"The course, especially the greens, have been in the best condition that I can remember in my 20+ years as a member".
Our contractor, Souters, under the guidance of the course architect Stuart Rennie, started work on the bunker project in mid-October.
They are concentrating mainly on green side bunkers (details shown in the plans in the clubhouse and website . Click below then log in). http://www.westkilbridegolfclub.com/news/course_news/?-session=ldcms:0A00003F1d78c1B201LGOAF9E18A)
It was hoped that after each hole was completed and turf laid then the netting could be removed after approximately two weeks. However, due to the unfavourable growing conditions, the turf is still not strong enough, meaning the netting will have to be in place for a longer spell.
Only after all bunkers have been finished will any of them have sand put in and be available for play. Please take care retrieving balls from roped off areas, particularly the edges of bunkers and under no circumstances hit from them. We envisage all bunkers being back in play in Spring.
Our future plan is that over the next four or five winters our own staff will work on the rest of the course bunkers.
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The greens have been consistently good all season and this is due to the continued hard work of coring, spiking and sanding of them by our staff (most recently w/c 28/11/16).
However there are several ways that we, as members, can help maintain this:
A recent survey suggests that if a pitch mark is left un-repaired for more than 10 minutes it could take up to 15 DAYS for it to recover. If it is repaired within 5 minutes it will probably recover within 24 hours. By not repairing pitch marks, it gives less desirable grasses such as Poa Annua, a competitive edge against the finer species of grasses that we are trying to promote.
** every player should have a pitch repairer on their person (not in their golf bag) when they step on to the 1st tee**.
At this time of the year invariably we will have some members standing in bright sunshine at the clubhouse wondering why there are temporary greens. Members should be aware that approximately 85% of grass plant tissue consists of water. Therefore when the temperature drops too low the plant freezes rigid resulting in the grass becoming brittle.
If players then walk on the greens at this time it could result in bruising that could potentially kill the grass. This can eventually lead to good grasses being damaged and more susceptible to disease. A sure sign of this is seeing black footprints on the greens after the frost has lifted.
Please be patient as the greens staff do not take the decision to put on temporary greens lightly as it is only done to protect the course. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkoWWrHzuAg
As of the 7th December, play has been taken off the fairways. A putter is now the only club that can be used on the approach to the green.
Members are asked to fill in all divots by using the divot mix provided at all the par 3s and some par 4s.
The nets have now been dismantled for the winter.
From the 7th December ALL long game practice can only be played from the mats (NO EXCEPTIONS).
Our staff have re-shaped and rivetted the bunkers at the practice green.
As the annual rainfall appears to be increasing each year the course has suffered more and more from standing water. We are therefore carrying out an in-depth survey to determine which areas are in most need of remedial work.
Depending on the scale of the problem, either our own or outside contractors will work on this over the next few seasons.
1. You will be aware the area of rough between the 3rd and 5th fairways has been drastically cut down. It is hoped that by applying a leading selective weed killer” Rescue “ to this area we can thin out the coarse grasses to try and promote finer species such as bents and fescues.
This should, in the long term, offer an altogether fairer recovery shot from this area.
2. The sleepers at the burn between the 16th and 17th holes are being removed with the intention of installing a more robust option. Several materials, including precast concrete, are being considered.
Please remember this is YOUR course - so please look after it !!!