5th Yellow tee
A complete rebuild of this will take place with work already started. The tower will be removed, the tee rebuilt with a bank to the left and front of the tee, trees and bushes will be trimmed back and the tee re-turfed. The new tee will not have a mat.
Once the new tee is in play it will only be used for play off blue and white tees and general yellow tee play will revert to the forward tees, as was the case for many years. We all know this tee is one of the smallest, if not the smallest, on the course and gets less sunlight than other areas because of the trees around it. If general yellow play tee were to continue from the new tee we will likely have to rebuild, or at least re-turf, quite quickly.
Hire of a hedge cutter
Numerous hedges and sides of ditches are long overdue a significant pruning, the ditch along the first red and the ditch to the rear of the second yellow to name just two areas. This work has already started. Some of the hedges will initially look a little severe but will soon re-establish themselves.
Moving on to the worst part of our course……….
The new bunkers on the 3rd yellow and 4th red fairways have been laid using rubber crumb, which has also been used at a number of other local courses. Whilst these bunkers probably need to mature they do seem to drain well and they have not had any puddles in them after heavy rain.
The following bunkers are to be completely reconstructed using the rubber crumb and additional drainage.
- Left hand greenside bunker on 5th blue. This will also be reduced in size by approximately one half to the left and front of the bunker and taken closer to the green
- Right hand side bunker some 15 or so yards short of 2nd blue green. This will also be reduced in size by at least one third with the reduction being from the front and right side of the bunker.
- Right hand greenside bunker on 2nd yellow. No change is proposed to the size or shape of this bunker.
- Fairway bunker on 4th red (just short of ditch on right hand side). The bunker will be slightly reduced in size.
These are four of the wettest bunkers on the course and are also in different parts of the course. The aim is to prove the rubber crumb works in very wet locations. Hopefully by next Spring or early Summer we will have a big tick against these bunkers and we can move on with additional bunker improvements.
1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th blue
A new path, using the rubber bark material that has been used in other parts of the course, will be laid from the left side of the 8th blue green around the back of the 1st up to the 9th red tee taking the route of the existing path. This is a significant project and hopefully will reduce problems going from hole to hole in one of the wetter parts of the course. The path going from the 1st to the 2nd hole will also be replaced to complete the look of the area.
9th blue tee
This is probably the wettest tee on the course so a ditch, with additional drainage, to the right of the tee (as the hole is played) will be put into place. The ditch will run the length of the white/yellow tee. The ditch will likely be a lateral hazard, albeit one that will rarely, if ever, be in play.
As this gets rid of the drainage problem on the tee then winter play can go to the front of the yellow tee and the winter tee can be taken out of play.
We will not use any mats on any hole unless absolutely necessary and teeing areas which are never used will effectively replace the mats used over the last few years. Mats will only be used if the course gets very wet throughout the winter and the suggested areas we will now use get close to unplayable. This will be monitored on an ongoing basis.
The above projects are listed in the order they will take place and all are subject to weather.
25th October 2017