Ophelia arrived as predicted on Monday 16th October and wreaked havoc on our lovely course. There were many ashen faces on Tuesday morning on seeing the destruction caused to so many of our beautiful trees.
A very brief summary is as follows.
Hole 2: many trees down on the left between 2 and 9. Many trees down on the right side.
Hole 5: trees down on the right up the hill.
Hole 6: the glorious 6th is changed forever with the signature tree on the right gone and the large tree on the left at the back of the green.
Hole 7: trees down of the left between the road and the water feature.
Hole 8: the wonderful old trees on the left adjoining the green, home to thousands of crows now gone.
Hole 9: trees down on left of green.
Hole 10: trees down left and right of stream in front of green.
Hole 11: trees down on left and right.
Hole 12: trees down on left and right
Hole 14: trees down on right.
Hole 15: trees down on left and right
Hole 16: many trees down behind the green.
Hole 17: trees down on left and right
Thankfully there has been only minor damage to greens, fairways and tees. No damage was caused to the clubhouse.
Martin Travers and his staff have already done trojan work in clearing selected holes since Tuesday morning and it is hoped to have nine holes open on Sunday morning – see ‘Diary for Today’ on website for updates.
Ophelia (why did she not go the nunnery as Hamlet suggested) has done more damage than Darwin in 2014 but, as in 2014, we will dust ourselves down over the coming months. We have no doubt that our members will do everything possible to help return our course in 2018 to the pristine condition it has been in 2017.
This YouTube link1 is a combination of ground and aerial2 shots (c. 5 min) which we hope will give you a sense of the damage caused by Ophelia. Regretfully they are in random order as the lack of electricity and broadband hampered the production of a more streamlined presentation.
We trust all our members came through Ophelia unscathed and do remain vigilant over the coming weekend during storm Brian.
Rob Andrews – Chairman
1best viewed on laptop or desktop.
2aerial photos courtesy of Adrian Clarke’s drone. (Adrian is a member of our course staff)