Monday, 12 August 2019

August Maintenance Week Plans


19th August – 23rd August 2019
Below is the information on works to be carried out during course maintenance week

Please give way to operators at all times

Greens
Rope drainage to be installed on the 1st and 18th greens
Monday: Deep solid tine to 225mm with 12mm tines, Hollow tine to 100mm with 10mm tines, fertilise, top dress and brush (Front 9 Closed) - All cores being Collected and used on Short Game green
Note: Aprons, Tees and Surrounds being hollow cored on entire course and collected

Tuesday: Deep solid tine to 225mm with 12mm tines, Hollow tine to 100mm with 10mm tines, fertilise, top dress and brush (Back 9 Closed) - All cores being Collected and used on Short Game green

Wednesday: Top dressing Front 9 Aprons & Fertilise, Top dress greens again and over- seed (Front 9 closed)

Thursday: Top dressing Back 9 Aprons & Fertilise, Top dress greens again and over- seed (Back 9 closed)
Note: 18th Green ROPE Drainage taking place Hole closed for two days.

Friday: Cut and Roll greens, Possible snagging day for bad weather. Hollow coring 18th and 1st greens behind. (Holes 2-17 Open. Holes 1 and 18th Closed)
Note: 1st Green ROPE Drainage taking place Hole closed.

Following the works the greens will be sandy and a little bumpy for a couple of weeks. We apologise for an inconvenience.

Please remember these works are essential for our greens to continue to improve!

Fairways 15th/16th October- Hollow coring, scarifying and over -seeding of weak areas around the course. Light top dress in weak areas.



Matt Plested

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Water be the key to life!

Wow, it’s been nearly two months since I last blogged.
I can only apologise, it’s been unbelievably busy with so much going on





Driving Range and Short game area
The new look 18th
 
New 1st tees growing in


 
 

The first tees have been moved and the short game, the green and bunker construction have started. The area we call Phase 2 of the driving range has been cleared and the fill has started. The short game area was our Phase 1, this has been done first to block the view from the clubhouse so we don’t need to look at a building site for to long it also gives us an opportunity to grow in the short game area and open it a year ahead of the range. 

Subsoil shaping of new Short game area
Out on the Course
Out on the course, we have gone from total despair to feeling happy following April’s 36mm and May’s 21mm of rainfall. This for spring is hugely low and the entire industry, Agriculture and other horticultural business were extremely worried. Last years drought had put us into a huge deficit and with a driest winter I can remember, our hope for spring was a wet one to help balance the water table. I would have bet a lot of money that the rain would come and it didn’t. 

Lots of hand watering April/May

May saw 21mm of rainfall but due to some hot spells (but cool nights) our evaporation was 53mm. So in fact, going into June we were in another drought state and the grass plant was dying back. All the work the team had done was dying, we re-turfed around 40 bunkers, over seeded fairways, worn areas and bare areas but we couldn’t see any evidence of the seeding because it was just so dry.
The turfs around the course from the Bunker project started to die off and we had all the new turf going down for Phase 1 of the practice ground project to keep alive. We ended up with two members of the team permanently watering. Just like last summer trying to keep things alive. We have certain areas we can’t get water too so this was sprayed using our sprayer filled with water but volume wise it wasn’t a lot but we felt we should try something.
At this point I could not believe what we are experiencing again. Last June was the month that Killed us. It was the first month EVER (since records began) that we recorded a 0mm in Southampton. Never before and I prayed it would not do it again and it didn’t!!! June 2019 has been our wettest month this year. Let that sink in...
We had more rain in one day than the whole of May. I was the only one loving it out in the course but we needed it. 88.1mm so far in June and the course has started to improve. “Water be the key to life” they say and the are right.
The seed from Autumn last year had started to come through and my worry was and still is without rain this will die back but has now established as grass plants. The seed from the spring has just popped meaning we are getting better coverage in areas. 

Seed coming through but more hollow coring work and seeding required in areas

We know there is still a lot of work to do in some places and getting the thatch out of the way is the first stage to this. This is something we are going to be working on between now and the autumn again.
The turfs we re- turfed are looking healthier or at least alive in areas. The noses of the bunkers will always dry out on us. The angles and the shallow depths of soil against the revetted edges make this a hard growing medium.
The entire course including the bunkers got sprayed with wetting agents when the rain started to try and force this into the ground and not to run off the surface. This has helped but as those of you who came on the course walks saw with your own eyes, it’s still like dust underneath and that’s my big worry. We just don’t have any moisture reserves going into July and August. A hot spell with no rain and we could be chasing again. The courses with fairway watering are coming into there own at the moment, but we don’t have this so we have to do our best and pray.

