Author: Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith is Abridge Course Manager.

MORNING WORLD

Morning all and I trust you have all been enjoying our Golf Course?

We have been very busy with Green’s renovations and maintaining the course, whilst, many of my staff have also been enjoying their holidays. Ben’s wedding came and went and it was really a lovely day and lovely venue! Congrats to him and his wife Sarah.

The greens have recovered very well, certainly according to 98% of you! There are still a few dry hydrophobic patches on a few greens, which we are dealing with .

Big Bad Boy

This big bad boy will be seen back out on a fairways over the next two weeks. It will scarify all fairways and approaches. Hopefully this will not cause you too much convenience? If it does , i’m sorry, but it’s a vital job to be done.

We have now planned pretty much all of our Autumn / Winter work for this coming period.

This will include the following :- Scarifying , overseeding and topdressing Tees. Rebuilding and reshaping of the 18th, 11th and possibly 1st green’s bunker complexes. Trimming back all hedgerows. Hiring of a cherry picker to trim back some of the branches on some of the taller trees in certain areas. Completion of our Buggy path around the Back nine holes so you will be able to use buggy’s and trolley’s 365 days of the year!! So plenty for us to do !

I’d like to thank the Board for their support re the Buggy Path as I’m sure many of you would?

New Perrot sprinklers on 14th Fairway installed Feb this year

Just a quick note to mention our Irrigation system !

Perrot Irrigation system working well!

It’s been an absolute blessing and 150% asset to our Golf Course and again I thank the Board of Directors for the support of this project. We can already see the massive difference its made to our course and being able to maintain things during hot spells. We are very proud and grateful of what we have got ! It puts us into a new league!

We are all confident with other projects we have planned the course is going to be even better next year !

That pretty much is it for now, sorry no Drone footage lately but its quite time consuming and there is a lot of work to do

Finally can I please ask you all to remember that it is your job to repair pitch marks and rake bunkers if you go in any! Thank you.

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

SORTED !

Well I am pleased to report that the greens renovations were completed late last night. After a 4.00am start, Monday was very frustrating ,owing to the weather and that put us behind schedule.

Another early start , a late finish and some great work by my team we managed to catch up and get it all the intensive work done yesterday.

Greens were firstly Verti-drainedverti

Then cored

Paul loves clearing up after …not !

Each green was then topdressed with between 2.5-3 ton of dry Sand and Soil Amendment

Ready for brushing with our sweep and fill brush similar to the video below

An overseed and a jolly good iron was next

Further Brushing before we watered it all in for 3 minutes each green.

And that’s a wrap for Tuesday night and home time for a well earned rest !

Well Done my Team! Great work!

This morning all the greens got a nice organic feed to help with recovery and this rain will help wash everything in.

The Golf Ball is not rolling too badly, considering the heavy disruption we have done as you can see below. Jack Winer and our Captain played late yesterday afternoon and Jack said they were not bad at all .

Ball roll after its all done

With the right weather and a bit more TLC the greens should be fine within a couple of weeks . I am sure any of you that have played any other courses are very aware we are all up to the same type of work on our Greens.

Things will get back to normal next week on the rest of the Course with regards to cutting and presentation. Though I do have a few staff off the latter part of the week as Ben my Deputy gets married , I’m sure you all will wish him well and the best of luck , ( Sarah his partner will need it putting up with him!!)

That’s it for now, thank you for all those golfers that showed co-operation and patience with these essential Greens Renovations

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

SPOIL SPORTS !

Good morning all! I hope you have been enjoying the summer and most importantly your Golf course? We are really pleased how Abridge Golf Course has played and how we have presented it this summer to date.

4th Hole at abridge golf club

The New Perrot Irrigation system has been a major factor to the Course presentation.

If you have played any other Courses the last couple of weeks you will probably be very aware the it’s time for our ‘ Greens renovations week’

Boo Hiss Boo I hear some of you say! Those with a little more knowledge will fully understand these renovations are essential to continue to improve the quality of the greens with regards to thatch control, root development, overseeding , drainage improvements and general health of the Greens.

Some of the benefits of Greens Renovations

Yes it is disruptive and Yes it makes the greens not great for a couple of weeks, and Yes its a lot of hard work for my team! But we definitely no the benefits the work bring and the backwards steps we would be taking if we did not do this work.

So i will give you an insight to what we will be doing from 4.00am this coming Monday . Starting on the back 9 holes , that will be on temporary greens, we will first verti-drain the greens using 3/4 inch solid tines down to a depth of 8-10 inches.

