|BURY GOLF CLUB LIMITED.
We have been made aware that some members are unhappy about the current condition of the Greens.
Since the Spring we have been following the programme designed specifically for our course by Gordon Irvine and feedback from members throughout the season has been excellent.
As Gordon explained at his presentation, “hollow tinning” is not something he would normally include in his programme but as the sub soil of our Greens is poor this piece of work is essential if we are to improve the Greens year on year.
Gordon also explained the benefits and the plan for introducing Bent and Fescue grasses into the Greens, this is done by over-seeding. To ensure the maximum opportunity of germination of the seeds this must be completed at a time when the temperature of the ground is at the optimum level i.e. August/September.
To over-seed and then hollow tine would obviously be pointless, a waste of time and most important a waste of money. It was decided therefore that this work would be completed after the Captains Final and ensure recovery before All Finals Day.
We understand the frustrations but even now the course is being prepared for next season. As we start to plan for next year the diary may change slightly to ensure we have an “essential works window” where no “majors” will be played during this period.
We have always said the programme is long term and we will all have to take a little disruption in order to achieve our goal. This year has seen some major improvements due to changes in cutting patterns but the continuous improvement in the fundamentals of the course will take some considerable time.
Please rest assured Dave and his team are working flat out to ensure the greens recover within a couple of weeks.
Finally, now that we have returned to some kind of normality on the Golf Course just a gentle reminder that rakes must be used in Bunkers.
Rakes are available by the 1st tee and usually one is taken that can be shared by the group. At the end of the round they should be placed in the bin by the compressor.
Personal mini rakes can also be purchased in the Pro shop. Tidying the bunkers with your club or your foot is no longer acceptable. Please show courtesy and etiquette to your fellow members.
We hope this update has clarified the rationale and the timing of the work.
Play well and keep safe.
The Greens Team