Greenkeeper's Report April 2019

As we enter the new season we’d like to give our members an update of what has been happening at the club over the winter months and what we plan to do going forward.

He’s Back!

Welcome back Ryan Oliver to the team, after 18 months away from the club, including a year at the world famous Harbour Town Golf Links. Ryan is back to work with the Greenkeeping team for the Summer!

We look forward to having Ryan back working at the club and we’re sure that with the extra knowledge and experience he has gained on his travelled, Burstwick will quickly benefit and be in great shape. Welcome back Ryan!

Weeds in 2019

As we have discussed in our previous report, we decimated all of the clover and other broad leaf weeds on the course last year, after more than tripling the weed-killer budget. This was very well received by members and in 2019 we aim to continue progress and do the same again.

What we are doing different in 2019 is we’ve also fertilised the fairways early Spring to give them a boost of growth before any weeds begin to take hold, this should mean that the weeds don’t get chance to spread on the fairways like they have done in previous years; a form of prevention rather than curing. But don’t worry, any weeds that do appear will be killed again by our team.

Hollow coring the greens

Greens

We have recently cored our greens for the third time in just over 12 months, and this is done to improve the growing profile of the turf, which in turn leads to better, more consistent surfaces all year round.

We took extra care when coring this time to avoid any issues that we had previously with some holes being left unfilled with sand, and already you can see a massive difference. The greens are coming back nicely and are showing great signs that in 2019 they will be the best they have been in years!

Our focus now turns to trying to increase root growth as we have had issues in the past with shallow rooting on some greens which can cause disease and other issues, so we will keep members updated on how this is doing.

Bunkers

We have been continuing to top up bunkers throughout the winter with around 40 tonnes of sand and are confident that right now they are the best they have been in over 10 years. We still have improvements to make but the positive comments that we are receiving from members tell us a story that progress is being made.

Fairways & Tees

As discussed above we have fertilised our fairways for the first time in around 5 years to give them an early boost into the season, this will mean that the fairways should have an increased thickness of turf throughout the course, which will produce a more prominent stripe when mowing too.

We have began putting in some new irrigation to two of our competition tees on holes 2 and 18, and aim to have these completed by the end of April. This will help the turf on these tees continue to grow and resist wear through the summer months, producing a better playing surface and presentation.

Rain bird Sprinkler

Irrigation Repairs

We are continuing to conduct a number of irrigation repairs on the course as we still have a few leaks, but with increased research from the Rain Bird website and advise from our Golf Course Constructors MJ Abbots, we are aiming to have all of these solved within the next few weeks for a stress free summer of irrigating the course!

Conclusion

In 2018 we made massive steps towards improving the greens, bunkers and fairways, and in 2019 we aim to continue pushing forward for a better golf course. Obviously with a small team we will never get everything correct all of the time but hopefully our members will agree that we are making improvements in the right areas.

Greenkeeper's Report August 2018

Around one year ago we prepared a Greenkeeper's Report which talked all about the problems we had faced with the course in 2017, and how we weren't happy with it's progress. Below we have made comparisons to last year's report in order to evaluate what has changed in 2018 and how we hope to move forward next year.

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Operation #CloverKill was a success

In 2017's report we talked about the fact that clover had all but overtaken the course last year and how we wanted to increase the herbicide budget by a factor of two to combat the problem in 2018. We are very please to say that this year we were determined to absolutely wipe out the problem by spraying every single fairway and 80% of the rough areas to completely get rid of clover for the year.

We actually didn't double the herbicide budget to do this, we more than tripled it! We had to do this to show the members we were serious about improving the course.

This doesn't mean that the problem will go away for good, and we're not naive enough to think that. In 2019 we will need to more than likely spend a very similar amount to keep the clover at bay, and we aim to do just that.

Greens

Last year our words were that the greens weren't "where we wanted them to be". This was because the thatch level of the greens had grown too deep, meaning the surface was holding too much moisture and the grass roots became much shallower which was a haven for disease, weeds and everything else you don't want on your greens.

Sweep and Fill

As part of an ongoing process we promised to begin working hard on remedying this by putting in place a more aggressive aeration programme which would take away more thatch and introduce more sand into the surface to get them back to how they used to be. In Spring we cored with 10mm diameter tines instead of the 8mm tines we used previously (which also go about 30% deeper), and this has had a noticeable effect over the summer, with our greens being slightly firmer and better draining than last year. This is not an overnight remedy though, we will be coring again in a month's time to further progress the greens.

