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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.
Last week was course work week and we were aiming to get everything completed in three days staring on the Monday.
The work consisted of the following:
I am pleased to say that we succeeded in our target of completing the work in three days even if Wednesday was one of the busiest days I have seen for golf!
The weather at the weekend couldn’t have been kinder with rain and sunshine to kickstart the fertiliser application.
After only a week we have already got germination from the bent grass seed. This clearly shows how important the use of an overseeder during our course work week. Without it we would be relying on being able to brush some of the seed into the holes with the top dressing.
We have also fertilised the tees and approaches with a slow release granular fertiliser. This has again been aided by the recent rain. We have also applied a wetting agent and feed to the driest fairways and a penetrant and feed to the other fairways. This is to optimise any rainfall we get to make sure it is absorbed into the ground rather than running off the dry, firm surface.
One final comment must be the current lack of etiquette on the course regarding the bunkers. Please use the rakes provided to smooth out your footprints and shot mark.
It is amazing to see the course change after a change in temperature and some prolonged rain. We recorded 30mm from Friday through to Monday and you can already see some new green shoots appearing. I have also noticed that the area between the 10th and 18th that we cleared over winter has finally got some wild flowers growing. I was beginning to think that the heatwave had affected the seeds so it is great to see some colour there.
Next week is course work week and we are aiming to get everything completed in 3 days staring on the Monday. The work will consist of the following:
• Micro hollow core all greens
• Verti-cut or rotary brush all greens
• Overseed all greens with one pass of Bent grass seed
• Topdress all greens and brush in
During this time can I please ask all members to give green staff priority on the course. If the green is being worked on please pick up your ball and move on to the next hole. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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.
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
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