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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.
I won’t be popular for saying this ahead of the Easter weekend – but can members start doing a rain dance please!We’ve been running the irrigation system on tees and greens this week which has encouraged growth, but we could do with some of the wet stuff on the fairways.We’ll be putting a course of fertiliser on the greens next week to give them a further boost as we head into the playing season. At the moment, we’re getting uneven growth of different grasses, mainly due to the low night time temperatures. But looking ahead, with fertiliser applied and a forecast rise in temperatures, together with the irrigation on we should see improved growth.The lads had an early Easter present when two replacement pieces of equipment arrived this week. We took delivery of a mower for tees and aprons and a greens iron on Monday and we’re already seeing the benefit with a more efficient performance and better cut.Both their predecessors were long overdue for replacement and good deals were made on the replacements, neither of which are brand new.We’ve dropped the mower height on tees to good effect, particularly on the newly renovated 2nd and 17th.Work to edge all bunkers has been completed and they’re looking good. Could we ask that members push sand away from them when raking bunkers, rather than pulling towards them which is so often done – leaving skinny lies and difficult shots.The area behind the first green has been tidied up and selective weedkiller has been used where required on the course to eradicate dandelions and other weeds – particularly around bunkers and on the bank in front of the clubhouse.The tree surgeon is expected on Wednesday to take the dangerous limb off the oak tree on 18 which was recently blown loose. He’ll also be tidying up loose branches. The work isn’t expected to inconvenience members.Enjoy your Easter break.Stephen Warne, Deputy Head Greenkeeper
The recent cold and windy weather has continued this week which is hampering the recovery from the hot dry summer of 2018.We are experiencing some sunny days and out of the wind they appear to be quite warm, however, most of our greens are in exposed sites and the cold easterly wind is lowering soil temperatures significantly and restricting growth to a minimum. The soil temperature of the greens is currently sitting just below 10 degrees. For optimum growth we need the temperature to be around 12-13 degrees.This is the same for the overseeding that we carried out on the fairways and carries that were affected last year. There are some seedlings that have germinated but the lack of temperature and moisture is stopping their progress. The seed will sit dormant in the soil profile until the ground conditions are suitable.By now you will all have seen the Oak tree on 18 roped off due to a dangerous limb. We had a tree surgeon come in and assess the damage to the tree and I am happy to report that we only must remove the unsafe limb and tidy up any dead branches within the tree. Hopefully, this task will be completed next week and won’t cause any disruption to play.I am off on my annual pilgrimage to Cornwall tomorrow for a week and will be enjoying some surfing, pasties, cream teas and a round of golf at St. Enodoc. Let’s hope my holiday brings a change in the weather for the course.Have a great weekend.Nick Miles, Course Manager
The weather doesn’t appear to have changed with the start of British Summer Time as this week has been cold and windy.We have monitored the four vandalised greens since the weekend. On Monday we sarel rolled the damaged areas and applied an energy boost liquid to them.Most of the areas appear to only have the leaf scorched and should fully recover. The front of 8, however, is the most concentrated damage so we have spiked, over seeded and top dressed this area. We need an increase in temperature to aid the recovery and get the new seed growing.The low day and night time temperatures are keeping growth down to a minimum now and this is hindering the course’s recovery from the dry summer last year.Although the growth is low it is more uniform this year which helps us in our set up of the greens.We are currently alternating between cutting and ironing which helps us maintain a healthy sward and a smooth surface. We will be concentrating on the bare areas around greens next week by over seeding and top dressing.This week has seen the brook full and cloudy in appearance. This has been due to a burst water main in a field beyond the 14th green.The colour is due to water pressure forcing soil out of the ground and washing it into the brook.Once the leak has been fixed the discolouration will go and all the lost golf balls from this week will be visible!Going into the first monthly medal the course is in a far better place than last year. We have some good definition out there and it is a lot drier. Last year we had to play off mats due to the wet ground conditions.Finally, I was asked last week why were we on tees with no divot boxes on the par 3s. Having put the boxes out, can I please ask that they are used by the members and not just the green staff when we move the tee blocks.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.
The latest STRI report is available to download here.
(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