Happy new year to you all.
I would just like to update you all on the reasons as to why the course status has been changed as often as it has recently.
As you are all aware, we are built on a clay base and a clay loam topsoil. This soil type is very slow to drain and can become increasingly soft in prolonged wet periods as we are currently experiencing.
From the 22nd of June to 17th of Jan we have had a grand total of 898 mm of rain, this is equivalent to 13 months of average rainfall for the area in just under 7 months.
At this level of rainfall, the ground requires 4 or 5 days of no rain to get dry enough to allow buggies on the course, we just haven’t had a break in the weather this winter.
The shortened course from 7 to 18 cannot be used on a regular basis at the moment due to the 7th being one of the wettest areas on the course. We are working to rectify this so we can put the shortened course back into play. Many of the drains have been cleared and are flowing more freely, and there are plans in place to install a new drain at the wet area between the two fairway bunkers to prevent that issue from happening again.
Other drain lines will require extra work involving lifting the turf, cleaning the stone, and then replacing the turf. This work is currently being held up with the weather.
Please be patient as we are working hard to open up as much of the course to as many of the members as possible.