Winter Course Update
Non-qualifying course from 1st November to 31st March 2024
With the winter well and truly here the course is now moving toward full winter playing conditions. The recent very wet weather in particular means the course will remain placing through the green for the next few months. Also, temporary tees will sometimes be in play shortening the course to the extent where it is non-qualifying for rounds to count toward your playing handicap. This means the option to enter general play rounds will be removed from the V1 system in The Spike Bar and all competitions will be non-qualifying until April 2024.
Winter wheels now necessary on all electric trollies
Protect your course and make life easier on the softer ground by acquiring and using a set of winter trolley wheels. These wheels provide increased stability, traction, and control whilst on the course. Over an 18-hole round, winter wheels can also help to preserve your energy as they are 40% easier to push/pull than traditional summer wheels, meaning you can save yourself for the shots that matter. From 1st November all electric trollies will be required to have these fitted, even better will be to keep the trollies to paths wherever possible too. Of course, if you can carry that is the best option of all. Thank you.
Practice putting green improvements
With the development of the short game area and the practice putting green providing a first impression of the course in general it is an area that ought to looks its best. The encroachment of roots from surrounding conifers underneath the fringe around the putting green has had a major impact these past few years. The first stage of improving the area is therefore to install a root barrier to prevent the roots from reaching the area in future.
As pictured below the barrier will be placed following the edge of the conifers, including up to the far exit between them from the 9th green. Once the root barrier is installed the ground will be prepared for reseeding in expectation that the grass will grow and remain. The second phase of the improvement includes landscaping in the bottom corner where the old chipping mat used to be and moving the shoe cleaner closer to the far exit from the 9th green. Further updates will be shared as this work progresses.