Past and To The Future.

Course starting to peak as planned for June and July for our most important months in the playing season and after a difficult spring which was at least a month behind, our effective and proven maintenance regime are still paying off each year while other clubs have less consistent surfaces. This is due to our aeration and biological programmes which is more sustainable using good fungi, bacteria and bio stimulants which in turn we use less fungicides, water and fertilisers which would be at a cost to you as members with our current limited budgets.

Profile showing 2-3% Organic Matter (mostly living roots)

Each year I run trails on the greens to see which is effective for disease prevention called IPM, this is very proactive as long term forecast reads that we will loose many fungicides in the future and with this considered we are at present at least 10 years ahead of the “game”.

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Tree pruning 2nd carry/gap.

We’ve had our Arborist’s in today to prune branches around the 1st green, this will improve air and light to the green and reduce disease infection while improving the playing surfaces in this area. We’ve had to take down 2 dying Oak trees in the 2nd gap which have recieved large amounts of golf ball damage and the Arborists are unable to climb as they are deamed to dangerous. We still have further more pruning to complete on Monday by reducing the coppiced holly from previous woodland management work and around the red tee this will encourage the Bluebells in this area and high light the feature bomb crater and ditch which has the characteristics of the famous golf course architect  James Braid.

Before..

After….

Climbing…

Golf ball damage…