First of all, I would like to apologise for the length of time since my last entry/blog post - there has been plenty of happenings at the Club in recent weeks and things are only now starting to wind down from the busy playing season as we move through autumn and prepare for the winter ahead.
Yesterday was a stressful day for me personally, as I had to put my car through its first MOT and then take all the men's trophies to be engraved ahead of the annual club dinner and presentation of prizes on Sat 2nd November, whilst at the same time coming to terms with my mid-life crisis due to turning 42 - many thanks for everyone who wished me a 'Happy Birthday' either in person or via social media!
Today is the last of the men's Saturday competitions, due to rescheduling from earlier in the season, therefore from tomorrow (Sun 20th October) preferred lies will be extended to 'through the green', (i.e. lift, clean and place within 6 inches).
The use of winter fairway mats can also now be utilised on an optional basis. The fairways will also be heavily sanded in early November (weather permitting), therefore use of the plastic mats will make shots a little easier and will also prevent any scratching of your clubs due to playing from a sandy lie.
It is anticipated their use will again become compulsory for part of the winter months, however, further guidelines will be communicated from the Green Committee in due course.
Multimats can be obtained from the club shop upon payment of a £5 deposit.
Ongoing Works At 6th Hole
The work currently being carried out to the 6th hole green surround was approved by Council at their last meeting at the start of this month.
Originally, we had planned to use the 3 bunkers at the new short game area to the rear of the clubhouse building as our 'prototype' bunkers, which could then be rolled out as part of an ongoing bunker renovation/remodel project.
It was subsequently thought more prudent to replace/renovate some of our more problematic bunkers on the main course instead, so that everyone could get the opportunity to see and more than likely, play from, the new bunkers.
This is why the 6th hole was then chosen, in addition to the fact that heavy machinery can access the area, despite the adverse weather conditions, due to the path network that leads out to this part of the front nine.
Please see below for photos and a drawing of the new bunker positioning/layout at the 6th green - if you have any questions about this work please feel free to get in touch.
Removal Of Sky TV
Recent discussions through the House Committee resulted in a proposal being taken to Council to cancel our Sky TV subscription, which was subsequently approved.
The reasoning behind this decision was that as we do not utilise Sky TV very much, nor do we currently want to have TVs in the main bar area, then we simply could not justify continuing to pay in the region of £500 + VAT per month for the privilege of watching 3 or 4 golf tournaments a year.
Shoe Cleaning Facility/Pressurized Air Hoses Behind 18th Green
Please note we are currently drafting plans and seeking quotations for new and improved shoe/electric trolley cleaning apparatus behind the 18th green as you walk off the course and enter the main car park.
In the mean time, could I/we please request that after using the air hoses at either location, can everyone please ensure to hang the air guns carefully by the handles, facing upwards - this is to ensure the nozzles do not get broken, which currenlty happens on a regular basis.
Please see the photo below for the correct way to return the air guns after using them (i.e. holster them by their handles, not face down, which normally ends up with the nozzles being broken when people are careless in removing them!).
Warm Up Range/Long Game Area
Although it is still early days in the progression of our new warm up range area, the grass seed has now germinated and the area as a whole is starting to 'green up' nicely.
However, to protect the grass in its infancy can I please ask all members to refrain from walking over this area to inspect the view/outlook from the hitting pads, as this will only damage the grass seedlings and hinder early development.
Please note it is not anticipated for the upgraded short game area and new warm up range to be ready for play until at least May next year.
The photos below illustrate the good progess of the warm up range area over the last month or so:-
Hopefully you won't have to wait another full month for my next blog post - so until then...