Welcome to the second of our monthly Course Blogs keeping you updated on the general condition of the golf course plus details of all the work Head Green Keeper, Shaun Kench, and his team have been doing.
The majority of February was a better month generally with the weather and as a result the green keeping team managed to catch up with a lot of the work and projects that carried over from January.
This obviously was not the case by the end of the month with the arrival of the heavy frosts and then the snowfall courtesy of the "Beast from the East" and Storm Emma! The arctic conditions are set to carry on into the first week of March at least.
The greens were verti-cut on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February. This was the first stage of removing the winter moss from the greens. The process was a successful operation as it resulted in excess of 2 tonnes of moss being removed from the surfaces of all 18 greens and the putting green. A full verti-cutting programme is in place for the coming season and, allied to good weather conditions, this will continue to improve the condition of the greens and their playability. The next scheduled verti-cut is planned for Wednesday 7th March, subject to weather conditions, after which the process will continue on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future.
Work was also completed on the greenside bunker on the 9th. The base of this bunker was restructured to assist drainage and reshaped to make it fairer in play, followed by an application of fresh new sand to a depth of 5 inches.
We continued the work on the 10th greenside bunker, and all excess base material has now been cleared and the bunker reshaped. Once the weather improves the drain will be dug out and replaced with fresh shingle and pipework before the new sand is applied.
The gauze on the 11th hole has now been trimmed back to the small structure that is required to help 'greening' up and flowering. The team will now move onto the gauze on the 9th and 10th holes aiming to create a uniform size for all these bushes throughout the golf course.
Our Gardener, John, has continued to tidy up all the garden areas surrounding the clubhouse and hotel and has now prepared all the beds surrounding the club for planting bulbs which he aims to be completed towards the end of March. He has also been busy tidying the trees and removing the debris throughout the car park area. With the arrival of the extreme cold conditions John has now moved inside to the relative warmth of his greenhouse to begin planning his planting programme and start basic seeding of plants to be put into the hanging baskets around the public areas.
Green Keepers Charity Golf Day, Friday 4th May 2018
Our green keeper Graham Hazleton's partner Sarah is currently undergoing extensive treatment for Breast Cancer. Unfortunately with the nature of the treatment she requires they are having to make regular trips to Turkey for this and as a result they are self-funding all of this between them which is a huge financial burden. Therefore Shaun and his team have decided to try and help them by hosting a Charity Golf Day. Full details of this planned golf day will be emailed out and made public in the next couple of weeks, so please keep an eye out and hopefully we can get lots of Members and visitors involved to help them out!
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