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Green Works Update

Over the last two days, we have carried out intensive work on our greens to bring them up to the required standard. We have used a process called sand injection using a Graden Contour machine.

This hand operated machine is a scarifier/ aerator with the ability to tear into the organic matter content. The blades cut a 3mm groove to any depth from 1mm to 40mm, whilst simultaneously backfilling the grooves with kiln dried sand to improve rooting and drainage. This is the best way of removing as much of the thatch and organic matter in one go, whilst keeping the surface firm.

By the end of Thursday, we expect all greens to be back in play after the dressing on them has been fully brushed in, the greens have been cut and then ironed to improve playability. Full recovery of the playing surface should take 7-10 days. Please view the pictures and video footage of this work being carried out.

Created: 21-Apr-17 21:37

Pitch Marks

Let's take a look how to properly repair a pitch mark. 

Repairing those little depressions is very important. Equally important is doing it the right way. While unfortunately many golfers fail to repair ballmarks, there are also many well-meaning golfers who do repair the pitch marks, only to do so incorrectly.

A ball mark can cause the grass in the depression to die, leaving not just a scar but also a pit in the putting surface that can knock well-struck putts offline. Repairing a ball mark restores a smooth surface and helps keep the grass healthy. But "repairing" a ball mark incorrectly can actually cause more damage than good. The biggest mistake it lifting up on the soil and grass which tears the roots and kills more of the grass around the mark. Incorrectly "repaired" ball marks take up to twice as long to heal as those that are properly repaired.

So lets all start fixing our ball marks, and doing it the right way. And if you have a moment - while you are waiting for others in your group to putt - fix one or two other ball marks too.

Repairing pitch marks isn't just important for the health of the greens, and for smooth-rolling putts; it isn't just a matter of golf etiquette, it is our obligation to help take care of the golf courses we play. And repairing ball marks is a big part of that obligation to the game.

Created: 10-Apr-17 18:53

Please take care

Golfers are requested to please take notice of repaired areas on the course, in order for recovery of damaged areas we need you to stay clear even if it is the direct route!!

The Greenkeepers are fizzing!!! Beware.

Created: 07-Apr-17 12:07

Course play policy

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the golf course will be subject to a daily inspection by any of the following, the Head Greenkeeper, his deputy or any member of the Greenkeeping staff, or exceptionally the Club Manager.

The decision whether the golf course remains open or has to be closed, will be the sole decision of the person carrying out the inspection.

It is the club’s intention to keep the golf course open as much as possible and decisions to close the course will not be taken lightly. It will be based on a combination of any health and safety risks to players or green keeping staff; the playability of the course; the potential of causing damage to the course by having it open during extreme weather.

The inspection may determine that the state of the course or the weather is such that safety on the course or the condition of the course may be compromised.  In these circumstances, the course may be open for play, but restrictions on the use of trolleys, club hire buggies or ride on buggies may apply. See Club Policy - Use of Ride-on Buggies by Disabled persons.

Updates will be communicated on a daily basis on the clubs telephone, and can be heard by calling 0191-2851775 and selecting option 1.

Messages will be available from 07:00am between April and September and from 07:30am between October and March.

The message will detail any considerations members should take due to the weather conditions, ie the course is waterlogged, icy conditions. Information regarding the next inspection will also be explained at these times.

If the course is closed and it is felt that a further inspection later in the day is appropriate, this will also be communicated on the clubs telephone.

Further information may be communicated by email

INSPECTION GUIDELINES 

Club Competition Days Spring/Summer/Autumn

All summer competitions will go ahead except under the following circumstances:

  • 15 bunkers are marked GUR, or
  • The green keepers are not able to cut the greens on the day of a competition. 

These circumstances are an indication that the course is unduly affected by standing water, flooded greens, flooded bunkers and poor lies off the cut and prepared areas.

Under these circumstances the course will be deemed unfit for competition and the competition will be postponed and played at a later date. 

The club manager will make any decision on whether the competition will be played as non-qualifying. In his absence an appointed member of the greens committee will make the decision.

The course may remain open for casual play. This will depend on course and weather conditions. See criteria for non-competition days below.

Non-Competition Days Spring/Summer Autumn

Where ground conditions are such that play is not possible due to waterlogging of the tees, greens or fairways the course will be closed.

There may be certain situations where the course may be partially opened if not all holes are fit for play, or that the state of the course or the weather is such that safety on the course or the condition of the course may be compromised.  In these circumstances, the course may be open for play, but restrictions on the use of trolleys, club hire buggies or ride on buggies may apply. 

Major Club Competitions or External Events

Captains/Presidents Day, County Event/ External Event

Where major events are planned, advanced preparation and planning shall consider the following:

Monitor advanced weather forecasts, Pro-active preparation of the course, undertaking works to make play possible.

There must be immediate notification to the Club Manager, Captain / President / Event Organiser if any circumstances arise which may result in the competition being affected. 

All efforts will be made to get the course in a condition where the competition must be played.

Club Voice Messages/ Club Website and the Pro Shop will all be updated regularly in order to keep competitors notified, if for instance start-times are amended to accommodate the competition.

If this is not possible, then the competition will have to be re-scheduled and the course may be closed.

Winter Play

Competition Days

If the Green staff, on early inspection of the course determine a snow covering prevents play, the competition will be cancelled and the course will be closed.

If the green staff, on early inspection of the course determine the ground is frozen or effected by frost, flags will be moved to winter greens and the competition will go ahead.

Where ground conditions are such that play is not possible on the normal greens, but the course is otherwise fit for play then winter greens will be used and the competition will go ahead.

There may be certain situations where the course may be partially opened if not all holes are fit for play, or that the state of the course or the weather is such that safety on the course or the condition of the course may be compromised.  In these circumstances, the competition will be cancelled and the course may be open for play, but restrictions on the use of trolleys, club hire buggies or ride on buggies may apply.

Non Competition Days

If the Green staff, on early inspection of the course determine a snow covering prevents play the course will be closed.

If the Green staff on early inspection of the course determine the ground is frozen or effected by frost, flags will be moved to winter greens and the course will be open.

Where ground conditions are such that play is not possible on the normal greens, but the course is otherwise fit for play then temporary greens will be used in order to keep the course open.

There may be certain situations where the course may be partially opened if not all holes are fit for play, or that the state of the course or the weather is such that safety on the course or the condition of the course may be compromised.  In these circumstances, the course may be open for play, but restrictions on the use of trolleys, club hire buggies or ride on buggies may apply.

All information regarding opening, closures and any restrictions will be provided on the clubs telephone.

Further information may be communicated by email.

 

 

 

 

 

Created: 23-Mar-17 14:31
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