Thank you to Mark for putting a great course update together and all our greens staff for their work to prepare the course for next season.

We had slightly higher than average rain fall for the last 2 weeks of November and the start of December, this resulted in some greens being on temporary and the suspension of buggies.

The last week has been good for the course, not a drop of rain and some high winds have dried the course up.

If you are playing and need a buggy please phone the pro shop prior to playing as a decision is made on a day to day basis depending on the weather.

Greens:

Once the greens dried up they were slit tined using the deep spiker then hand cut at the height of 6mm.

An application of fertiliser was then applied in accordance with our greens programme.

The greens have responded well to this process and are coping well with winter play.

A small outbreak of fusarium appeared on 2 greens which was treated right away, this has prevented any long term damage to the turf.

Approaches:

Selected approaches have been top dressed after coring, depending on how they recover they might get topped up when conditions allow.

Could we ask buggies be kept off the approaches, there seems to be a few tight turn marks on the approaches which won’t heal until the growing season starts.

Tees:

Tees have been cut and the sand based tees have been fertilised.

If tee mats are frozen then please stand to the side.

Fairways:

All but 2 fairways have now been divoted. Mats should continue to be used on all fairways by ALL players.

Trees:

We have started thinning out plantations, this will be an ongoing project carried out when weather/ ground conditions allows us to run with the tractor and trailer.

Bunkers:

All bunkers are in play apart from the one to the right of the 10th green.

The main drain from that area runs through the farmers field and that’s where it seems to be blocked.

We will be speaking to the farmer to gain access to repair the drain and dry up the bunker and the front of the green.

Drainage:

The drainage work at the 7th and 9th holes will start in January, we did plan to start earlier this week but unfortunately the JCB broke down and had to be taken away to be repaired.

Paths:

We have laid around 60 tonnes of tarmac planings on the paths over the last week, we still have a few tonnes left which will be used on the access path from the 9th to the 10th holes.

Pitch marks:

Could we ask all golfers to constantly repair pitch marks. It doesn’t need to be your own pitch mark, if everyone repairs 2 we will soon have none!

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, even George Dewar gave us some kind words just last week 😉