Thanks to Blue and Ian our greens are now as good as, if not better than, any in Cambridgeshire. However, as you can plainly see, the same cannot be said of the fairways.
As a result of lack of attention for a number of years, the drought of 2018 and then one of the wettest winters on record this year, many areas of the fairways are in a sorry state. There are many dead and bare areas that will not come back naturally. Unfortunately, it is not simply a question of over-seeding as grass seed will never germinate in such conditions
Many of you may be asking what we are doing to address the situation, but you can rest assured that a lot of thought has gone into how we can rectify it. Unfortunately, the correct solution is a lengthy and costly process, and as you will all appreciate our finances are stretched to the limit more than ever following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blue and Ian have put together a method statement and a cost plan for the restoration work based on them carrying out the work themselves, but even then, there are no guarantees of success as it will be dependent on the weather at the time and successful seed germination. We could employ a specialist subcontractor to do the work, which, whilst coming with guarantees, will also come with far greater cost implications.
The worst affected areas will need to be thoroughly scarified, and then treated with pre-seed fertiliser. They will then need to be dressed with approximately 80 tons of dressing material, seeded and rolled, then roped off as GUR until healthy strong grass growth is established.
Ideally this work should be carried out at around the end of September to mid-October depending on the weather conditions at the time.
Unfortunately, all this comes at a cost we can ill afford at the moment so we are trapped between a “rock and a hard place” as they say.
It is anticipated that the cost of the plant and materials required to complete the work “in house” is approximately £7500.00 so you can understand the dilemma we are facing. Furthermore, once we have completed the restoration work, the ongoing annual maintenance costs for verti-draining and/or shockwave aeration would be in the region of £1500.00.
Blue, Ian and the Greens Committee believe it is only right that all members should be aware of the problems facing us in the immediate future. We are all striving to provide you with the best playing conditions we can, but because of the financial restraints this is not always possible.
Head of Greens