This summer has seen several changes of personnel and it all began in May with Martin Anderson leaving us. It was 4 weeks before Jack Gilford joined us from Scraptoft but 6 weeks later he took the
opportunity to pursue a career working on ground maintenance in the Cricket and Rugby environments.
Frank Kempster joined us working 3 days a week and he has brought with him a lot of experience. The team then returned to full strength in October when Lee Matthes joined us as our full time apprentice. The picture below introduces them all to you, new or updated profiles of all the team are being prepared and will be published over the next few weeks.
These changes inevitably caused delays to some of the ‘smaller’ work such as the tidying of path edges and the cutting around ditches and ponds etc but the good news is that we should catch up with these over the next few months and before the start of the 2018 playing season.
“Did You Know” – our greens team spend an average of 28 hrs per week on bunker maintenance that covers raking, weeding and trimming !
6th Green The first major project has covered the greenside bunkers. For some time and often mentioned in member surveys the consistency of these bunkers has been a major cause for concern. In response we have taken the time to research their structure and shape with the dual aim of overall improvement and a reduction in the time taken to maintain them.
Following the last Members survey they have now been remodelled and reshaped, drainage has been cleared and edges turfed. These areas are now designated as G.U.R and to allow the turf to take properly are likely to remain so through to the New Year.
The intention now, as and when finances permit, is to redesign a number of other “difficult” bunkers around the course.
Deep rough has been cut back and will be sprayed with a selective weed killer that will work against thistles and nettles. This is to allow the planting of wild flowers to add colour to the course.
A lot of time is currently being spent on the collection and mulching of leaves and as the winter progresses you will see a lot of tree pruning throughout the course. This is to raise the canopies to encourage much needed air flow and light beneath them.
Work will start shortly to level the Men’s Yellow tees on the 16th hole
Starting on Monday 20th November all greens will be Vertidrained, top dressed and fertilised. There will be some disruption to play for no more than 2-3 days but the outcome should be that we can remain on them well into the winter months. A word of caution though – plans such as these will always be dictated by the weather !
Pathway from the 15th tee to green
Significant plans are in hand to resolve the issue of waterlogging in this area but financial constraints do mean that they cannot be fully implemented at this time. Instead and as an interim measure the full length of this path is to be widened by approx 1 metre and levelled to introduce a natural and consistent fall (without dips) down to the drainage grill that is alongside the green.
From that point the drainage pipe that exits in the deep rough by the 16th tees has already been cleared and the impact of this work will be assessed through the winter.
MJC – for the Greens Committee
11 November 2017