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Winter Course Closure Update

It’s that frustrating time of year again when we were all hoping to play a little more golf but the weather appears to be conspiring against us. By way of update below is a table that sets out the course availability for January and February 2018, at a time when we have seen some 225mm of rain, equivalent to 1/3 of the UK annual rainfall in just 2 months.

Course Status

January

February

Open

13 days

14 days

Inspection first

1 day

2 days

Trolleys ok, no single riders

4 days

6 days

Carry Only

4 days

4 days

Closed

9 days

2 days

The picture for March won’t be that different, following the heavy snow, thaw and expected rain. Consequently, the course (and Practice Ground) is likely to remain closed for a few days yet despite it looking to the contrary.

Our course manager has the responsibility to make those decisions on a day to day basis. In addition, he is also trying to ensure that, in any one week, the course is open as many days as possible. He has a difficult balancing exercise to undertake between satisfying members’ wishes to play the course on one day and possibly rendering the course unplayable for everyone for several days afterwards. However your comments suggest that our communications could be improved and that course closures and buggy bans should be more consistent.

Therefore, we will ensure that the following information is available on the helpline.

Whenever possible, the course helpline has a clear and definitive course status by 07.15.

When the course is closed, we will also explain the reason why.

When any frost is deemed severe enough to merit “carry only”, the helpline will explain if expected weather conditions mean that this restriction will be in place for the full day.

Where the weather is expected to improve during the day, the helpline will include the time of any planned re-inspection as well as any potential lifting of the “carry-only” restriction.

When the course is closed at 08.00 and a re-inspection is planned, this will not take place before 09.30 and the course will not re-open until 10.00 at the earliest.

When the course is closed at 08.00 due to being waterlogged, there will be no re-inspections and the course will always be closed for the full day

These are some things we can do now and will be implemented immediately.

When snow and/or ice or severe water logging makes the course unsafe, our health & safety obligations as well as our potential insurance liabilities demand that we close the course to all members.

Yours sincerely,

Mike J Aves

Chairman