Another change we have made is the introduction of a Wetting Agent programme in 2018, to help the roots have access to water deeper into the profile of the rootzone, promoting healthier growth in drier times.

Over the course of 18 months to 2 years we should see a vast improvement to the firmness and drainage of the surface, aiding better gaseous exchange for the roots which will lengthen them, and the greens will then become more resistant to disease and be a much better, year-round putting surface.

As many will notice we are still suffering with disease on some of the greens (mainly 6, 8, 11), but we will be monitoring this in the coming days and spraying with fungicide if it worsens. As the greens get better due to our new aeration regime this should become less of a problem each year.

When we core the greens in September we will be hiring a Sweep & Fill machine, which will disperse the sand into the cores much more evenly then our previous methods, and get rid of any excess sand on the surface, meaning the recovery time from the aeration will be MUCH quicker and the greens will be back to normal a lot sooner.

Bunkers

Over the past month we have been receiving a lot of compliments about the difference in the bunkers since we topped up around 40 of them in June. We have opted to begin topping them up on a little & often basis, rather than our old method of waiting for a full renovation when a bunker gets too bad. 

Previously we felt that full renovation of the worst bunkers each winter would lead to eventually having a full set of 70 bunkers that are better than the year before, but in actual fact this hasn't happened. Instead of chasing the "perfect" bunker by taking out the old contaminated sand and renewing the drainage before adding new, we are instead now going to keep the old sand in and continue to top up with new sand on a more frequent basis.

While this means that the contaminated sand will still be in there so the bunker may not look as white as it would with 100% new sand, but the levels should be more consistent and there should be a nice firm base of sand with an inch of 'fluffy' sand at the top where your ball will sit. This method should be a much easier way of maintaining consistent sand levels because it's much less labour intensive.

Overall, our bunkers right now are the best they have been in the last two years due to the much better sand levels particularly in the greenside bunkers. We have paid more attention to the bunker edges this year too and they are a lot better presented than in 2017.

There are a couple out there that at the moment have a little too much sand in and these should bed in once we get some rain. This coming winter, we aim to get all of the bunkers topped up that we didn't get done in June, so around another 30 bunkers will receive various amounts of sand.

Driving Range

As discussed in the News Blog a few weeks ago, we have doubled the amount of new balls for the driving range in 2018, from 6,000 to 12,000. We have also invested in four new Truestrike mats which are a much more realistic surface to practice from, reacting like a fairway to your swing and strike. We have also added new flags to the range and introduced a map in each bay to detail the yardage of the targets. All these little additions help you get the most from your practice.

Fairways

Our fairways have been very brown this summer due to the huge lack of rain since May, and while they don't look as pretty without the stripes, they have still played well this year. As we begin to get more rain in the back end of the season the fairways should green up nicely going into winter. Going into 2019 we aim to give them a feed to get the turf more full and lush, something we have to do because they are built on ex-farmland and do not have enough natural nutrients in the soil.

Irrigation Repairs

We have conducted quite a few irrigation repairs (three replaced sprinklers, 7 replaced decoders, one replaced valve) this summer to get the system back up to spec, we still have a few small lefts from seals on sprinkler heads which we hope to get to within the next month or two.

Conclusion

2017 was a big learning curve for the greenkeepers and management of the club. Lessons were learned with regards to keeping the course moving forward, and hopefully members will see that money has been put where the proverbial mouth is in regards to killing weeds, and improving greens and bunkers. We still have some way to go but hopefully members and visitors alike will agree that we have made inroads in 2018.

A lovely sunset over Burstwick

A couple of weeks ago we had a great opportunity to take some photographs of the golf club on a sunny evening, and the golden light gave a beautiful colour cast over the course, we hope you'll like the results!

Greenkeepers Report May 2018

Bunkers

Bunker renovations

It has been a very busy week at Burstwick with the growing season now in full swing. Since the wettest winter in the fourteen years we have been open meant that we couldn’t get out and put sand in newly renovated bunkers, our staff have been working hard the past fortnight putting out 60 tonnes of sand, with another 30 tonnes to arrive next week for topping up other bunkers on the course.

