Snow update at Greetham Valley January/February 2015

Greetham Valley Feb 6thFriday 6th February 11.30am
All three courses fully open today and on 99% main greens – the only exception is 17th Valley, on temporary green but will be switched to main green as soon as possible. Gloriously sunny forecast over the next couple of days – come and make the most of it!!

Wednesday 4th February 11.30am
Update late morning. Snow is thawing nicely and Adi is hopeful that we will be able to open the Lakes course tomorrow. Further update at 3.00pm this afternoon.

snow on greens 1Wednesday 4th February 8am
Bleh. Very low temperatures overnight. Both main courses closed this morning, Academy course and Driving Range are both open. Anyone for coffee? Toasty warm in the Lounge Bar….

Tuesday 3rd February 5pm
The new snowfall has been thawing in the bright sunshine today although at lunchtime there was still 2cm on the cold greens. Barring any more snow, we are hopeful for golf on all the courses tomorrow. Please do phone the Golf Shop on 01780 460444 to check before leaving home.

Saturday 31st January 9am
Front 9 of the Lakes course and the Academy course are open; an inspection on the back 9 of the Lakes will be held at 11am, there is still a fair amount of lying snow on that part of the course. No rain overnight and it was somewhat chilly. Adi tweets updates too, why not follow him @Adi14

Snow going at Greetham Valley

Friday 30th January 4pm
Adi the Course Manager reports that the snow is almost gone, due to milder temperatures this afternoon, except on north facing slopes. Providing there is no more snowfall overnight, we are looking optimistic for golf on all three courses tomorrow. #fingerscrossed  The courses will be inspected at the crack of dawn Saturday and the updated news will be available from the Golf Shop on 01780 460444. Sorry about the picture quality :)

Fsnow at Greetham Valleyriday 30th January 11am
A light covering of snow both yesterday and overnight has been enough to close the main 18 hole courses but the greenkeepers have been working on the Academy course greens this morning, so the Academy course is open – use orange balls!! If we get any rain today/overnight, this should wash the snow away and we are also hoping for slightly milder temperatures to help do the job. Please phone the Golf Shop on 01780 460444 for updates


Snow update at Greetham Valley

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SNOW UPDATE 31st DECEMBER 9am
Sunny, frosty and bright again at GV today. Yesterday saw no thaw even in the sunshine and the temperature overnight was minus 6 degrees so that snowy duvet across all the courses is still icy cold – and still there… Forecast is for it to be warmer today, now saying up to 4 degrees so it might start a thaw but that won’t be enough to clear 5cm of snow.  Adi the Course Manager has just spoken to the Members’ Committee because of tomorrow’s Captains’ Drive In and competition and the Drive-In has been postponed to 11am, but no golf competition, and the golf lunch will be served in the Lounge Bar at 12.30pm. There are also over 100 diners booked in for New Year’s Day Lunch in the Rutland Suite. In the meantime, the roads and driveway to GV are still clear, so all is set for tonight’s New Year’s Eve party – we’ll see you there!!

SNOW UPDATE 29th DECEMBER 11am

Sunny and bright at GV today, but thermometer only showing 1 degree above zero at the mo. Driving Range open, but still good 5cm of snowy duvet on the courses. Nice for walking the dog, but hopeless for golf. Forecast says temps set to rise from tomorrow, so good chance that the Captains’ Drive-In and 9 hole comp will happen on Thursday. However, avoid Robert today if you can #grumpy…

SNOW UPDATE 29th DECEMBER AT JUST GONE MIDNIGHT
It’s minus 2 degrees out there right now and hasn’t risen much above freezing all day yesterday (Sunday) even in the sun. Courses likely to be closed for Monday and Tuesday, then fingers crossed a thaw will set in. We’ll keep you posted here, but the Golf Shop will probably be the first to know as they will collar Adi the Course Manager as soon they see him! Lounge Bar and restaurant will be open, lane and drive are clear and we’re revving  up for our New Year’s Eve party night!

SNOW UPDATE 27th DECEMBER  6cm of snow since 5pm Boxing Day at Greetham Valley. Courses are closed but Driving Range is open. Robert has been out on his trusty snowplough to clear the lane and drive down to the Clubhouse, so come on in and warm up! Roaring log fire in the Lounge,  and the view across the snowy golf courses is just beautiful – although Robert doesn’t think so…but Jazz the black lab loves it!


Opportunity for a PGA golf professional at Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley Golf Club has an exciting opportunity for a Golf Professional to join our busy operation at the largest golf complex in Rutland and surrounding area.

The successful candidate will be PGA qualified and have a proven track record in delivering the highest quality of product and service.

  • Individual and Group Tuition
  • Minimum 24 hours a week in the Golf Shop
  • Custom Fitting and Repairs
  • Shop stock, merchandise and sales
  • Golf Club and member liaison

You will be highly motivated with self drive to succeed; an excellent communicator and used to working as part of a team as well as on your own initiative.

Interested PGA qualified applicants should send their full CV by e-mail to sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk

Closing date for applications is 18th October 2013


Coloured flag positioning trial at Greetham Valley a success

Greetham Valley flag positioning trialIn early spring this year, Greetham Valley commenced a coloured flag positioning trial, with feedback requested from members and visiting players.

All the positive comments and opinions certainly seemed to hail the trial as a success so flag positioning has now been permanently adopted across the Lakes and the Valley courses.

To remind everyone, the coloured flags are used to indicate hole placement on individual greens, as follows:

  • red flag – hole is positioned towards front third of the green
  • yellow flag – hole is positioned in the middle third of the green
  • white flag – hole is positioned in the back third of the green

Need an easy way to remember? Think of the location and colour of the ladies, gents and competition tees – red forward, yellow middle and white back respectively!

Happy golfing!


