Course Update 14th June.
Unsurprisingly, the week has been totally disrupted by the extraordinary weather. We have had close on 5” of rain since last Friday - largely in 3 very wet days. If you have seen the photos on the website you will have some idea of what conditions were like on Wednesday. - no argument about closure that day! I am told that there was a lot more to see when the team came in at 06:00. The gravel banding clears it quite quickly and the fairways recover very well - it’s the rough that retains water and gets quite muddy. We had to pump out some of the fairway bunkers where the drainage has not been serviced.
Nevertheless we have fared rather better than our neighbours. Naming no names, most have suffered closure, including one that advertised it was open on its web site but actually it was only 11 holes. We had an unexpected visit from a sizeable group of visitors who had been booked on a local course which was closed, and Friday’s Scratch match which was due to be played on another of the Chester courses relocated to Eaton because we were able to offer 18 holes. The Ladies Chester Festival had to be cancelled, as was our Ladies Invitation Day on Wednesday. A course in N. Wales was completely inundated when the local river burst its banks.
Gavin has not been able to do much work on the greens, although anticipating the rain he managed to get much of the course cut on Monday. He also solid tined. It’s been too soft mid-week to get machinery on to the course, but he was able to cut the greens and tees on Thursday and will again today (Saturday), but they are too soft to be rolled - it would cause compaction and close over the tine holes. Unsurprisingly the greens are slow - we tried stimping but abandoned it because it was not meaningful.
Next week is forecast much drier and warmer - look out for the grass jumping out of the ground. A grass factory Gavin calls it.