A blog about golf course and heathland management at Aldeburgh Golf Club and the wildlife found there. Aldeburgh GC is a top 100 championship course managed using traditional low input greenkeeping methods. It is situated on the Suffolk coast within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.
The 6th medal tee has been levelled off and enlarged a little. The turf was delivered this morning and the tee is finished apart from a bit of tidying up around the edges. We'll transplant some gorse into the area behind the tee to provide an evergreen screen that will hide the house beyond the boundary fence.
was much colder than average so grass growth has slowed right down and mowing
frequency has reduced. The average green
speed for the month was 8ft 9in, the same as October. In the areas of greens surround treated with
Rescue, some of the bare areas have been turfed with plugs from the 8th
medal tee which is due for renovation.
Recovery from Rescue treatment of greens has been excellent on the river
course and 7th green on the main course, good on the 8th
and a little disappointing on the 11th. White lines and hoops have been put out, to
keep trolley traffic away from areas where heavy use would wear out the
turf. Members can help us to get the
course through the winter in the best possible condition, by keeping trolleys
well away from greens and especially any weak or renovated areas. Please bear in mind that winter play has a
much greater impact on course condition than summer golf as the turf isn’t
growing enough to recover and the soil is moist and more prone to
maintenance highlights during November
winter aeration programme continued with shallow chisel tines on the greens
work continued on aprons and approaches
more cut and collect rough mowing was done
6th medal tee was re-constructed to improve levels and enlarge it a
little. Gorse will be transplanted to
the area behind the tee to provide an evergreen screen.
programme for December
has started on rebuilding the 8th white and yellow tees and a hollow
behind the 7th green to tie in with the new tee bank. Once the turf has been stripped from the work
area all players will need to take the route to the left of the green. A temporary tee mat has been installed for
use during the construction period.
Gorse coppicing and trimming will continue, particularly if we get more
cold and frosty weather. A practice mat
will be installed at the back of the main course practice ground. Work may also start on digging out the base
of stony bunkers and lining them with clean soil.
Twitter account has been started so that we can keep members up to date with
course activity and anything of interest.
The user name is Greens_AGC.
This year November was one of the coldest we've recorded. The average temperature was 6.9°, quite a contrast with the 10.3 average in 2015. The lowest temperature was -3.7° on the 29th, this was the lowest November temperature we've recorded since we first got a weather station in 2000. The warmest day was the 15th when the temperature rose to 15°. There was 75.6mm of rain, which is well above the 51.6mm average. We've already had more frosts this winter than we had in the entire winter last year.