Work on the greens, September

The heavy and intensive work on the greens has now been completed.
This week we have carried out our deep decompaction relief with 19mm tines used to a depth of 9 inches, 10 degrees of heave was used. The weather was not all that great even though it was dry during the working days on Monday and Tuesday. The damp ground and morning fog caused more problems as the sand did not dry once on the ground.

The topdresssing has been completed and brushed in, once we have had some more rain to help wash the sand down we will look at dressing any greens with remaining holes. At the moment we have used around 66 tonnes of sand with 30 still in the bay to be used as needed over the next few weeks.
Any areas of damage to the greens and surrounds is being repaired now that the seed can germinate without being lifted out with other work. We are now hoping for some good growing weather to help the greens recover before the winter and the grass growth really starts to slow down.
I thank you all for your understanding and patience whilst we carried out the work and now hopefully we can have little or no disruption for the rest of the year.

Work on the greens

I can now confirm that the deep compaction relief work will be carried out on Monday 18th September. This work will then be followed up with topdressing with straight medium/fine sand. We will be trying to fill all remaining holes on the greens by using the sweep and fill brush and the vibrating rollers. The use of the rollers will also help to get the greens true again after all the work that has been done in the last week. If the weather holds out for us this work will be completed by Tuesday afternoon. 

Once this work has then been completed all of the major work on the greens will be done. During the winter we will just keep aerating the greens with regular spiking.

Junior’s & Minor’s Presentation Evening

Juniors & Minors Presentation Evening
Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 8.00p.m.

Dear Junior/Minor Member & Parents,
Our Junior/Minor Presentation evening this year is to be held on Tuesday 10th October with an 8.00pm start. It would be wonderful to see you and your families attend the presentation of your trophies, vouchers and medals. It will allow our younger members to see what can be gained by practicing their golf over the winter months. I am sure in the next year or so many of our younger members will be collecting some of the top prizes as their golf improves because we have some very good prospects who could become very good golfers in the near future.
Our club rule for this type of evening has always been that all Junior Members wear jacket & tie. The rule has not been changed officially but I have allowed members who don’t possess a jacket to wear shirt & tie as I understand that many young people do not have reason to wear jackets in this day and age.
It’s always nice to see the mums, dads, brothers & sisters and other family members come along, they will be very welcome. Just one thing jeans are not allowed in the clubhouse.
As it has always been the case Junior Members who have entered our competitions throughout the year are invited to have a meal together with the Captain and Lady Captain. This will take place before the presentation at 6.45pm but please be there by 6.30pm. Those of you who have played in our competitions and wish to eat with us please email me on as soon as possible, or text me on 07980 536246, I do need to know numbers for the caterer. Thank you.
For those of you who haven’t played in our competitions please e-mail me to let me know if you will be attending or not and if any extra family members will be coming as I need an idea as to how many seats need to be set out. Thank you.
All junior members attending who have not played in official competitions will be awarded for their continued attendance throughout the season.
Look forward to seeing you all on the 10th October.

Doug Pickering (Junior Organiser)

Renovations update

The plan for the renovations has been changed significantly as the weather has turned out to be awful.

The hollow coring was carried out on Monday 4th Sept. The collection of the cores took much longer than hoped due to the heavy rain on Monday night and Tuesday morning. As a result of all this rain it was decided that we would scarify before topdressing. This was carried out on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of Sept. The topdressing then took place on the 6th & 7th. 36 tonnes of sand has been spread so far and the rain has done a great job at filling the grooves and holes. The next topdressing will take place as soon as we get a break in the rain. 
It may be that if the weather breaks that we can also carry out our deep compaction relief within the next few weeks and also put a heavy dressing down with that work. 
I will update the post as things are confirmed and put into place.

