Saturday, 13 June 2015

Club Championship Week

It has been a great week for us to prepare the golf course for the Club Championship. The weather has been great, allowing us to get in plenty of mowing.

This week, we were privileged to have a demonstration Toro 5510 fairway mower provided to us by Chris at Cheshire Turf Machinery. It is a great piece of kit and hopefully, the directors will look to invest in a similar machine in the future. We hope that the fairways look sharper and tighter as a result! We were sorry to see it leave but, who knows, we might see it back soon!

Well done to James and Ryan who both put in a great shift this week. Their hard work has been reflected in the great presentation on the golf course. I'm sure that the members are pleased with the progress that we are making.

We have had Mark, the chainsaw instructor, back at the golf course this week. He is carefully plotting his way through the woodland between holes 4&7, prioritising the removal of dead, diseased and deformed trees. This careful tree thinning work is critical to the future development of the specimen trees in this woodland. Many thanks again Mark.

A well deserved victory was witnessed on Thursday for our seniors who played at home against Birchwood GC. Well done fellas! You seem to be doing really well this season.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your golf !

Monday, 8 June 2015

Agronomist visit

The golf club have recently employed the services of a registered independent agronomist. Philip Armitage visited the golf club last Friday to undertake some testing of our golf greens. The tests included:

- Clegg Hammer (used to test surface firmness)
- Soil Moisture Meter
- Soil Penetrometer (examines compaction levels in soil)

We also looked at current thatch levels along with other playing surfaces on the golf course. We will receive the agronomy report in due course with a view to implementing the advice.

As we staged the annual Ladies Open last Saturday, we were busy preparing the golf course for this important day in the Ladies golf calendar.

Most greens were micro tined last week to keep the surfaces open and to allow essential air exchange in the soil. Given the tines were small, the impact on play was extremely minimal.

We also started to strim along the many ditches on the golf course. In time, we will get around to them all. Well done to James for his continued efforts!

We also dropped the greens height of cut to 3.7mm last week. This will tighten up the surfaces and hopefully improve playability. We will aim to reduce the height of cut again soon in preparation for Club Championships and Captain's Day.

Have a great week and enjoy your golf!