Sunday, 17 June 2018

Lots of dry weather on the course beginning to shape areas nicely.  A good deal of rough areas on the course are being further shaped, increasing in play areas and reducing lost ball problems.

5th Lower

Rough shaping is being increased around some bunkers.  This gives the course a lovely feel and frames the hole.  As we rebuild and reshape bunkers in the coming years we will create a clean sharp edge, blending into a wild rugged side around bunkers.

8th Lower
The section between 1 and 18 lower has been cut down, trees cleared and tidied.  The right of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the lower has had extra rough put in place to protect the new housing so pushing the golfer right on the 1st has meant clearing this section of rough on the 1st.  Once we get into winter we are also planning to clear scrub and trees to the right of the 3rd fairway lower to make finding the ball easier from the tee shot.

1st/18th Lower

Thursday, 7 June 2018

It has been a rubbish few weeks with regards to machinery.  Constant breakages and problems caused by an aged fleet.  The rough however is now going to seed and looks great in the wind.

1st Upper
Seed heads are now disappearing on the greens so speed and smoothness will pick up in the next ten days. 

close up view of  a green

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The course is undergoing a change at the moment.  Rough is being shaped in order to frame the golf course.  These areas in the main are off the line of play and the aim is to allow trees to grow within these plantations.  Some parts of the rough will need further reshaping to get the balance between play ability and the course shaping.

6th Upper

Damage to the 6th Lower has been hollow tined, dressed and seeded and should begin to fill in in the next few weeks.

Seed and sand

With the rain in the last week we have taken the opportunity to drain the irrigation system and rebuild 3 complete new boxes around the course.  These have caused persistent problems with leaks in the last year.

1st Green Lower 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Lots going on, in what is a short week.  1/2 a ton of sand followed by 10mm tines down to 75mm on the Lower.  Tomorrow moving to the Upper and finishing the Lower.  Following behind is the brush 2 ways and light irrigation about 5 minutes a green. 

Tine and Brush

Medium dressing
 As we keep away from to much feed on the greens we are creating a hungrier sward. The paler, shallow rooting Poa is struggling where as deeper rooting Bent is thriving.  All the work this week should see the greens begin to fill in and smooth out in the next week or 2.
Lots of preferred bent grass moving into the greens

Monday, 30 April 2018

Loving the new flag pins.  The course is now getting a fresher feel as markers across the site are being updated.


 Not all good at  the moment.  This is the 6th green lower.  A burst pipe spreading hydraulic oil across part of the green.  The second picture is a close up of the green so we are hopeful of fast recovery once we have tined dressed and seeded this part of the green.

Not very shiny

Promising recovery
 This fairway mower unit suffered extensive damage when a part of the reel broke off and smashed another part of the reel.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Greens have been verti cut this week and are starting to fill in.  Next week will see a further mini-solid tine and topdress to smooth out surfaces, along with a little feed just to tickle them over.  At the end of the week tees and aprons are receiving a wetting agent plus seaweed to help with plant health during the summer months.   Odd jobs being finished through the week have included astro turf around the clubhouse and a small area wood chipped by the pro shop.  The foot cleaner has been painted and is eventually working after a delay for parts.

Tidying up

New aprons are being cut and shaped on both 7th Upper and 11th Lower.  This should see balls attacking the Sunday hole position roll right back down the hill if poorly struck.

Get it fast and glassy.

Friday, 6 April 2018

A few small jobs are now being squared off ready for Spring.  Lawns at the entrance are being re-turfed.


Looking tidier

Leak for the last number of years, with constant breaks in the same area.  Rather than a quick fix in the height of summer as we have been doing, the whole area has been cleared and fixed properly.

Very complicated

Nearly done
At some point soon it is hoped the rain will stop and the course will dry, in the meantime new furniture is going out including new markers on the lower.  Cups and bins across the whole course.

Nice and shiny

The Driving range with it's horrible large puddle is finally being 
drained.  Hopefully in the next few we should be able to tidy this whole area up and get the range itself looking a little but cleaner.