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NOTE – No matter what other work is done the quality of the course is paramount and priority will always be given to presenting the playing surface in as good a condition as possible.
Golf Course Maintenance.
Message from the Chairman …..
Managing our landscape.
Over the course of the summer members will I hope have seen the benefits to our course of the tree removal and thinning work that was carried out at the end of last year.
It is a fact that trees have a much greater influence than many appreciate. The roots of some species can spread up to three times the height of the tree taking up water and nutrient from the soil, blocking up course drainage, reducing sunlight and good airflow and in some cases encouraging disease. As such, the location, type and size of trees in relation to golfing strategy and agronomics is integral to the quality of the course and active woodland management is an ongoing and absolute necessity.
This work will continue as we move through autumn and winter with further removal and thinning programmed to be carried out as follows:
1. Birch trees to the right of the 1st fairway to be trimmed back allowing for a wider central target from the tee.
2. Two large conifers to the left of the 1st tee are to be removed creating space for the specimen Hornbeams that are currently crowded out.
3. Removal of poor quality, stunted and diseased trees along both sides of the 1st fairway.
4. Removal of the tall Poplars between the 1st and 2nd fairways and replace them with new alternative and less problematic specimens.
5. Thinning work to be carried out to the rear of the 1st green so as to allow for improved light and airflow to the green.
6. Removal of dead trees to the left of the 3rd fairway.
7. Removal of some of the tree canopy covering the beck to the left of the dog-leg of the 11th.
8. Trimming of the Hawthorns to the rear of the 15th tee.
9. Removal of a diseased Ash tree (on die back) on the left hand approach to the 18th green.
10. General trimming of the hedgerows around the course.
In addition to the above tree works, it is intended to remodel the second beck on the 8th hole either side of the bridge to lessen the steepness of the banks on both sides and to pave slab the bottom and also to extend the 1st tee by 14 yards (work that has already begun).
There is always a conflict between trees, shrubs and good agronomics but your Managing Committee have supported the carrying out of these necessary works so as to manage our woodland in a careful, effective and sustainable manner.