It’s always a bit of a scramble getting the course back into play - so many things are last minute, of necessity. The course has dried quite well through what has turned out to be quite a dry month, but there are still some soft patches in the rough.
The spring green treatments - solid tining, dressing, verticutting - have all been completed, as have the tees other than the verticutting which was not necessary following the deep scarification last season.
The greens height will be lowered to 4.5 mm by Monday; they’ve been cut to 5 mm up until now. Gavin reports the grass is growing quite well. The rough is still shorter than normal summer height to encourage drying.
The Easter weekend competitions are imminent, so all 4 courses will be laid out i.e. black, white, yellow and red tee markers, including new yellow and red broken tee caddies. We will also revert to preferred lies to the fairways only, meaning that competitions will again become qualifiers. A note has gone out reminding members about the change in status of most Penalty Areas, from yellow to red, and also gently asking players to pay particular attention to course housekeeping - divots, pitch marks, bunkers - to take some of the burden off the course staff.
28 March 2021