February Course News

Dear Members,

January was a testing month weather wise – we were trapped in a cycle of a few nice days of drying windy weather, giving me hope that we can start cutting the fairways and tees only to have it bucket down with rain on mowing day! Over the month we have had 100mm and as a greenkeeping team it has been our priority to keep the course open for those who want to play. The main wet spots are the walk on and off zones and areas around the ropes – please be careful in these conditions and try to keep on the paths when you can.

Although it is very wet I believe the new drainage is working well and we have identified a number of areas that we are going to drain further in the coming years. We have also got a path company coming out to demonstrate a new synthetic material that other clubs are using instead of tarmac which ‘on paper’ ticks all the boxes: Non slip, spike friendly, smooth, porous, hard wearing and guaranteed – the plan is to do one small area and see how it wears throughout the year before committing fully.

We have done a lot of aeration on the greens – verti-draining in the first week of January and have also managed to needle-tine twice which is great. I am very pleased with how the greens are looking and underneath they are in very good condition for this time of year.

On the course we have also managed to get a lot done with a new path in on the 16th tee, we have repaired the path on the 17th bridge, repaired the drain at the back of the 15th green and have also continued with the crown lifting of the trees which is now nearing an end.

In the coming month we will be finishing off any winter work and preparing for the green renovation work in March.

All of the machines have now been serviced and reground and we hope to get some more mowing done and start getting the course in shape for the new season.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to come over and have a chat.

Simon Hardman

Head Greenkeeper

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