into them. Thankfully this worked and the greens rolled beautifully.

I have taken the decision to remove the deep rough from between the 3rd and 4th holes as I felt the trees were a penalty in themselves and hopefully this should speed up play slightly.

Nick Miles Course Manager

P.S. Have you seen the beautiful wildflowers on the 14th ?