Thursday, 14 December 2017

The week obviously hasn't panned out quite as expected.  Heavy snow, course closed, turf order cancelled and a great big dollop of rain to boot.  We are planning to reorder turf for early next week in order to finish the 11th complex.
Someone has had fun.
 Ever cloud they say has a silver lining as the upstairs mezzanine has gone from this.


To this.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Bracing our self for some rough weather, maybe with snow, the course has carried well through December.  Tees have now moved onto mats and our focus will now be on limited work on greens to ensure they stay in good condition.  All greens were fed during the week which will carry them through well into the new year.

   Major project on 11th is nearing completion with just the left bunker to build.  Turf arrives on Wednesday.  

Right all finished

Front almost there
 The ramp in our maintenance facility has been moved. This will be in use during January for servicing of machinery and it took up to much space before.  With a fair wind and a good deal of grunting we twisted it's location freeing up valuable space in the shed.

Moving ramp
 The picture below shows what modern technology and money has achieved.  Augusta circa 1952 looking worse than golf courses today.  Gives hope to us all.


Friday, 1 December 2017

11th bunkers on the lower are now completely different.  Gone is the steep dangerous overhangs, now mounding around the green to collect an errant hit golf shot.  Back right bunker is now complete as you can see below. 

Basic shape

Preparing the base

Finished product.
The front right bunker is now also finished.

From a dirty hole

To a new bunker
The front bunker is next early next week, although the lower is now back open.  Whilst the course was shut, four greens were tined to remove compaction (3,4,6,14).  All four are problem summer greens drying out at the first sign of drought. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Re development of the 11th green complex on the lower has now begun.  All 4 bunkers are being destroyed and re-built with new faces, shape changes and re-positioning.  The front bunker is being rolled down to create a softer more forgiving shot out.  Both bunkers on the right however are being transformed into pot bunkers, at the base of steep banking running down from the green.  The path on the left is being removed with drainage channels installed to keep apron free from mud and water.  The left bunker is being moved closer to the green to create a difficult 'splash out' if the ball is pulled to the left and finally the approach to the green will now be cut short to allow balls to run back from the green towards the bunkers.
Front bunker

Back right no more

Right bunker gone ready to be rebuilt

The object of these changes is not to make the hole more difficult but to make it more memorable.  This will address what was a weak par 3 coming before an excellent 12th hole and will make this corner of holes much more exciting.
As the week moves forward the bunkers will take shape and by the weekend rough finishes should be evident on all 4 bunkers.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Major improvements on 1 hole are planned in the coming week.


Please come back early next week for words and pictures.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Moving quickly on, the 10th T lower has now been destroyed and rebuilt.
We have removed almost 30 tons from the area to create a simple flat tee around 30% larger than before.  This Tee is now ready for a final level with turf to be ordered in the week depending on finding a weather window.
Shaping subsoil

New mat position
Slitting of fairways again is currently ongoing with the lower finished last week.  This week aeration will begin on poor areas around tees and greens, although ground conditions are still dry.  Greens are clean of disease, healthy and have good general fertility, so I would expect this to continue right through early December.

Standing still is not in our agenda so 2 poor tees have been addressed this week.  Both the 12 and 16th on the Upper are in a poor state.  Weak, lacking grass cover and very firm we have taken steps to improve these. Tined 2 ways with large hollow tines, matted, seeded, matted, fed and finally rolled.  It is obviously moving into winter now, so a sudden improvement will not happen but as we move into spring and tees come of mats I expect a massive jump in quality in both these tees.

poor tee


Ready for seed

This is the finish we hope for at the end of the week and make all the hard work worth it.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Lots going on whilst the weather is good, greens on the Upper have been solid-tined down to 8 inches with the Lower scheduled for Monday afternoon and Tuesday next week.
Lots and lots of holes

The 7th bunker Upper at the front of the green has now been removed.



Small areas on the course have been re turfed in this instance the back of 18 on the Upper.  There are lots of areas around the course that require patching.  Most are on collars and near greens, we are planning to address them in order of importance although this won't be completed this winter.

Looking better for next season

A golf course consists of my areas, one you don't often see is the greenkeeping facilities.  Looking tired and in need of love, ours is getting a much needed face lift.  Wooden sheeting going up in order to hang tools in a more organised fashion.  The workshop is being gutted this winter with new shelving, racking and key pieces of equipment.