Q2 2018 – Course Update – 9th May
- Now that the growth is back the black patches on the greens should hopefully disappear. Martin and his team are working their usual magic with some topsoil dressing and fertiliser as well as some aeration so we hope to get them back to near perfect in the next few weeks.
- For safety reasons we are going to reverse the right of way entitlements on the 15th tee. Currently the players on the 15th tee give way to players on the 18th tee; this will be reversed and the sign on the 15th tee will be changed. It makes more sense for the people in the hitting zone to hit and leave, hence the change.
- We have planted some maples (circa 10 feet high at present) between the 10th and 13th tees which should provide further protection for the odd errant tee shot from either tee.
- We have deliberately held off on cutting many of the new tees in order to bed the grass in properly. Normal cutting will be in practice going forward.
- For the Ladies competition on 15th May, as a trial, we are going to move the Ladies 11th tee to the front of the men’s tee. Rather than just seeing the hill in front of them the players will now be able to see the entire fairway as well as the beautiful views of the back nine from the higher tee.
- Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we are in a ‘holding’ position on the building of the new chipping green. We need roughly another €20k on top of the Strictly money collected (coincidentally, also circa €20k) to build a green of the proper standard. A meeting has been arranged with the Strictly Committee to discuss further options.
- The new warning sign between the 6th/7th fairway will be moved closer to the 6th tee from its present position. We also intend doing some extra seeding around the 6th green to address some of the bare patches from the recent storms.
- If we can find an extra grand or two – it’s all about the dosh as usual – we also intend looking at putting proper signage around the practice ground. We have a great facility up there but no real instructional signage or distance markers and there is a growing sense that we are not properly utilising a great resource.
Q1 2018 – Course Update
The clean-up after Ophelia remains the number one priority for our Head Greenkeeper Martin Travers and his team.
We continue to be focused on safety issues around the course, in particular on the 6th hole. The steep concrete path by the green is now out of play and will be removed completely. With the loss of the old Oak and the removal of the Leylandii’s up by the 7th green last year, taking a driver off the 7th tee has become a realistic option, thereby exposing players playing the 6th to some harm. To address this safety concern, and with the help of our course architect Ken Kearney, we are considering a number of options. In the interim, we would encourage all players to favour the left side of the 6th fairway when approaching the green in addition to exiting the green at the back.
Continuing on the safety theme, we are requesting feedback from all Club members about other safety issues around the course and we have set up a simple web form on the Club website where members can directly input their concerns. This can be found under the Members tab /course information. All such submissions will be risk-assessed by the Management Committee and acted upon where appropriate.
In terms of planning, we are in the process of finalising a three year course plan targeting specific areas around the course (we have already commenced extending the back tee on the 12th hole). We are particularly considering a number of once-off course development initiatives funded from the proceeds of the very successful Strictly Dancing last year. See Rolling 3 Year Plan here.
Finally, you will have noticed a number of greens roped off around the course. We would ask that all members respect this roping. Also, in the absence of roping or fringe gates, and as a matter of good etiquette, our preference is that you walk around ALL greenside bunkers and avoid those fringe areas between bunkers and greens. And please don’t forget to keep on repairing those pitch marks!