The season has certainly hit us with a vengeance over the last couple of weeks, a long sympathetic spell of dry weather through October and November has given us a firm ground conditions and healthy growth has helped maintain great presentation and growth.

Early December saw well over an inch of rain fall in the first week which certainly had an impact on the course particularly off-fairway in the valley section of the course. These testing conditions have demonstrated that the regime employed to improve soil conditions on the driving range, second, seventh, seventeenth and twelfth holes has given very positive results. We will be continuing with this programme next summer both to compliment the initial work and to expand the management onto further areas.


Turf establishment and irrigation installation are all that remain to finalise on the eighth tee. As discussed last month the new sized teeing area brings huge benefit to wear management and once a solid rolling and top dressing regime has been implemented we will be ready for play.

Finally, from the greenkeeping team, after a unique year, all the very best for Christmas and Happy New Year.

Best always

Jaey Goodchild