Certain areas of the course are scheduled for redevelopment.
Several of the 56 bunkers on the course will be reshaped, relined and have new sand.
It will also be possible to reposition any that need to be moved during the renovation.
This work will be carried out over a period of 6 years using in-house labour and turf grown in the turf nursey.
Work on bunkers will be scheduled to ensure completion by the end of November so that they are ready in time for the following season.
The proposal is to renovate around 5 per year whilst other major work is carried out and no more than 20 per year if no other work is being done in early autumn.
Our aim is to re-level the majority of the tees over next 3 years.
The turf will be removed, the ground rotavated with sand amelioration, levelled, and re-turfed, the turf would be supplied from the in-house turf nursery.
The work is to be carried out over a 3-year period, the number of holes renovated per year will depend on the availability of new turf from the nursery, however the plan would be to work on 4 the first year and 6 per year after that.
This work needs to commence after the first weekend in September and would take up to 10 working days and completed by the end of the 3rd week in September so that the turf can root before the winter sets in.
It is the intention to carry on of the redevelopment work that was started 18 months ago. This includes regrading of banks, removal of trees and bushes surrounding them, and thinning of pond weed. Some should be extended or joined together with others to make good sized ponds. The major works on the ponds will only be undertaken after all the bunkers and the tees are renovated, with some done within the next 6 years.
The ditches need to be regraded, some require slight rerouting and new bases so that drainage can be run into them. This work will make the ditches more effective, safer, easier to maintain.
This work will start after the tees and the majority of the bunkers, but could also be done in the same year provided the ground is suitable.
Banks surrounding Tees and Greens
There are a number of banks surrounding greens and tees that are too steep to be mowed safely and they are strimmed instead. This is a costly job in terms of time and fuel, and the results are not as good as mowing.
The banks around the tees can be regraded when tees are reconstructed, those surrounding the greens could be remodelled over a period of 6 years.
The 14th green should be a priority as it is by far the steepest on the course. It is proposed that the work be carried out in the autumn of 2019 at the same time as bunkers on the left of the green are renovated. Any soil that is taken away from the left could be reused around the back of the green to help soften the turn of the bank. There are 3 other green banks that need some re-modelling, the 7th, 9th and 12th. The work on the 7th and 9th could, if the weather and ground conditions are poor, be done by hand as they just need a minor changes.
Trees and woodland
The woodland areas should be made a part of the course for the features that they offer. At present they are being only used as a barrier between the holes, opening them up so that the woodland fauna can be seen would enhance the course and the wildlife that resides in there.
Putting an ecology plan in place would aid the woodland management and the sustainability of what we do on the course. The work in the woodlands should be ongoing and carried out in house.
It has been pointed out by the two professionals who inspected the wooded areas that this work needs to be continued. The consequences of not doing this sort of work would be that, within 50 years, all of the trees in those areas will die due to the lack of strength in their structure.
There are a number of paths that need to be installed or extended.
These require a budget for materials and can only be done as funding becomes available.
For example, instead of running up the left of the hole, the path on the 3rd could run up the middle of the hole to the start of the landing area and then move out to the left and meet up with the path at the 4th tee.
All other path work should be planned on a yearly basis as it is not really redevelopment of the course but annual maintenance.