With the UK still reeling from the effects of a period of rain, the Beast from the East, a thaw, more rain, the mini Beast and what will become another thaw members may well ask the question
“What have/will our Greens Team be doing during this period?”
The person best placed to answer this is our Head Greenkeeper Chris:
“For the past 24 years I have been a greenkeeper at various clubs across the UK and as a result of the combination of rain, snow, thaw, freeze, more snow, another freeze, another thaw and more rain forecast this is without doubt the wettest period that I can remember.
However, the time and funds we have put into improving drainage throughout the course does mean that it drains and recovers much quicker than it used to.
For several weeks now we have not been able to get our machines out on to the course as often as we would like and even when the sun does begin to shine we will still have to wait for the course to dry out before we dare take them out. The inevitable effect of this is the winter programme plans have been disrupted and partly re-written with the major loser being the work on and around the 12th bunkers which will now be programmed into our 2018 winter programme.
On the positive side we have taken the opportunity to complete a full maintenance programme on these machines (more information in the next foreground) in readiness for when they can go out.
Other work completed includes around the 6th and 15th bunkers plus new turf on the 16th Ladies Tee. We have continued with routine course maintenance such as tree pruning, repairing pot holes and edging paths, tidying up the roadway that runs through the course and laying more slab donations in ditches.
3 new trees have been planted thanks to 2 members who are not seeking publicity for their kind donations. These have been especially welcome as not only do they improve the vista of the course they do, with careful placement, assist greatly with drainage in the surrounding areas. If any other members wish to consider making a tree donation the cost for each is around the £50.00 mark – please contact me (Chris) for details.
I must say thank you to those members who helped with the recent divot day, it is always greatly appreciated. As the weather improves we may look at another one to further repair the Crow damage on the 14th and details will be circulated accordingly.
Finally – a tip to all members – check this out! ”
MJC for the Greens Committee