This week our greens team have taken full advantage of a break in the adverse weather we have experienced recently.
This greatly anticipated dry spell has allowed them to commence vital drainage work out on the course which was originally earmarked to be started in October 2019, but unfortunately delayed due to over 400mm (15.7 inches) rainfall between September and January.
This week new drainage has been installed on the 8th hole which was long overdue, especially in the front and left greenside bunkers.
With this in mind, some areas have been top dressed and seeded to take full advantage of the mild weather to start the germination process. Please can players be aware that the seeded areas and tyre marks are deemed Ground Under Repair. The bunkers themselves are still in play.
It is inevitable that a players ball may come to rest in a seeded area. If this is the case, players are asked not to walk on these areas but use the bunker rakes to collect their balls before taking relief from the Abnormal Course Conditions in line with Rule 16.1b:
If a player’s ball is in the general area and there is interference by an abnormal course condition on the course, the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):
- Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief in the general area. - Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:
Limits on Location of Relief Area: - Must be in the general area, - Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and - There must be complete relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition.
Today work has commenced on the 7th hole, again with a focus on the left greenside bunker and drainage. This area of work will be continued on Monday. Again, players should take relief in line with Rule 16.1b should their ball come to rest in the GUR.
More to follow...