Greens Blog July 18
Since the last blog when we were experiencing the worst rain since 1963, what a change, one of the driest periods since the summer of 1976 … and that has brought its own problems, in that the sprinkler heads when needed have all but seized up, many requiring replacement, at a cost that we don’t need.
The Greens committee continue to meet on the last Thursday of the month with a full agenda, based around assisting the greens team in their endeavours to provide us with the best possible course for the conditions. We have received many commendations on how good the course is considering the weather, from guests and members alike.
Please take the time to say thanks and pass on any positive feedback to John Dales and his team … it will be welcomed. Any negative comments please field through the greens committee, where we can address.
We do have a company interested in cutting down our troublesome Poplars for “FREE” provided they can take and keep the wood, this would be a potential saving to the club of circa £70,000.00, an opportunity that we simply cannot ignore. It is planned to happen in October/November this year and you will see the dreaded “RED” spot appearing on those trees affected by the potential cull.
We are obviously taking the opportunity whilst we have the offer for free, to remove other potential problem trees such as the Sycamores behind the 6th green, as they are now affecting sunlight and drainage on the green and would need to be removed at some stage. The forester that has taken a look at the Poplars deems them too dangerous to remove from the top down and has indicated that they will be have to be felled first, before chopping up. Obviously detailed planning will be required throughout this exercise and the greens committee and the board of directors will be supervising and approving the plan.
Members will be kept informed on timing and the planning, initially it looks like it could be a 10 to 12 day scenario with 9 holes being taken out at any one time, so allowing golf to be played throughout.
The driving range netting has been replaced, and I think you will all agree that it is a much better solution than the previous attempt.
The greens team would request that traffic on the Tee’s be kept to a minimum, so could golfers not congregate on the tee and certainly refrain from practice swinging (taking unnecessary divots) on the tees.
That’s all for this month, more to come in August.
Greens Chairperson BGC.