Occam’s Razor  – Now, we would normally see Franciscan Friars far enough but since it’s pre-reformation we want to share our limited understanding of William of Ockhams 13th century law of parsimony ( extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources – tight b******ds). Which, in its shortest form is – the most common solution to a problem is the simplest action available, and usually right in front of your face.

It was once explained thus – When the Americans went into space they found that due to the lack of gravity their pic pens would not work. So, top minds colluded (#DTrump), think tanks debated, dollars were chucked at the problem and the Paper Mate “the pen with a heart” was born, pumping ink even in zero gravity. Space travel diaries could now be kept. Job done.

They got a bit of a humility lesson (well as much as an American can) when they finally joined up with the Russians (or Soviets as they were once called) and found the Red Menaces were recording all their info using a pencil! Roubles saved for Big Vald Putins pension pot.

Rabota vypolnena, (Job done in Russian) simple is best.

 

Contextualising this prophetic tale (or getting to the effin’ point more like), we’ve been talking for years about getting a digger and making a start on reshaping our bunkers (among loads of other things) that have been getting deeper and deeper and out of shape by being done by hand repeatedly over the years. The thinking had been that the cost of a digger and an experienced “shaper” at £500 per day was just too much. Buying a good digger is upwards of £45k, and it’s well down the shedders wish list of equipment to buy. The cost of a digger rental is £500 per week and at the last staff day the guys were enthusiastic about getting some training and giving it a go. Greens management were a bit apprehensive but hey what could possibly go wrong (as I choke on my monster munch).

 

So after a couple of weeks of familiarisation using the digger to mine sand and fill in some redundant bunkers we got the government approved assessor in to put the boys through their paces (idiom alert – Equis ferus  term trot – canter – gallop) and we are delighted to report they cleared all the hurdles ( to keep our horsey axioms on the rails – Thoroughbreds that we are) and by the looks of things the answer was indeed as Occam’s Razor proposes – right in front of our noses.

 

If the first few we do turn out well it’s a template for the bunker upgrade over the next 3 years as per the strategy doc’. If not and we have to send an SOS for a shaper then at least we got a load of stuff done so it’s not been a wasted rental.

The left-hand bunker just short of the first and the left-hand fairway bunker at the second have been reshaped to lower the faces a bit and will be revetted over the next few weeks.

 

We also dug out the thatch and clay layers that had formed on the 14th fairway so hopefully they will drain much better.

 

The boys honed their digger skills (you think we’d let them loose without getting their confidence up) mining sand, getting approx 300 tonnes ready to be spread on the fairways as per the agronomist’s report, but (there’s always wan’o’thame) it leaves us with a problem – we need to get a bigger spreader.

To put it in numbers – our current spreader has a 1/2t load – each fairway requires at least 15t -20t, meaning that’s at least 30 loads per fairway – the fastest the wee spreader can unload is 15mins and it takes at least 5 mins to go to the sand pit get loaded and return, so, for the nearest fairways it would take – 30t at 1/2t = 60 loads 60loads at 20mins is a staggering  20 hours per fairway (a bit like salting the M77 with a table salt mill oot the Lakeland catalogue), so obviously we are investigating rental and perhaps even a purchase of a bigger spreader.

 

We put out some yellow posts to identify the yellow lines from further back but it’s still remove and place in the semi until your actually past the line. The Hillhouse 7th has caused a bit of confusion but it’s the same – No play from anywhere on the fairway.

 

Still getting a cut from all the grasses and even a hand cut this morning to see how they coped with a 6mm cut this late in the year (the greens that is not the boys!).

 

Some fusarium outbreaks on the greens due to the damp cool conditions so greens all sprayed with fungicide.

 

Enjoy your golf

 

The Greens Team.