Course report week ending 26thApril 2019:
Dear members of Howley Hall GC,
It has been three weeks since my last update to the membership, during this time there has been a great deal progress achieved out on the golf course after some hard work from both myself and our team of greenkeepers, we hope you are enjoying the improvements made to date early in the season.
We held our first of several scheduled “golf course surgery” sessions on Tuesday 30thApril. This was attended by several members and was extremely well received; myself & the Greens Chairman walked the golf course answering questions & listening to suggestions proposed by the members in attendance. Feedback from the evening will be shared with the board of directors at the next board meeting on the 29thMay. I would certainly encourage our members to put your names down for the next surgery scheduled for Monday 13thMay 6-8pm (sign up list is in the pro shop).
The immediate focus for me and my team is to continue the overall improved condition of the greens, this will include increasing the diameter/size of the greens surfaces; this will be a gradual process over the coming weeks with a view to having our greens back to full size capacity by mid-June 2019.
Over the last 3-4 weeks we have reduced the height of cut on the greens to 2.5mm, the reasoning for this was to improve trueness as well as making them considerably faster with an aim to improve overall playability. The weak areas on the greens have all been hollow cored and seeded to encourage speedy recovery; this process will be repeated week commencing 13thMay 2019 (weather permitting) with an aim to further encourage speedy recovery.
Some members may have been made aware that we invited Greg Evans to visit the club, using his professional experience to give the club informative feedback on our current golf course maintenance plan, whilst also providing us with instruction to aid the recovery/improvement of all areas of the golf course for the coming season and beyond. Greg has previously worked with us here at the club with great success and his report is attached for those who wish to read it.
As mentioned in my previous course report, Andy Smith has now left the club after 19 years of loyal service. Andy will be missed by myself and the green keeping team, we wish him all the best for the future. Plans are now in place to recruit a suitable replacement for Andy with the help of our new Managing Secretary (Stuart Carnie) and Greens Chairman (Miles Foster). If any of our membership know of anyone who may be interested please forward their details to myself.
Enjoy the course over the coming weeks and if you have any suggestions or feedback regarding the golf course please don’t hesitate in forwarding them to either myself, Stuart or Miles.
Head Green Keeper
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