The weather has been depressingly consistent throughout the fourth quarter. The week leading up to Christmas produced 7.5 mm of rain, and was then followed by a further 18 mm week ending Dec. 29, plus probably a further 10 mm over the weekend, taking the quarter up to around 150% of local averages. Course availability has been affected, unsurprisingly, but we’ve mostly managed to keep 9 holes open - that’s very much in keeping with our neighbours, including Bromborough and Heswall. Fortunately, despite the severe wind storms, we have not suffered any tree damage. In fact, the strong winds have a very noticeable drying affect - until it rains the following day.
One minor piece of work, completed shortly before Christmas, was reworking the base and surrounds of the driving nets and the approach to the bays. The coarse stone that surrounded the nets was finding its way onto the turf and playing havoc with the mowers, and the green ‘carpet’ path to the bays became treacherous when icy. Gavin has remade the base with redtrack and laid rubber matting on top. It’s a much better finish all round. See illustration.
Otherwise there is little course work to report. We’ve been on minimal staffing, with just 1 man coming in each day to check on course playability and set up for play. There is minimal grass growth, which is just as well since we can’t get the mowers out.