On the Course in February

Welcome to the latest edition of our Course Blog which covers February to keep 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.

February was a real mix of weather starting off with freezing mornings and frost, minimal rainfall throughout the month and ending with warm days with temperatures hitting highs of 19 degrees which is incredible for the time of year. Even more so is the fact that this time last year we had 6" of snow on the course.

Following on from last month's blog we have continued our bunker renovation works with concentration on the large bunker on the 1st greenside and 3rd fairway which has now been redesigned and filled in. The large amount of sand recovered from this has been recycled and used throughout the golf course most notably in the greenside bunker on the 12th hole which has now been completely filled in following the recent work.

As we look to improve our practice facilities at Magnolia Park we have re-cut the driving range to a new design, starting with the tee areas. We have created a tee box solely for Head Professional Jon Darby to use for his coaching and the old tee area has been converted to a short game tee with a target zone to the old range green. Further down the range we have cut a new grass tee area and mats will be positioned on the back area of the raised tee. A rope will be installed on this new grass tee and players are encouraged to use the area within this. During March we will be relocating and positioning the distance marker boards to complete the work.

NOTE: We would request that if possible ALL players refrain from using driver from this tee until further notice.