Well, just like last year, the Winter has arrived in the middle of November. As i sit writing this, the course is closed following heavy rain & sleet. The temperature is 4 degrees and more rain/sleet is forecast.
Despite this, we have been busy on the course this week.
The greens were slit on Monday with
little surface disruption. They were also cut & ironed on Wednesday
to further restore the surfaces. The Fusarium scars are recovering and
the greens certainly look much improved from 2 weeks ago. Lets hope the
seedlings continue to develop and fill in the gaps.
We have continued our work on the 12th
& 16th paths, with drainage gullies installed, surface preparation
work done and turf laid. The plan is to introduce some ground
stabilisation material onto these areas the same as we have used on the
4th hole. This should spread the wear and combined with the hard wearing
turf should provide sustainable grass walkways. The teeing area on the
12th has been moved to the start of the fairway to ease traffic issues.
The bunkers renovation work has started
on the 3rd hole. These bunkers suffer badly from stone contaminated sand
and overhanging faces. They will be lined to prevent this and filled
with fresh sand. We plan to rebuild 9 more across the course.
More work has been carried out on the
1st tee, but conditions are difficult due to the weather. When
conditions improve, the drainage carpet for the new tee will be
installed and more work on the paths will be carried out.
Have a great weekend.
Mark & the Greens team.