Tuesday 2nd April HOPEFULLY THE LAST OF THE SNOW UPDATES FOR THE SEASON!  All courses at Greetham Valley are open and playing to main greens. Its a beautiful day out there – wall to wall blue sky! Its supposed to be 6 degrees, but factor in that wind chill and wear your thermals! There are still some snow bunkers (not a new permanent feature devised by Adi the Course Manager we hope!) so please treat as GUR. The Golf Shop will advise when Winter Rules no longer apply. Buggy limitations – reviewed on a daily basis, again please ask. Lady Captain Sheila is insistent that a heatwave is just 3 weeks away – roll on summer! Our latest weather forecast is for a balmy nine degrees by Sunday – gosh, we’ll be basking out on the patio…..

Thursday 28th March 2013 2pm ALL COURSES OPEN FOR GOOD FRIDAY! Adi the Course Manager has just reported that he and his team will have  the Lakes, the Valley and the Academy courses open for Good Friday. Be aware that there are still lots of pockets of snow, especially in the bunkers, which should be treated as GUR. It’s also likely to be quite slippery on slopes so please take care. Hopefully play will be on all main greens but tomorrow’s early inspection will confirm. Don’t bother with white balls – we sold a good few boxes of yellow balls today for a very good reason! The Easter Pairs competition is on – have fun out there!

Wednesday 27th March 2013 4pm LAKES COURSE OPEN FOR THURSDAY for members and their guests only – NO GREENFEES FOR MEMBERS’ GUESTS ON THURSDAY! Bring your yellow balls as there is still snow lying out there. Play will be to main greens except the 10th which is still embracing its own little Arctic micro climate. Hopefully Lakes and Valley courses will both be fully open to everyone on Friday, subject to the vagaries of these erratic weather systems. Academy course is open to all.

Wednesday 27th March 2013 8am ACADEMY COURSE OPEN  – remember to bring yellow balls! Lakes and Valley still closed today but we are very hopeful now that they also will be open tomorrow. Fingers crossed that this thaw continues, it is currently 2 degrees above freezing with a light wind. This morning’s forecast suggests we should miss any localised snow flurries today. The snow which melted from the greens yesterday has drained well, still some depth on the rough and patchy on the fairways but it’s all definitely on the move.

Tuesday 26th March 2013 4pm COURSES CLOSED AND ON WEDNESDAY TOO But Adi says that providing this thaw continues, we will have golf on Thursday!! We have seen 2 inches melt today in the sunshine, which has been fabulous, although it has been almost at zero degrees most of the day so the thaw has not been as quick as we’d hoped. The greens are clearing well although pretty soggy but the wind is quite drying so we are very hopeful indeed for Thursday.

Tuesday 26th March 2013 8am COURSES CLOSED TODAY BUT FINGERS CROSSED FOR TOMORROW! The sun is shining, the snow is melting – Adi the Course Manager is hopeful the greens will be cleared by this afternoon but there’s still some depth in the rough and on some of the fairways. He will inspect again this afternoon and we are keeping fingers crossed for play tomorrow, providing this thaw continues. Watch this space!

Monday 25th March 2013 4pm COURSES STILL CLOSED TODAY BUT THAW HAS SET IN  – WOW! Well we didn’t expect this thaw today – must get my crystal ball re-polished! There’s still some snow out there but that golden orb in the sky has worked it’s magic for two hours this afternoon and just look at the difference! The Course Manager is talking about clearing the greens tomorrow so fingers crossed this continues – we’ll keep you updated as soon as possible.

Monday 25th March 2013 8am THE COURSES ARE CLOSED. There’s a thick layer of snow out there on the golf courses; the roads and driveway are clear but it is icy out there, please take care when coming down for coffee/lunch etc. Looking at the forecast, we think we will be lucky to see any golf at Greetham Valley this side of Good Friday – unless the temp raises a few degrees to start the thaw. We just need that Scandinavian high to shift a bit! Keep an eye on this blog, we’ll update regularly.

Saturday 23rd March 2013 8am AND THE COURSES ARE CLOSED AGAIN. We now have about 4 cm lying on the grass, with a steady light continuous snowfall that hasn’t stopped since about 7pm last night. The lane and driveway is clear – thanks to Robert and his trusty snowplough and we were gritting yesterday in preparation. On a good note, last night’s Race Night raised over £850 for the Captains’ Charity the Peterborough Neonatal Baby Unit – well done to all involved and thank you to all the ‘punters’ who enjoyed the Tote and the whole evening – it was a great atmosphere, great fun! A special mention to John Cox, whose table donated their £100 winnings on their ‘auctioned horse’ straight back to the charity – a very generous gesture.

