Course News Lockdown Weeks 3/4 November 2020

The time has finally come to open up the golf course, and I for one am delighted about that. Lets all hope this is the last lockdown that golf has to endure.

The golf course has had an incredible amount of maintenance carried out, and we will be in as good a position as we certainly ever have been entering December, after a months rest.

The traffic ropes are now out all around the course, and now is certainly as good a time as ever to dust of the carry bag and embrace these months of non competitive golf, with perhaps a half set, and improve your all round games, and keep the pace of play high. The ropes and all posts are not to be touched or moved at any time, please drop away from them accordingly under the immovable object rule.

The new world handicap system is certainly new to us all, and will take a bit of getting used too. The aim of putting as many cards in as possible is not the best idea during winter in my opinion, as it will only add to slow play, at a time of year when getting round swiftly should be the objective. It is what it is though, so with that in mind we will be adopting a system where there will always be a minimum of one course available, that will remain in a “qualifying” distance, so a card can be recorded and submitted. From November through till April it will mainly be the red, yellow and green courses, as we simply cannot afford to have no grass left on our white tees come the main playing season. That being said, all markers will still be available to play from, it’s just not all will be in “qualifying” distance.

Once we have taken delivery of the relevant signage there will always be the details displayed of which course is within “qualifying” distance on any given day. In the interim period, the qualifying courses will be added to the course status, on the website, and on the phone message, as well as the professional shop being aware at all times also.

The practice range will be closed until Monday, there will only be 2 artificial mats available, that will need to be pre booked in the professional shop for 30 minute slots. The practice range grass tees are now closed until April to allow recovery through the winter months. The mats will be numbered 1 and 2 and signage will be present to identify them. Please do not play from the turf at any time.

The works carried out by Dave Bonds digger driver at the 1st tee, 4th tee, 8th tee and practice range areas are now complete with seeding also nearly complete. These works once seed is established will really enhance our product, and have helped to really improve all of these areas. Thanks once again Dave!

Also thanks must go to Simon Booker our member who has produced some stunning photography during this lockdown for us to use, and to Wobbly who has been busy baking the green staff many cakes to keep us going. And thanks to all of you for your continued support!
The final video is available on the link below to give you a glimpse of what’s been going on behind the scenes. These have all been courtesy of Dominic who is one of our greenkeepers.

Kind regards
Matt Aplin
Course Manager