I am sure you will agree that the greens are back in great shape after the summer maintenance. As predicted, in took around two weeks to get them back into condition and another week or so on they are looking much healthier for the work that has been done to them. The recovery is fantastic given the amount of rain that fell when the work was done that could have scuppered everything. Nigel and I have been discussing the green drainage plans as it was clear that the greens that had them installed recovered much quicker than the rest which hadn’t. This is because when it did rain the water drained off them as opposed to sitting in the clay bowls like the other greens. If we can, we will start the 16th at the end of September as there is a relatively free week. The idea is to complete each trench and re-turf them individually to allow us back onto the green as soon as possible. We want to try and complete the 16th (and maybe the 15th) before winter sets in and while we can still get all the necessary kit and materials up the hill. We will then be looking at the three worst ones of the lower holes being the 3rd. 7th and 9th. I hope they will all be done by the start of the next playing season.
This week we have been over-seeding various areas of the course and you will see evidence of this in the lines across tees and other areas. We have also taken the opportunity to over-seed a couple of greens as well. Hopefully this will lead to an improvement in some of the bare areas around the course. We are also looking to lay the Cotswold stone onto the paths that run through the wood between the 14th green and 15th tee and the 16th green and 17th tee which have slowly been eroded over the years. The timing of this work will depend upon the weather influencing how far we get with the greens drains project. So, lots going on and all in an effort to give you an ever improving golf course.
Unfortunately our Deputy Course Manager Paul Hathaway has resigned because he was offered the Head Green keeper position at Tewkesbury. Whilst we were sad to say goodbye to Paul we do wish him well. However, his resignation has provided an opportunity for us to promote from within the existing team and I am delighted to say that John Terry has been promoted to Deputy Course Manager with effect from 1st September. John will be well known to many of you having joined as a Junior over 20 years ago. John has been on the green staff for around 4 years, is a good golfer in his own right playing off a handicap of 3 and is hard working and enthusiastic. I am confident that the improvement in the course will continue and we are now looking for another green keeper to join the team. At the moment we are a man down so please bear with us as the weather is ideal for growing grass!!
Please let me know if you have any queries.