Friday 22nd March 2013 12 noon LAKES COURSE IS OPEN!! What a difference a few hours can make – unbelievable! The Lakes course is open, as is the Academy course, but no buggies for obvious reasons. OK, fingers and toes crossed everyone that we miraculously avoid any more snow…….(wishful thinking). Just spotted the first intrepid, well wrapped up golfers heading to the tee…. what a hardy bunch we have here today!

Friday 22nd March 2013 8am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And this image shows why. We are on the fringe at the moment with snow settling on the grass but not the roads and driveway to us. The greenkeepers are out gritting to keep them clear. The forecast is for continuous light snow here throughout most of the day, then to deteriorate further overnight and tomorrow. Oh the joys of Spring. And only a week to the start of British Summertime……


Thursday 14th February 2013 8am LAKES COURSE AND ACADEMY COURSE OPEN, ALL ON MAIN GREENS Valley course is closed today as it’s a bit too soggy in places to make play enjoyable! Forecast for today is for no more rain from 9am and then the next few days is set to really fine up – excellent! Temperature showing on my car on the school run at 7.40am was 5 degrees, high of 9 is forecast for noon today.

Wednesday 13th February 2013 noon MAIN COURSES OPEN, ON MAIN GREENS! Sorry for the delay in posting this update – we have had no internet connection all morning until 5 minutes ago – very annoying! Not as annoying as the snow was of course but all three courses are now open and playing on main greens – yippee! Pretty nippy out there so don’t forget your thermals, see you soon.

Tuesday 12th February 2013 8am MAIN COURSES CLOSED, ACADEMY COURSE GREENS CLEARING  The temperature drop last night means that the snow is still lying over most of  the Lakes and the Valley courses and we don’t expect a sufficient thaw this morning to open them. However, the greenkeepers are busy working on the tees and greens of the Academy course and it is playable for everyone for a good old practice round. As soon as Adi the course manager informs us that the main courses are playable, we’ll let you know! He does anticipate that they will be open tomorrow. Roads, driveway and car parks are completely clear for access to Greetham Valley for today’s conferences and luncheon groups et al.

Monday 11th February 2013 8am AAARRRRRGGGHH!! IT’S BACK! The courses are closed at  the moment due to a thin blanket of snow but the greenkeepers are currently working on getting some temporary greens sorted out so please try phoning us this afternoon for an update on that if you are desperate for a game. The Seniors’ booking for this morning has of course been cancelled. Robert strapped on the snowplough at 6am to ensure accessibility to Greetham Valley for all the conferences and lunches we have booked in today, so no worries there.

Monday 28th January 2013 8am  GREETHAM VALLEY’S GOLF COURSES ARE OPEN AND PLAYING ON MAIN GREENS! Yippee! The Seniors are pouring onto the Lakes course with glee – there is ice on the 3rd green which the greenkeepers are working on so that is the only hole not playing to the main green on that course. On the Valley, holes 9 to 13 are still closed due to waterlogging – it’s the only part of Greetham Valley with clumps of underlying blue clay, hindering drainage. Apart from that – enjoy, folks!

Sunday 27th January 2013 9am ACADEMY COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE ARE OPEN, LAKES AND VALLEY STILL CLOSED. Well, it’s a start! Who would have thought that the overnight rain would have cleared so much snow away so quickly? Friday’s snow meant that yesterday morning it was lying a good 8 inches deep all over Greetham Valley, then the heavens opened and it all started disappearing. Looking forward to a busy Sunday lunchtime – ask for a window table to enjoy all the greenery out there – not a lot of snow left except on northfacing slopes but now the greenkeepers need to ensure all the meltwater drains as there is a lot of standing water about. WE DO BELIEVE THE LAKES AND THE VALLEY COURSES WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW – WATCH THIS SPACE AND KEEP FINGERS CROSSED!

