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Golf Course Improvement Works

2017/18 Winter Programme

The following programme of work will be carried out by the Greenkeeping Team over the winter period. This reflects part of our Capital Plan with the input from members, the STRI recommendations and the course architect plans.

Capital Plan: Course improvements.

We have drafted the first year’s Capital Programme based on:

  • the essential winter maintenance works needed around the course;
  • the implementation of the new greens renovation programme recommended by the Sports Turf Research Institute;
  • the introduction of the recommendations from our Course Architect, Stuart Rennie, regarding health and safety, tree management, bunker improvements and the shortening of most of the Par 3 holes.

Focus over the next 3 years on par 3s, greens, bunkers and tree management:
Course Improvement chart IGC

Hole by Hole

Hole 2
a. Remove front right bunker and reshape area accordingly.
b. Create alternative winter green on left hand side in order for this bunker work to be carried out.
c. Remove Gorse bush to left of green as well as other bushes level with back left hand side of green.

Hole 5
a. Creating new yellow tee 20/30 yards ahead of existing tee and cutting grass to fairway height in front of this new tee.

Hole 6
a. Selective removal of some Conifers to left and to rear of green.

Hole 7
a. Remove hedge at rear of backtee.
b. Make good the path and relay rubber matting.
c. Upgrade area in front of current yellow tee in order to bring into summer use.
d. Move Medal tee forward to where current yellow tee is.

Hole 8
a. Expanse of rough in front of the tee to be cut and maintained at fairway height.

Hole by Hole

Hole 11
a. Left hand side: Remove lodge pole pine copse and other single trees short of these. Retain large Birch. Remove roots and extend fairway on this side.
b. Right hand side: Remove all dead or stunted trees. Replace with Sequoias, Pines and Leylandii and fill in missing section of hedge.

Hole 14
a. Trim alder trees forward of medal tee on right hand side.
b. Remove half a dozen poplars at first bend of burn.
c. Fell unsightly line of Poplars at left hand side of fairway.

Hole 16
a. Trim Conifers on playing line from ladies/medal tee at crest of hill.
b. Remove 2 or 3 trees beside where bell currently is and move bell in to the right hand side slightly.

Hole 17
a. Remove left section of current yellow tee.

General Maintenance.

Greens: To be hollow tined with small 8 mm holes and filled with sand and to be verti-drained with small tines, as weather permits. After verti-draining, greens will be rolled using turf iron to even the surface. A constant check will be made throughout the winter months for outbreaks of disease (fusarium) and will be treated with a preventative spray as required.
Tees: All tees (including practice tee) to be hollow tined, verti-drained and top- dressed with sand.
Fairways: All fairways to be slit tined. 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 14th fairways to be also verti-drained.
Trees: All dead trees will be removed and replaced, where appropriate. Trees to be thinned out as required. General lopping of branches around the course.
Burn: All large stones to be put to the sides or removed from the burn.
Pathways: All pathways will be checked, weeded, edged and resurfaced ready for the new season.
Fences: All boundary fences and safety netting will be checked and repaired.
Hedges: All hedges will be trimmed.
Machinery: All machinery to be stripped down and cylinders sharpened.
Painting: Course benches, tee markers, etc to be painted or varnished.

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