Thursday, 5 January 2017
January course news
Most of the earth moving and shaping work is finished in the new hollow behind the 7th green and the 8th tee is at the final levelling stage. Recent hard frosts have delayed progress on this construction work but hopefully we’ll catch up over the next couple of weeks. Work has started on cutting back and coppicing gorse and scrub around the course. Coppicing work involves cutting leggy gorse down close to ground level with the intention of promoting dense new growth. In other areas we will be opening up sight lines for foursome players walking forward and restoring the fairway, semi rough, rough, gorse progression where gorse has encroached too close to the fairway. Gorse coppicing also gives us an opportunity to control bramble. A new tee mat has been installed at the back of the main course practice ground.
Work programme for January
Work will continue on the alterations in the 7th green/8th tee area and we hope to have this ready for turfing by the end of the month. We will start work on the re-building of the 1st tee next week, the new tee will be larger and on the same level as the current medal tee. Whilst work is in progress the recently installed tee mat will be used. Gorse coppicing and trimming will continue, particularly if we get more cold and frosty weather. Work may also start on digging out the base of stony bunkers and lining them with clean soil. Due to the cold weather during November and December the growth of the seeded area at the back of the 18th green has been disappointing. We have decided to turf the area as this will give us the best chance of getting the area back into play as early as possible. The turf will be harvested from the bottom end of the putting green to provide the best match for the existing turf. We will then extend and raise the lower part of the putting green to provide a flat area for practice. Deep aeration of the greens is scheduled for next week but as always with this and much of the other work mentioned above, the work is weather dependent.