Greens Report September 2018
Our drainage consultants invited eight contractors to submit tenders for the installation of land drainage to the 8th hole and the driving range together with the installation of gabion baskets to stabilize the river bank at the 4th hole. Sadly, for a variety of reasons, only two tenders were received with both being in excess of our planned expenditure.
It should be noted that the catchment areas for the above are very large. The catchment area for the driving range is some three times the size of the range. Old maps show that the range was in fact a bog with the range now acting as a large bowl collecting water from the surrounding land. The 8th hole, which has no effective land drainage, currently acts as a ‘giant sponge’ collecting water from west side of the overflow car park, the areas surrounding the clubhouse and greens sheds with all the water collected within this area migrating towards the 8th tee.
Following further discussion with the consultants we have decided not to carry out any drainage work to the driving range as it is not cost effective. The drainage design to the 8th hole is to be modified and further tenders obtained, with this work to be carried out sometime in 2019.
As regards the stabilization work this will be carried out under a separate contract with further tenders being sought. It is likely that these works will also be undertaken next year.
Arrangements have been made to have the existing drainage run from the 11th pond to the rough adjacent to the 16th fairway jet blasted and the silt removed. In due course further work will be required to replace the defective pipework and to rebuild the outlet chamber at the pond.
A temporary par 3 hole, is to be established between the 10th and 18th fairways which will be brought into use when work is being carried out to the 8th hole or when the 8th is waterlogged.
We have instructed golf course architects, Gaunt Golf Design Ltd. (GGDL), in respect of the renovation and remodelling of the bunkers to holes 9, 11 and 13. The works will also include remodelling the profiles around the greens and the removal of soil from the 9th fairway in order that the green and bunkers can be clearly visible from the tee. Competitive tenders for this work are to be obtained with GGDL providing project management. Following the advice received from GGDL we are hopeful that this work can be commenced later this year.
The above package was chosen as the first phase of a programme to refurbish all bunkers over the next few years based on the experience gained from this initial project. Drawings showing the planned alterations will be posted on our web site when available.
Probable Future Projects
Following a comprehensive health and safety review we have decided that the 4th hole is to be retained and not replaced with a new par three hole as proposed previously by GGDL (refer to Jonathan Gaunt Proposals on the web site). We shall, therefore, shortly be commissioning GGDL to provide a proposal for the redesign of the hole from tee to green including paths and bunkers. In due course we shall post the proposal on our web site.
New Putting Green
The design of a new putting green, to be situated where the current chipping area lies adjacent to the driving range, has been received from GGDL. This new putting green will be in addition to the existing putting green next to the clubhouse.
Short Game Practice Area
We are also to commission GGDL to design a new short game practice area to replace and upgrade our current facility.
Timescales and phasing of the above future projects have yet to be determined but we hope to have these works completed within the next three years depending on cost and available funds.