Friday 25th January 2013 noon COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And it registered minus 7 last night so no chance of a thaw starting. Quite a few people here already today – lunches, coffees etc. We also have a wedding here today – congratulations Becky and Mark! More snow is threatened for late afternoon/evening but Robert is to hand with the snow plough and will keep Greetham Valley accessible. Guests coming to the Robbie Williams Tribute Night tomorrow night will have no issues with access to us so don’t fret! We also have a special accommodation offer on if you decide to stay the night instead of heading home at midnight. WINTER LEAGUE: the competition on Sunday 27th January has been postponed – Dennis will re-schedule asap.

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 noon COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No more snow overnight but temperatures not lifting above freezing, so no thaw. Forecast for next two days pretty similar, but we may get some form of precipitation on Friday – no bets being taken for Rutland re snowflakes or raindrops. Temperatures are set to rise for the weekend and into early next week but threat of precipitation continues. Good to see golf club members here yesterday and today enjoying their games of bridge, lunches and coffees! Local access to Greetham Valley fine – again just please take care.

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 10am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And last night’s minus 7 temperatures at Greetham Valley didn’t help anything either. At least it didn’t snow – yay, let’s look on the bright side! The Driving Range is currently closed – greenkeepers have been unsuccessfully playing hunt the golf balls – BUT we aim to have the Range open for the weekend. Access to Greetham Valley is clear; again please take care on ungritted roads when heading our way. We’ve had our first burst pipe, luckily in an unused part of the complex so no damage. Someone enjoying the snow is Jazz – she makes brilliant snowballs with her nose then attacks them because they are clearly vicious and need destroying….

Monday 21st January 2013 9am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Isn’t this just YUK? After a snowy weekend (so much for weather forecasts) we now have six inches covering the golf courses. We are accessible for food and drinks but please take care on ungritted roads on the way to us. Jazz and the girls went sledging on Saturday, its surprising how few slopes out on the courses DON’T have water at the bottom! Found the best one for sledging was the 8th on the Valley, Robert is now considering a ski lift running along the side of the wood there…..If you can’t beat the snow, might as well make the most of it!

Friday 18th January 2013 noon COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Well of course they are, and oh yes I now detect a fine sleet slanting in on the wind. Our Front of House Manager  is snowed in at home 45 miles away westwards – not even Robert can help you there Nicola, sorry! Temperature last night was only minus 2 (only?); we aren’t forecast for a blizzard such as they are enduring currently in South Wales but that may well change. The weekend is set to be snow free for Rutland and the Driving Range should be open for anyone having golfing withdrawal symptoms. There are strong suggestions of more snowfall on Monday.

Thursday 17th January 2013 9am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No more snow last night at Greetham Valley but we recorded a low of minus 10. Brrrr! The snow hasn’t even thought about thawing, no matter how many members turn up for coffee and gaze forlornly out of the window…. Roads etc should all stay clear for easy access to us all day and evening. Robert’s trusty snow plough is parked outside my house ready for him to strap on at a moment’s notice; we are as ready as we can be for the horrific conditions promised tomorrow….

Wednesday 16th January 2013 10am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No snowfall last night but the temperature was about minus 6 overnight. Freezing fog this morning had me reaching for the thermal vest and fluffy socks. Absolutely no prospects of a thaw today or tomorrow and just don’t talk to Robert about the snow that is forecast for most of England on Friday. Currently all nearby roads to Greetham Valley are clear of snow; conference delegates have arrived safely and the driveway and carparks will remain clear for the Lions function tonight, as well as Greetham Valley’s Club AGM which starts at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 15th January 2013 2pm COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No more snow last night or today, and temperatures were slightly above freezing by noon which kickstarted a slight thaw BUT forecast is for below freezing again tonight so the courses will retain their 2 inch thick white duvet, I’m afraid. Wood Lane, driveway and car parks all clear; today’s conference delegates were able to get here safely and there should be no issues for all of tomorrow’s conferences either. Access to Greetham Valley should also be fine for the Lions function tomorrow evening, Robert will keep Wood Lane free of snow if any falls tomorrow but please drive carefully on ungritted roads.

Monday 14th January 2013 2pm COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. After snowing overnight, the white stuff started dripping down again this morning and continued into mid afternoon – we now have 2 inches lying quietly over the courses. The roads nearby, Wood Lane, driveway and carparks are all clear thanks to Robert and his trusty snowplough (who were out from 5.50am) and the greenkeepers have been gritting. Lots of conferences tomorrow so we’re keeping fingers crossed that there’ll be no more snow overnight – otherwise Robert will have to bounce out of bed early again! The temperature is forecast to not go above freezing so little likelihood of melt I’m afraid. Great. Not.

