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!