Senior’s Open Result – 24 August 2017


1st       J Bennett (Gathurst), K Sweeney (Ashton-in-Makerfield)       42 pts
2nd G Hurst, B Sutton (Ashton and Leigh) 42 pts
3rd D Turner, G Bradbury (Colne) 41 pts
4th D Beech (Gathurst), V Wolstelhome 41 pts


(4 balls per 2)
J Hollis D Stockley
J Shuttleworth D Thomas
N Cowsill T Scholes
B Manning J Roberts
J Bennett G Ivers
J Mather
E Galvin x2

Vouchers/Balls to be collected in the Pro Shop

Rearranged date for Midweek Medal (Tuesday 26th September)

Due to extreme work being carried out on the greens starting on Monday 4th September 2017, it has been necessary to re-arrange the Midweek Medal orginally scheduled for Tuesday 5th September 2017.

The new date is Tuesday 26th September, booking will be via B.R.S. as usual.

The course will remain open on the 5th September but some restrictions will be in place.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Golf Committee


Renovations plan for September

As a result of the agronomist’s report and the subsequent members meeting, it was decided that the following work will take place this September:-

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th, We will start and hopefully complete the hollow coring of the greens. We will be using 19 mm tines and they will be at 60 mm width spacing and 100 mm length spacing. The thatch layer is 50 mm in depth so we are coring to 60 mm. 
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th, We will be finishing the coring and starting the topdressing. I will be looking to dress with around 2 tonnes of straight medium/fine sand per green. This will be achieved with 2 passes throughout the day. Once the first pass has been finished we will be brushing the greens with a sweep and fill brush which has 2 brushes that work in opposite directions to move the sand into the holes. This process will then be repeated.
After the sand has been brushed into the holes we are going to use some vibrating rollers on the greens mower to help get the greens true again. The vibrating action of the rollers will also help work the sand to the bottom of the holes. The rolling will then be repeated for a number of days.
Monday 11th, We are also going to deep scarify the greens using 3 mm blades that will leave a groove 20 mm deep. This groove will then be filled with sand again at a very heavy rate of between 1 and 2 tonnes per green. 
Tuesday 12th, Today again is topdressing day to fill the grooves left by the scarifying. The rate is going to be very heavy and again will be brushed in with the sweep and fill brush. This will then be followed up with the vibrating rollers to true the surface and vibrate any remaining sand down into the grooves and any holes that are left. The vibrating roller will then be used for a number of days to get the surface back into a good playing surface.
Week commencing 18th, It may be that we need to do some light sand dresses this week just to top up any remaining holes or grooves. This should not cause any inconvenience as it will only need to be done at very light rates, if at all.
This work is being carried out as a result of the vote by the members at the meeting held on August 21st. The work being done should remove between 1 & 2% of the thatch layer at all the different depths of the profile. The results of which should be noticeable through this winter and into the spring. 
I would like to ask for your patience during the work and hope that you can understand that by doing this work it will speed up the time it takes to get the greens to the standard that I want and you need them to be at. If you see me on the course I will gladly explain and discuss things with you.

Gathurst Juniors Win Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup  At Gathurst  18/8/2017 : Result:  Gathurst 6  Dean Wood 3

The Ryder Cup is an annual match played between Gathurst & Dean Wood.

The Ryder Cup is a trophy put up by Doctor Ryder a member of Dean Wood to be played each year between the Juniors of Dean Wood and Gathurst. The trophy is in memory of his young son who sadly died after a long illness, almost 20 years ago. It has been played for ever since and is a highlight of the Junior calendar.

We regained the trophy after a two year gap.


Players (left to right): Alex Priestley, Josh Slater, Dan Ainscough (Vice Captain), Bradley Ainscough and Oliver Duffy. Missing from the photo, Matt Lynch (Junior Captain).

Ladies’ Open results – August 2017

The ladies held a very successful Open on Friday 4th August with 41 teams of four entered. The weather was very kind to us and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.  There were some excellent scores as follows:

  • The first prize winners were K Clarkson, G Pashley, H Noblett and J Lockwood, who all play at Penwortham, with a score of 94 points
  • In second place were S Forshaw (Gathurst), L Owen (Hindley), J Howells (Haigh Hall) and D Eyres (Great Lever) with a score of 89 points
  • In third place were J Seddon, T Yates, C Williams and P Galloway, who all play at Wigan, with a score of 85 points.

We are holding two team events in 2018, Friday 4th May and Friday 3rd August, and look forward to meeting you all again. The entry sheets will shortly be available via the website or by ringing the office on 01257 255235.