Block paving and new topdresser!

We have now finished the block paved paths around the putting green and on the 10th hole on the Lakes course and I am sure you will all agree it is a vast improvement . There have been many suggestions as to where we should do next – thank you, members! – and these will be a priority when we continue with the paving  in the Autumn (or sooner!).

We have also managed to fit in some greenkeeping this week as well! We have lightly scarified the greens after applying lawn sand last week; this procedure is aimed at controlling the invasion of moss,which has thrived throughout last year due to the wet conditions.

We then followed up with a very light dressing of sand using the new topdresser; it can apply very small amounts of sand very accurately and is so light it doesn’t need brushing in. The sand is distributed in such a way that it is thrown into the canopy of the sward. My intention this season is to do this operation on a 2 weekly cycle which will sustain a very smooth putting surface along with all the agronomic benefits.

Fairways and rough have been cut this week and I hope to cut and fertilise the tees next week and return the tee markers to the normal summer playing areas, although Mother Nature may have something to say about that as I think we are in for another blast of cold weather!!

Enjoy your golf! Adi

February News from the Greens

I get the feeling that Spring is just around the corner – although the first two weeks in February are traditionally the coldest, the sight of the sun, the early hawthorn breaking buds and the emergence of the daffodil shoots certainly gives you a good feeling!

I am at present constructing new pathways around the putting green which should be completed next week; I will then start the path on the 10th hole on the Lakes, which will take about two weeks if the weather is on our side. No guarantees on that, looking at the weather forecast for the weekend and beyond!

The wooden benches and tee markers have all been treated and are ready to go back out on the courses. We have repaired the sleeper bridge next to the 11th tee on the Valley. The new Ladies’ tee on the 12th Valley has been constructed and will be in play from the start of the season.

I will be treating the moss in the greens very shortly with lawn sand and give them a light scarifying. And then top dressing will commence ! This year we will be purchasing a new topdresser, which is able to apply very light amounts of sand in a very short time. It’s quite a large capital expense but it will enable us to apply sand on a monthly programme, aimed at helping to keep the courses in the best possible condition throughout the year.You will hardly notice that it has been done each time as there will be no disruption to play at all.

Enjoy this month’s golf!

Regards, Adi

Record rainfall at Greetham Valley

Hi all

Firstly just an update on the total rainfall for 2012: we had 992mm, which is a record amount at Greetham Valley in the 18 years I have been keeping records, so let’s just keep our fingers crossed that it is not repeated  through this year.
Well I hope you all had a good Christmas and were able to get out on the golf course for a few holes, at least it stayed relatively dry through the holiday period. There are still some very wet areas on the Valley course which is why there are buggy restrictions on there, but we are allowing buggies on the Lakes course.
We cut all areas of the course that we were able to get to last week, which has given me the feeling that spring is just around the corner, although there is now a total different feel this week, with snow now covering the courses! Hopefully it won’t hang around for too long to disrupt your golfing plans.
We have just about finished topping up the bunkers, but if you do come across one that has very little sand in then please let me or one of my staff know and we will replenish it.
Block paving has commenced and my aim is to complete around the putting green and then start the path leading up to the 10th green on the Lakes, this should keep us busy for several weeks once the snow has gone, but if we have time we will continue with more in other areas of the course.
Some of the benches have been brought in for refurbishment and will be returned as soon as possible.
Enjoy your golf in 2013!


News from the greens November 2012

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of postings since August, unfortunately I have no excuse!!!!
The weather in the past few months hasn’t been much better than the first 6 months of the year, we are now almost matching what we had for that period, so conditions out on the course are still quite damp, and some buggy restrictions are now being imposed on the Valley course, in order to preserve the quality the best we can.
The winter teeing areas are now in use, but these only consist of 3 artificial tee mats over both the courses, the rest being grass tees, so other than shortening the courses a little (which will please some), playability will not be affected.
The greens are entering into the winter months in good health, the preventative fungicide programme I use is working well, with the last application scheduled for this week. This should keep the greens free of disease up until Christmas.
The tees and surrounds have all been fed with a slow release fertiliser and this will keep growth ticking over gradually through the winter as and when the temperature is suitable. This allows us to present the course to the highest possible standard that Mother Nature will allow.
We have been replenishing the sand in the bunkers when we have had time and this will be ongoing throughout the next month. The more observant ones will have noticed a change in the sand that we are using, this has been forced onto us, as the “OMR” sand that we have used for the last 20 years is no longer available to the amenity market, so I have researched what is available and gone with the one that best matches what we already have.
We will be continuing with the path improvements this winter, and I intend to do the 10th on the Lakes course and around the putting green, then any others we have time for.
I am extending the tee on the 9th on the Valley course at present. I am making the tee wider in order to allow us to spread the wear a little more. It will also straighten the hole out a little . The work should be complete by the end of November.
Well I could go on, but had better leave there. I will post again in December to keep everyone updated. Happy winter golf!

