Summer is truly upon us now and the course is presented and playing well for the time of year. Little or no rainfall recorded so far this month is producing long drives and a few tricky bounces. The greens are holding up well with the irrigation system programmed nightly and doing its best to complete prior to the first round of golf the following morning. Due to the recent warm and dry spell the grass on fairways is drying back and thinning slightly giving the appearance they are being mown shorter. To confirm this is not the case, but regular mowing is still necessary to prevent the long seed stalks raising their heads. During this drier time, the staff are concentrating on watering areas on greens and collars and leaving a sprinkler running on a few of the tees that do not have irrigation fitted.
Please be reminded that commencing Monday 29th July, the greens maintenance starts. This year we intend to hollow core the greens followed by a heavy sand dressing and brush to fill the core holes. Following this we will deep scarify the greens using the pedestrian Graden machine to a depth of 14mm to remove further thatch from the profile. Once the debris from this is collected, a light further sand dressing will be applied followed by a final brush. We will be closing 9 holes of the course as this work is taking place. Further information will be available at reception and the members IG site nearer the time.
Finally, congratulations to all the Club Champions this year and to the club County players for their success so far from all the green staff.