The summer season has come and gone with not a little disruption from national and global events.
The situation regarding machinery has been concluded now. A Toro Greens machine, a Kubota Front Line and a Massey Ferguson Compact tractor unit have all been purchased and paid for in full. We have managed to keep most of the older equipment, including Steve, which means that we are not so much at risk in the case of a break down.
The task of keeping the playing areas cut to an appropriate length is becoming less of an issue as the temperature drops and growth slows down. That does not mean that the volume of work reduces. The recent warm but wet weather has meant that Steve has had to keep an eye on the greens for disease and is planning a preventative course of action which hopefully will see us going into spring with good strong greens.
In addition to this over the winter months there will be work to repair several of the bridges and the intention is to remove the walkway from the 4th/13th Tee. This area has remained much drier since the work was done to change the height of the drain from the pond.
The canopy on several areas of trees will be lifted. This will be to improve the health of the trees by allowing air to circulate and light to penetrate but also to try to make the game more enjoyable. The intention is to retain the 'penalty' when a wayward shot goes into the trees in question but to allow the ball to be found more easily and give the option to play out rather than an automatic call of unplayable.
We are also looking to tidy the overgrown area between the 12th tee and the practice area. Ideally we would like to have an area fenced off or marked with a hedge to keep some of the less expensive and/or rarely used machinery with possibly part of it laid as a concrete base, to store sand more efficiently.
Those are the plans but much depends on finances, the lockdown and maybe even any voluntary labour that raises it head above the parapet.
15th November - Neil
This work is still outstanding but I am hoping will happen soon. You will almost certainly have noticed over the last few weeks that we have had a baby boom amongst our native rabbit population. They are causing mayhem on the course undermining bunker faces and creating any number of holes around the course. We have taken steps to reduce this problem and the population should be reduced over the next few weeks. The course of action that we are taking will not interfere with your golf at all and should not be noticed.