The mild weather we have been experiencing through the autumn months has seen the trees holding on to their foliage for longer than usual, we are actively clearing leaves on a daily bases from the course in a bid to keep it as playable as possible. The mild weather has also meant that we have had to continue regular cutting further into the winter than is normal, whilst this is great for the overall presentation and playability of the course, it does mean that the progress of the winter work is a bit slower than I would have liked, however the winter work completed so far is as follows…
1. The bunker to the right of the 13th green has been removed and the area re contoured. This will eliminate the wet area front right on the green.
2. We have installed a vertical drain on the 17th green, which is working well, and the wet areas on the green almost completely recovered.
3. The 6th gents Tee has been levelled and is now in recovery for the rest of the winter.
Other planned winter work is as follows:
Three more Tees to be levelled, namely, 3rd Ladies, 12th, and 13th Gents Tees.
Paths to be installed on heavy foot fall areas i.e. 3rd green to 4th tee, 12th green to 13th tee, and 14th tee to 15th tee.
We do also have a gravel banding program in place, which at the moment has a budget of 40 Ton of gravel each year, this will help massively towards keeping the course more payable in adverse conditions.
The plan is to have the majority of this work done by the end of the year so that we can concentrate on our tree maintenance program through the second part of the winter.
We will continue to present the golf course as best as ground conditions allow over the winter, as well as doing the winter work, to ensure the course is as enjoyable as possible throughout the year.
Our goal is to make the course more playable throughout the year, even in adverse conditions during the winter months.