Adi Porter
Course Manager

Greetham Valley golf course maintenance work update

The maintenance work on the Valley could not have gone better! The weather was as good as it could have been, with the sun shining from Monday morning right through to completion of the work. This allowed us to get all the sand brushed into the hollow tine holes along with the seed, which by the way, germinated within 6 days. You can see the sand mix on the greens on this photo, awaiting brushing in. So all those holes are now filled with sand and new Bent seed which will improve the overall quality of the putting surface. I am now just about back down to the usual cutting of the Valley greens.  

Work on the Lakes’ greens is due to start on the 15th August and will be completed for the weekend (in my absence I might add), with normal surfaces resumed by the end of the following week. This will then allow us to produce good quality putting surfaces throughout the winter with no major disruptive work being carried out.

I will talk about some of the improvements we intend to make to the courses during the winter in my next blog. In the meantime, enjoy your golf out there!

Wet, wet, wet

Well,  June has turned out to be another very wet month. Total rainfall for this year up until the 21st of June is 350mm, and the total for the whole of last year was 429mm, so at this rate we will have had all of last year’s rain by the end of August 2012, with the wet autumn winter months still to come!! Should be a good test for the new drainage on the 11th.

All this rain has meant that the grass hasn’t stopped growing since mid April. We had a nice flush of growth in the spring that we have missed out on the last couple of years and then it has grown and grown and then grown some more. So it has been a struggle to keep the grass at a manageable height and keep all areas playable, which hasn’t been easy as many of the days over the last few weeks have been wet.

All this extra cutting has made a big hole in my annual fuel budget!! As an example…. just one of our rough mowers is using £60 of fuel per day, so with that as a guide, I have estimated that to cut Greens, Tees, Fairways, and rough, costs us…(look away now Robert) £600 per week, and this has been constant since mid April.

Many people have been commenting that the rough is so punishing this year and have we raised the height? Well, I can assure you all that the height is the same as previous year’s (60mm), its just that we have had so much growth that it is really thick and lush. As soon as it dries up a little and dead grass is not an issue, I will lower the height to 50mm to compensate for now not cutting a perimeter cut at 35mm.

That’s it for now, so can everyone please pray that we actually get a warm, dry summer? As I write this the longest day has come and gone and I can already notice that when I walk the dog early morning, it is getting ever so slightly darker!!!!!   Enjoy your golf    Adi

Greetham Valley members’ feedback required!

Hello again all – it’s been a while since my last blog and quite a lot has happened in between, so I will do my best to keep it brief.
The feedback I received after the Anniversary weekend was all good. The courses were in excellent condition and I would like to thank all my staff for their hard work in the lead up.

But boy! Did we get a shock afterwards! It rained and rained and then rained some more! In April alone Greetham Valley had 172mm of rain, which is more than was reported on the national news as the max that they had recorded. Rutland rain rules! This obviously triggered tremendous grass growth and we did our best to keep the course cut and presentable when it was almost too wet to be on the courses. I had to introduce a buggy ban on the Valley course, which is a first for April – apologies to all whom this inconvenienced, but it really was necessary. We evaluated the situation on a daily basis and lifted the ban at the earliest opportunity.
May has been a bit kinder in the resepct that the rain eased a bit and allowed us to get a good dry cut on everything, which always looks better, although we could have done with a bit more sunshine! However, as I write this the forecast is indeed for some warmer weather this week.
The new sprayer which we purchased earlier in the year has been out on several occasions and what a difference it makes. It has speeded the job up and also enables us to be 100% accurate with volume rates etc. Unfortunately, the time we save in the actual spraying operation is taken up in the meticulous cleaning of the machine, as I am determined to keep it in showroom condition for as long as possible – (you could say “I love it”).
Your feedback please! I have currently got a trial going on on some of the fairways on the Lakes course.  The 1st  has been fertilised with the usual slow release, which is on the majority of our fairways;  the 5th  has been fed with an organic fertiliser and the 9th is being fed with liquids. Feedback from members would be extremely valuable – do you see any difference in the three fairways? There is quite a difference in cost and as long as we don’t compromise on the quality, there could be quite a cost saving if rolled out on to all the fairways, which could go towards, say…… a greenkeepers’ party!!!!!
Hopefully that’s brought you all up to date, I will try not to leave it as long for my next report from the greens.

