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Course Update

 The wet weather has been relentless which has resulted in course closures and restricted number of holes open for play. Protecting the golf course is our main concern and I am grateful for members patience as we work through these disruptive times.

Maintaining the golf course in these conditions is challenging and can restrict what we can achieve without further damage to the course.

Phase 4 of the 1st hole project has continued which involves the re-design and construction of the two greenside bunkers.

Both bunkers will be reconstructed using the Durabunker design method, which we used on the 16th in 2017, and has been so successful.

Durabunker is the use of recycled synthetic turf to form a revetted face, creating very a strong bunker edge. This design has many advantages, including Significant cost and labour savings, resistant to washdown preventing contamination, and resistant to burrowing animals.

This week and despite the poor weather, the greenstaff have managed to complete the build to the right greenside bunker, which looks great in its new surroundings.

Further work to the left bunker will continue next week followed by turfing of landscaped areas.

To conclude the works to this ambitious project, New Zealand Laurals will be planted in the raised border adjacent to the teeing area.

These plants will purchased with money from the tree fund that has been kindly donated by John Worrell.

The improvements we have made over the winter have greatly improved the playability and first impression to our opening hole, which was our main aim and vision when we started.

Graham Careford

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Thursday, 09 April 2020