The irrigation project is progressing very well with over 1500 metres of mains pipework installed already. The 90mm pipe that members can see laying around the course will be trenched into the ground, this process does create more spoil but is a much quicker process. Later in the installation a smaller 63mm pipe will be mole ploughed which should make less mess.
Permission had to be granted from the gas board in crossing Carrs lane as a very large gas main runs along the entire length on the public alley.
Great care had to be taken in trenching through this section to avoid hitting the gas main and allowing 300mm of clearance from the irrigation pipe.
Work now has moved on at a great pace and is currently working on holes 1-4. The completion of Phase 1 which is the installation of the 90mm pipe should be completed within six days.
Up to date information is posted on the 1st tee stating what works are being carried out and the location on the course. More updates can be found on notice boards or on the clubs Twitter or Facebook accounts.
I will also give a weekly insight of the works and other course topics on the course news page on the clubs website.
Winter is fast approaching and soon the course will become wet and decisions will have to be made concerning the use of buggies and electric trollies.
I am keen to keep buggies and electric trollies on for as long as possible so I have created exclusion zones in front certain greens to deter golfers from walking with trollies or driving buggies too close to the greens.
This will prolong their use and protect collars from becoming worn leading to bare areas that was evident last year.
Please abide by the notices to keep these areas of the course in good condition.
David Dickinson is in his final week as greens chairman a post he has held for seven years. Many major improvements have been made to the course including the 18th green, bunkers on the 2nd and the lake extension on the 17th to name a few.
Many of these projects may not have been achievable without the persistence of David through his desire to make the course better.
Me and David have worked very closely together over the years and meet every week discussing how to improve the course, and trying to resolve member's issues, however trivial.
David has been a fantastic servant for the club and has worked tirelessly given up so much of his own time in his role as greens chairman.
I personally would like to thank David for all the faith and support he has given me and the encouragement he gives the greenkeeping team.
We are all going to miss David but we wish him well and hope he has a fantastic Captains year with his wife Irene as lady captain.