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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.
The unseasonably warm and dry weather has allowed us to have a great week of work on the course and get ahead of schedule with our spring maintenance programme.We completed the work to verti-drain and Procore the greens mid-week, a few days ahead of schedule.Instead of the applying the usual topsoil mixed filler, we’ve brushed pure sand into the holes – with the expectation it will allow better drainage.We’ve also verti-drained the first, fourth, and seventh fairways, together with carries – such as the fifth – where growth is sparse. This allows air and moisture to get into the compacted surface to promote growth.Spring like weather has also allowed us to cut all tees and some fairways as we get ready for the season.We have to wait for the dressing to settle fully before mowing greens, otherwise it damages the blades on our equipment, but as soon as it has we’ll get to work on the surfaces so that they’re back up to expected standard as soon as possible.I know it can be frustrating for members when the sun is shining and the greens aren’t putting great, but we have to remember it is only February. The work we have done has put us ahead of our regular schedule and in good shape ahead of the season. Please be patient while we complete the process.Have a good weekend. Steve Warne, Deputy Head Greenkeeper
The course maintenance work has gone well and we’re now back on all 18 greens.Our greens staff have worked hard to get this completed ahead of schedule and are pleased with the finished project which will aid drainage and ensure we’re in good shape for the start of the season.Could we please remind members that we all have a responsibility to look after our own course though. Yesterday, we’d 15 greens back in play and this morning greens staff were met with a significant number of pitch marks which had not been repaired.We all want the best quality course possible. Please repair pitch marks and report anyone you see ignoring guidance ropes or damaging the course to the office or professional shop.Back to the positives though…… enjoy the re-opened greens and mild weather.
Greens maintenance has progressed well this week, thanks to the fair weather and the extremely hard work of the greens team.All greens have been verti-drained to a depth of 11 inches and then following immediately behind with the Procore, hollo-tining to a depth of 4 inches.We have decided to top dress this time with pure sand to dry up the surface and create columns of sand in the profile that will allow air and water to pass through more easily.Once the sand has been brushed into the surface, we will run the turf iron over to smooth out the surface and then follow up with an application of fertiliser.We will be running the verti-drain over fairways and carries next week before overseeding to get air into the profile and allow new grass roots to develop.Although I previously stated that the main greens would not be back in play until Saturday 23 February, this is an end date and if appropriate we will introduce them sooner.This is to enable the greens staff to complete all the necessary work and to ensure that the surfaces are back to a suitable standard for play.Thank you for your patience and co-operation at this time.Nick Miles, Course Manager
As those who played (11th) will have seen, with the forecast set to fair for the next couple of weeks, we decided to seize the opportunity and progress with the course work on the greens.This will involve verti-draining to a depth of 11 inches and then following immediately behind with the Procore, hollo-tining to a depth of 4 inches.The greens will then be fertilised and top dressed, filling in all the holes. During this process the main greens will be closed, and temporaries will be used.The main greens will not be back in play until Saturday 23 February. This is to enable the greens staff to complete all the necessary work and to ensure that the surfaces are back to a suitable standard for play.Thank you for your patience and co-operation at this time.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