27. Nov 2020

Greenkeeper News

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Dear members,

I would like to thank all of you who have switched to carry bags after my request last week. However, we still have a substantial number of trolleys on the course, so again, I ask anybody who is physically able to do so, to please carry a bag, this will help me to extend the use of trolleys for those who require it the most.

As many of you will be aware from the information on the splash on the home page, we have had to close the large putting green at the Driving Range. This is due to the excessive wear it has received during the season and continues to receive now in the off-season. We are still averaging over 1000 rounds a week in November which is incredible. This is also the reason why the grassed overflow carpark is struggling with the wet weather and traffic.

Again, I would like to request that all members please repair pitch marks, your own and any others you see on the greens. This is of course a playability issue for yourselves and fellow golfers but from an agronomic point of view, especially in the off-season, this physical damage to the green will damage the grass plant and makes it more susceptible to disease.

We have experienced a frost this morning and looking at the forecast it looks like there will be further frost over the coming weekend with the potential for the frost to enter the greens which means that any moisture in the green can freeze for some time. To explain this scenario I use the following analogy: If you remove a duck from the freezer and put it outside in air temperatures below 10 degrees it will take a considerable amount of time to defrost. This scenario is exaggerated when wind-chill (real feel) comes into effect. Please make sure that you check the website for updates regarding any delays/closures.

Kind regards

Reamonn O’Neill
Golf Course Superintendent

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