Sunday, 28 January 2018

The weather is looking better in the next few weeks so hopefully the poor January is almost behind us.  Greens are holding up well with only a few soft spots roped off.  I don't think temporary greens will be needed this winter which can only be a good thing.

  Even with the rubbish weather lots is going on.  Lower bunkers edged, sand moved, re-distributed and some bunker drain investigation on Lower bunkers.

Some of us are busy

New drainage and sand on the 14th fairway bunker Lower
Ready for a final rake

New drain to the left and behind the 11th green Lower.  This will help keep water of the green and aprons in heavy rain. 

Ready for fresh pipe and gravel

 Behind the 11th green we have used old range balls instead of gravel.  We have thousands.  A novel idea which if successful we may roll out in other areas.  This has been covered with a coarse grit sand to help grass establishment.
Maybe turtle eggs?

This is the 9th bunker Upper.  This weak bunker is being remodeled, drained and will have new sand by the the end of the week.  Once turf arrives the face will be turfed.

9th Upper
   Also this week we are planning to start some bunker drainage.  The pipes leaving the bunkers seem in good working order but within they are contaminated.  So we may overhaul existing drain or more likely completely replace drainage in these bunkers.  We won't get time to complete many this winter but are highlighting the worst, mainly on the Lower. 

The 17th marker post Upper has had a much needed paint.  Some brave sole climbed to the top and now the pole looks much cleaner and stands out well.

Pole stands out well against the trees.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Looking to get the course back on track after heavy rain and poor round conditions through the last couple of weeks.

Early in the week course is getting a much needed cut.  Greens, tees, aprons and maybe even fairways will be cut this week along with bunkers getting a full rake.  Leaves within bunkers are getting blown and raked to further tidy them up.

Blown away
As we move through the week Tees are being solid-tined on 1 course, moving onto the second course early next week.  The path on the 11th Lower will be finished with planings, followed by a thin skim of planings on the 1st path Upper.  Back onto the 11th Lower we will be edging these new bunkers finishing drainage, and rolling this new turf area.

A bit close to the surface
Irrigation is being fixed in some areas, the 14th Tee Upper and 16th Tee Upper will have a new valve assembly by the end of the week.  The picture above is a pipe smashed by a solid-tine but the real culprit is poor installation, almost level with the surface.