As we head towards the end of February we have experienced yet more wet weather (40mm Rain) which has led to the course being closed. Despite this work has continued as we gear up for spring. The area in front of the 9th tee has been stripped to allow heather to regenerate from seed. The addition of the fence is essential in protecting and stopping traffic (especially from trolleys) entering the area. This has worked well, is in-keeping with the surroundings and utilises the wood and chip bark left over from the tree work carried out this winter. Trees to the left of the 9th hole have been removed by Southern Electric as part of the safety management of the over head power lines, which in turn has opened up the view through to Heath lake. On a positive note all turfing is now complete around the 10th green surround, 11th fairway bunkers and the area to the right of 17th green. Members are asked to keep off the new turf where possible, and use the ball scoops provided. Sand will be added to the remaining bunkers when ground conditions allow. Elsewhere the greens have been sprayed with a folia soil feed/wetting agent which has helped to keep driving the water down through the profile. There have been several comments about the number of worm casts especially on the tees and fairways. This is a common complaint at this time of year with other Course managers reporting similar conditions. The recent wet weather has seen an increase in worm activity and compounded the problem. Following a change in European legislation there are currently no products that control worms effectively. We are trialling a natural product derived from garlic which irritates the worms forcing them further into the soil profile. We will monitor results to see how effective and successful this has been. Despite the milder weather of late pushing up temps (high of 14 degrees) the forecast for the coming week is for colder weather with the possibility of frosts. This will check soil temps and knock back growth however, with no rain on the horizon the course should start to dry out!. Despite an ambitious programme of work this winter we are further ahead than at this point last year and remain on schedule to have the course fully open by the middle of April.