Author: Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith is Abridge Course Manager.

Finally it is forecast to stop raining!!! Let’s hope they are right?

Good afternoon all,

Finally it is forecast to stop raining!!! Let’s hope they are right?

Thank you to those of you have been so supportive for what as far as I can remember has been one of the longest (not necessarily the wettest) spells of rain we have had for many many years. We are over 50% up on last year’s rainfall.  Nearly all golf courses in Essex have been soaked; it’s very frustrating for us all.

As the Captain said in his message earlier this week we are now planning the third phase of our project which is creating more suitable course conditions to play winter golf. As soon as these are agreed by the Board we will let you all know the plans.

With regards to trolleys and buggies we are ‘Damned if we do, Damned if we don’t ‘ I can honestly say when myself or my staff make decisions re what can be used on the course and what cannot, we try to take everybody’s needs into consideration and what is best for the golf course.

The 6.30 am answer phone we use to update conditions is very hard to get right until a course inspection has taken place. We do update the message if things change. I totally understand people’s frustrations, I am sure you can imagine how soul destroying these weather conditions have been for me and my dedicated staff.

As we now hopefully start to dry out its going to take a while for us to get back to where we all want to be with the course. The grass is growing rapidly and it’s too wet to get heavy machinery out on the course. At the earliest opportunity we will be out there and my staff are ready and willing for some very long hours the next few weeks to get things right.

All I can ask is for some patience and understanding as we try to do this

Thank you again

Geoff
Course Manager

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