Date – Thursday 1st May 2019
Attendees Andy Booth - Dave Crampton – Gary Pritchard - John Whitely
1. Apologies – None
2. Previous minutes discussed, and Actions Schedule updated.
3. Green keepers update:
DC stated that the weather continues to dictate much of the work being undertaken across the course. In particular, the low overnight temperatures including frost several mornings a week are hindering growth on our greens. The sand based structure retaining the cold long into the day when air temperatures rise. All greens have had two applications of top dressing, fertilizer and have been verti cut twice. A third light application of top dressing may be applied next week together with another application of feed to ensure growing conditions are ideal once overnight temperatures rise.
Bare patches on our greens are slowly recovering with chemical wetting agents being applied through both the irrigation system and hand held pipes to the worst affected areas. This chemical should help retain moister in the root zone area and allow the seed applied to germinate. The use of a mechanical over seeder is scheduled for later in May when growing conditions will be ideal.
The irrigation system is proving problematic as across the course. The most significant leak occurring on the 2nd hole requiring the hiring in of a mini digger and replacement of 15 meters of pipe as well as taking the system out of use for a week. Other small leaks are evident on the 4th, 6th, 10th and 13th holes. The system is old being installed when the course was first built over 25 year’s ago and will naturally deteriorate over time added to which last summers exceptional dry period will have caused movement beneath the ground putting extra strain on pipes and joints.
Staff time has been largely focused on greens, fairways and rough maintenance throughout April. Other tasks to be addressed include bunkers which require edges tidying up and further sand applying particularly around those at greenside.
The water fountain on the 14th holes has been out of use due to a broken part. This is on order and should be installed this week hopefully allowing the fountain to be switched back on.
4. Professional update
Gary identified the following issues:
5. John W Update:
John identified the following issues:
6. Greens Director Update
Andy B identified the following issues
7. Budget Update
A brief discussion took place re last years expenditure identifying that both the summer and winter expenditures were both marginally below budgets although if possible the proposed path to the right of the 12th hole will still be undertaken this year.
8. Verbal requests from members.
9. Emails from members
An email was received from a member requesting additional signage be used to keep trollies and buggies away from greensides. Evidence of trollies going between the green and bunker to the right of the 7th hole being provided. A discussion took place re this type of behavior and options to deter others. Action DC to source signage.
Date and time of next meeting. 10am Thursday 6th June 2019