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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.
All I will say is the course has taken it well and we got off lightly compared to some parts of the country. We have recorded 75mm where as some have had over 200mm!The current forecast is better for next week except for Wednesday, but that can soon change.We utilised one of the wet days to get some more fairway wetting agent down and to edge all the bunkers.Next week we will be concentrating on mowing and tidying the course is preparation of the Midland Golf Union Event. This will also ensure that the course is in top condition for Captain’s Day on 7th July.Now that the greens are more receptive could I please ask everyone to look for and repair pitch marks.Similarly, every bunker has a rake and golf etiquette asks all players to leave the bunker as you found it.Have a great weekend.Nick Miles, Course Manager
A more mixed week of weather, warm when the sun has shone but cooler under the cloud and rain. We have had a busy week on the course, microtining and verticutting all greens Monday and Tuesday. The micro-tining allows air and moisture to get straight into the soil profile whilst the verticutting removes seed heads and dead and dying grass plants that will ultimately contribute to the thatch layer. It also produces an upright grass prior to mowing to give a cleaner more consistent cut and encourages bent and fescue grass to out compete the weaker grasses.Top dressing of greens has been delayed until Monday morning to allow the team time to continue further repairs to the vandalised greens. Patches have been taken from the practice green and used on the 8th, whilst cores have been moved to the side of the 12th green. The top dressing on Monday will only be light and shouldn’t interrupt play too much.Next week will see a start to a more intensive cutting programme on the greens with the use of the triple and the hand mowers. Along with the use of the turf iron, this should see an increase in the speed and trueness of the playing surfaces.The spraying of ditches and tree bases will also commence next week weather permitting.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