For those of you lucky enough to play on Wednesday past when we had an “Indian summer” day (first noted in regions inhabited by Native Americans (“Indians”), based on the warm and hazy conditions in autumn when Native Americans hunted), we hope your enjoyment wasn’t marred too much by the work on the greens.
It may help a little to explain why we punch holes in those lovely greens. We could go down the hackneyed phrase route and dole out the clichés like “no pain no gain”, “cruel to be kind” or maybe even “tough love” but let’s just give you it straight from the PGA –
- Aeration loosens soil that has been compacted by golfers walking over it and machines rolling over it.
- This opens up growing room for the roots and increases oxygen to the roots.
- The roots of the turfgrass thus can grow deeper, creating a healthier putting surface, and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch. Thatch is a combination of living and dead plant matter including crowns, stolons, rhizomes, and roots that inhibit good growth
So please don’t take it personally. It has to be done and someone (getting back in cliché land) has to “take the pain”.
We started on the winter programme with some turf replacement at the walk from the 1st green to the 2nd tee. It started off as a relatively small area but as we cut the old turf out it got bigger and bigger so turned into a big job. Fortunately given how well the new holes held up, we’ve decided to use the “old” 7th fairway as this year’s turf nursery. We know it will be open for the final time this winter but we will be “no play from the fairways” anyway so it makes sense to start now especially given the turf nurseries are not quite ready and the static we got for using the HH 4th the last couple of years. It’s also good to get something back from the investment into the new holes. All going well we can also use the tee turf and soil to do a few new winter tees in the future.
As of the 24th October we will be going back to the original Links then on Nov 1 going to the winter yellow Course so it will be lift to the side and non-qualifying from then – our clubhouse “deep throat” tells us that this year’s winter medals might be stableford to help get us round the Course without recording 8s, 9s and heaven forbid double figures on our cards, just pick up and move on if you’re out of “scoring range” on that hole, and also there may be some changes to the Saturday booking process both will no doubt generate a good few talking points over the dark winter days.
As we pen this, wishing we were Stewart Lee (a really funny and insightful guy defo worth a google) the wind howls unabated making golf impossible to play, but no, I’m interrupted but some hardy Lady Members playing in a scoring competition. Now that takes guts, tenacity and no little skill. While on the subject of Ladies (they can be useful and we’d recommended them to everyone), it was interesting to note that as a group they are just under 10% of the total membership but managed to contribute 30% of the £425 total for our night out so not only useful but generous too.
We thank everyone that contributed.
We also had a very interesting agronomist visit that’s left us with lots to ponder, mainly about bunkers and work that’s been recommended to make the temp practice area we make for the 2020 British Ladies top class. We will wait until the follow up meeting before going into more detail.
As we have said before:
“Don’t tell me the rich don’t know Sonny
Sooner or later it all comes down to money”
“Waist deep in the big muddy” by the Boss in case you had forgotten.
We do think it’s reasonable, given they contribute a fair wedge of cash to us for hosting the event, for the R&A to ask for some work over and above our planned stuff.
So watch this space.
Enjoy your golf
The Greens Team.