The last remaining bushes being removed from in front of the 13th Medal tee.
The opened up view from the back of the 13th Medal tee.
We have extended the path at the 16th tee on the Medal right out to the road that crosses the hole. This area was rutted, uneven and unsightly. Hopefully by creating a path the surrounding ground will get a chance to recover.
The unsightly walkway at the 16th.
The extended path is now much tidier..
We have also installed two areas of rubber matting, one at the start of the path leading to the 6th tees and the other at the start of the path leading to the 16th tees. In the past we have re-turfed these areas, but due to high wear this has proved unsuccessful. These mats, which are full of holes, are sunk into ground level with turf already having been laid underneath. Hopefully over time the grass will grow through the mat which will then protect the crown of the plant.
The newly installed matting at the start of the path at the 16th.
The last major project of the winter was to create a new walkway from the the 3rd Broomfield green to what will be the new 4th tee (the present 16th tee ). The new layout that has been planned for the Broomfield will allow for those wanting to play 9 holes to finish at what is the present 7th hole and close to the clubhouses and car park.
All the gorse cleared from the site of the new walkway.
Preparing the area prior to turfing.
Turfing work complete.
THE NEW SEASON
As the start of the season draws near we have now turned our attention to getting some definition back on each hole. All the Medal fairways have been brushed, cut and divotted. The tees are in the process of getting the same treatment. Other areas around the courses will also be cut to tidy them up.
The paths around the courses will also be edged and a fresh coating of quarry dust put down to freshen them up.
All bunkers will be tidied up, their faces will also be blown to remove sand build up. We are in the process of grading sand which will be used for topping up the bunkers around the 2 courses.
I hope that this blog together with the previous 'winter work' and bunker construction blogs, give you an insight to what has been happening out on the courses over the last few months.
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