Greenkeepers Blog

ENRTY 7

July 2021

Hi, hope everyone is enjoying the course at the moment and looking forward to the nice weather.

As from Monday the 19th and following government guidelines the course furniture will be back out on the course. We have new flag pins to put out on Monday and the hole cup lifters will be brought back in. We also have new putting green flags and pins. Divot boxes and bunker rakes are also going back out so make sure you divot the tees and rake the bunkers. It’s your course so please look after it.

The ball washers will also be back on the course and look out for the new black ones with the the club logo on them. Hopefully you have already noticed the new bins which have been on the course for about a month now.

Unfortunately the new wooden yardage tee signs have been delayed due to the lack of raw materials needed. They were meant to be here in mid July but now we are looking at mid August, I’m sure they will be worth the wait!

Please continue to use the hand sanitiser stations outside the pro shop, on the 10th tee and at the 18th green so we can all remain safe.

On an extra note can all golfers please remember to repair your pitch marks as we have noticed a rise in un repaired ones.

Just to let you know the long rough will start to come down in a few areas now that it has become very thick and long. The long fescue grasses give the course definition and shapes the hole so try and plot your way round the course and think about club selection.

The solid tinning and top dressing will begin on the greens on Monday the 16th of August so please be aware of this when booking up your tee times and matches.

Many thanks, Darren and the greens team

ENTRY 6

MAY 2021

As I write this, the night temperatures have finally reached a point where the grass will start to grow and combined with the recent rain you will see a noticeable change in the growth of the course. Last year’s average temp for April was 22°c compared to this year at 8°c. It was officially the coldest April for 60 years. The greens will not grow unless the soil temperature is above 6°c but obviously the higher the better. As you can see by the picture the soil temperature has been sitting at about 4.5°c which is why the greens haven’t kicked in yet. We can force them on a bit but please be patient as you cannot argue with Mother Nature.

The few bare patches on the greens were seeded about a month ago but the grass is only just starting to show due to the higher temperatures in the last week. The greens have been scarified, top dressed and fertilised every two weeks to try to bring them on.

All fairways, tees, approaches, and green surrounds have also been fertilised with a granular 4-month slow-release product which is starting to show. We will get an initial growth spurt and “green” up so please be patient if some areas are slightly longer than normal. We are managing this as best we can but please be aware that this sometimes necessitates cutting while you are golfing enabling us to keep it to the standards you are used to.

In other news the OPM (Oak Processionary Moth) spraying has now been done on all major oak trees around the course. This must be done every year not just to protect the course but to protect our members too.

Bunkers are now being fully raked 5-6 times a week. This takes three green staff 4 hours to rake our 64 bunkers taking up a large amount of our time. Please try to rake the bunkers or smooth them out as it will improve your golfing experience and others who follow you. And an ongoing request – please, please do not walk between the greenside bunkers and the greens with your trollies; these areas see a lot of footfall and are fragile becoming worn very quickly.

Also please replace divots and repair pitch marks. The photo of the 8th green shows all unrepaired pitch marks represented by a golf ball. This was taken on the day we reopened. It’s your course please help to look after it.

New ball washers, bins, flags, 150-yard posts and wooden tee signage have been ordered which hopefully will arrive soon and much improve the appearance the course.

We are constantly improving areas around the course including the 14th lake where the stones have been uncovered, the 2nd and 5th ditches have been cleared back and many bunkers edged, reshaped, and sanded.

For the next month we will be concentrating on general cutting and strimming of all areas as well as our normal week to week maintenance schedule.

Our new wash down bay for the green’s machinery is finished and is now fully compliant with the current Environment Agency legislation. The new fence enclosure is almost finished, and we are just waiting for the gates. New ramps have been installed for Health and Safety reasons so please reduce your speed when entering the car park. The greens area to the right of the main gates has also been fenced off to provide a tidier approach as you enter the course.

On a final note, please be patient as the course will be back to its usual high standard very soon, in growing terms we have had the worst spring weather possible which has slowed the whole process down.

Thank you
Darren and the Greens staff

ENTRY 5

Greens Maintenance:

The greens were verti drained to a depth of 225mm and then the holes were left open for a week.

