Broadstone T2Green Weekly Bulletin
Welcome to another edition of T2G.
Slow play can be an extremely emotive subject, but it is one that has become a very serious issue at the Club.
Everyone is aware that the current spell of hot weather has made it difficult to play quickly and there are some that say the course is too tough, but the reality is that there are a few members who are just too slow around the golf course.
It is up to each group to ensure that in competitions their 3 ball keeps up with the game in front, not ahead of the 3 ball behind! If there is a particularly slow player in your group it’s not poor etiquette to inform them that they are perhaps holding things up a bit.
It’s not being suggested for one moment that the expectation is for every golfer to play a round of golf at the pace set by the quicker golfers in the Club but what does need to happen is that everyone goes out and is able to enjoy their round and not have it spoiled by slow play.What can happen on occasions is that play can be moving along nicely and then one lost ball causes a hold up - those who do not see it immediately but then get slowed down think that play is slow.
A suggested time for a 3 ball around our course in a competition, and given the current weather conditions, is four hours maximum. That does not mean that the earlier golfers that play first out must take that amount of time, in fact it would be expected that the earlier groups should be able to achieve a little under this time given that they will have the benefit of a relatively free run in front of them.
The proposal to improve pace of play over the coming weeks in Men’s Saturday competitions is that each group will have their progress checked at the 5th tee (1 hour 5) 8th tee (1 hour 46) and again at the 12th tee (2 hours 40). If a group is behind the suggested timings at the first check they will be asked to pick up the pace. If the group continue to fall behind at the second check they may be asked to stand aside to let quicker groups through.
How players can minimise round times:
- Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front and keep up with that group.
- If you feel that your group is losing ground, tell the other players in your group.
- If your group is behind, try to catch up.
- If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind to play through.
- Be ready to play your shot. While exercising due consideration for other players in your group, put your glove on, check your yardage, pick your club and line up your putt while others are playing.
- At the green, speed up your exit by positioning your bags on the way to the next tee.
- Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out and mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.
- Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds
Signed By The Handicap & Competitions Committee
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
On Monday our Interclub and our Beales teams braved the heat and fought valiantly.
The Interclub team was away at Sherborne where it would seem the ground was very hard and dry and it was difficult to land the ball on the green and keep it there! The Beales team was competing at home against Lyme Regis and the team was extremely successful not losing one of the seven matches – very well done to the Beales ladies.
The Ladies Championships conclude this Thursday – the bronze section (handicaps 21 and over) will play the second round of their 36 hole competition, the silver section (handicaps 20 and under) will be playing 36 holes, and the senior ladies will be playing an 18 hole competition. The weather forecast is good …………if you like extremely hot and sticky conditions!!??
Drink water………lots of it.
Broadstone Seniors beat Ferndown Seniors 4-2 in a friendly match played at Broadstone on Tuesday 16 July 2013. The Course was in excellent condition and the visitors were most impressed with how well it played and was presented.
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
I will try to keep my contribution brief this week and not talk about the weather.......much!
On Friday 15 past Captain's took part in the annual competition playing for the "Past Captain's Bowl". I quickly learnt that this day is more about "catching up" than the golf! That is not to say they were not taking it seriously, but the warm and friendly atmosphere made the day very enjoyable for me as the host. I am already looking forward to taking part next year! Another very hot day took its toll with the scores being perhaps lower than normal. Neil Irish however, posted a very creditable 34 points early on which was enough to win the trophy for 2013. Nigel Williams suffered a "Bernhard Langer" moment when his first tee shot ended up in the tree on the left of the first fairway. As you can see it was declared unplayable!
Many thanks to Ray Lawford who joined us for the meal, with apologies from John Taylor and Neil Irish. The customary photo shoot followed.
Good luck to all teams in the Pro Am on Friday and those playing in the various inter club matches over the weekend. Also spare a thought for the ladies in their club championship on Thursday, which for most is over 36 holes and in this heat!
Finally, well done to Phil Olds and his 50+ team for their 5-0 victory over Barton-on-sea!
On the social side, the Club's Summer Party was a big hit on Saturday evening. Many thanks to SCC who produced an excellent meal and all the staff who looked after us so well on such a hot night. The magician was a huge hit with tricks that were quite unbelievable. How did he make that £20 note hover in the air??
Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Boat trip on Thursday 8th August. The "cruise" includes fish and chips, a trip out to Old Harry and back for the fireworks. Depending on the numbers there will be a free raffle. If you need more information or wish to buy tickets then pop in to the office. Numbers will be limited so get yours now!
Until next time, try to keep cool on and off the course!
I think I only mentioned the weather four times?
Weekly Course Report
Course Update 18-7-2013
Oh for some rain! Never thought I’d be saying that again but as the heat wave continues with no sign of a let up the course is looking the driest it has for a good few years!
Priority as always is being given to the greens, tees and approaches and at the moment we are keeping on top of getting water to these areas by way of the irrigation system.
Fairways and walk offs etc are becoming a little more challenging and every morning at first light these areas are being given some water through means of hosepipes, the travelling sprinkler and water bowser.
Having spoken to other green keepers some consolation can be gained from the fact we are not alone and looking at pictures of other courses the general chat from everyone appears to be they are all battling with keeping enough water going on.
