Month: March 2020

Morning

Good morning, the Course is open and all greens are in play. Please use the green to the left when playing the 8th. Buggy’s and Trolley’s must stay on the paths at all times.

PLEASE ABIDE BY THE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUESTS WE ARE ALL BEING ASK TO DO. PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR CLUB

A lovely day for some Golf

The Course is open and we have set up a ‘take away’ limited food /drink service. All 18 holes are open and no temps, the 8th hole is using the left hand green. Some areas have not been cut yet but this will be happening next week. Buggy’s and all Trolley’s must stay on the paths.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CARRY OUT THE GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DO NOT REMOVE THE FLAG STICKS. FRESH AIR IS GOOD FOR YOU

IT’S YOUR CLUB , PLEASE SUPPORT IT, PLEASE TAKE CARE

Enjoy the fresh air

You can come and play Golf and enjoy some fresh air, but please respect the Government guidelines and the club’s statement emailed yesterday.

All 18 holes are open with no temps, the 8th hole please use the green on the left of the main green. All Buggy’s and Trolley’s must stay on the paths at all times. We are getting surfaces cut as soon as we can so please stay patient.

REMEMBER DO NOT REMOVE THE FLAG STICK AT ANYTIME AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER. IF YOU WANT FOOD YOU CAN ORDER IT FROM THE SPIKE DOOR AND IT WILL BE READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR ROUND.

WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER, PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR CLUB

Dry spell ?

The forecast is good for the next week and all things permitting we will be able to get out on machines and start cutting the surfaces. I appreciate some areas are very long but it’s just been too wet to get the mowers out

All 18 holes are open , probably 1 temp and please use the left hand green when you play the 8th hole. Buggy’s and all Trolley’s must stay on the paths.

PLEASE REMEMBER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DO NOT REMOVE THE FLAG PINS AND KEEP SENSIBLE DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER. THE CATERING IS OPEN SO PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR GOLF CLUB. TOGETHER WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! THANK YOU

DRAINAGE ! is going in at Abridge Golf Club

This Winter has been one of the longest, wettest and ‘trying’ ones for many a year. In fact February has just been announced as the wettest February’s on record! So it’s time to do something about it.

We are going to start installing a Comprehensive Drainage system into Fairways and Approaches to make the Course more playable in the wetter periods. This drainage will never stop some of the excessive flooding conditions we have had this Winter, BUT what it will do is to enable the surfaces to cope with the rainfall and drain the surfaces quicker. At the moment the water has nowhere to go and just sits on the surfaces as the clay subsoil underneath is saturated.

The plans and install methods have been checked by a qualified Drainage Consultant.

The plan consists installing Main, Primary and Secondary Drainage. We have measured and surveyed all 18 holes and then prioritised where we feel is best to start, but this depends massively on ground and Weather conditions and maintenance of your Golf Course.

Perforated drainage pipe

Overall, we will be laying in excess of 3,500M of Mains Drainage, in excess of 7,000M of Primary Drainage and in excess of 80,000M of Secondary drainage over the next 3-4 years!

MAIN DRAINS

These will be installed in the appropriate places in the Rough just along the edges of Fairways and Approaches.

Trenching
Another view of the Trencher at work

They will consist of a trench with 100mm perforated pipe covered with a non-woven Geo textile Sock (this helps to stop the silting up of the pipe), the trench will then be backfilled to the surface using 10mm washed pea shingle. These will be visible for a while until the grass grows over the top of the gravel. Inspection points along the Main drains will be installed for us to service and keep the pipes clear.

How we will backfill the primary drainage trenches with Gravel

Backfilling trenches with a 3 Ton Gravel Trailer

PRIMARY (LATERAL) DRAINS

These will be installed in the appropriate places. They are spaced between 5M and 10M apart and connect directly into the Main drains

Primary drains consist of a trench with 80mm perforated pipe, backfilled with 10mm washed pea shingle up to 75mm below the surface. The remaining 75mm will be filled with an 80/20 sand/soil mix. This stops gravel coming to the surface which can ruin mower blades and also help to limit ‘Tiger striping’ during very dry periods. It also gives a good base for grass to grow and ‘knit’ the drainage lines in.

SECONDARY DRAINS

Secondary drains enable surface water to reach the Primary Drains quicker. They are spaced at 1M apart.

Secondary drains  consist of closely spaced gravel bands , approx. 20-25 mm wide and injected into the playing surface 200-250mm deep by a vibrating channel opener. Instead of using gravel we use Lytag.

Gravel Bander used for secondary drainage installation

 LYTAG is a porous material that is far superior to gravel in carrying water away from desired areas. It can drain up to 10 times faster than 10mm gravel. It’s a recycled material from made from the fly ash, a by-product of coal fired power stations. It’s been used by Drainage contractors for over 30 years. Lytag on the surface does not cause damage to mower blades and owing to its honeycomb design it holds a small percentage of water which helps with stopping ‘tiger striping’ during dry periods.

Also, as no soil is removed in laying secondary drainage surface disturbance is minimal and play can resume almost immediately.

Watch how the gravel bander works to install secondary drainage

Using a 3ton Gravel bander to install the Secondary Drainage

HOW CAN YOU HELP WITH YOUR COURSE!!

One of the most labour-intensive jobs during the drainage installation will be the back filling of the primary drainage trenches with the 75mm of sand/soil. This has to be done by hand and shovel.  It’s your Golf course remember and if you would like to help us with this job it would be greatly appreciated! Two members have already instigated that they would be willing to help at times so if you would also like to get involve please contact me on [email protected] or leave a message with Lol Green or the office.

WHAT DISRUPTION WILL THERE BE AND IN WHAT ORDER WILL DRAINAGE BE INSTALLED

You cannot make an omelette without breaking some eggs! However, given this Winter we have all just endured I hope to think you will all cope with a little inconvenience whilst we endeavour to make your Golf Course so much more playable. There will be some mess and occasionally we will have to close a whole while certain jobs are carried out.

We have decided on the following strategy, but this really does depend on several factors, weather, the ability to get onto the surfaces with the machinery, staff levels and pressure of Golf. We have also to maintain your Golf Course to the highest standards the main Season.

March 2020 – November 2020.        Holes 1- 7

March 2021 – November 2021.        Holes 10,11,14,16,18

March 2022 – November 2022.       Holes 12,13,14,17

March 2023 – November 2023.       Holes 8,9, practice hole and parts of the Driving Range

The above is definitely subject to change. I will update you as much as I can.

I hope you are excited as we are of completing this massive upgrade in your Course.

Hole 18th at Abridge Golf Club
Hole 18th at Abridge Golf Club

WITH THE NEW FULL IRRIGATION SYSTEM, A FULL 18 HOLE BUGGY PATH, SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICE AND DRIVING RANGE FACILITIES IN THE COUNTY,THE WONDERFUL NEW CLUBHOUSE, THE AMAZING FOOD SERVING AT ‘THE LOUNGE’ AND JACK WINER OUR NEW HEAD PRO, ABRIDGE JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER !

‘THE LOUNGE’

BE PART OF IT NOW!

ENJOY YOUR COURSE ENJOY YOUR CLUB……IT’S YOURS REMEMBER!

As announced a few weeks ago the next stage of your Golf Course improvement plan is to invest heavily in Drainage .

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