You may have also noticed a lot of weed spraying taking place.  Again due to last years drought the areas that are thin and bare in the roughs and outfields have had weed invasion. We all know how this happens from our gardens and flow beds or driveways. This is why it’s so important for us to increase grass coverage.
The only areas we haven’t yet sprayed are the fairways themselves. This is because we felt the new seed isn’t quite strong enough to take the hit off the herbicide. This is something I will watch, depending the heat.
Our normal liquid fertilisers  have started going out, again we had to wait for some moisture to get these applied. 

Boxing off (collecting grass clippings) Fairways has started. This reduces thatch and worm activity but take more man hours

5 Ton trailer full of clippings is becoming a regular site

We fertilised the fairways with no regulator to give them a kick and boy are the growing. This week alone we took over 50 tons of grass clipping off them.
We also gave them a reverse cut this week to tighten up the grass. The greens and Aprons are cut in different directions daily to stop nap (grass lying one way) but on outfield areas the more you cut in the same direction the better presented it looks. The trouble with this is the heights are false because if you brush it the other way the grasses having growing along the line and not up to the sky. For example a 15mm fairway might be 20mm as it’s laying down. So reverse cutting and raking stands this up and we get a clean cut at 15mm. We carried this out on the semi too but unfortunately it does look dull when we do this but the surfaces are so much better after. We can now step up the presentation of these areas. 

Fairways divoted at the Divot Trophy, thanks to all those that helped





Bunkers
The bunkers have had a lot of attention, with regard getting on top of the detail work on the banks. Flymoing and Strimming round each bit of heather and getting a consistent look.
The sand levels are checked when we rake them as best we can while staying ahead of the golf in the mornings (we can’t be moving sand around during competitions and with our busy golfing calendar, finding days to dedicate time to this is hard)but we do try our best daily.


We have been going round topping up the low ones and are happy if you let Richard or Lawrence know in the office if you notice any that are low so we can get this looked at. Please remember we cannot guarantee you a perfect lye in the Bunker, we smooth rake the edges daily giving the ball the most chance to return to the middle bit sometimes this won’t happen. Bunkers are a moving thing rain will move sand slightly through the bunker, golfers move sand all day through the bunker. Remember that our rakes are best at being push rakes not pull rakes. Please push the sand back towards the middle as you walk out. Most sand is found at the backs of the bunkers. The team move as much as they can but like I said this is done ahead of the golf teeing off at 7.30am and with 60 bunkers to rake it can be hard to stay ahead let alone move vast amounts of sand.
Sometimes you may find the rubber, but before you would have hit the clay. That motion itself would bring the clay particles into the bunker sand and following rainfall, the fines of the clay would work there way down and block the drainage meaning the bunkers were full of water. Sometimes you may bounce out but this did happen with the clay (granted not as bouncy) sometimes this will be lucky sometimes not but I can guarantee we are doing our best to minimise this. Occasionally getting a stance in the bunkers might be hard but like I said earlier we cannot guarantee the perfect bunker, I cannot guarantee the perfect stance in a ditch, or behind a tree or in a bush or in the heather as these are all HAZARDS that should be avoided. One thing for sure is we spend more time on bunkers than anything. We spend more time on bunkers than we do greens...


Staff
It’s been very busy for the team with lots to catch up on but they have been fantastic and I know how hard we are working as a team.
Working with the teams from TJ waste, Profusion, James Edwards Architect , The Tree management company along with the course has been hard and is something of a juggling act to get this Driving range and short game facility built but this obviously needs project managing from the clubs side. Along with checking the loads, the delivery notes and making sure everything is being done how we want it. The office have had to spend hours counting lorries and checking that everything is right also with Nick Clayton and Richard Arnold plus myself spending many hours on this project. During this the team have to cover work so I know how busy we have been not including all the additional work from growing in the first tees and building the pathway at 18th etc.

The MC have backed us by allowing us to bring back Matthew Moules for July and August while he’s back from University. It will be great to have him back as he knows the club well from his two years with us before and this will help agin back some of the hours lost on the project.   