This green keeping job is a dog’s life…..

Divoting tees - it's a dog's lifeGolf course maintenance is of course a never ending process of different jobs on different parts of the courses. The August maintenance procedures specifically schedule in work on the greens to keep them in tip-top condition. Daily green keeping involves early morning starts throughout summer, making the most of daylight hours and quiet courses.

It is good, though, to see a fair number of members out there for a quick 9 holes prior to them nipping off to work, and thank you to those are interested enough in what we are doing to ask questions – just don’t get mowed down by a Toro – literally!

Judging by this photo, a green keeper’s dog has a very busy working life when helping with the divots on the tees – sometimes you’ve just got to take a rest!


Liquid Gold fertiliser and August course maintenance

Green after LiquidGold

Greetham Valley golf course manager Adi Porter and his green keeping team have recently applied a  fertiliser called LiquidGold to the greens at Greetham Valley – this image of the 4th green on the Lakes course, taken a day after the application, speaks for itself!

Course maintenance work this August
The renovation work carried out on the greens is an essential part of our programme to keep the greens at their optimum condition throughout the year. Carrying out the procedure in August gives us the quickest recovery time so less disruption to the playing surfaces. The soil and air temperatures are usually just right for the bent seed to germinate and maximise the benefits of the whole operation.

We firstly scarify all the putting surfaces to remove as much of the dead organic matter (thatch) as possible. This is followed by hollow coring the greens with 10mm hollow tines set at 2 inch spacing to a depth of approx 60mm. This creates the holes that will incorporate the 100 tonnes of sand that we then apply. This is then brushed in to fill the holes.We then apply the bent seed with a dimple seeder, at 4 gm per m2, ensuring that it is not too deep as such a fine seed will not germinate if it is.

The surfaces are then brushed again, and then we iron the greens several times to smooth out the surfaces. We will then keep the greens moist on the surface for about a week which gives the new seed every chance of germinating which then allows us to reduce the heights of cut to normal and everything is then back to normal.

We aim to complete 18 greens and have them back to 90% condition within 2 days. They will be back to 100% within 10-14 days.

Schedule for maintenance work
Valley course  Monday 5th August from 10.30am.
Lakes course Monday 12th August from 11.30am.


New mowers and happy greenkeepers at Greetham Valley!

New mower, happy greenkeeper!Robert’s spending on equipment for the golf courses at Greetham Valley continues!

The new mowers are working well, they can be out first thing cutting greens and then units changed (I have the changeover process down to 2 mins 30 seconds) and out cutting tees/surrounds.  Toro really have done themselves proud with these new mowers – they are expensive but quality equipment gives quality results – as I’m sure many of our members and visiting golfers will testify to!

Superb pieces of machinery, and as operator and Greetham Valley Golf Club’s green keeper Gareth Watkin says on Twitter ‘#happyworker’ !

 


First Spring report from the greens

Despite the short Easter week and the continued bad weather,the green keeping team managed to get quite a lot of work done out on the courses. All fairways have been fertilised, although this is a month later than last year. Greens are still showing no signs of growth yet so to increase the speed for this weekend’s golf, we ironed them and also put another light topdressing of sand on.

We have been busy clearing up the wood from the left of the 17th Valley. The removal of these trees has been necessary as some are diseased (not ash dieback ), and some have started to rot from the centre of the trunk.  The positive outcome of this will be that the logs will provide some of the heating in the Lounge bar next winter!

Hopefully next week we will see a change in the weather to a milder, possibly wetter, pattern and this will promote grass growth and allow us to get the courses into their peak condition.

I know you will have noticed the coloured flag positioning by now and it is hoped that many of you have seen an improvement to your game! Do let us know your thoughts.

Enjoy your golf

Adi Porter, Course Manager


Hole in one on first day of flag positioning trial!

A hole in one on the first day of Greetham Valley’s flag positioning trial!

Now this has made the trial more interesting  – on his eighth visit to Greetham Valley with a group of friends on a golf break, Steve Osborne aced the 6th on the Lakes course, his first ever hole in one!

The yellow flag was placed in the middle third of the green to the right and Steve’s 9 iron shot cleared the pond, bounced once and went in the hole. He would like to say it was a deliberately calculated fine shot but was honest and said ‘Sheer luck!’  By coincidence, the greenkeepers were just a few minutes away from moving the hole to another position on the green – that would probably have saved Steve the cost of the whisky bottle he put on the bar for the benefit of those in the Clubhouse!

We do very much want feedback from players during the coloured flag positioning trial – remember, red flag in the front third, yellow in the middle and white in the back third. Does this coloured visual aid improve your approach shot? Does it help in club selection? Are you seeing a decrease in your shots per round? Do you have any other opinions (polite and constructive please!) regarding the trial?

Please speak to Captains Trevor or Sheila, to Dee or Robert Hinch or email dee.hinch@greethamvalley.co.uk or via Twitter @GreethamValley – we look forward to receiving your feedback.


Coloured flag positioning trial at Greetham Valley

Following a suggestion from a member, and in agreement with Course Manager Adi, Greetham Valley is trialling coloured flag positioning on both the Lakes and the Valley courses.

From today, for a trial period, coloured flags will be used to indicate hole placement on individual greens, as follows:

  • red flag – hole is positioned towards front third of the green
  • yellow flag – hole is positioned in the middle third of the green
  • white flag – hole is positioned in the back third of the green

Need an easy way to remember? Think of the location and colour of the ladies, gents and competition tees – red forward, yellow middle and white back respectively!

No trial would be complete without valuable feedback from those who play the courses, so please do let us know your thoughts. Does it help or hinder your game or are you confused.com? Either speak to the Captains, to Dee Hinch or email dee.hinch@greethamvalley.co.uk – we look forward to receiving your input.