I’m afraid there is not much to share with you this week:  there are only so many ways to say 'Gavin and his reduced team have been flat out all week cutting grass’.  They have just about managed to contain the growth after 15 mm of rain the previous week.  Their goal is to enable us to have the course fully playable within a few days of permission to reopen.  With the full course team back that should be readily achievable.

Bunker sand is now being delivered next week:  it will take 3-4 days to recommission the bunkers and re-contour the rest.  But best to stay clear for a few days - until we can get the sand compacted balls are likely to sink quite deep.

The WooWoo is now due to be drained this Monday; not that it matters much as it will remain Covid-closed for the time being.

Other than that, here are a couple of photos of the 14th which illustrate the architect’s purpose to improve the course visuals.  One is from the old yellow tee, the other from the new.  Using the first and second copses on the upper part of the fairway as guides it is clear how much further up the fairway one can see from the new position, creating a more attractive perspective.  We have also reduced the small copse left of the fairway near to the stream.  It wasn’t achieving very much and tended to hide the water.  It’s bad practice to hide hazards!

14th old

 14th new
Alan Wood