Levis (left ) leaving meal. Jack opposite Levi
Levi Pethick our First Assistant left us in May for new job opportunity working as a Landscape Foreman. Levi had been a major part of our success over the last three and half years and we will miss him greatly but wish him all luck in the world and know he will make a successful career in this. I am sure he will be popping in to catch up with the team and the course.
Following Levi’s departure we have appointed Jack Wills to First Assistant. Jack came back to us from Ferndown last year and has great experience including working in Australia and will be a great addition to the management of the team. 


Matt Tubbs wanted to join a team on the up..

We have appointed a new member of the team who will come in and learn his trade and hopefully carve out a career in Greenkeeping. Matt Tubbs has joined us following a successful professional football career. He played for Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Wimbledon, Crawley and Eastleigh. Matt is also a qualified personal trainer and brings a very level headed approach and passion to succeed.




Members v Staff Match- Well this has not been played since 2007 and we felt confident with players like Lawrence, Adam, Steve, Richard, Graham and Rob all in our team but unfortunately it wasn't to be with the members winning 4-2 after Lawrence conceded a rumoured 20ft putt on the last and our team Captain Mr Young wasn't impressed as he doesn't lose at golf... a record that he has held for years :-) Next year 




Other changes?


You might have also noticed the new yardage posts on the tees and the new 150 posts on the course.  These have been planned for along time and with a Horse Chestnut being taken down from the 7th last year. This was the dried down and made by member John Bolwell. These were then treated by the team and the bonfire crew along with some help from friends, with Handy man Mart finishing them with the spikes. A massive thank you to John for all the hard work and to those that helped. The picture of the post went out on twitter gaining over 12,000 views and loads of positive comments. 

That's all from me and a brief catch up on where we are out on the course. 

Lets hope for some rain showers at night but a great summer for golf!

See you soon 

Matt


Saturday, 27 April 2019

Same spring issues, different year

Well it's that time of year again, the Masters (which was amazing to see Tiger back) has been and gone and the season has started. Mother nature is throwing us curves balls again and the worry within the industry and Agriculture is increasing daily.
Hand watering...again

Having little rain over the winter was a good thing for golf but not for recovery on turf. The lack of rainfall to replace last years drought has not happened this winter meaning we started the year in a negative, rainfall wise. December tried its hardest to help claw some back but January was again low, February was above average helping us recover very quickly from maintenance week but March and Now April have been low. In fact so low we have only had 36mm of rain but due to the high daytime temperatures of the last two weeks our Evaporation has been 50.3mm, meaning a deficit of 14.3mm to date and another step back. So far this year we have had 223mm of rainfall on our new weather station (on top of the greenkeeper sheds, giving us accurate data). and on the same date last year we had 399mm. So what I hear you say! Last year was considered an awful spring, the 'Beast from the East' one and two... Without moisture and temperatures you cannot grow grasses or any plants or food more worryingly. Last year the lack of heat then extreme heat, this year lack of moisture with heat is just as bad and this has a knock on effect to the golf course.


Compost spread on fairways

The team have worked hard on re turfing bunkers and hollow coring, scarifying and over-seeding fairways. We also added green waste (compost) back on to the worst fairways to help us try to retain moisture and to give a natural feed to the weaker fairways on top of the granular and liquid fertilisers applied. Not only were the fairways worked on but we hollow cored surround and solid tined them too, these were over seeded and fertilised too including all the weak areas and pathway ends around the course. All the work has been done for these to recover as we get rain and they will. The next stage will be to go round and get the detail areas done. By this I mean more soil and seeding of weak worn areas, spraying weeds and getting on top of the course detail. Our man hours will now turn to all this rather than the all the work mentioned above. We will also be praying for some rain!


Once bush up you can see how much the bent grows compared to the Poa

Double bush and Lower HOC will help until temps pick up

The Rye grasses and the Bents have woken up from winter and soil temperatures are high enough for these to be going well but not quite high enough for the Poa grasses on the greens or on the fairways and rough. The Fescues are not quite awake yet either and all this is normal for time of year. Like I always say our golf season has started but mother nature always seems to start her season up after the FA cup final... why I don't know but by mid May every year we are up and running again.

