In the week of Monday 9th October we’ll be starting drainage improvement work on three greens (the 1st, 6th and 16th). It’s the right time to do this work because the summer playing season is drawing to a close and we can get the work done and some significant recovery before the winter weather and subsequent lack of growth in the grass.
This is a major project for the club and we’ll be working with White Horse Contractors Limited, a leading drainage contractor with many years experience of this type work. As an example of level of expertise – they’ll be using specialist machinery to laser position the drainage on the greens. The work is likely to take two weeks, but is reliant on reasonable weather conditions due to the size and quantity of machinery – if it gets too wet the work can be delayed.
While they’re working on each of the three greens, that hole will use a temporary green positioned away from the work area. And once the work is finished each green will still be out of play, and temporary greens used, for around 3-5 weeks (sorry). This allows them to settle and recover from the work and means your greens team can continue to work on them and monitor recovery.
Details for you to see
White Horse have already surveyed the greens and so we’ll put drawings of the planned work on the clubhouse notice board for your interest. Although this drainage work will cause some disruption for a few weeks it will ensure that these three greens, historically the worst performing in wet conditions, will be much healthier and more playable all year round.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak with Philip our General Manager.