As the weather has improved, so the list of jobs has changed tack. Greens have had a 10mm solid tine down to 100 mm. Each green has also received half a ton of sand. This along with a heavier than normal application of fertiliser has helped push them along. Still a fair bit of scaring but overall, looking and putting well. Cutting has begun on most surfaces and course is starting to improve across all areas.
This false spring will soon give way to more typical weather which will help us get back on course with other work. Still to complete new ladies Tee on the 1st Old course and maybe 13th Old along with the back Tee on 13th old. Also yet to start but a high priority is the new Tee on the 3rd London.
The 1st Tee Old has had a little tidy up, we have added a terraced bed behind the Tee and will bark and plant it this week.
|Ready for plants|
17th Fairway Old course
Through the last 5 weeks and probably onto the next 4, we are concentrating on woodland management.
We had planned to start last winter but for obvious reasons are starting a little later. Dead, diseased and dying trees, plus any poor specimens and rubbish growing out into the fairway line have been removed. In most places we have gained between 5 and 8 metres on each side of the fairway. This improves light and air movement to both the rough and the tree canopy. We are hoping to finish at least 6 holes this winter and continue rolling on in the next 4-5 years before we start it all again.
The first batch of turfing has been finished with 3 bunkers on the Old removed and turfed plus lots of other little areas tidied with the turf.
|7th Old turf|
We are continuing with changes to bunkers on the Old course. The 7th has had left and back left bunkers filled in. Left, will be a smooth roll of making the tee shot harder and more fun. The right bunker will become a grass style bunker but will make a get out for a shot pushed that way making this a little easier from the tee. For now the front bunker has been tidied with new sand but will be redesigned later this year.
|Left 7th Old|
|7th Green complex old|
In the coming weeks all areas half finished will have turfed, more paths are being added across the courses and and woodland work is planned to continue.
New 1st Tee on the London has been measured up ready for building. This will be a high quality mat and is long overdue in replacing one of the worst tees on the course. This should be finished within the week.
Although we have put bunker rebuilding on the back burner temporarily this greenside on 13th Old has been filled in, with rarely a customer it will be better served as a grassy swale once complete.
Ditch clearence has been an ongoing feature in the last 6 weeks with most now complete. This will help move water off the golf course and also identify any pipework that has been lost with the passage of time.
|4th Tee London|
With the weather for the whole of November being dry the course is in very good condition. We have completed aeration across much of the course including tining on tees and aprons and slitting across all fairways. Rope is going out with more still to come and we have started sanding high wear areas.
The steps on the 15th Old have had matting across, to improve purchase in winter and the 1st London has had a new drain installed across the low point of this green.
|15th Tee Old|
Still more cutting on fairways after slitting on all holes. We have now moved onto winter tee mats, 7th Upper has been moved and mat on the 3rd London will be moved closed to the ladies this week.
Cracking on with the jobs at the moment. Re-turfing around putting green and 18th greens. A job we started months ago which shows how busy we have been. We have still to fit a drain to divert water and increase planting to the scrub bed in the next month.
|Back of 18th Old|
|Sleeper edge London|
|View from behind the 12th London|