Greetham Valley golf course maintenance update March 2012

Screening the 'homemade' compost ready for the coursesWith the snow well and truly gone, the greenkeeping team has been able to cut many areas of the courses to get a bit of definition back. The slow release fertiliser is now being applied to all areas to encourage some growth and I am starting to slowly lower the heights of cut.
The composting that we started last year has been a success; we are now screening all of last year’s decomposed leaves and kitchen waste, and will be spreading it on to some of the weaker fairways to improve the organic matter content, which will help to produce a thicker and heathier sward.
We have planted some 300 new trees (to be named Den’s Spinney in honour of the sterling voluntary work Dennis Millington performs on behalf of Greetham Valley and the members) on the right of the 9th fairway on the Lakes course; this will tighten up the hole and provide some protection between the 9th and 5th. They are very small at present but with some feeding and spraying of the bases and of course some wettish Rutland summers, they will soon grow into good size standards to create a hazard. In the meantime, all the trees should be treated as staked trees and relief taken to avoid damaging them.
I have now started to prepare the courses for
Enlarged 7th bunker Lakes course - beware!Greetham Valley’s 20th Anniversary in order to get them in the best possible condition that the climate will allow – please, no more snow! I will be topdressing the greens as soon as I can see a settled couple of days, this will only be a light dressing so will not disrupt golf in any way, but will improve the smoothness of the surface. The bunkers have been edged and banks will be mown in the next couple of weeks. The final tweaking will be the last week in March when everything will be cut to the regular summer heights, and I can assure you all that the courses will be presented in the best possible condition that mother nature will allow us to do.

Enjoy your golf this month! Adi


Tuesday 14th February 8.30am. COURSES ARE OPEN!!! Lakes,Valley and Academy are all open, on temporary greens as the main greens are still frozen. Adi will inspect Wednesday morning and will change to main greens if possible. If not, it’ll be main greens on Thursday. Get your tee time booked, get in the car and we’ll see you at Greetham Valley very soon!

Monday 13th February 9am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. But Robert and Adi are convinced that, if the Rutland weather forecast  remains accurate (well, reasonably…),the courses will become playable on TUESDAY morning!!!  The greenkeepers have started work today to get the Academy course and Lakes front 9 open first thing tomorrow morning, followed by the rest of the complex as soon as poss. In the meantime, the Driving Range is open – who is getting underfoot at home?

Sunday 12th February 6pm. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Because it’s night time again. But before it got dark, Robert and I went for a 4×4 trek across the golf courses to check out how the thaw is coming along. Snow bunkers galore still; the fairways are now showing patches of green but what really surprised me was how the greens and tees are holding onto a pristine duvet of snow at least 2 inches thick. Apparantly the sand mix retains the lower temperature for longer. OK. Robert and Adi the course manager will have a good prowl at dawn tomorrow and I will  post my next update as soon as I know the situation.

Sunday 12th February 8am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Oh joy – a burst pipe over at the Driving Range. Robert’s been up there since 7am with PJ Plumbing on speed dial! Warmer overnight last night (well, warmer than -15c anyway) and the weather forecast for Rutland is for a thaw to set in. So – how long to melt the 4 inches of snow lying on the courses? We’ll keep you posted!

Saturday 11th February 4pm. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Been well below freezing all day and had our first burst pipe, quickly sorted by PJ Plumbing – thank you! Hopefully warmer tomorrow. Access fine for tonight’s Valentine’s Party Night – guests are arriving to check into the Hotel now. Have a great time everyone!