Normally this would have all been complete by March but we’re now playing catch-up and should be finished with the bunker renovation work by next week, ready to begin mowing the bunker banks and keeping them as tidy as possible during summer (the banks have been left to grow longer recently because of the time we've had to put into bunker renovations, which are usually completed by March!)

Greens

Also this week we have begun work on manually overseeding greens. This means any small areas that have been affected by disease over the winter, old pitchmarks, and other worn areas are spiked, seeded and rootzoned to ensure new growth will come through. 

While this may look a little unsightly to some (small, sandy patches on the greens), it doesn’t affect the roll of the ball because it is so flat and within a couple of weeks the grass will have grown through and produce a great surface.

Rough, Irrigation Repairs, Tees

Other work we have completed this week had included: cutting the rough down, as it has been growing like it’s going out of fashion these past few weeks; we have also been continuing work on irrigation repairs, I have replaced two decoders to get the 12th green back online and also the third tee, there are a couple of repairs still to do and we are waiting on parts for these.

Clover

The onslaught against clover and other weeds begins in the next fortnight! We are taking delivery of 20 hectares worth of weed killer on within the next few days, and this will be used to spray fairways, rough, tees and basically anything that has clover on it!

To give you an idea of how much 20 hectares worth will cover, the most we have ever sprayed in one year in the past is 12 hectares worth, so we are determined in 2018 to break it's back!

Range Balls

We have 12,000 new range balls arriving at the end of June for the range, this is double the amount of balls that we normally renew each year. We are also looking at the possibility of installing three or four new TrueStrike mats, which are the best in the business, giving players a unique feel for every shot, just like being on a fairway!

For those who use the range often this should hopefully make a very positive difference to their practice regime.

Conclusion

All in all the course is coming on really nicely and the greens especially are running much better now that they have recovered from the coring early season. We're confident that with a more aggressive aeration and overseeding policy for the greens they will continue to improve year on year, starting with 2018. We should see the least of clover and other weeds around the course once it is sprayed in the next fortnight, so the fairways and rough should look much neater and also the speed of play will improve due to fewer lost balls.

Happy golfing!

Greenkeeper's Report - The wettest winter we can remember

Rain, rain, rain, and.... more..... rain.

Waterlogged fairway

It goes without saying that we have had one of the wettest autumn-winter periods since we opened in 2004. Just to put it in perspective, our friend Martin Hayward (Head Greenkeeper at Hessle Golf Club) put an interesting tweet out the other day that said we'd had nearly double the amount of rain between June-December than the previous two years (887mm vs less than 500mm in 2015/2016).

It really is unprecedented for us to have been closed as much as we have been this winter, the only time I can remember that came close to this was 2010 when we had six weeks of snow on the ground.

Needless to say we've been hard at work doing whatever we can to maintain the golf course and get ready for the summer season, but it hasn't been easy as there have been many days when we couldn't take machinery onto the course.

One of the major aspects of maintenance on the golf course we have been doing is maintaining the underground drainage by checking manholes, clearing throughways and exit points. This enables the excess water from all the course get away as quick as possible.

Bunker renovation on hole 12

Bunkers

Over the last few months our greenkeepers have been hard at work prepping bunkers ready for new sand coming in the next few weeks. As with last year, we are bringing in 90 tonnes of bunker sand which will help us renovate around 13-15 large bunkers and top-up another 10.

Each year when we do bunker renovation we target the worst bunkers on the golf course, and begin digging the old sand out. From there we pull out the existing drainage and install new pipe to ensure good water flow, back fill the drainage channel with gravel and cover with a permeable membrane.

Once we have all the bunker ready for sanding we’ll bring in the first load and begin distributing among the bunkers at a depth of around four inches, then we compact to ‘bed in’ the sand. Over the first few weeks of use the sand will settle and you’ll have a great playing surface for bunker shots!

Trees

Tree pruning

It's been a couple of years since we've had chance to do some good tree maintenance, so recently on wet days we've been beavering away (excuse the pun), pruning trees around the course.

The aim is to remove the bottom portion of branches from the tree for a few reasons: 1) the golfers can navigate through the trees more easily, and 2) less energy is used by the tree in growing the bottom branches, so that energy can be used to grow taller and stronger.

Fairways

As many of you will have seen, there is a poster on the notice board about worm cast suppressant chemical being banned from the market, and that it is illegal for golf courses to use. 

