Good progress has been made on rebuilding and revetting bunkers on the course, along with verti-draining 60% of the greens. However, the current spell of wet weather is delaying these major operations until such time as the ground conditions improve. Going into next week (w/c 26th) we plan to top dress fairways and tees.
Last month we had a visit from Bandit Golf who had a photoshoot on the course and enjoyed a round. Check out how they’re round went below.
The Greenkeeping staff have plans to undertake both routine maintenance and special works during the course of the winter months. This has already started with more intense preparation of winter greens to ensure the surface is suitable for putting, for a temporary period should this be required either because of frost or working on particular greens. On-going work will entail remoulding and revetting bunkers, cutting back the rough, sanding and vert-draining of greens and tees.
W/c 12 November = light sanding of all greens in progress
W/c 19 November = vert-draining of all greens and tees.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this work causes, but by devoting time to the course in the winter it should pay big dividends during the summer season, ensuring you have a super course to play on and that visitors also enjoy their experience.
Not more sand!
“I hear this quite a lot, our aim is to get 100 tonnes of sand on the putting surfaces each year. The sand injection or coring gets around 60 tonnes in total if done biannually, the remaining 40 tonnes is used when we apply 4-5 light dressings per year. We try to avoid sanding in the middle of the season, so that leaves the winter to complete this work. Sanding firms the surface, breaks down the spongy thatch layer and thus helps to prevent disease. Believe me I wouldn’t go out and disturb the golf, not to mention blunt the mowers and spend good money on sand if it wasn’t necessary. Everyone likes greens that putt like glass, what is glass made of ? - sand!”
From Monday 29th October 2018, until further notice, the club shall be opening and closing as follows;
Office & Shop - 0700-1600
Bar & Restaurant - 0900-1700
Access to the clubhouse can be gained between 0600 and 2200 by use of a master key, which is available from the office on payment of £10 refundable deposit.
Thank you to everybody who took part in this years matchplay competitions and congratulations to the winners as follows. All vouchers are now ready for collection from the Starters.
Gents - Glen Shield
Winner - Alan West
Runner-up - George Nisbet
Losing semi-finalists - Graham Probert & Ryan Lumsden
Gents Seniors Singles
Winner - Graham McKay
Runner-up - Iain Buntain
Losing semi-finalists - Dougie Stewart & George McNicoll
Winners - Robin Sinclair & Gavin Blaney
Runners-up - Kevin Aird & George Nisbet
Losing semi-finalists - Keith Dickson & John McMorland, Stewart Mercer & Stuart McGillivray
Winners - Sheila Blackwood & Colin Fairgreave
Runners-up - Tom Rintoul & Anne Lafferty
Losing semi-finalists - Tom McGinley & Ann Nimmo, Dave Adams & Diana King
Thank you to all those who took part in the Prizegiving Day Texas Scramble and made this a very successful day.
The winners were;
1st - Tom Rintoul, William Halliday, Wojciech Prus and Elliot Alderson - 55.5
2nd - Robery Donnelly, Owen Watters, Jom Cogan, Jack Cornwall - 56.5
3rd - Kenny Hall, Jamie Pollard, Craig Reid, Stuart Hunter - 56.9
Due to scheduled course maintenance the Open Stableford which was moved from Sunday 18th March 2018 to Sunday 11th November 2018 has now been cancelled.
This competition will be played on Sunday 17th March 2019 and annually thereafter.
All those who had previously entered should now contact the starter on 01620 892726 (option 1) to book a time or arrange a refund.
As in previous years we will be running Gents Open Stableford competitions throughout the winter months. These will start tomorrow Thursday 18th October and will be held every Thursday through the winter. The entry fee for visitors will be £15 and for members will be £2. Visitors wishing to enter will need to provide their full name, home club, handicap and CDH number.
(Max handicap limit 28)