Saturday 11th February 9am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And at -15c this morning I suspect they’ll stay closed for a few more days….Bright but very cold for the rest of the day, but weather forecast is for warmer temps Sunday and into next week, with no more snow for Rutland. A few frozen pipes about and I’ve seen the first icicles of this cold snap – pretty but I’d prefer to see them dripping with a thaw. The lakes are covered in thin ice, with the ducks skating on Meg’s Lake. Have to keep an eye on Jazz as she’d like to join them. Are there any Golf Clubs in the Golf Club Network open? Some of our members are going stir crazy….

Friday 10th February 4.30pm. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Although a thaw did set in this morning and it’s been slightly above freezing all day. No more snow forecast and it looks as though the thaw will continue during tomorrow and Sunday. No access problems for Freddie’s birthday party tonight or the Valentines Party tomorrow night!

Friday 10th February 9.30am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Because last night we had another 2 inches of snow dumped on top of the last lot. So the only sign of life on Greetham Valley golf courses this morning was Jazz, who thoroughly enjoyed herself dashing through the snow like Rudolph. Robert’s snowplough and the greenkeepers have been hard at work since 6am, the driveway and carpark are clear. The roads were also clear doing the school run from GV to Stamford and back this morning, the gritters have definitely been out and about. And yes, the log burner is glowing merrily away in the Lounge Bar at Greetham Valley – there’s a guest curled up next to it on a sofa with a hot chocolate and a book – might go and join her!

Thursday 9th February 8pm. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Well of course they are, it’s night time. But on top of it being dark – it’s darned well snowing and has been since 5pm.  Robert has just started up the snowplough and has trundled off to clear GV’s drive. When he comes back it’s also his turn to walk Jazz – again.  I haven’t told him yet that the forecast is for the snow to continue for the next 36 hours. Yay. We’ll keep the lane, drive and car parks clear for easy access on Saturday night for the Valentine’s Party Night, though – fret ye not! And RCC will keep the main road gritted too.

Thursday 9th February 11.30am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. We’ve been waiting to see how much thaw would occur today – but are now glum – not enough to make playing viable. And the forecast is a 52% probability of snow/sleet overnight tonight, with temps around or below freezing for the next 48 hours. Not good news for golfers or people who have to walk the dog at 6am. But it’s nice and cosy in the Lounge Bar at Greetham Valley!

Wednesday 8th February 7am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF.  Bizarre – crispy, crunchy refrozen snow and ice underfoot when Robert was walking Jazz, but no air frost. Completely clear windscreens for the school run this morning. So still no golf I’m afraid; forecast is for a slight thaw again this afternoon but then below freezing temps again overnight, followed by possible sprinkling of snow Thursday and Friday. Bleh. Still, it was nice and busy at lunch yesterday – who says you have to stay bundled up at home? Roads etc still clear to get to Greetham Valley for a ‘Turkey Balls’ winter meal deal!

Tuesday 7th February 12noon. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Yesterday’s slight thaw helped clear the roads but then the freezing temperatures overnight froze all the meltwater again – now it’s even slippier out there! The roads nearby, Wood Lane, driveway and carparks are all still clear thanks to Robert and his trusty snowplough and the greenkeepers gritting and we’ve got some visitors for lunch – I just saw the ‘Turkey Balls’ hat being passed around! Currently we have a slight thaw again today – but the forecast is for temps of -8 overnight. Great. Not.

Monday 6th February 8am. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. It rained in the night at GV then froze on top of the lying snow. Black ice about on minor roads but our carparks, lane and beyond are all clear. Unlike the golf courses sadly, which are still covered, although a thaw has set in this afternoon. Forecast is for freezing conditions again tonight, then a thaw again tomorrow. Watch this space! We’ll open the courses as soon as we can. Meanwhile, a number of golfers have been in the Lounge Bar today, drinking coffee and gazing longingly across the valley…..

Sunday 5th February 7.30am. The B668 through Greetham village and to the A1 has been gritted, Wood Lane from the crossroads, Greetham Valley drive and the carparks have all been snowploughed this morning – access no problem for Sunday lunch. COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF unsurprisingly.

Saturday 4th February 11.30pm. Started snowing at Greetham Valley at 5pm and it hasn’t stopped. Currently about four inches deep – and it’s still coming down but slowing. Check back here for an update Sunday morning – but don’t expect to play golf!Robert is out on the snowplough right now clearing the drive and Wood Lane up to the crossroads for the 3rd time tonight. We have a party of 200 tonight in the Rutland Suite, so we’re aiming to get them all home. But some have booked into the Hotel last minute instead!