Verti-draining with 3/4 inch tines

Then we will hollow core the greens using 1/2 inch hollow tines. Then a clear up, a cut and iron and then we will topdress the greens with approx 3 ton of dry sand mixed with ceramic soil amendment product per green to fill the holes up.

Hollow Coring
Top Dressing

The greens will then be over seeded and heavily brushed using our sweep and fill brush as you can see below

sweep and fill brush we use at Abridge GC

Finally the greens will get a nice ‘smelly’ Organic feed to aid recovery and seed germination.

We will water the greens a little over the next few nights if no rainfall occurs and during the next few days continue to vibro roll and iron. If things go to plan (Weather dependant!) we should be all done by Wednesday and in a position to start cutting the greens again by Saturday/ Sunday. Sometimes a further top dressing will be applied if necessary the following week.

So that’s this years Summer Green’s Renovations . We really appreciate your help and understanding why we do this essential work.

Don’t know if you saw how we drained the 18th Green a few weeks ago but here are a couple of pics and Video on the process. The Green has recovered well and it will be so much better in the Winter now this wrok has been done.

18th Green

A few bits of early information on this years Winter work. We intend to rebuild the 1st, 4th and 18th bunker complexes and also re build the sleeper wall on the 4th tee. We have few other plans but these are still in discussion

We also hope to be introducing a ‘125 club’ with the chance of members winning monthly money prizes and moneys raised going to Special Course projects such as the reshaping of the 14th Pond. More of this next time.

That’s it for now , sorry no Drone footage recently but we are very busy especially with holidays being taken but I will hope to produce a few films soon .

ENJOY YOUR COURSE, ENJOY YOUR CLUB, REMEMBER………… ITS YOURS!

READY FOR THE WEEKEND ?

WE ARE !!!

We are all ready for this years Club Championships and I hope you appreciate the efforts of my staff. It’s been a tough few weeks preparing, especially with the deluge of rain last week and Monday night but we love it and we are really pleased with the results.

Everything has been cut and trimmed and cut again and greens have been ironed better than your shirts ! Have a look for yourselves below

We still have lots to do over the coming weeks, this will include the draining of the 18th green to help us in the Winter . The green will be closed for up to two weeks if things all go to plan . We will be preparing a temporary green next week ready for it. Apologies for the inconvenience but its for all our benefits

Thats it for now , Good luck to everyone playing at the weekend !

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

Looking Good Houston!

Hope you are enjoying your Golf Course at the moment. The weather has been quite pleasant. We are really pleased of the condition of our Course considering it’s only the end of May. Click on the link to watch my latest Drone fly bye

May 2019

We are very much into the busy cutting season now and also lots of Golf days and corporate Golf days. Working around all these Golf events trying to keep every surface at its best can be difficult and sometimes we have to do things at certain times for the good of the Course that make us not the most popular people ! I can assure you everything we do do is for the benefit of your Golf Course !

The hard work by the greenstaff and new irrigation install on the 11th fairway has brought it back a treat !

Over the last couple of weeks all surfaces have been granular ‘fed’ and watered in, which is why last weekend the ball was not running too far on fairways. These past few days all surfaces have also been lowered to ‘summer heights’ so all surfaces will start to roll a bit quicker and further

Our 8th fairway

The exception to this will be the 4th Green.

How the 4th Green looked in March 2019

I am very pleased to announce that the 4th will be back in play from today. Its come back really well, its not perfect but good enough to re-open. What you need to know is that we have not been able to carry out normal routine work whilst waiting for seed to germinate on the green. Please be aware it will putt slower than the rest of the greens

How the 4th Green looks now

Giving you heads up on next weeks work, we will be starting to prepare for your Annual Club Championships on the 29th/30th June , which I hope you are all signing up for?. I also am very very proud to announce we have been asked to hold the Regional Qualifier of the John Deere World Championships. It’s a World Tournament held every few years with the winning top two teams going to the final in September which will be held this year at Gleneagles.

The work next week will involve the Greens getting a nice bit of air, a verti-cut, a feed, a roll and a topdress to smooth the surfaces out. Because of the corporate commitments this work will be carried out on Wednesday and Thursday and means that the greens maybe a little slower next weekend, but will be lovely and true. From then we start speeding things up bit by bit and taking the rest of the Course up another notch.

Part installation of our new ‘Bad boy’ Pumps

Finally by the end of next week we will have our new efficient Irrigation pumps working and controlling our new system. I hope you are all seeing the massive benefits its bringing to our Course

That’s it from me for now. Thank you for all your support

Enjoy your Course, Enjoy your Club. Remember………. It’s yours!

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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