Today’s big news is that Wednesday was the 30th anniversary since Gavin started with Eaton Golf Club, at its original location  It’s a remarkable achievement; the good news is that he still has plenty more years ahead of him.  The course committee and the Club are marking the occasion suitably - we owe him a great deal.

We’ve had great weather this week although the team have come in at 7:00 am to ground frosts every morning.  The course is much drier:  we have been able to reduce Preferred Lies relief to ‘areas cut to fairway height or less’, NOT in the rough.   Competitions therefore become qualifiers.  Note the ‘first cut’ is NOT fairway!

Most of this week’s work has been on the bunkers, with up to 40 tonnes of sand required to top them up.  Several of the older fairway bunkers need rotovating to break up the hard-panned sand base, and there are a couple that will need clearing out, the drain unblocked and a new sand/clay barrier installed at the base.  It will be done next week. 

The greens have recovered well after being hollow-tined and dressed.  They were cut on Friday, showing that growth has started.  Next week they are to be quite deeply scarified to rip out dead grasses - they won’t look too pretty for a few days but we need to reduce the organic matter in the upper layers to firm up the surface.  After scarifying they will be lightly dressed; then we must let the spring growth do the rest.

Tees have been lightly fertilised.  Tees and greens have been sprayed with wetting agent.   The tree surgeon has carried out the immediate priority remediation work.  The wild flower area between the 5th tees and stream has been mown to encourage the wild flower plantings.

There is no sign of our new electric greens mower yet.  We are not the only club to be waiting.

Alan Wood

27 March 2022


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