Consultant Agronomists Visit
Tuesday 10th May saw the latest visit from our consultant agronomist Mr David Stansfield.
The purpose of his visit was to assess the drainage works that we have carried out in the last 2 years, on 9 of the worst draining greens on the course. Also we were seeking his advice on the best way forward with regard to the ongoing maintenance of all the greens.
The conclusion is that the drainage works in conjunction with our current maintenance programs have significantly reduced the thatch levels in the greens which has resulted in firmer and therefore healthier greens.
With this confirmation of the success of the greens drainage programme we have undertaken to carry out further drainage works on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th greens this September. We will also be instituting Mr Stansfield’s recommendations as far as the ongoing maintenance programme is concerned.
The one downside to the report is the inefficiency and therefore potential problems with our outdated irrigation system. It is perhaps slightly perverse to be talking about an irrigation system when all we seem to have had in recent years is rain and lots of it. However better draining greens require more water and a long hot, dry spell would cause a lot of problems with the maintenance of our putting surfaces. With this in mind we have initiated contact with several companies with regard to the provision of a new irrigation system for our course. This is, as yet, only in the initial stages but will require a significant investment to bring it to fruition.
The full report is available on the website and we hope you will take the time to read and hopefully better understand the issues involved.
We believe that we are progressing the course in the right direction and building solidly for the future development of our golf course.
Michael Plimmer & Paul Gallear