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It’s nice to see the start of consistent growth on the course. However all that means to the staff is cut, cut, cut, but it does give us the opportunity to start to present the course much better than we are able to in winter.
A couple of deer have been spotted on the course. Is this a first or is it something that we have experienced in the past?

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All efforts are being made by the Green Staff to complete the outstanding winter projects around the course. The drains on the 3rd and 18th holes have been completed as well as the path on the 17th hole. We are aware that there are many jobs yet to complete and areas will need time to recover but please bear with us as growth is only just starting.We really do need some wind and sunshine to dry the place up for us. It was good to get the early season prepa-rations on the greens carried out by mid-March. The greens have already received in the region of 50 tonnes of top-dressing and we can now embark on the ‘little and often’ regime that has served us so well through the previous summer months. All the playing areas around the course have received applications of granular feed so once the soil temperatures warm up growth should really kick in. This will help the course, and especially the heavy wear and damaged areas, recover from all the play and work we have seen during the winter months. We plan to dig up and extend the drains on the 10th hole and the 14th approach next week, then we can continue our preparations for the season by edging and topping up bunkers and tidying up paths. All the best for the Medal which will be a Qualifier, played off the Yellow Tees.

Best wishes, Mark and his Team

Note: From the start of the playing season, 1st May, the Club intends to adopt a ‘Soft Spikes Preferred’ policy on the course. This move is aimed at providing and maintaining our greens in the best possible condition for as long as possible. All members are requested to use ‘soft spiked’ or ‘spikeless’ golf footwear on the course.