The Return to Golf: Course Update
- Graham Pollit
Please find below an update on the course condition and what to expect from Monday 29th March.
Most of the planned winter work has been or is almost complete. The fairways/most of the rough/greens and surrounds are now being cut on a regular basis. The cut heights will be lowered gradually as we go. The greens are having all their regular treatments but don't expect them to be too fast just yet. Regular use of the iron will help to ensure a consistent roll. Most of the bunkers have been prepared and are ready for play with the 6" place rule in force (see temporary local rules). Any bunker not in play will be clearly marked as GUR.
Following an on course inspection this morning by the course committee, a decision was taken to leave the 'winter rules' including the use of fairway mats in place initially from Monday 29th to Thursday April 1st when it will be reviewed again before the Easter competitions. The use of buggies will be restricted to registered users only.
The aim is to get back playing 'proper golf' and handicap qualifiers as soon as we can. Although the fairways are drying out nicely there are many areas mainly in the rough still recovering from the prolonged wet weather. Please remember it's very early in the season.
The COVID local rules regarding rakes/flagsticks will still be in place until at least June or until the EGU advise us otherwise. Please make sure you read the current version of any temporary local rules that are in place. They are available to view either via the Club V1 Members App under Docs\Local rules or on the notice board near the first tee. If you are unsure ask in the pro shop.
Note: The penalty areas definitions on the right of 12 between the tee and the dip and 16 on the right between the pond and where the fairway bunker used to be have been extended and clearly marked with red stakes.
Despite the bad weather and reduced staff numbers the greens team have continued their great work preparing the course for our return to golf. Massive thanks to the many people who have been using their "daily exercise" allocation to great effect helping out with jobs on the course and around the outside of the clubhouse.
Please continue to repair your pitch marks, replace divots and remind your playing partners to do the same.
Finally, enjoy your golf!