Our changing weather pattern certainly has its challenges. Heavy frosts ten days ago and now the mild sunny days this week, has resulted in ground moisture being reduced and brought any potential growth to a standstill. Yes, this leads to extra run on the fairways but it also means that turf areas are suffering from nil growth. We have received several comments regarding areas “through the green”, particularly around the 11th green, where if the ball runs off the green it may result in a difficult / unplayable position from which to play next. We are very conscious of these playing areas and they have not been cut recently. Rain, when it comes, will start some regrowth and the cutting of these areas will be managed carefully and on a needs basis in an endeavour to reduce the run of an errant shot.
As always, but especially during this time of minimal, if any, grass growth, members are reminded to please pay particular attention to course care. It was disappointing to note during the week, that some greens and bunkers had suffered from lack of golfing etiquette. At all times, please carefully repair pitch marks on the greens, repair divots elsewhere including tee areas and, rake bunkers. If you see others not helping to maintain our course in this way, please remind them of this expected courtesy. If you are not sure of the correct way to repair pitch marks or, knock / kick in and sand fill divots, please ask our Head Golf Professional and Golf Shop Staff for advice on these everyday course care expectations.