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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.
It’s amazing what a drop of rain and some warm weather can do to change a golf course. 6mm of rain last Friday was just what we needed to get the wetting agent application working and the greens have recovered well. They have really started growing now so we shall be looking to brush and cut more regularly.
As you all will be aware we have had some problems with our mini-digger over the past year to the point it was deemed unsafe to use due to a fault with the drive motors. We have been offered the chance to purchase another digger and they have offered us a very good part exchange. The Board has approved this purchase allowing us to continue improving the drainage on the course.
After the work of Trevor Watson and some of the green staff it is great to see how well the hedge on 9 looks.
Over the next couple of weeks we shall be edging bunkers, spraying bunker edges for weeds, tweaking heights of cut, top dress-ing greens and par 3 tees.
Please continue to repair pitch marks and use the divot bags/boxes.
After some recent warm weather we had a flush of growth on the course due to all the moisture still in the soil. The rough mower has been in constant use trying to get on top of it and the recent drier conditions have certainly helped. The team have done a great job over the past couple of weeks and the course has really transformed with run on the fairways and firm greens.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be verticutting greens to remove some of the seed heads and this will be followed by a light top dressing to help smooth the surface. We have recently lowered the cutting heights on the greens to 3.5mm (triple mower) and 4mm (hand mower) and the tees/approaches to 10mm. We will also be concentrating on the strimmer work and weeding/topping up paths.
Can I please remind all to repair pitch marks no matter how small they are as left they cause scarring and restrict where we can put the hole.
Nick Miles, Course Manager
Following a very different April from last year I thought I would give you all an update on the course. Over the last month we have recorded 114.5mm of rain compared to an average in April of 66mm.
After a difficult start to the month we have managed to get the mowers out and get the definition back on the course. The week of warmer weather really helped to get the grass growing but with all the moisture in the ground the grass debris in the semi rough has been heavy. Due to the early maintenance week on the greens we have seen some excellent recovery and with 80 tonnes of top dressing already applied, they have started to firm up from the wet winter.
The wet weather has effectively put the course a month behind schedule and we are currently trying to catch up. The planned work on the bunkers is still ongoing where we are rotovating the bases, weeding and stone picking followed by adding new sand to try and create a more consistent playing surface.
Green speeds are still a little slow due to the poorer weather, currently we are just over 8 on the stimpmeter, but as conditions improve we will be able to get the turf iron out more. Can I please remind everyone that pitch marks need to be repaired straight away or the damage can take weeks to recover.
From 1st May, placing will no longer be permitted and can I also remind everyone that the summer start time is now in force so that the 1st tee is open from 7.30am.
Nick Miles - Course Manager
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.
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
3rd October 2017
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest STRI report is available to download here.
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.