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Greens


Fairway Mats/Placing

It is disappointing that, although the course was very dry up to the end of October, the rain during the last week has made it somewhat damp underfoot.  The decision has been made to introduce the two winter options for a ball lying on the fairway - either to tee the ball on a mat, or to move the ball into the semi-rough at the edge of the fairway, no nearer the hole.  The Gents Golf Committee will post a detailed rule for competition play, which will come into effect on Saturday 14th November.


Posted by Bill Fisher on Sat, November 07, 2009 at 11:11 PM



Agronomists Report

091016_aegc_final.pdf

The Agronomist’s Report is attached.  The Chairman of Greens would welcome any comments.


Posted by Bill Fisher on Sat, November 07, 2009 at 11:08 PM



Dates for Verti-draining greens & hollow-coring tees

The Agronomist visited the club on the 6th October.  His report will be published on the web-site and in the spike bar as soon as it is received.  In summary, he believes 6 of the greens are technically excellent with high proportions of bents and fescues.  The three greens we consider to be the weakest, the 4th, 6th & 7th, would be average for many other courses at this time of year.  They all suffer from their underlying construction and the surrounding trees, reducing the light available to the grass. 

Following his recommendations, the Greens will be verti-drained from Monday 26th October onwards.  The treatment will be deep, requiring the use of thicker tines which will leave noticeable holes.  Depending on the condition of the three greens next year, consideration will be given a further, more radical, treatment.  The tees will also be hollow-tined from Monday 2nd November.  Specific dates will depend on weather conditions at the time.

The recommendation for the biggest improvement to the tees is irrigation.  With a potential cost of up to £100,000 for replacing the irrigation system to the greens and tees, this remains an aspiration and a challenge for the funds the club needs to generate to maintain the investment in the course.

The winter programme will focus on areas of drainage which need to be addressed at minimum cost, with the area on the left of the 7th being a high priority.  The programme will be published as soon as it has been considered by the Greens Committee. 

The by-pass construction continues, although the majority of activity is in areas away from the Course.  No direct impact on drainage has been detected as yet.

Please let me know if you have any comments on the above.

Bill Fisher


Posted by Bill Fisher on Thu, October 15, 2009 at 11:18 PM



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