Not every golf course in the area used this chemical but we used it religiously every November, to keep the worm casts down to a minimum on fairways, tees and greens through the winter months. The knock on affect of this was that fairways would be less muddy and could be mown more frequently and at a lower height. Due to the ban we weren't able to spray the chemical this winter, and subsequently weren't able to mow as much. This has definitely had an effect on the overall presentation of the course but it is a problem every golf course faces and we think you'll agree that these playing surfaces (despite being very wet) have been in more than acceptable condition.

Killing clover in 2018

Mission Clover-Kill

As discussed in the previous greenkeeper's report, we are on a mission in 2018 to demolish the clover issues that we experienced last year. We will more than double the budget for herbicides this year in determination to get rid of nearly all the clover. Members will most definitely see a big improvement in this regard in 2018.

Course Furniture Am-Am

At the latest committee meeting we have discussed what to spend money on when we receive a donation from the Spring Am-Am in March. Last year we bought five bins to place around the course, the year before we bought four new benches. We discussed having more bins, new plastic 150 marker posts, material for the bridge to make it less slippy, and also new range mats (including looking at the Truestrike mat). 

If you have any ideas on what you'd like to see the money spent on, please email Alan and let him know.

Thanks for reading, here's looking forward to the Spring arriving soon and light nights letting us play as much golf as possible!

Worm Suppressant taken off the market

This year a crucial pesticide has been taken off the market for golf clubs, a chemical called Carbendazim. This chemical is used by many of us golf clubs to prevent wormcasts appearing on our surfaces. Some clubs spray their greens and tees, but we have always applied the chemical to our fairways too.

Why do we want to suppress worms? The wormcasts that they leave behind cause us lots of problems. They smear under foot and trolley wheels, creating muddy areas, they are unsightly, they can block up mowers, they cause uneven playing surfaces, they prevent good surface drainage, they help weeds germinate, and they smother grass so it can’t grow effectively.

The chemical was been taken off the market earlier this year as it was deemed to be too dangerous to the environment, even though it has been used for decades, and there is no replacement that has come onto the market so golf clubs are actively looking at other ways to control the worms. On the right is a poster that is being circulated by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association with information about the ban.

Please be patient with your golf club this winter if you feel the the playing surfaces are messier and wetter than they have been in previous winters, it’s probably not their fault! 

Every club is facing this issue at the moment and we are all going to be doing our best to keep our courses as good as possible this winter!

What a Difference a Week Can Make!

We're not shy to say that disappointingly our greens haven’t quite been up to scratch since we cored them in March. A combination of cold, dry weather (we even had a frost last week!) has meant that our greens have struggled to grow and that has meant that marks from the winter have taken much longer to heal than we’d hoped. 

Mark and his team applied some fertiliser around 10 days before the  East Riding Union Members’ Meeting last Thursday - along with overseeding before that - in a bid to get them tip top for the Union’s first meeting of the year, but to be quite honest they just didn’t quite get there in time. The grass was beginning to fill out but we felt we couldn’t take the heights down on the mower and starting using groomers just yet.

Now that the weather has warmed up and we’ve finally seen some rain, our team spent a couple of days working on the greens and what a difference it has made (see photo which was taken on Monday). They are now rolling around 9.5 on the stimp meter (compared with 8 at the Union meeting), and already rolling much truer, and the surfaces look aesthetically much better.

Of course this hasn’t just come from a couple of days of rain and a lower cut, this has been in the pipeline for a few weeks but it has all needed to come together to make the difference. Now we look forward to continual improvement of the surfaces as the golfing season gets underway.

Greenkeepers earn buckets full of praise after Joe Coyle's Am-Am

On Saturday we hosted 46 teams in the Joe Coyle Fundraising Am-Am, the biggest event we have ever held at Burstwick!

In preparation for the day our greenkeepers were working hard getting every inch of the course mown in order for it to look it’s best come Joe’s day. All was going very well until Friday morning, when we had a major breakdown on our greens mower. As we rang around suppliers we soon realised the part we needed was not available anywhere in the UK, so there was no chance of receiving it in time for Joe’s Am-Am, and the greens being cut for the event was absolutely imperative.

This meant that head greenkeeper Mark had to set out and hand-mow all the greens, which takes about 50 minutes per green! Because it was such a long job, Mark spent until 7.30pm on Friday night mowing the first 13 greens, and then was back in at 5am Saturday to finish the other five and practice green.

