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Course Update

During the bleak period of lockdown with the golf course so empty it's now so pleasing to see the golf course full, with many new faces that have joined our club.

Having so many people playing does put extra strain on maintaining the course while finding gaps to work without disrupting play.

I do respectfully ask for members to abide by the time sheet and not start before 7.30am during the week, and 7.00am at weekends. This allows the greenstaff to cut the greens and set up the course undisturbed, so the golf course is ready for play.

We are still working with a skeleton staff and would be grateful for members to give way to the greenstaff so daily work schedules can be completed.

May was a very dry month with very little rain, so I was grateful for the showers last week which returned some colour to our parched course.

The £300k investment in 2017 by the club on a new irrigation system has been pivotal in these dry periods, with the greens, tees and approaches now receiving adequate amount of water that has kept them in good health.

The new ball retrievers are now in place to make retrieving your ball from the cup even safer. Please use your putter head to lift the slide to collect your ball.

With a depleted team we have been grateful for the volunteers assisting us on a number of projects.

Several ladies are maintaining flower beds and contributing with new plants to the display, which have enhanced these areas with colour.

Other volunteer groups have been removing invasive weed from the 17th pond, freeing up valuable time for the greenstaff to get on with other duties.

My thanks to these volunteers, I am very grateful.

Many of our original members are aware of our work but with the large influx of new members might not know what our work involves to maintain our golf course.

So here is a basic program of our works:

March - October

Greens: Cut daily at a cutting height of 3mm (Holes changed Monday and Friday)

Liquid fertiliser applied every 10 days.

Verti-cut fortnightly (spring)

Tees: Cut twice weekly at a cutting height of 11-13mm

Divoted weekly

Scarified Spring/Autumn

Granular fertiliser applied monthly.

Aerated

Approaches and collars: Cut twice weekly at a cutting height of 11-13mm

Fairways: Cut twice weekly at a cutting height of 15-18mm (Cutting height and frequency

dependent on growth.

Rough: Cut weekly at a cutting height of 65-75mm.

Course maintenance weeks March/August (Greens)

Verti-cut

Verti- drained (Aerated)

30 tons of sand dressing applied.

The golfing industry has been under strain during the pandemic with budgets being stretched, resulting in some projects being shelved.

The club continues to invest as we strive to create an excellent experience for our members both on and off the golf course.

Prior to lockdown, we were planning to improve our practice facilities, which included new practice bays and the construction of a putting/chipping green adjacent to the 1st tee.

Whist suspending this project during lockdown we are now revisiting these plans to see whether its viable proposition.

Other plans we have been discussing are extending the pond around the left side of the 17th green creating a near island green, which would create an exciting second shot or fourth if you play the hole like me. It's still a viable proposition that we started before the lockdown and we will update you in due course.

Developments will be published, or for more up to date information on course works follow us on Facebook.

@"Bush Hill Park GC Greenkeeping"

Graham Careford

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

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