Course Managers Report
What a month February turned out to be. Not only did the unusually dry and mild conditions continue in February but it some how got warmer and drier!
18 degree sunshine, light drying winds, perfect. These conditions have allowed for us to cut most areas of the course which not only adds to the visual quality of the course but also helps to clean up the surfaces of worm casts and other debris. Multiple cuts of the greens, tees, fairways, approaches and even some semi rough has helped present the course in good order for what is still Winter.
All the cutting operations have meant that other more winter based work such as the tree clearing has taken longer than expected although good progress has been made. Now into March we will be continuing these winter works but a shift in trend will happen as we steam at full speed towards the playing season.
As conditions continue to improve (hopefully) we will begin preparations for the season ahead. New flags, pins and cups, benches and tee markers are all either on order or in the process of being built and along with some much needed sand replenishment in bunkers and path re surfacing we should be in good shape for an great season.
Along with these larger scale improvements we will be upping the intensity of our standard maintenance practices. Feed and mosskiller applications to greens and tees will be applied in the coming days and as the soil warms up we will continue to work on the fine surfaces to bring them out of winter in good condition.
Over the coming months we will begin a process of recording, documenting and implementing plans to improve the course from an environmental and ecological perspective. Plans include the potential for ecological rough and wild flower areas, bug hotels (log piles), woodland management and an extensive bird, owl and bat box program in co operation with the local RSPB group. We will in time as the process develops provide more detailed action plans along with published results and findings when available.