Soil Temps still not high enough for good Poa growth but great for Bent
The higher bent grasses cause the ball to bobble

So what effect does the grass species have on you the golfer? Well firstly the greens will get a little bit bumpy and no this isn't caused by 8mm solid tines on greens or Topdressing, in fact both of these thing have been scientifically proven to smooth out surfaces. We also carry this out every month without fail, we even carried this out between the Club Championships and Pro Am last year and no one noticed...  The uneven growth in April is a big issue and as we try to encourage more Bent grasses species into the greens over the next few years will need to managed properly. Why would we try to encourage more Bents then? This is due to restrictions on us as an industry to use chemicals, in fact by 2020 the major chemicals we use to prevent Fusarium will be banned.We have already lost chemical for worms, leather jackets, chafer grubs and these we have started to see the effects from this already with more bird pecking and increase in mole hills. The chemical we had to stop fusarium on green once we had it was banned last year giving us nothing to cure it apart from cultural practices... Cultural practices like Topdressing and aeration! The bent grass species is more drought tolerant and more disease resistant, hence why we are encouraging it.

So I have explained why we need to encourage Bent grasses above but I have already blogged alot about why the greens get bumpy when the soil temperatures aren't quite right and all about the grass species. If you read these please read here:-  http://stonehamgolfclub.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2016-06-11T03:56:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=7&by-date=false

What have we been doing to help correct this? Well, we have lowered the heights of cut ready for the season and we have started to double brush the greens before we cut them to get the bent grasses to stand up tall so we cut them and improve the ball roll. We will be adding more topdressing again, as we know this smoothes them also. Please see a link to the USGA on topdressing :- http://www.usga.org/course-care/forethegolfer/2017/topdressing-and-quality-putting-greens-go-together-like-peas-and.html

What else have the team been up too?

Well, all the work above including over seeding and composting fairways. If you have seen the last video blog please take a look here:- https://youtu.be/oF475Q6bU5U

Tree work
Before 

After

Apart from the tree work happening on the practice ground project you may have noticed lot of work taking place around the course and an increase in wood stacks. This has been due to a lot of trees suffering from last years drought and showing real safety concerns. We were lucky enough to have visits from both Mike Wood Senior Arboricultural Consultant and Will Jones (Managing Director)
The Tree Management Company during the planning stages of the driving range, both noticed trees they had real concerns about. These they didn't want removed but felt we needed to 'reduce the sails' and dead wood to protect the trees for the future. Some of these piles will be left for ecology and other removed. 


Lots of hand watering of new turfs, lots of cutting, many hours strimming (with more to do) and work to help the Practice ground project, the pathway on 18th will settle soon and looks great. We have prepped the edges and over seeded these areas. We have transplanted heather also from the back of the 1st tee tee banks to help give this a rugged natural feeling.
Some people have asked me what all the turf is down on the banks, this is called clod and its what was stripped off the practice green area before we lifted it as part of the project. This process allows us to get natural grasses to reappear somewhere else. The grasses from the piles facing out will establish quickly, and secure the bank, the rest will over time will breakdown into a nice soil, this will move a little giving a more natural finish and exactly what we have done on a couple of areas during the bunker project including the mounds right of the 2nd hole. 
We also took advantage of the shaper being on the 18th and got him to remove the old steps form the 18th and install a ramp instead. This will help improve safety for those who struggle with the steps and a reduction in manual handling.



We also got to demo a Wiedenmann Air seeder. This is a new digital way to seed with users being able to change inputs by 0.1 of gram. This is the future of over seeding when overseeding will be one of our best options in the future against disease.

Staff Training


The staff have undertaken two days of staff training this month. Firstly Customer service as the club looks to keep in proving the member relations and secondly First Aid training. Both days were fantastic and will be benfical to the members but let's hope we don't have to use the second one...

Practice Ground Project



The Phase 2 of the practice ground project is well underway and the new yellow and red 1st tees subsoil bases have been created.The pathway down to the new short game area and driving range has also started and safety mounding.  The trees down the bottom of 18th have been removed as agreed in planning and the old ditch is being piped to allow the range to move more left and centrally away from the 1st, 4th and 18th. We have the Presentation night for this on the 7th May at 6.30pm. Please come along and find out more about this exciting project.

New 1st tees and pathway route

We are also going to carryout are annual Greens Presentation night in June so watch out for information on that.

That's enough from me today I think, Please be patient with us as we wait for mother nature to help us out. The base work we have done will massively benefit once nature catches up and pray for rain (at night)!

Matt




Saturday, 30 March 2019

Our Rays of Light

Hi All,

I just wanted to do a blog about our newest members of the team. For those of you who haven't seen them or met them yet. Its been a long winter with lots going on. The weather has'nt been an awful winter but as we come out of winter into the spring we have some positives...




