Course Updates - April 2017

01 Apr 2017

Posted by: Chris Cooper

Subjects: Course updates

Greens.  The spiking of all greens and aprons has now been completed and the areas treated with sulphate of iron. The next stage of work commences on 27th March. We have hired the Sand Slitter for a week and this will be used for the deep scarification, top dressing and over seeding of all the greens.  Time permitting, the aprons and tees will be similarly treated. Clearly, there will be some inconvenience to members who will be taken off the specific greens/tees while the work is completed.  Please be patient and give the staff due consideration. It is in everyone’s interest that the greens are fully prepared for the season.

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Ball Washers.  Five new ball washers have been ordered and are due in shortly.  These will replace the worst of the existing washers. The remaining washers will be thoroughly cleaned and regularly replenished and serviced.

Bunkers.  The Black plastic linings trialed on 10 bunkers have not proved to be successful. Four have been removed to date and the remaining 6 will be removed as time allows.  The new bunkers on the 14th hole have been lined with reversed turf; this should reduce the incidence of stones coming through.

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Storm damage.  Storm Doris caused damage to several trees around the course and there is a health and safety issue with some trees to the right of the 11th hole. We have therefore hired in a cherry picker so that the damaged trees can be made safe. Although this work is essential it has diverted staff from the work on the 14th, which will now be completed as soon as possible.

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Cutting.  Now that we are in the growing season, cutting of the rough will commence during April. This work will also entail clearing twig and other debris.

Environmental Matters.  I know that many members take a keen interest in the course environment particularly our splendid trees.  The recent environmental survey identified the oldest tree on the course as the major Oak to the left of the 16th tee, which was estimated to be some 360 to 400 years old.

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Recycling Bins.  As a further contribution to environmental protection, we will be putting in 2 new blue recycling bins. These will be for cans and bottles and will be sited by the 2nd and 11th tees.

Chris Cooper

23.3.2017.