The result was superbly vividly striped greens on a course that was looking it’s best! This meant we received a flood of Facebook comments, Twitter mentions and even emails saying how great the course looked for the Am-Am. Credit to Mark and his team for their hard work!

Below are some of the fantastic comments we received:

Cracking day @burstwickgolf for @JoeCoyleGolf am-am. Course is in superb condition @BCG_Greenies
- Ashley Heidstra (Twitter)
@BCG_Greenies Course was in fantastic shape today. A quick turnaround after being shut last saturday. All credit to the greenies
- Pete Etherington (Twitter)
Great day down at @burstwickgolf for @JoeCoyleGolf golf day today. Course was immaculate full credit to @BCG_Greenies
- Darren Marks (Twitter)
Fantastic day, course looked and played great, lets hope we all did Joe proud!
- Martin Anthony (Facebook)
To Mark and the greenkeepers, impressed to say the least at the way the course was presented today for the Joe Coyle fundraising AM AM. The mowed lines on the fairways and the greens added so much the aesthetics throughout. Stand back and take a pat on the back. I'm sure this will not be the only praise you get today.
- Dave Harris (Email)

A cracking Open Am-Am; and 46 teams is a huge achievement! The green keepers all need a pat on the back! They were far and away the best greens locally that I have played this year!
- Shane Beardsley (Facebook)

Great day today for @JoeCoyleGolf Greens were immaculate by @burstwickgolf
- Lewis Fowler (Twitter)

Greenkeeper's Report April 2016

We've had a very busy winter on the golf course and our Greenkeepers have made excellent progress on the winter plan which we showed back in Autumn 2015.

Bunker Renovation

Over the course of the colder months Mark and his team have been working hard on the bunkers, and we're delighted to say we have exceeded the original plans that we made:

PlannedAchieved
Bunkers Renovated1923
Bunkers Topped with New Sand810
Bunkers Topped with Old Good Sand511

Overall we have managed work on 12 more bunkers than we had originally planned - a total of 44 bunkers - which has made a massive improvement to the course and hasn't gone unnoticed by members of the club. Mark and his team have received a lot of recognition over the past few months and it is fully deserved.

Lakes

One of the winter projects involved improving the presentation of the lakes on the course, as many had been overtaken by unwanted weeds and algae, so we put in a plan to physically remove a lot of these, with the idea of long-term continued maintenance to keep the lakes looking presentable, as originally intended.

When removing bulrushes which have naturally spread within the lakes we have been conscious that they encourage wildlife in our lakes and we did not want to prevent this, so with that in mind we decided to keep half of the bulrushes on the second, fourth and eleventh lakes on the non-playing sides. On the sixth lake we decided that all of the weeds should be removed from this as the whole lake involves play, so that was the only lake that we have cleaned completely.

Practice Putting Green

The new practice putting green has received a lot of use over the winter months and we're very happy with the way it has coped when you consider that it takes a few years for a green to fully establish. Although there are still some slight imperfections with the surface we are very pleased with how it is performing. We are planning on installing irrigation for the green in the next few months, so that it can be irrigated every night through the summertime.

Driving Range

As planned we have installed new mats, new nets and targets on the driving range (as well as 6,000 new range balls) and these have greatly improved the appearance and quality of the range.

You may notice that one of the three new practice nets (the red one) disappeared shortly after it was put out on the range, this is because it was badly damaged in high winds within a fortnight of installation, so it has been away for repair to both the structure and the canvas itself. This will shortly be back on the range and it will be as good as new!

Competition Tees on Holes 6 and 10

The new competition tees on holes 6 and 10 have faired well through the (very) wet months, and should kick on nicely in 2016. Can we please ask that people don't bring their trolleys onto these surfaces (or any tee for that matter!), as this affects the presentation and wear of the tees. Thank you.

Blue stakes being removed soon

New Twitter Account @BCG_Greenies

We have set up a new Twitter account for the Greenkeeping team at Burstwick. Follow us at @BCG_Greenies for updates on what's going on around the course, and what is planned for the future!

