One of the flagship events on the PGA Essex schedule was held at Toot Hill Golf Club on Friday 22nd March. 32 teams took part 32 Professional all fort for the £2,000 purse.
The day was cold but the course was superb. Tees, fairways and greens all in immaculate condition.
Our PGA Pro Jack Winer got off to a rocky first hole (the 11th) having to make a 12 foot putt for par after a poor wedge into the green but got back on track nearly holing his tee shot on the island green signature hole 12th.
He went on to make a further 6 birdies, carding four 2’s out of the five par 3’s to card a -4 score of 66 and to take victory at the Toot Hill Pro Am by 2 strokes to the ever steady Rob Coles (former European Tour player).
It’s presently -2 degrees as i write this and we have a frost! It’s not going to hang around long so all greens in play are except the 4th green. There are no holes closed today but we are firing up and testing the Irrigation. Buggy’s are on the front 9 only and must stick to the paths, Trolleys are on.
Forecast is for a pleasant early spring day, enjoy ! Please remember as per my update on friday that we are verti-draining greens today and it will be a little disruptive. The 14th hole will be shut until approx 11.00am and then the 10th will be closed for irrigation works. The 4th is on a temporary green whilst repairs are being carried out to the green. Buggys are only allowed on the front 9 holes and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on
Its looking like another great dry day today even if we start with a slight frost this morning, all holes are on main greens except the 4th, the 14th will be closed today due to irrigation works so please play the extra hole on the 8th. Buggys are allowed on the front 9 only, please stick to the paths, Trolleys are allowed anywhere on all 18 holes, Please use the paths as much as possible.
Its going to be a good dry day today but maybe a little cloudy so perfect for a game of golf, all holes are on main greens apart from the 4th which will remain on temporary. the 14th will be closed due to irrigation works so please use the extra hole on the practice 8th, Buggys only on the front 9 and must stick to paths at all times, trolleys are allowed on all 18 but please stick to paths as much as possible.
Well despite the awful weather the last few weeks, the Greenstaff have been very busy. Working with MJ Abbots we have installed Perrot Irrigation into the 11th fairway, a few extra sprinklers in places. The new water main pipe and electric has been installed across the Driving Range, the 1st Hole and the 2nd Hole and we have also created a ditch to catch run off water from the 1st hole and the Driving Range!
Apologies for the mess but these are essential jobs. Take a look at the video below to show a little bit of what we have been doing.
Sorry there was no music on that video , I had put ‘Let’s go Crazy !’ by Prince on it , but I had a few copyright issues !!! So watch it again and either sing the song or play it on your phone alongside the video!!
We have also started work today on the 4th Green to repairt he issues we have with it.
These last few days there has been no rain and the grasses are beginning to wake up for spring. Slowly and carefully we are starting to get a few things cut and shaped . Please be patient with us on this one as you as golfers and us all have been so careful not to leave too much mess anywhere so we don’t want to get out there with big machines too soon ! Though by next week if it stays dry I will be letting the boys with their toys loose!
All the Tee markers and Tee stones have been painted for a fresh feel. And we have started overseeding the Tees and Topdressing them and this work will continue over the next couple of weeks. The approaches have also had a feed this week.
So, what busy times lie ahead next week? On Monday and Tuesday next week we will complete our 2nd Spring Green’s Renovations . This will include a further deep Verti-drain going down 11-12 inches followed by some overseeding and a nice bit of feed for the plant. If conditions stay good we may apply some topdressing. This feed will cause the greens to go a little black in places owing to the Iron content in the feed, but that will soon disappear. Have a click on the video below to see the great verti-drain on the greens at work
Also we should be turfing the 13th Bunker complex on Thursday and I will release a report on that hopefully next week.
The work on the 4th Green will continue and this will be on a temporary Green all of next week as we need to give it time to recover.
Finally the Irrigation work continues with sprinkler installation on the 14th Fairway and the starting of the Pumps by the new water tank . Please be aware that the 14th hole will be closed from Today until we anticipated Monday/Tuesday
Phew!! I think that’s all next week!!
Enjoy your Golf. Enjoy your course. Enjoy your Club, remember it’s yours!
Grey most of the day today. Buggy’s are only allowed on the front 9 holes and must stick to the paths. Trolley’s are on and also must stick to the paths unless you have ‘winter wheels’ Please note the 4th green is on a temporary green as we have started work on it and the 14th hole will be shut for Irrigation works. Please use the replacement hole after the 8th green.
Thankfully we are slowly drying out and the forecast is ok for a few days. Greens will be getting a little trim today. Buggys are only allowed on the front 9 holes only and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on and must stick to paths on the front 9 unless you have the agreed winter wheels where you may leave the paths if you need to. All holes are open today.
It’s that time of year again where the Majors start our golfing season, and what with the new schedule changing for 2019. All four Majors will be held inside a 4 month window. Making golf very exciting leading us into summer.
MASTERS – Apr 11 – 14th (AUGUSTA)
US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – May 16 – 19th (BETHPAGE BLACK )
US OPEN – Jun 13 – 16th (PEBBLE BEACH)
148th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – Jul 18 – 21st (ROYAL PORTRUSH)
Can the man they called Captain America in last years Ryder Cup be the first player since Tiger in 2002 to win back 2 back Green Jackets.
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Come in to the Professional Shop to pick your raffle tickets today and have a chance to win these incredible prizes.
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Drying out very slowly. Buggy’s are on the front 9 only and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on but please stick to paths on the front 9 and where possible on the back 9. All greens are on . The 2nd hole is closed for irrigation , please use the extra hole by the 8th green as the replacement hole