James Ferris

James Ferris joined the team back in October and although I have mentioned him in the blog I realised I have not given him the formal welcome he deserves (sorry James).
James joins the team as a Trainee Greenkeeper and one I can already say wont struggle to get qualified and build a strong career.
James qualified as a golf coach in 2008 along with fitness instruction certificates before moving to Canada for year before returning into the family business of fencing. James then moved into banking but missed the outdoor life so combing this with his passion for golf, the gym and boxing, made him an ideal candidate for our Trainee Greenkeeper. He's also good friends with Adam Hickling as they grew up playing golf together. James brings an enthusiastic energy to the team and someone who is keen to learn. He's started playing regular golf with the team as was part of the successful BIGGA Turkey Trot Team from Stoneham. I think James has taken to this industry like a duck to water and will progress amazingly.



Mike Littlecott  

Mike Littlecott  is the latest member to join the team, starting on the 11th March as a Greenkeeper. Mike joined from South Winchester where he was the Deputy Course Manager for the last four years. Mike joins the team as a fully qualified greenkeeper, holding diplomas in sports turf levels 2 and 3. He holds all his spraying certificates and chainsaw certificates and has tournament experience working at the Irish Open in Portstewart in 2017.
Mike started his career at Wellow Golf Club, where he worked for five years He is a keen golfer and cyclist who is also a Saints fan.
Mike is one of the up and coming greenkeepers within the industry and someone I was keen to bring in to strengthen our team. He is very career driven and his time in a management roll will help our eye for detail within the team. He's always wanted to work at Stoneham being a local lad and wants to help us move down the Top 100. I am delighted to have him on board as I believe he has a bright future in greenkeeping.

I do feel very lucky as we have always attracted the right people to join our teams. Everyone of them has been fantastic since I arrived and everyone of them would be welcomed back. As you can see above, we have two great members of staff who have joined our team. Both have great attributes and both could have strong careers. Lets make them feel welcome and wish them luck!

#TeamStoneham

Matt



Sunday, 24 February 2019

The false spring?


Hi All,
Wow, what amazing weather we are experiencing at the moment compared with last February/March when the “Beast from the East” arrived. Do I think that’s it and we are getting into spring now? I don’t hold my breath because GDD wise March and April have been colder than January/ February, four out of five years.
Rain does still concern me as our rainfall has never recovered from the the summer. We are still in a slight deficit rainfall v evaporation wise. So we are not at field capacity... normally by this time of year the rivers and wells are over flowing which is great going into the summer. My worry about water isn’t alone as a lot of concern within Horticulture and Agriculture is being talked about. Not enough rainfall so far and more housing going on using either boreholes or connecting on to already struggling demands could lead to an early hose pipe ban... and Golf courses would be within such a ban. 
I am losing sleep over this yet? Not yet I am just enjoying this amazing weather and like they say making hay while the sunshine’s. Mother Nature has a funny way of evening things out! 

I know we lost four days due to snow again this year (so far) but generally the cold dry winter has meant we can play more golf and the greens have held on well. 



Greens 
Course maintenance last week went very well. Firstly we topdressed the greens then we got all greens solid tined using just 12mm times to 225mm followed by 10mm to 100mm. We then applied an organic fertiliser and topdressed and brushed in again. This should take about a week to break down and start to show us some growth, especially with the highs of 14/15’s this weekend. 
Due to the amount of work we have put into the greens in the last three years to get the OM levels down and finally hitting target last year has meant we can be less aggressive this spring. 
This should mean we see the greens recover quicker than before
We will keep monitoring it from now on and make changes following our soil analysis. We won’t want the levels to go up but be maintained.

 

Aprons 
The aprons also got a deep aeration (12mm x 200mm) and micro hollow core to remove thatch (OM). This was then verti cut to collect the cores and cleared. We will be adding sand to these in the coming weeks and a liquid feed. We are coring these again in March as we try to firm up the aprons to get them to play firmer. This like the greens will be a slow process but it essential to get the course playing firm and fast. 



Tees 
The tees also got a solid tine and these like the aprons will be getting hollow cored in March and sand topdressed/fertilised and over seeded before we get into the season. 

