As we approach the festive period the golf course remains in good shape. Despite the gales and rain of the last few weeks the Autumn and Winter period has been much drier allowing staff to clear large amounts of leaves from around the course. In contrast to this period last year when the course was closed under snow, growth slowed around the 28th November compared to the 9th November in 2010. In effect there was 163% more growth in November 2011 vs. 2010, which explains the extra labour and diesel requirement for the month combined with added disease pressure. As a consequence winter work schedules are behind where we had planned. The fairways are due to be Verti-drainned in the new year and the woodland work between the 1st and 2nd holes completed. Work to the damaged greens has now been completed with the turf having settled in over the last few weeks. The greens have been rolled using the Toro 1600 pedestrian tees mowers. This light rolling helps firm up the turf and aid root establishment. The turf will be monitored for any signs of disease/stress and depending upon the weather the greens will be sprayed with a fungicide should it turn colder and snow. Essentially the turf will be left through until the spring when work will begin in earnest to get the surfaces ready for play, as ever this will be dependant on the weather.