Course Report March 2021

The Greens

In the last month particular attention has been paid to the thatching issues that have affected parts of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th greens. Although a time and resource consuming job, the deep coring and back filling has produced some excellent results with the problem areas becoming much firmer and in line with expectations for where the greens should be at this stage of the winter season and before the growing season.

The 3rd Tee

Due to off course issues with the farm at the third tee the plans to plant a covering line of trees in front of the farm house as well as erecting some nets to stop errant tee shots causing more issues, has gone ahead and is on course to be finished before the start of the season. Until then the winter tee will be used.

The netting flanks the right had side of the tee in 2 sections together with additional netting on the white tee bed. The tee bed itself will be shaped accordingly.

The Bridge

We are building a new bridge on the 9th/18th. The wooden bridge will now be replaced by a course feature and a new bridge similar to Snooky’s bridge will go over the calvert in line with the 18th tee and link up with the path. Work will start when weather allows and be ready for the coming season. The bridge design and placing will blend in with the pond and new pond feature to provide and picturesque back drop to the tee.

The fairways

The fairways have received more traffic this season. We have pegged many divots with the help of volunteers. We are concerned that, unless members and visitors replace divots as a matter of course, that the condition of the fairways will be adversely affected. The fairways are in good condition and we will continue to monitor them regularly.

Planned work to take out the two bunkers on the 3rd fairway has started. These will be GUR for the start of the season.

Course Developments

A course walk around by Ground Committee and various Club sections discussed the possibility of:

  • Using the tee bed near the path on the first as an alternative hole.
  • Removing the bunker in front of the 1st green.
  • Having an 18th tee bed on the right hand side of the 2nd fairway in line with the pond.

A further review of these will take place for the beginning of the season.

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