Wednesday, 30 July 2008

For All Players Who Appreciate Smooth Greens

This season, in an attempt to highlight the problem of unrepaired pitchmarks, the course staff placed a golf ball on every unrepaired or badly repaired pitchmark on the 7th green. We arrived with 200 balls and had run out before we got half way up the green.

200 pitchmarks on the 7th green

As you can see from the photo above, achieving true putting surfaces with so many indentations in the green is an almost impossible task. The course staff respectfully request that all members endeavour to -

  • Spend the time waiting for a playing partner to line up and
    putt, looking for any pitch marks around where you stand,
    then at an appropriate moment repair as many as is possible
    without holding play up.
  • Actively point out a pitch mark left by a fellow player, so
    he/she has the opportunity to repair it. (Their ball may well not
    have finished on the green, but did pitch on it)

  • Repair it yourself if they are not prepared to repair it.

  • Remember that when repairing a pitch mark, you should ease
    the surrounding ground back into the hole with a fork, moving
    around the hole, not just from one side. Do not dig up the hole
    with your fork and then pat it down, this will tear the grass
    roots for some time, leaving a dead patch.

  • It is a proven fact that a pitch mark repaired within 10 minutes
    of being made will recover almost immediately, where as one
    that is left for a few hours will take 3 weeks.

How to repair a pitch mark on a green

Correct Method
1. Discard the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball
2. Insert the pitch mark repairer tool just outside of the back of the pitch mark
3. Lever the turf towards the centre of the pitch mark
4. Repeat this motion from all sides of the pitch mark
5. Gently tap the repaired area with your putter. This action stretches undamaged
turf over the pitch mark, providing instant recovery

Incorrect Method
1. DO NOT replace the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball. It will die and delay
the healing process.
2. DO NOT pry up the centre of the depression with the pitch mark repairer as it
exposes the soil and will delay the healing process
3. DO NOT insert the pitch mark repairer and twist it. This only breaks more turf

Monday, 28 July 2008

Ecological Management Plan

Rare wild Orchids in rough on hole 10

The Management Committee have engaged the Sports Turf Research Institute’s Ecology and Environment Unit to compile a Management Plan to ensure appropriate ecological management is undertaken to protect, enhance and preserve the various habitats that form the golf course and surrounding headland.

The purpose of the plan is to document the current and future requirements of the grasslands, gorse, trees and associated habitats on the golf course. We have over 400 species of flora and fauna on the course, many unique to their environment, all of which play a significant part in defining the experience at La Moye

Summary of management objectives –

· To enhance and maintain the prestigious nature of this links style course and to retain its reputation as a top class golfing venue.
· To recognise and conserve the landforms and associated habitats that play a fundamental part of the nature and quality of the golf course.
· Maintain the character of the golf course and the balance with the surrounding landscape.
· To display to members, visitors and local residents the wildlife value of the site and its importance to the local conservation framework.
· Promote and conserve the links landscape, which is underpinned by fixed dune grasslands, gorse and heather with occasional groups of native trees.
· Address the problem of continually establishing holm oak trees across the site.

Holm Oak Invasion Behind 12th Green

· Retain the size, health and connectivity of the different habitat types.
· Reinstate and conserve the botanical/ecological interest and diversity of the coastal fixed dune and species rich grasslands through appropriate management including ongoing tree/scrub removal.
· Recognise and ensure environmental sustainability through best practice by understanding and embracing new and developing environmental practices.

The rationale behind all suggested operations within the Management Plan is to ensure that we enhance the already superb golfing experience that La Moye has to offer. This pertains to both the strategic aspects of the course, ensuring the golfer has a challenging but fair round, and also to the aesthetic and nature conservation value of the site, which undoubtedly plays a significant part in the golfing experience, we all enjoy here at La Moye. We shall continue to consult with both the STRI and local experts in relation to the plan and proposed work which will include :-

· Coppicing, removing, planting and monitoring of gorse. To ensure plants remain healthy and are growing in the correct places.
· Removal of the invasive holm oak tree species, particularly on holes 10-14 where important fixed dune grasslands are being lost to this aggressively spreading tree species
· Timely cutting and scarifying of roughs to ensure stands remain generally open in nature and do not become too thick
· Management of bracken
· Arboreal work to retain the health of those trees we wish to retain

This is a very positive step in protecting the unique environment in which we play our golf and preserves the very distinct heritage, wildlife and character that defines La Moye.