Greens Report February 2018
From the 1st January until the 19th February we have had a total of 239mm
(9 ¼ inches) of rainfall.
We have made sure all the drainage outlets to ditches are free from debris and are getting water away.
The 18th greenside bunker construction is now complete, we now have to fill the bunkers with sand, and this will be done in 1 inch layers and heeled down to firm up each layer to a total depth of 4 inches.
If we fill up the bunkers straight away with 4 inches, a ball landing in the bunker would disappear under the surface making an impossible shot.
As we were levelling the 6th competition tee and 13th tees this winter, it was decided to use the existing tee playing grass surfaces from these tees, to rivet the walls of the 18th bunkers and if there was enough turf left over to construct and rivet the 10th greenside bunkers, using the existing turf saved budget costs and got another 2 bunkers done.
The 10th bunkers will also be filled with sand shortly and the same method as the 18th bunkers will carried out.
We have been playing on 10th and 18th temp greens this winter to help protect the bunkers, the roots have not become established yet and members walking over the turf to retrieve golf balls, the walls could collapse as the sods have not let bonded together.
Nearer the spring the rest of the bunkers will be edged and topped up with sand.
The 6th competition and 13th tees have now been levelled and turfed; the tees will be ready for the new season when the competitions start.
When these tees become established putting the roots down, the mowing height will be cut down in stages with hover mowers, then hand mowers and finally to its tee height (10mm) with the ride on mower.
We have just started edging, weeding and tidying the tee paths around the course; the paths will be topped up with a new quarry dust surface and compacted down.
We will be verti draining the tees, greens approaches and fairways shortly using ¾ inch solid tines.
The greens have been aerated using ½ inch solid tines; they have also had winter granular feeds to protect against disease.
We will soon be applying a granular feed with 11% iron in, this is to burn out and kill the moss in certain greens, later nearer the spring we will scarify the greens, stubborn areas of moss we will use hand held spring bok rakes to remove it. The areas will then be over seeded and topdressed.
We have managed to clean out a couple of ditches with the back digger on the tractor, this is ongoing task.
All the machinery has now been serviced and cutting units have now been sharpened and returned from the local dealer
Shortly the lifting gear, compressors, power washers will be sent away for safety checks and will have new safety certificates.
The shoe cleaner compressor has been tested, serviced and had a new certificate for the year.
All the course furniture, bins, benches, ball washers etc has been painted or varnished and ready to be put back out on the course.
At the moment we are having repairs carried out to the maintenance sheds, the metal guttering between the two roof apexes is weathering and a new rubber liner is required.
MT Wood & Son roofing specialists from Ulverston is carrying out the repair.
Dave Fenton is repairing the back wooden sliding door and front entrance door; this was forced by the same burglars that broke into the clubhouse on the same night.
Both doors are secure but require attention.
Adam and Jake will shortly be attending a British Red Cross first aider course, which they will receive, certificates valid for 3 years.
Sam Dutton has now finished his employment with BGC.
Callum McGrady will be returning to work for the club; his employment will start from the 12th March.
5th and 6th hole winter closures
As mentioned above, the rainfall from the 1st January to the 19th February has been 239mm (9 ¼ inches) compared to previous years
2015 247mm 9 ¾ inches
2016 323mm 12 ¾ inches
2017 220mm 8 ½ inches
The 5th and 6th holes have not been closed anymore times compared to previous years for January and February.
From the spring of 1999, the Club made the decision to identify the main areas of the course that suffered from a lack of drainage that was keeping the course closed for long periods of time; these areas were prioritized inline with a limited budget available.
Turfdry a drainage contractor from Derby was given the task of draining these wet areas during the summer of 2003 over a 10 week period.
This was a big success; we now had a main basic drainage structure.
Over the next 12 years we planned and hired in the machinery, purchased materials and carried out in house drainage projects that connected onto the original contractor’s structure.
We moved from draining fairways and large areas of rough to the present ongoing plans of greens drainage.
This drainage network of stone banding and plastic piping will last for many years to come.
The entire course apart from the 5th and 6th holes has had new drainage put in over the years; we will always find pockets or areas to drain as it is ongoing.
Back in 2010 Holker Estates the land owners approached the club, to make BGC aware that they were considering negotiating the land where the 5th & 6th holes are at the end of the lease.
It was decided at the time that until Holker estates had made a clear decision on their plans for the 5th & 6th holes that we would not go to the time or expense of putting in drainage to improve the area.
As time has past Holker Estates have now shelved their plans for the foreseeable future.
Apart from putting new drainage in the front section of the 5th fairway and replacing a new mains outlet near the middle bunker on the 6th hole, no other drainage has been done.
A drainage plan will now be put in place by the Greens and Development committees to drain the fairways, the greens and surrounding area around the 6th tees. This will improve the areas but also more of a chance of playing a full course during the winter months.
We will look into costs for contracting the work out, carrying out the work in house or combining the two.
The scale of the construction and budgets involved means it will not be done in a year, but must be part of the 5 year development plan.