Dear Members, firstly may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.
The last few weeks since storm Arwen shut the course for a week has seen even more rain which means the water table is at its highest and the course in many places is totally saturated.
The conditions for the green staff have been challenging to say the least with their priorities being to do as much as they can in between downpours to keep the course playable and open. We took the decision over the holiday period when there were no staff in to keep the course open and in the main that decision was vindicated with many people getting out to play and blow the cobwebs away during the festive period.
Whilst I believe that was exactly the right call one or two areas of the course are becoming difficult to navigate and we will have to make some temporary changes this week to make sure that we allow those areas to recover as best as they can. The purpose of this update is simply to ask that when those changes are made you understand why and respect the decisions made by Jon and the green staff are for the benefit of everyone. The team will continue to carry out tasks which the conditions allow, the course was so wet before the break that it was impossible to mow the greens without causing damage.
myself and the green staff would also appreciate that where possible members continue too:
- carry their clubs if at all possible
- stick to the designated walkways
- repair pitch marks
- use fairway mats as set out in the local rule from Gents and Ladies golf
On a positive note the safety netting behind the 2nd green has now been completed to the satisfaction of our course neighbour which means we can now fully utilise the whole green to give the front some respite!
Chairman of Greens