Those of you who have played the course over the past 2 weeks will have noticed the on-going winter works. Craig and the team have continued with the priorities of finishing the green side bunker renovations and, with the assistance of an outside contractor, the woodland maintenance.
Bunkers. In order to make the bunkers more manageable for the greens staff and more playable for the members the greenside bunkers have been re-shaped. These works should be finished by mid February, Craig hoped to have them all completed by now however the wet weather has slowed progress.
Woodland maintenance. In a continued effort to improve playability of the course we have once again engaged the services of Oranutan Tree Services to carry out the woodland maintenance. The main objective of the works is to thin out the trees lining the fairways giving access to players to find and play their ball and also to give access to greens machinery so that the areas can be kept clear. This work has been carried out sympathetically, only removing trees where it has been considered necessary for playability, aesthetics, the welfare of more desirable species, the effect they have on the condition of the course and importantly health and safety.
Work this year has concentrated on holes 8, 9, 11, 15 and 16.
We have also come to agreement with the owners of The Grange to remove the trees directly behind the 2nd green.
We have received comment from at least one member regarding the large Leylandia tree to the left of the 15th green. In view of the damage caused to this tree, some months ago, by strong winds, we asked the arborist to carry out and inspection of the tree. The inspection identified a split in the trunk which left it in danger of falling so it was decided to fell the tree. Unfortunately the nature of the damage to the trunk meant that it had to be dropped in the direction of the 15th green however any damage to the green was minimal.
At the Greens Sub Committee meeting held on 20th Jan the Head Green Keeper put forward his proposals for an amended 5 year plan, including budget details. This plan was agreed by the sub committee and passed to the treasurer for his consideration and for discussion at Februarys GC meeting.
A further two proposals, which the sub-committee considered to be for the betterment of the course, were agreed and will also be presented at Februarys GC meeting. Full details of these proposals and the outcome of any votes will be documented in the minutes of the February General Committee meeting. (accessible via the Club Website)
John Franklin, Greens Committee