Course News July 2021

There’s been a fair bit more activity with the bees this month. We managed to split our hive so that now we have two hives, we are just waiting to see if this has been successful or not. One of the hives has a egg laying queen in it which is what we need and we are just waiting to see if the other queen will start laying. We have seen a lot a wildlife this month and our member Simon Booker has taken some great pictures around the course. The highlight this month was finding a tree creeper that was nesting just behind the 11th green, this was spotted by another member Paul Rainsden. I also managed to capture a tawny owl on one of my cameras in the 18th woods. The wild rough around the course is now looking great, it adds so much definition between holes but also really helps the wildlife. We manage the wild rough that is in play any unsightly or wild flowers that will hurt like thistles or stinging nettles are killed off in playing areas, however these are left in areas that are out of play are they are great for the wildlife.

This month has seen a lot of rain, this has meant that the course is very green at the moment especially for July. It has been a challenge some weeks to get a dry cut on surfaces, however we always find a way to get the work done.

The new 4th tee had its first cut at the start of the month, this was done with a rotary hand mower. We cut the tee with this mower for most of the month and now we have just started to use a cylinder hand mower to get the height of cut down and closer to the tee height of cut we have. It still needs time for the grass to fill in and for the roots to develop further but it is progressing well. 

Melissa Winkworth 

Assistant greenkeeper