We had a visit and inspection by agronomist David Stansfield earlier in the year, so we asked him back in late September to review progress on our course.
David was delighted to hear that club members have reported improvements in the playing performance of greens and bunkers during the summer. As a club we’ve taken steps to improve the putting surfaces generally and particularly to get good results throughout the year. David noted our plans to accelerate greens improvement with drain installations in the 1st, 6th and 16th by White Horse Contractors, and is confident this will be a big asset.
On the day of the inspection David concluded that, although the putting surfaces were not optimal they were still very satisfactory. The turf was firm underfoot and more complete than in February, especially at the 6th and 15th. Under the ground there’s been a good effect from our top dressing programme, but a target must be to improve root depth, which would benefit from improvement.
Around the bunkers
Thin and bare ground around bunkers where accumulated ‘sand splash’ has created a very droughty growing environment. Repairing this damage is a particular objective for the winter, but this will involve a reasonable amount of sand removal and replacement and re-turfing. It’s quite a big job from hole to hole.
There are a number of other comments and reference to further plans in the full report which you read here >