Following the recent snow and then heavy rainfall the 2nd hole showed us that it just couldn’t cope with that level of rainfall which has meant it unfortunately has been out of play despite our efforts to hand dig a drain in earlier in the year.
I understand that having carried out such large amounts of work across the course in the last three years as part of the project this will obviously bring up some issues/teething problems. Typically the last place I would want this one is just off the front of the green making the hole unplayable, anywhere else on the hole and we would still be able to play it... this I think is Murphy's law!
The problem we have had is due to some sinkage of the top soil. The levels were meant to move the water left to right, meaning the water should shed into the hollows right of the hole. Unfortunately as time has passed, we have noticed the top soil has dropped causing the apron to sit wet. Meaning the water cannot make the hollow on the right as this side is now sitting slightly higher.
The hollows are shaped to shed, middle to front and middle to back where a drain has been installed to take the water behind the green.
The front (or nearest the tee end) of the hollow was always going to hold a bit of water but it was hoped this would drain through quick enough.
After noticing this we decided to try hand digging in a drain to allow the water to by pass the high edge and shed into the mound but this hasn’t been sufficient enough and water has backed up.
What we are doing?
On Monday I made the call to Profusion and discussed the urgency of the situation, which they agreed with and have sent Tom their drainage man into have a look. We laser levelled the site Tuesday and have decided to implement a full drainage system into the approach with main drain across the front. We are also going to add two soakaways in the hollows and a gully pot on the collar of the green to collect surface water after downpours.
When will it be open?
Due to the scale of these works I now don’t think the hole will be playable for the weekend which was my aim at the start of the week but I hope you agree, that we should be trying to do the best we can to fix this issue once and for all.
We plan to complete works next week and re open the hole with the new drainage and turf areas being left GUR.
I can only apologise for the inconvenience caused but promise you this is being dealt with.