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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.

Winter Rules

wef 1st November see below

wef 3rd October, see below

 

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.

Latest Course Report - 24th November

The recent weather is starting to take its toll on the course now with the greens becoming very soft and wet. Although we have just verti-drained the greens to a depth of 8 inches it isn’t allowing the water to penetrate though the sub layer below. I have therefore ordered some tines so that we spike down to a depth of 17 inches. The plan is to break through the sub layer with these allowing air and water down to a greater depth and improving the drainage.

The 2 bunkers that we have renovated on 11 and 15 will be turfed in the next couple of weeks to allow the grass to establish

roots before we put sand in. I am also revamping the Par 3 winter tee mats so that we have a much bigger and better area to play from. The new mats will be 2x3 metres in size and don’t require a slit for tee pegs.

I am also introducing a new policy regarding winter golf at Chesterfield Golf Club. This will be based on a traffic light and a new sign will be on the clubhouse wall with 3 different coloured strips determining the course conditions.

Green – No restrictions

Orange – Single riders/pull trolleys

Red – Carry only

Under red conditions we would allow single riders to play certain holes only and they would have to fit in around golfers playing 9 or 18 holes. Anyone seen breaking these rules may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board.

Can I please remind everyone that the use of mats on all closely mown areas is compulsory as well as the 1st cut of semi rough around the hole. This is the single band cut width around the fair-ways and the 3 bands around the greens. This is so the fairways and 1st cut get a rest during the winter so if you need to take a practice swing please try not to take a divot. Pitch-marks are also a problem during the winter months due to the soft greens so please try to repair as many as possible.

Nick Miles

Course Manager

Previous Course Report 26th October

Our greens have been very good for the time of year and I am really pleased with the disease prevention programme that we are trialling this year. The application of a granular fertiliser to 6, 7 & 8 has worked well in thickening and strengthening the sward. The recent wet weather, 16 mm on Thursday, 19th and 17 mm on Saturday 20th has highlighted the need to get the post and rope out in certain areas.

The acquisition of the Procore and Sarel Roller Units has been completed and the Procore has already been used to move some of the surface moisture through the profile. The Sarel Roller Units are currently being set up on the old greens mower.

The winter work, or more importantly the drainage, has progressed well and the work on the 5th and 11th has proved very successful.

The compulsory use of fairway mats will be reintroduced from the 1st November and a more detailed notice relating to the use of mats and a reminder of our Winter Rules appears on this page and is displayed as hard copy in the clubhouse.

Nick Miles

Course Manager

Winter Rules wef 1st November

Compulsory Use of Fairway Mats or Move to Semi-Rough

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.

Notes:

‘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.

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

26th October 2017

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

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