Thursday, 28 November 2013

Buggy Policy

We are currently preparing a draft Buggy Policy. The purpose of this document is to establish a standard for the safe operation of all ride-on buggies operated on the golf course. The document also sets down the criteria to be applied and conditions to be met when the Club considers applications for buggy use. Once fully adopted, all buggy users will be required to read and sign the policy before using a buggy.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Driving Range Ball Dispenser

A new driving range golf ball dispenser has been purchased and is due to be installed during December. The new machine will be located in the same place as the old machine but will include a new payment system. Hard plastic credit card style cards will be made available to members who can then pay for credits to be loaded onto the card. Credits are deducted from the card at the ball dispenser. Individual tokens will also be available for the machine for those not wishing to purchase multiple credits.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Pitch Marks

A large number of unrepaired pitchmarks are currently visible on the greens. These blemishes not only disrupt the smooth rolling of the ball across the surface but also provide a catalyst for turf disease and weed invasion. Please be diligent in the repair of your pitchmarks, good greens depend on it!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Open Forum Meeting

Members are advised that an Open Forum is being held in the clubhouse on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm. We would like to give Members some initial information with regards to plans for possible further significant course improvements on the back 9, but would, of course, welcome any questions you might have with regards to the course in general. As previously, we will be delighted to take questions on the evening, but if you have anything specific you would like to raise, a little notice will give us time to make sure we have all the information with us to respond your queries fully on the evening.

Course Update

Project Work
This winter we have a number of construction/renovation projects planned across the links with the aim of further improving the quality of the golf course.

The 8th tee will be levelled, new irrigation added and re-turfed. The existing turf from this tee will be used on the side of the 11th tees, an area that is subjected to high wear. A temporary tee mat is in position on the 8th hole and will be in use until March next year. Similar levelling work will take place on the 15th yellow tee. No tee mat will be needed in this area however as alternative grass tees will be used instead.

Bunker renovations will take place on holes 3 and 8. This will entail rebuilding the revetted wall and topping up sand levels. Larger scale bunker renovation work will take place on the 17th hole. The two bunkers on the left side will be completely reshaped with the aim of drastically improving both visual and playing characteristics.

A path extension is underway on hole 12. This work, which includes drain installation, is being done to further fine tune traffic management in an area that is subjected to high levels of wear and tear. Some planting of Marram grass has taken place nearby to ensure the new path section remains out of site when viewed from the tee.

We have almost completed our first winter project. Reshaping and contouring of the walkway from the right side of the 10th tee has been undertaken to widen the access towards the 11th tees. This area had become rather worn over the last two seasons due to the way the ground contours caused a bottleneck when players were exiting the green complex. A considerable amount of material has been removed from the end of the mound in this area and shaped to ensure consistency with the surrounding land. Green surrounds quality turf has been used to give the best match with the surroundings. Turfing work has been extended up to and beyond the 11th tees which means the whole area will need to be protected while the turf beds in. All players are being directed to the left of the 10th green and the 11th hole is being played from the ladies tee.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Barn Owl Conservation

We recently had a visit from the Barn Owl Conservation Network who installed a new owl box. We currently have a pair of owls in our existing box and we hope the new accommodation will attract more of these beautiful birds.