February Eagle Golf Update
Well, it has been a frustrating time for golfers over the last month or so, heavy rain and some more snow throughout January meant the course has only been open intermittently during this time.
The decisions behind these closures are determined each morning by Gavin, the greenstaff and myself and every effort is made to open the course when possible. It is important to remember what long term damage can be done to the course under these conditions and maintaining the long term playability of the course is our main objective.
It is also important to keep up to date with course restrictions in this time. We limit the use of buggies and trollies in the wetter months to help protect the course from damage, so it is imperative that these restrictions are adhered to.
The Agronomist that we employed during the end of the summer made his second visit in early January. His report has come back to us and his feedback on the course concluded ‘the tine holes in the soil profile show the benefit of aeriation and this should continue as often as possible’ and ‘The greens were largely free of fusarium patch disease, unlike the situation last winter’. Overall he was very pleased with the condition and presentation of the courses for the time of the year with the greens especially in good health. We look forward to welcoming Robert back for his next visit in April.
We have moved Maintenance week forward to week commencing 5th February. This work will encompass pencil tining of all greens. Top dressing will also be carried out depending on weather conditions. Leaving the holes open for a period of time will allow air into the rootzone and help water to move through the inner surface more quickly
During late January we held interviews and have appointed a new greenkeeper who will start on Monday 5th February. It is felt that with 27 holes, an additional Greenkeeper joining the team will bolster Gavin’s team and enable us to do more work which in turn will help us to enhance the overall playing condition on both courses moving forward.
Over the course of the winter I have had meetings with Roger Newbold, a 7 day eagle member, who has been very helpful giving me feedback and general information around the Eagle course. We will now make this a regular monthly meeting with myself, Roger and the Academy Manager, Amanda Bott. So if you have any questions or queries you can bring these up with either Roger, Amanda or myself.
We also have exciting news on a new addition to the Professional staff at the Academy. Jon Watts has joined the coaching team from Drayton Park and will initially be around 3 days a week from February before moving to full time for the start of the season.
Jon comes with a wealth of experience and has a passion for coaching players of all abilities to reach their potential by using state of the art technology and up to date training to stay on top of all coaching methods.
For more information on Jon, Steve and Paul’s availability please contact the Academy as this is a great time to start working on your game ready for the season!
We will be sending out the main renewal letters in early February, so please keep an eye out for those and if you have any queries about your membership or any questions for the year ahead please get in touch.
I have included some dates for your diaries, so hopefully I will see you at some or all of the events below!
Club AGM – Sunday 18th February
Membership Collection Weekend – Saturday & Sunday 24th/25th February
Captains Drive In – Saturday 24th March