The next week they were hollow tined to a depth of 150mm and then 3 tonnes of top dressing was applied to fill in the holes.

The next process was to dyna core the greens which takes out a core to about 20mm. Then the greens were over seeded with creeping bent seed and the holes were filled in with a mixture of Leo zeo soil amendment and another 2 tonnes of sand.

We normally do this work late March but we brought it forward so the greens will be hopefully ready for the return of golf on the 29th of March.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Darren Wales
Course Manager

ENTRY 4

FEBRUARY 2021

Unfortunately we are still in lockdown and no golf is being played. The weather has been against us but we have still been working hard making improvements to the course. The driving range winter tee is now finished and the 1st and 18th green side bunkers are also complete. The next bunkers pencilled in for work are the 1st fairway and 2nd green side.
We have dug out and cleared the 15th and 2nd ditches and we will continue ditch clearance if weather permits. All markers have now been painted and ball washers are also being painted and fixed if possible.

The car park has been tidied up with new shingle put in the beds. The hedge has been shaped and all brambles taken out.

Paths have been edged and topped. The next ones on our list are the 8th and 6th but this will have to wait until the rain stops.

Low branches on the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 16th have been taken off and a dead ash tree behind the 15th green has been taken down due to H&S. The oak tree on the 2nd has been reduced to give a better view of the green.

Alan has been working hard servicing all the machines ready for the growing season and sharpening all cylinders.

As I write this the gates and brickwork are being jet washed ready for painting in the next couple of weeks. This should really improve the look of the entrance when you drive in.

Next week the 15th of February we will be hollow tining, seeding, top dressing (60 tonnes of sand) and fertilising all greens. We are doing this earlier than normal but we thought this would be beneficial whilst there is no golf being played.

Hopefully we will see you all back in March at some point.

Thanks,
Darren Wales
Course Manager

ENTRY 3

JANUARY 2021

Unfortunately we are now in another lockdown but you can be assured that the green staff are still working hard to improve the course for your return.

The 13th white tee is now complete after being levelled and turfed.

We have now started the driving range tee which should be finished by the end of the week. This should provide a great area to practice from during the winter months and when we have maintenance to do on the grass tee.

As you know we have had a problem with ducks so we have put reflective tape and ultra sonic motion sensors out which seem to be working.

Next week we will start re shaping, draining and re sanding the front bunker on the 18th green and all bunkers on the 1st and 2nd.
We will start verti draining all fairways and approaches and solid tining the greens. All this work is weather dependent but hopefully luck is on our side for once.

Hope to see you all again soon and stay safe !

Darren Wales
Course Manager

ENTRY 2

December 2020


Unfortunately due to the bad weather a trolley ban is now in operation. This decision was taken to protect the course so hopefully we will not have to close. Thank you all for carrying and protecting your golf course. I will check the condition every day but it looks like the trolley ban will last over Christmas to give the course the best chance to recover but do check the website and answer phone for more information.


We are continuing to work on the course including the new 13th white tee and re shaped 18th bunker. The next bunkers will be the front one on the 18th and then all three on the 1st hole. A new sleeper edge path is now finished behind the 18th green. Photos below.

The day to day work is still continuing on the course with aeration, bunker raking, hand cutting greens,collecting leaves, spraying and general maintenance.

Please enjoy your golf and hopefully the weather will improve in the new year.

Darren Wales
Course Manager

ENTRY 1

November 2020


Unfortunately, due to government guidelines the course is now closed.

Whilst there is no golf being played our reduced staff of 3 greenkeepers will undertake work which will be beneficial to the course.

The main work being aerating all parts of the course which is a lot easier and quicker when there is no golf.

• Vertidraing fairways
• Slit fairways/apps
• Solid tine tees/apps
• 10mm solid tine greens
• Spray fungicide every 2 weeks on greens to keep disease at bay
• Sarrel roll greens twice a week
• Drain bunkers
• General cutting of ;
Tees/apps twice a week
Fairways once a week
Greens three times a week
Semi once a week
• Long rough to be cut back to 4”
• Top up bunkers with sand
• Blowing and picking up leaves
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