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Troublesome Puddling

Rain Rain and more Rain

Now can you remember back to last summer, when precipitation was a rare occurrence. Well, we can safely announce that normal conditions have resumed.

 

But our Greens Team are on the case and have plans to improve drainage away from our greens as a priority.  Please can you continue to be patient whilst these works are going ahead,  we will all benefit in the end.

 

Thatch has always been a problem on our greens and with some help from  specialised machinery, Blue and Ian have a Greens program ready and waiting to improve our greens for the future.

Buggy Shed Owners

Volunteers have also been busy again and we are happy to confirm that after two weekends of work the Buggy shed drainage is now in place.  We are just waiting on the delivery of the matting then this will be laid asap, Thank you for your patience.

 

For all those Buggy users, you will soon receive a Winter Buggy update from Lydia, I ask you to consider the advisory contents and help us to keep our course open for buggies. Thank you, Baz

 

What’s Blue been up to?

aerating the tees at march golf club

We’ve already seen the work start on the bunkers from an earlier post, now Blue is starting on the tees.  You’ll see over the next week or so, weather depending lots of work been carried out on the tee boxes, moss removal, aeration and some minor levelling.

We have our next Volunteer session on this coming Sunday 3rd March … please can you pop your name up on the sheet on the noticeboard, with your help we can support Blue and really make a difference to our fairways for the coming season.

Together we can make our vision come true the “Gem in the Fen” being the best 9 hole course in the area!

 

 

 

Greenkeepers Updates

When you get to work and this is your view in the morning, what could be better than the view down our great practice ground?  Then the other photos below show the start of the bunker work for 2019.  Our Gem in the Fen is getting ready for the new season, look forward to seeing you all on the course soon.  Great work guys!

 

Greens Update February 2019

We are in the depths of winter and there is a lot going on with tree pruning, dead leaves on the course and operation clean up after the high winds.

Sean and I have had our first planning meeting of the year and we are pleased to announce that ideas have been discussed and plans are in place to ensure our golf course can repair itself (with our help) after the drought conditions and the subsequent wet weather.

Firstly, I would like to thank both Ivan Roberts and Barry Cracknell for carrying out the work on removing the fencing at the back of the 4th tee.   This has allowed us to further investigate the plan on how we can improve the medal teebox, now the sunlight can actually improve the growing environment.

The Greens plan for this tee, is to shut off the half that is in the greatest need of repair, whilst we carry out rotovating, levelling and returfing of that part of the tee. This we believe, is the best chance of creating a well established grass covering that the rabbits seem to find less inviting than weaker growth.

Please note that this half of the 4th tee is likely to be GUR for the rest of the 2019 season.

Secondly, the back parts of both the 1st and 7th greens have suffered the greatest from the drought conditions.  Work has already begun on these areas however, the work is long and drawn out and would benefit from some  extra help.

The Greenkeepers have started by seeding the area and growth has begun, the seeding program will continue with the outset of Spring.  It is our belief that we should make this area GUR and allow this part of both greens to grow longer and get established.  This will decrease the size of the greens temporarily.

Please note that these GUR areas will be enforced for the rest of the 2019 season.

Volunteer Projects

As our outgoing Chairman stated at the AGM we need volunteers at our Club to come forward and help out with time consuming, labour intensive tasks that will improve the standard of our course.

Baz Smith and a small team have been working on clearing ditches to allow members to retrieve their golf balls down the first hole.  I have to thank him for also researching the ditches and pipes around the 5th and 6th holes … water can flow away from our course.

Which brings me nicely to our next working party, we are just waiting for the availability dates from the Greenkeeping Team and we will soon be announcing our next working party.

Finally, we already have a commitment from a man and a digger, soup and sandwiches from House and Bar and cake from the Ladies section for all that attend.  Please keep an eye on Facebook, here on the website and the noticeboard for the next date.

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