2nd Hole 

The 2nd hole has been out of action as mentioned in my previous blog but we have also completed a full drainage system in the apron and off the front of the approach. This has taken 10 days to complete due to how wet the area was. 
Part of this has been caused by the levels dropping after top soiling and also that the soils under the area haven’t resettled. If you remember we had the same issue in year one of the Bunker project to the right of the 4th or at the ditch at the 11th. These have since settled and are preforming much better now. I believe that given the extra drainage and once it’s dry enough for us to aerate the area it will restructure and settle just fine. The best way to describe it, is that we have stirred a pint of Guinness and now we need it to settle again. 

The hole is now back open and the new turfed area is GUR. We will keep monitoring it as soon as possible we will start to work the site to refine it for the summer. 

Turfing 

Re turfed bunker at 6th
So far we have had to re-turf around 20 bunkers on the course following the drought damage. This is obviously labour intensive as we have to strip everything not flat by hand, Shape and re turf. I think it’s something that we had no choice in doing but will be worth it in the end. 
The hollows on 13th we were re turfed using Dwarf Rye. Like I have said before this is still one area we wish to improve but our levels have been determined by the tree roots of the big Oakes next to it and the Irrigation system running under the hollows. 
Please do not play from or walk on any of the newly laid turf areas until we open them up. This could cause serious damage. 

Woodland management 
You will have noticed lots of woodland management around the course going on as we look to improve air flow and light while maintaining the woodlands for future generations to enjoy. 
We had a visit from the head tree officer from the council in December who was very complimentary about the work being carried out, especially since his last visit prior to the woodland project but reminded me of the damage Rhododendrons could cause our woodlands and to keep committed as we don’t want them falling back now the Club have done so much work. 
We have lots of dying trees that are to big for us that need reducing or felling due to there dangerous nature. We have roped these areas off so please do not walk inside these areas until these have been worked on. The Tree surgeons are booked in. This is for your safety. 

Part of me wonders if last years summer paid the price for these trees. I have never seen so many dead at the same time before. 

Fairways 
Please be aware a lot of work is planned for the fairways in the coming weeks as we try to continue getting them back for the season. We are planning to granular fertilise, spray the moss off (we have left this for now because if we had ripped this out before the grass starts to grow the only thing that would replace it would be weeds).
Scarifying fairways, over seeding and hollow coring the worst areas, top dressing with compost and fertilising again. Then we will pray for more rain...

 You will have noticed they have been Verti drained as they needed to have some aeration holes to move the water down from the top surface which had become slippery in the wet and for the roots of the new seedlings. These need channels to move down to establish. Some areas unfortunately ripped up but we have to think about the bigger picture and these can be repaired by divot mix. The words no pain no gain come to mind.
Bird Pecking damage
Chafer Grub on 14th
You will have also noticed the bird damage across certain areas of the fairways. These are being dug up by the birds as they look for Leather jackets and Chafer Grubs that live in the soil at this time of year. Since the EU banned the chemical to be used for these grubs we have nothing in our armoury to beat them and this is going to happen across Europe. Last year two horse racing days were cancelled due to the damage and I know clubs that are spending thousands of pounds trying to re turf huge areas. 
No after Brexit it won’t change. We are following the same model for at least 10 years. We are looking at more traditional methods like cultural practices (aeration), encouraging starlings and bird scarers (please apply if you wish to be a scare crow :-) 

BTME & Training  
The Greenkeepers conference in Harrogate was attended by four us within the team. It was fantastic with a brand new bigger layout and hundreds of hours of education. There was a real buzz with lots of debates about the industry with the new legislation restrictions, sand, staff and grass species being the big things being talked about. I was lucky enough to be asked to present again but I am managed to attend a lot of seminars, starting at 8am and finishing at 6pm. Came back head blown but inspired for the season ahead. Graham and Levi attended conferences and seminars and James Ferris attend his first one. We came back with lots of ideas and discussions for the club. 
David Lambie also delivered a New rules off golf training session for the team and how it will effect them. It was great to get some clarity on the new rules and for the team to ask questions. Thank you David.

Staff 

Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Mike Ray this week. He’s moving on to Rowlands Castle to ply his trade in the PO postcode. Mike came to us as an apprentice who had never been on a golf course before. He’s gained his qualifications and learnt how to use all the machinery. He’s worked hard and been great to have around and leaves us as fully qualified Greenkeeper. Good luck Mike! 

That’s enough from me I think, busy week ahead with a big spring clean of the course and start fertilising the fairways... that’s a lot of steps!

See you soon 

Matt