I hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. I wanted to provide an update to the membership about some of the works due to commence on the course and how we are trying to manage the condition of the course following the difficult period of weather after Christmas.
Course Status Emails:
Each day the course is reviewed by the greens staff to ensure the course is safe to play and if the course is too wet or unplayable then the membership will be notified in an email around 6.30am. If the status of the course changes again, a further status update with be emailed.
The website will also show the status of the course.
General Course Condition Update:
Following the extensive rain over the Christmas period, the course has been at saturation point. The course had to be closed for a couple of days to reduce excessive wear to the course and then when the conditions allowed the Winter Course was utilised to positive effect.
The wet conditions highlighted some issues with the 9th and 18th greens drainage and the side channels to the 13th hole became flooded not allowing the new drainage to function as it should.
The use of winter wheels, carrying and managing walkways off tees and greens has had a positive effect on the wear to the course and team and I would like to thank members for their help with protecting the course.
Greens Maintenance - Works to commence on 10th January
To help provide some aeriation and alleviate compaction to green surfaces the team will undertake 12mm verti-drain tines going down to 6 inches. This will alleviate compaction and allow for deeper root development below our normal aeration depth.
The team will follow this procedure with 16mm solid pro core tines at a depth of 3 inches. This will help the top surface to drain and allow gaseous exchange within the thatch layer.
The thatch layer is the layer which can retain water and effectively these processes work on improving this layer and aids drainage and improves the overall putting surfaces.
To further improve drainage specifically on the 9th and 18th greens, the team will use the auger attachment. This effectively means drilling a cup-sized hole into the green and filling with gravel and sand with turf replaced on top. These two greens have seen some “puddling” to them when others have drained well, so the team will focus on these greens due to this. This process will repair quickly with minimal effect on the putting surface in the short term.
The stream which runs across the 13th hole over time has now started to collapse and in heavy periods of rainfall the water rises above the height of the stream and into the fairway.
In addition to the stream, the channels which run down the sides 13th hole have become ineffective due to the flow of water not moving quickly enough. This also effects the drainage from the 13th fairway.
From the 17th January, a contractor will commence work to widen the stream on 13th and make this a better feature of the hole and improve the drainage throughout. The 13th and 14th holes will be closed for approximately three weeks depending on the weather.
The contractor has done work for leading golf clubs throughout the country and recently made changes to the 11th hole at JCB Golf and Country Club.
The changes may be disruptive for the short term, but with a much improved stream and drainage to this hole alongside improved tree clearance, the aim is to make this a real feature hole at Edgbaston.
Drainage to 2nd Hole
The final phase of the drainage is the 2nd hole which is due to take place on 14th February 2022 weather dependent. The drainage will consist of the same process to the 3rd and 4th holes which took place at the end of November 2021.
The hole maybe closed for a period of time or a short hole, but the aim is to keep disruption to a minimum.
The team will continue to manage the woodlands as outlined by the tree specialist and in line with our progress towards the GEO certification. A number of silver birches have unfortunately become rotten or diseased as they enter the end of their life span. Typically silver birches last 40-60 years and a number on the course are nearing the end of this life span. We are working with a specialist to review the trees and will look to commence a replacement programme to replace trees removed and the aim is to preserve the features of the holes and the ecologically benefits of the woodlands at the Club.
Thank you to all the members for your support of the maintenance projects throughout the year and with these changes we are continuing to strive for an exceptional golf course for the members.
Edgbaston Golf Club