Work to the bunker bases and trimming edges
The winter weather remains with yet more snow and freezing temperatures hitting the course hard. The recent snow from a couple of weeks ago did thaw allowing us a small window in which to complete work to the course before the snow returned. The greens were sprayed with a fungicide which will hopefully stave off any disease while the snow remains. Some snow mould damage could be seen on certain areas of new turf. This should grow out when the weather improves. Despite the bunker bases remaining frozen work has progressed with the drains cleaned and a blinding layer of grit added. The grit allows water to move through the bunker profile while stopping the sand mixing with the gravel. Where the turf has rooted selected bunker edges have been trimmed back. The removal and thinning of selected trees as part of the woodland management program continues at a pace. Woodland between the 17th and 18th fairways has been thinned as well as over hanging branches along the 5th, 9th and 17th green. In addition the area between the 6th and 17th fairways has been thinned and selected gorse cut back. This will promote new growth and improve the playability of the hole. Members are welcome to help themselves to wood and bark chip stacked at the back of the members car park. The winter weather has allowed us to continue in-house training, machine maintenance and catch up on health and safety. With the forecast of day and night temps not getting above freezing the course is likely to remain closed as we head towards the festivities.
A Merry Christmas to you all!.
14th fairway tree felling
The last week and a half has seen the winter weather take hold with 2 inches of snow falling across the golf course and temps hitting -7 degrees!. With many greens still covered in snow and ice it is worth noting parts of the course see little if any sun at this time of year due to being surrounded by trees, most notably: 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th,11th,14th, 15th and 16th greens. With night time temps dropping to -3 and daytime temps not rising above freezing there is little chance of a thaw. Despite a slight improvement in the forecast it is likely the course will remain closed over the coming weekend (11th,12th December).
On a positive note all ground works have been completed in the final phase of bunker work with the contractors having left site. Course architect Howard Swan has made his final visit and signed off the last of the work.
Else where on the course the main tasks have been shutting down the irrigation system, trimming/tidying trees to the right of the 17th green, cutting back the undergrowth between the 17th and 18th fairways as well as removing the silver birch on the corner of the 14th fairway.
Restored view of the 14th green
Following advice and recommendations from the course architect and professional tree surgeon the tree has been removed in order to restore the hole back to its original design, contributing to the broader landscape restoration of the golf course as a whole. The front of the approach and green complex can now be seen from the fairway rewarding a well struck drive with a line into the green. Steve Coates has joined the greenkeeping team bringing with him 14 years of experience having previously worked in Germany and The Wisley Golf Club. This brings the total number of staff to six. As we head towards Christmas fingers remain crossed the weather improves and the course returns to normality!