Winter Update

As you all will know, we have had a lot of snow fall this winter. There is around 1 meter on the course at the moment, which I've heard is the most snow there has been since the early 90s!

I have been constantly checking the  greens throughout the winter. At the moment we have 20-30mm of ice over the surface.  This has been there since the new year.

Ice isn't ideal as the surface will eventually run out of oxygen and the grass still needs to breathe, even when frozen. When the surface runs out of air, poisonous gasses start to build up, and this is when we have the danger of winter kill. Luckily, we don't have any strong smells coming from the surface at the moment, but we will need to keep an eye on this and possibly smash up the ice if needed. 

In the next week or so, I will get some help in to make some roads out onto the course and to clear some space around the greens. Unfortunatley, our smaller equipment is not able to get out onto the course with such a depth of snow. The temperatures are supposed to drop a bit now, so we probably won't be doing too much with the greens over the next few weeks, but we want to be prepared for when the time comes. 

Otherwise, we have been busy in the workshop servicing the machinery and putting everything in place for the coming season. 

Keep an eye on the club website, we hope to have a dugnad in the first half of April. We would certianly appreciate anyone who can come along, but the date will depend on the weather. 

Look forward to seeing you all in the spring.


Jonathan Eccles
Head Greenkeeper


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