The weather has finally turned after a very wet and cold April and seven months of seriously heavy rain.
The course has now dried out and the green staff are playing catch-up trying to get the course to a presentable standard. I think we are achieving that.
The greens have been hollow cored and top-dressed and we have avoided the difficulties of the previous couple of years. The work was carried out in 4 days and the greens were very playable at the end of that week. They will continue to improve and we would hope they will be as good or better than all courses around us.
The rough was not able to be cut from the end of August last year until the end of April. This has created great difficulty as it is impossible to get the height down immediately. We started cutting at 50mm, we then went to 38mm and we are now going down to 32mm this week. We would hope in the next couple of weeks to reduce all levels of rough to 26mm. This would be more akin to semi rough but the tree lines create the difficulty.
The problem with getting to this level of height is the lying grass and it was dreadful last week. We will always attempt to move this on but the amount of grass is huge and will not always be perfect. Once we get the levels of rough down to 26mm it will be so much easier to clear. We need to be patient around this but we expect a big difference this week.
The bunkers have now all had new sand and the edges have been trimmed and bunkers weeded. They are now playing and looking very well.
The aesthetics of the course is one thing that we as members have always had difficulty with. However, we have 6 Green staff and at the minute they are struggling to do all that they have. It is no secret that we have lost members and this creates difficulties in the ability to hire additional green staff.
What the Greens committee would like to do is to get volunteers to help us get the course and its surrounds to a level of presentation that we the members are happy with.This has already started and you may have noticed the strimming of the river banks, the wildflowers going in, edging around the sleepered tee boxes and around the practice putting green. All these small things make a massive difference and it’s not always when they look well but it’s when they look untidy we all see it.
We will break the work down into a number of areas and put teams on each but it will obviously depend on the members that volunteer.
We will be looking at,
Sucker removal (all the small branches at the base of trees)
Some may say we pay our fees we shouldn’t be doing this. In a perfect world we agree but in certain circumstances one needs to step up.
The first session we would like to organise is this Sunday 10th at 8am probably finishing at about 12 noon ending with a bacon roll and a cup of tea.If you are interested, please contact Lee at the pro shop and give him your name. Open to all categories of membership.
The greens committee are very optimistic that we can have the course in excellent condition both for playing and the aesthetics. You never know you might even enjoy it!