On the course in January
Welcome to the first monthly Course Blog where we will keep you updated on the condition and all the work happening out on the golf course by Head Green Keeper Shaun Kench and his team.
The month of January had everything weather wise - heavy rain, snow, high winds and the odd bit of sunshine! A normal British winter! However, throughout this testing month the golf course has been performing extremely well and the greens have been rolling well considering all the conditions we've experienced.
Over the past two or three weeks we contracted Aquatic Solutions UK to complete the massive task of clearing our lakes and ponds of reeds plus general restoration work to bring them back to their former glory! Since they completed the task the green keepers have been clearing the debris for disposal, which in itself is a big task given the amount of reeds that have been cleared.
Head Green Keeper Shaun and his team have also started the bunker renovation work on the green side bunkers on the 9th and 10th and aim to have these completed by early March.
Our Gardener, John, has been busy tidying up all the garden areas surrounding the clubhouse and hotel and I'm sure you'll agree he's done a fantastic job in ensuring all areas are well presented. He has also completed the small matter of removing one of the trees on the 16th fairway and, with it's removal, players will now have a much better line of sight into the green to increase playability and the general aesthetic of the hole. He has also worked on the tree on the 17th approach to create a shape that is suitable for line of play and also tidied the tree that lies on the 7th hole.
Other valuable winter work completed in January has been clearing the areas between the 16th and 18th fairways to thin back the long environmental areas.
In last week we have finally managed to get the mowers out and all tees and greens were cut and they both cut well and are looking fantastic for the time of year, even given the withdrawal of our worm control products. The greens were also sprayed for fusarium which will remove any disease and also sprayed with a folia mix to assist colour enhancement. The tee boxes were sprayed with a soil conditioner to strengthen the grass and soil condition.
All in all the course is playing and presenting very well during this difficult winter period.
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Please can all golfers follow any on-course instructions and directions. These are in place in an effort to maintain the condition of the course for the months ahead.