Author: Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith is Abridge Course Manager.

Coming Together Nicely

Good Morning all it’s a beautiful day at Abridge Golf Club. Have a click on the video below to see how we are ‘turning up’ the Course .

I hope you enjoyed that. We are working hard to move things up and up in quality and presentation.

Drone footage 9th May 2019

The weather is set fair for this week with temperatures rising and so this morning the greens are getting some air, verti-cutting followed by a cut, feed and topdress. This is similar to what we did to them a couple of weeks ago and hopefully we will not interfere too much with your enjoyment the next couple of days.

Everything is starting to grow nicely now and, like every year, the Rough has really thickened . We are cutting it hopefully twice this week ! but please be patient. All areas will get cut this week but have a few staff issues. I have two off sick and one on holiday so its going to be a bit of a struggle but we will do our best.

We will hopefully this week be getting the divot bins out again for you to help us with divoting the fairways as you play. It really makes a difference if you can take bag and fill a few divots in as you go.

The new tanks for the Irrigation should all be connected by the end of May and the Newt catching is progressing and on schedule.

The 4th green is doing great and we intend to open this as planned by the end of May.

The 13th bunkers are all now in play I hope you enjoy playing out of them !!

Finally my staff and I wish the Captain well with his away day this week.

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

IT’S AIR TIME

Good morning all hope you are enjoying the Golf course. Easter was amazing weekend for weather but temperatures have dropped back and rather stunted things growing.

As I put on Teamup last week we will be doing some work on the greens this week. Firstly they will get some vital aeration, click on the link below .

Aeration on Abridge greens

Hope you enjoyed that. After this we will verti-cut the greens which will help cut some of the longer grasses that are laying down.

A cut , an iron and a nice feed to the greens finally followed by a top dressing and our greens work will be done.

Hopefully all by Tuesday, weather permitting. Please be patient with us while we do this essential work. We cannot cut the greens for a couple of days after so they may be a little slow until the weekend.

On the subject of Air, Marc ( our House Manager ) and myself were asked to feature on a radio show all about Abridge Village and surrounding areas, namely the Golf Club. It’s a really interesting programme to listen to . It’s a 3 hour listen and we are approximately on about 2 hours 10 minutes into the programme. If you want to listen click on the link below, hope you enjoy it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p074lzbn

Hopefully you will have noticed a lot of seed ‘popping’ on the areas we have overseeded, especially the fairways 11,12,13, and 14.

You may have noticed that we top dressed the Tees last week and there was a slight ‘smell’ to the soil we used to do this? This is because we mixed our normal sand/soil dressing mix with something called Humus.

Humus

Humus is the organic material in soil. Humus is not a form of soil, rather it is the broken down composted remains of leaves, grass, and other organic matter contained within the soil. Humus is highly nutritious and rich in minerals and microbes vital for healthy plant growth. Humus also is able to hold 80-90 per cent of its own weight in moisture.

It’s a brilliant thing to use but does have a bit of an odour. It helps to stimulate growth. In fact these two below have been washing there hair in it , let’s hope it works on humans too!

green keepers at abridge
Don’t think Humus will work on these two, somethings are beyond help !!
Though Paul’s beard seems to be coming on well !

Thank you to all of you for keeping out of the Irrigation lake area while we continue to trap and move the wildlife. We have approximately 25-30 more days of doing this.

Now that we have dried out to allow Buggy’s and Trolley’s on we will no longer be updating the course condition link every day. We will now do this on a weekly basis, ideally on a Friday, letting you know what is going on the Golf Course the coming week.

Finally a 4th green update. It’s coming back nicely but we need to give it a few more weeks to let the new seed establish. PLEASE KEEP OFF it to let nature do what nature does best ….repair and recovery !

That’s it for this update . Regards Geoff

ENJOY YOUR COURSE, ENJOY YOUR CLUB……. IT’S YOUR’S REMEMBER !

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