Course News May 2021

It has been a very busy month for the greenkeeping staff. A busy month in which we saw very high amounts of rainfall throughout with less than a handful of days having no precipitation. This has made it difficult to find opportunities at times to cut certain areas, but we have managed this well. The cutting frequencies have now picked up with the soil temperatures rising. Spraying applications have taken place on all fairways, tees, greens, around the greens and surrounds. We managed to get our maintenance in earlier in the month, with a verti-drain, top dress and a scarify taking place.  This all goes a long way to improving our playing surfaces.

The course has really taken shape now as we moved into the latter stages of the month of May.  We also spent the last week of the month preparing for the BB&0 Championships.  The team worked tirelessly throughout to ensure that the course was in the best condition possible for the event.

As the weather hopefully turns now , let’s all enjoy much warmer days and playing golf out in the sunshine.

Conor Huntley – Assistant Greenkeeper

We have had 3 ducks making the course their home, two male mallards and one female. They are great to watch and pop up all over the place, with the 14th pond seeming to be their favourite spot. There’s been a fair amount of activity worth the bees as well this month, we had a swarm appear on Sunday 16th which was collected and placed into a new hive on 3a. Two days later we had another swarm but this one disappeared before we got round to collecting it. The bad weather has been affecting the bees, they are a bit behind due to the low growth rates this spring but hopefully a change of in weather is coming soon. A slight disappointment occurred a few weeks back, it looked promising that some red kites were nesting at the 10th in the large beech in the pit, but this seems to have failed which is a shame as it would have been nice to see them raise young in sight.  It’s great to see some wildflowers appearing around the course, adding a nice amount of colour around the course. I also spotted a couple of hares which are always nice to see on the 10th hole one morning. 

Melissa Winkworth – Assistant Greenkeeper