After all the trials and tribulations of the roller shutter door needing medical attention last week and our greenkeepers not being able to get out any of the machinery for four days, I’m happy to say that the team worked tirelessly from Thursday onwards to get the place back in shape for the weekend.
We received many messages on the weekend about the condition of the course and that people couldn’t tell we had had such problems, which is a testament to the green staff here - especially when we have a small team compared to most other courses.
The only thing that didn’t get cut last week was the rough, and to be quite honest it made the course look fantastic.
Our rough is mainly fescue grass which at this time of year looks absolutely stunning with the long, whispy tops surrounding each fairway. We have had many of the better players asking us to keep the rough that way all year round but after an online survey of the members it was obvious that most of the players (especially anyone above about a 10-12 handicap) thought it was beautiful but just too difficult, and slowed play down due to looking for balls too often.
It sparked a lot of conversation though, and has given us reason to think about where we take the style of the golf course in the future.