Another difficult week weather wise, but it finally looks like we are set for a spell of dry, cold weather. This should help lower the water table in the soil.
Due to the saturated soil conditions, it has been really difficult to move around the course with equipment, so work has been limited.
The area on the L/H side of the 5th green is particularly bad. The drains in this area have struggled to cope with the volumes of water passing thru them. We have made some small repairs and improvements to them, but drying out will be a slow process. On the plus side, we appear to have improved the washing of sand in the L/H greenside bunker. The new trench will be turfed as soon as possible, but turf is in short supply, again due to conditions in the turf fields.
The wet area on the L/H side of the 15th is drying up nicely, now the drains have been extended and stoned.
As always, the Air2G2 has been out on the greens pumping fresh air into the soil profile. We will continue with this right into the spring to prevent turf die back. The Captain has more info regarding this on his Blog.
We've also spent a lot of time around the clubhouse & Pro's shop, clearing beds and pruning shrubs. The gutters and roof channels have also been cleared of debris.
We also have started the servicing and repair of all our machinery so it is all ready for the start of the season.
With conditions hopefully drying out next week, we have plans to renovate some of the bunkers effected by stones and over-hanging faces. Care will have to be taken to minimise damage while completing this work. There is also tidying to complete around the 1st tee area and long term the construction of a new path to the ladies tee.
Wrap up warm this weekend, I think its going to be a cold one.
Mark & the Greens team.