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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.
Following the rain on Saturday the greens had recovered enough for me to go out on Sunday afternoon and double cut.The greens mower is now in the workshop for a regrind due to the top dressing affecting the quality of cut.We have altered the height of the old 3250 greens mower from tees to greens so that we can still maintain the putting surface.This week we have been alternating between cutting and ironing to improve the surface following the maintenance work on them.It is clear from cutting the semi rough this week that ground conditions are completely different from last year.Everywhere is growing but the top surface layer is saturated making it harder to maintain a good quality finish.Tees and approaches have received a granular fertiliser treatment and the majority of washed out paths have been repaired.Greens are due a wetting agent application next week. With all the rain it sounds crazy, but it will help move the water through the soil profile and only retain the moisture required by the plant.Have a great weekend.Nick Miles, Course Manager
It has been an almost perfect week for course maintenance. I was a little wary Monday morning when I saw we had 13mm of rain on Sunday afternoon.However, we were able to double verti-cut, cut, verti-drain to a depth of 11 inches, get the front 9 hollo-tined and collected on the first day!On Tuesday, we had just finished collecting the cores off the last green and over seeded all the greens when the heavens opened, and the course disappeared under water!Fortunately, by using the Vredo there was no risk of the seed washing away as it is sown into the soil profile.This rain delayed us top dressing on Wednesday, so the decision was taken to split the process and dress the back 9 Thursday.A storm was forecast to hit us early Friday morning and whilst we expected it to close the course it has washed the dressing into the surface very well.I am confident that the surfaces should recover quickly and the application of feed before the hollo-tining has already started to help the recovery. As soon as we can we will use the iron to smooth out any imperfections in the surface from the machines going across this week.I would just like to take this opportunity to thank my team for their hard work this week getting the maintenance completed and keeping on top of the mowing.I would also like to wish Wain all the best on his forthcoming wedding to Kirsty on Saturday.Have a great weekend.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.
(effective from Monday, 28th January 2019)
A ball lying on any part of the General Area* other than the uncut rough 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 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 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. Note: *The General Area covers the entire area of the course excluding the Teeing Area, Bunkers, Penalty Areas and the Putting Green.
In the general area 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 in the general area. 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 , 25 January 2019