Blue Stakes on Holes 3-11

In the coming weeks we will be removing the blue stakes from holes 3 to 11, meaning that there will be no blue staked areas remaining at Burstwick! Many of these areas will still have individually staked trees (as with holes 1-2, 12-18) and players must take relief from these individually, rather than relief from the full copse. We are going to trim around the tree bottoms before we remove the stakes, so that players are able to find their golf balls (and we will be doing this on the other nine holes too, shortly after).

If you have any questions about this, such as how to take relief, please talk to a member of staff.

Course Furniture

As many people know, we bought 4 new benches with the money raised from the Spring Open Am-Am. We have not had the conditions to put these out yet, as we are going to concrete a base for each bench and secure down. Hopefully we will be getting these out on the course in the next couple of months.

Conclusion

Whilst we're very happy with the progress we have achieved over the winter our attention now turns to maintaining the course through the summer and we are sure that in 2016 you will see the course in the best state it has ever been!

Another Four Bunkers Completely Renovated!

We're pleased to say that after a break in the renovation project due to the wet weather, Head Green Keeper Mark and his team have cracked on again with bunker work, and another four bunkers have been completed!

We're delighted with the progress so far, and bunker renovation work will continue into early Spring, ready for the golfing season so watch this space for further improvements!

Spring Open Am-Am, raising funds for course furniture - Saturday 5th March 2016

Put your team into our Spring Open Am-Am on Saturday 5th March, it promises to be a great day! Teams cost just £80 to enter, and men, ladies and juniors are all welcome to compete. The event is in aid of raising money to go towards buying new furniture for the course (bins, benches, etc), so the more support we get the more the course will benefit!

Bunker Renovation Work has Started

Bunker renovation has started at Burstwick Country Golf, and already great progress is being made with the first two bunkers fully renovated and four others topped up with sand. 

A fortnight ago we stated our plan for Bunker Renovation for the next six months including brand new drainage and sand to be installed many of the bunkers, and yesterday and today this has started.

The lads have been working hard and with the good weather forecast hope to continue this over the next few weeks before the colder, wetter weather begins to arrive.

Greenkeeper's Report September 2015

After a recent Greens Committee meeting, we have would like to share a prepared schedule of work which is planned, which we the next 6 months.

Bunker Renovation

What does bunker renovation involve?

  • Dig out the old sand
  • Re-edge the bunker
  • Remove old drainage and gravel
  • Install new drainage
  • Fill with new sand
  • Compact, check levels, rake

The main bulk of our work will be focused on improving bunkers. In the last two winters we have brought in 30 tonnes of bunker sand each winter in order to renovate and top up bunkers; we have found that this isn't enough when you have 72 bunkers, so in the 2015-16 winter we aim to bring in 80 tonnes.

Our plan is to fully renovate 19 bunkers on the golf course, top up 13 bunkers with more sand, and get rid of five bunkers completely. All of this is subject to weather, time and other factors, but we feel the plan is achievable.

The bunkers we have concentrated on are some of the most frequently used bunkers on the course, and the ones with the worst performance.

New Practice Putting Green

New Practice Putting Green

It is with great disappointment that we have not been able to open the new Practice Putting Green yet. Due to some factors out of our control (a bad batch of seed which didn't 'take' being the main reason) we have had to delay the opening of the new green up to now.

We have reviewed the condition of the new practice putting green and discovered that there are still some bare patches near the top half of the green which has prevented it from opening. After assessing the condition we agreed that mowing frequency would be increased to three times per week with a height of 7mm on the ride-on greens mower, starting this week. Two more applications of low-nitrogen fertiliser will be applied, and continual re-seeding on the bare areas will commence from this Friday, in order to hopefully open the green before November. Any thin areas at this point can be ‘cored-out’ using good turf from the existing putting green.

It is extremely important that the putting green is in the best shape possible before opening as it will receive a lot of wear, quickly.

Competition Tees on Holes 6 and 10

We will be opening the new competition tees on holes 6 and 10 this weekend for the club championship! Please pay attention to the warning signs on each tee, and also the new yardage which is on the scorecard.

Driving Range

Driving Range

We will be doing some repair work and also making some improvements on the driving range, these will include:

  • 6,000 new range balls
  • Four new mats
  • Three new targets on the outfield
  • Bay divider repairs and replacements

Conclusion

We would like to assure our members that we are working to the best of our ability to improve the course right now, but being a small club things take time to get right. With further hard work and effort this course is definitely going to continue and improve.