We have just successfully completed our course maintenance which consisted of a 16mm solid tine followed by 90 tonnes of sand across both courses, and this will help to provide smooth firm greens for the playing season ahead. The greens have had a healthy coverage of grass this year and we have been disease-free all winter, which is a massive achievement as it will provide us with smooth firm greens as we move into the summer months. We are now at our summer height of 3.5mm, which is a drop of 1.5 mm in height; this decrease will enable the greens to speed up and run true. Our final drop in height will be 3mm three weeks before the Club Championship; we will then be focusing on greens speed using the roller more and then applying various chemicals to achieve this.
The project work that we committed to this year has now been completed, and I trust you will agree that my team has done a very professional job on all the works undertaken. The new range looks great, and we have lowered the height of the first 100 yards and introduced striping to the front part of the landing area, which I personally think has given it a more professional appearance.
After the winter months the course is really springing back into life and we are starting to see some excellent definition; all tees and approaches have been tined and fertilized which will duly aid and promote growth. Last month we fed and sprayed all the long rough, fairways, tees, and approaches for weeds, so this should ensure they are all in great condition as we move into the main playing season.
Bunker Renovation Project
The recent news regarding our planned bunker renovation work is incredibly exciting and following a recent visit to Nizels Golf & Country Club, I am pleased to report that having had their bunkers refurbished recently, their Course Manager was raving about the workmanship of the contractors. Our planned works, under the guidance of renowned golf course architect Jonathan Gaunt, will include relining of the bunker bases to stop stone contamination, re-shaping as required and the installation of drainage to ensure the newly refurbished bunkers remain puddle free.
We're delighted to welcome Robert as the newest member of the greenkeeping team joining us on a permanent, full-time basis. Robert lives locally in Portchester, so luckily only has a very short commute to work! He is an avid golfer who has been playing for around twenty years and currently plays off 18. I trust over the coming weeks you’ll join us in making him feel really welcome.
I would like to wish everyone a great golfing season ahead.
Peter Varlow, Course Manager