Weather, since my last update, continues to follow the expected pattern for this time of year being both cold and wet. These conditions are unpleasant and frustrating for us as golfers who just want to play golf and also our Green Staff when trying to develop our course through the planned winter work schedule.
Whilst the course has had to be closed on a few occasions, through both frost and flooding, I believe the course has stood up relatively well this year with perhaps a little less deep flooding as our drainage ditches and underground pipes have helped remove most of the excess.
Ongoing and future scheduled work
We remain only marginally behind on our planned winter work schedule, however we still anticipate completing the vast majority of our wish list as hopefully the wettest parts of the winter begin to easy away. As this happens we will hopefully be able to take the heavier machinery back onto the course and complete those tasks.
Winter work update
Other course work
How can you help?
Footfall will always turn wet areas into muddy bogs and whilst these are less of a concern away from key playing areas they do present problems around greens. In this regard I would ask that you carry if at all possible and if you are using a trolley that these are kept 10 yards from greens. Creating muddy areas near greens in winter presents considerable difficulties when trying to grow consistent grass levels during the summer when we would all like to have “fair” lies to chip off.
As a cricket fan I was rather surprised to read on the BBC cricket web page how 6 of the 7 wettest years since records began have occurred since 2000. Clearly this affects cricket in terms of turnstile revenue but in terms of golf we are also suffering. Wetter conditions affect greens, raise the water table across the course and of course results in additional drainage demands and sadly flooding.
Who told you global warming was a myth Mr Trump ?
Many thanks for your patience and support.