Although things are slowly drying, we’ve decided to keep the front 9 holes closed. The back 9 is open with the possibility of 1 or 2 temporary greens. Buggies and trolleys are to stick to the paths at all times. Please repair pitch marks and divots and take care as its still very slippery in areas.
Is it a monster?…….No, it’s a MOWER ! Yes we are attempting to get some mowers out today, it’s still very wet so your patience is greatly appreciated. The front 9 holes will remain closed today with a review taking place this afternoon. The back 9 holes are open with a couple of temps. Buggy’s and all Trolley’s must stick to the paths.
Well the drainage has started! More details of this later. And we have another dry day ! Hopefully we will start to dry out a little but please understand this is going to take time and we need a lot of dry days ! The front 9 will remain closed and there maybe a couple of temps in play. Buggy’s and all Trolley’s must stay on paths.
We start dry but rain is forecast later, let’s hope they get it wrong. Front 9 holes remain closed, back 9 open but will have some temps in play. Buggy’s and Trolleys please stay on the paths at all times.
Good morning, today the front 9 holes remain closed due to the recent rain but the back 9 is open for play. A few temps may be in use because of the frost but this will change as it lifts. All bunkers are currently still G.U.R until further notice. Please keep trolleys and buggies to the paths at all times and be careful as some areas of the course are slippery and wet. Please repair your pitch marks and enjoy your round. thank you
It’s wet again , so the front 9 will remain closed. Back 9 will have a couple of temps in play, please check with the proshop for which ones. Buggy’s and all trolley’s must stay on the paths at all times.
It’s a bit chilly this morning but i don’t think the frost will hang around that long. The front 9 holes will remain closed. Buggy’s and Trolley’s must stay on the paths at all times. Please be aware we will be cutting greens and spraying a preventative fungicide this morning. Please also click on the link below to see the news on the Drainage project. https://www.abridgegolf.com/2020/03/03/drainage-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.
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!
These will be installed in the appropriate places in the Rough just
along the edges of Fairways and Approaches.
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.
with a 3 Ton Gravel Trailer
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 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.
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
Also, as no soil is removed in laying secondary drainage surface
disturbance is minimal and play can resume almost immediately.
Using a 3ton Gravel bander to install the Secondary
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
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.
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 !
BE PART OF IT NOW!
ENJOY YOUR COURSE ENJOY YOUR CLUB……IT’S YOURS
As announced a few weeks ago the next stage of your Golf Course improvement plan is to invest heavily in Drainage .