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!