This Week On The Course
Monday 17th September
The greens, aprons, surrounds, tees, fairways and semi-rough were all cut. The tee boxes were repaired with markers moved to new positions and the bunkers were raked. The hedge in front of the second medal tee was reduced in height to improve visibility to the green and also the hedge to the back of the second green was pruned to remove any encroaching branches. The hedge to the left hand side of the eleventh green was also pruned.
Tuesday 18th September
The greens were cut and then a light sand top dressing was applied. This helps to create a smooth, firm surface whilst simultaneously improving turf quality. The dressing was then matted in using a drag mat and the holes were changed to new locations.
Wednesday 19th September
The greens were cut and then rolled to improve play in preparation for the pro sweep. Aprons, tees, surrounds were cut and the bunkers were raked.
Thursday 20th September
After storm Ali, the full day was taken up by clearing fallen trees and limbs. Priority was given to the removal of any tree or branch that caused a risk to golfers/ staff, then to greens that were obstructed and then to other areas of play that were affected. To speed up the process, were possible, large sections of trees were dragged in to waste areas in the rough until a time were they can be disposed of properly.
Friday 21st September
After persistent heavy downfalls during the night the course was closed after an early morning inspection. The course was reopened at 11am. Once the course dried out enough for machines to be used; the greens, aprons, surrounds, tees and fairways were cut. Holes were also changed. The clear up of fallen and damaged trees continued- this work will continue in to next week as a priority.