Fortunately grass is pretty resilient stuff and I keep telling myself that with a golf course well over a hundred years old that has seen hotter summers than this the grass will soon turn green again as soon as a prolonged wet spell arrives!
This week's work
With the hot scheduled to remain with us my team and I will start each day at 5.30am instead of the usual 6am giving us a little more time to carry out the manual work in more comfortable conditions.
Sunrise at 13th
On Friday the club pro-am is taking place so it has been a case of keeping on top of things such as strimming, watering, raking bunkers and cutting all areas where required. On Monday the greens and approaches were sprayed with a small liquid feed, iron to give a little colour and primo-Maxx growth regulator to keep the putting surfaces in check. Tuesday and Wednesday the greens and approaches were sprayed again this time with a wetting agent to ensure the water applied nightly through the irrigation system is being distributed evenly through the soil profile and help to keep the surfaces firm and true.
Hollow tining putting surfaces
Next Monday work will start on hollow tining and verti draining the greens.
It is our intention to begin, as early as possible and to avoid too much disruption a 5am start will give us a few hours head start without any golf.
With the greens rolling so nicely as of late everything will be done to ensure that they are putting as good as they were after the work has been carried out with a recovery time as fast as can be achieved.
The tines we will using are very thin pencil tines and with the added bonus now of being able to brush the dressing in with our sweep ‘n’ fill brushes and a turf iron roller to true the surfaces and take out any small plucked areas hopefully this will be a swift operation.
To ensure the surfaces remain good in the future this is a very necessary job to carry out and has a mass of benefit to the greens.
With constant foot traffic going across the green it helps to alleviate compaction, allows good roots to form, provides air for soil bacteria and allow build up of toxins to escape, provides better drainage and helps to open up the organic layer just under the surface once topdressing is filled back into the holes.
Fitting new tines to the verti drain
Providing everything goes well it is hoped the greens should be all completed by the end of Wednesday and whilst this work is carried out we will try to keep temp greens to a minimum (maximum 2), find quiet areas on the course, and as already mentioned start extra early.
The greens will also be over seeded with a bent grass mix and brushed into the holes with the topdressing.
Our large tractor will be verti-draining with tines going down to a depth of around 12” whilst the small tractor will be using smaller tines that remove an actual core to a shallower depth. This way we get the best of both worlds; deep holes good for roots and drainage etc and shallower holes ideal for the topdressing to be filled into just under the surface and for the seed to germinate in.
Can I just finish up by adding that it goes without saying the course is currently experiencing some extremely high temps at the moment. Our weather station situated behind the green keeper sheds on Thursday recorded a high of 32 degrees!
Please ensure that water bottles for drinking are fully topped up before playing your round and that regular sips are taken. A useful tip is to make sure the office phone number is on your mobiles and if you feel unwell at any time phone down to them.
We have a good procedure in place with the office and with greenstaff first aid trained and all with radios help will soon be at hand to come to you.
As always I will be back next week with another update, thanks for reading and I hope this has given some useful info for next week's verti-draining of the greens.
Welcome to another update of the Club’s competition results over the last two weeks.
Mid-Week Medal played on Wednesday 3rd July – Division 1 winner Dan Howard, nett 66 and Division 2 winner James St Quintin, nett 69.
Our ladies held an AmAm competition on Thursday 4th July. In 1st place were Kate Roberts, Carol Cass, Debbie Driver and Jane Groves with 76 points – well played.
Former Captain’s reunited to compete for the Past Captain’s Bowl on Friday 12th July and Neil Irish won the trophy scoring 34 points.
The Bogey Cup competition was played on Saturday 6th July. Winning Division 1 and the Bogey Cup with an excellent score of 6 up was David Millener – Congratulations. Division 2 winner was Neil Taylor, 2 up.
Winning the Ladies Medal on Thursday 11th July was Lesley Muddiman with a score of 72 nett.
The Medal & Deck Cup was played on Saturday 13th July, one of the hottest days of the year. Division 1 winner was Chris Hewitt, with a fabulous round of nett 65 and Division 2 winner with a score of nett 68 was Jon Tremlett. Congratulations to Chris Hewitt on winning the Deck Cup.
Entry is now available for the Sue Smith Trophy (Adult/Junior competition) on Sunday 28th July. This is a Team Stableford competition and we hope to include one junior in each team. Guaranteed to be a fun afternoon’s golf – see Entry sheet posted on the notice board by the players entrance.
More updates next week.
Pro Shop News
Firstly a big congratulations to one of our attached Touring Pro's, Luke, who won the Jamega Tour Event at The Shire this week. I have been working hard with Luke for the last year on his game, predominantly his short-game and I'm glad to see all of his hard work is paying off. I'm expecting a big second half of the season for him.
The Open Championship starts this week and it's as wide open event as I can remember. My picks for the week are Westwood, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen but if you fancy a cheeky couple of quid on a couple of outsiders I really like Manassero and Thorbjorn Olesen. We have filled up our Open sweepstake and all of the players have been allocated so pop in the shop or give us a ring to find out who your player(s) are. My Dad has been a little unlucky to say the least, his 3 players he has drawn are Nick Faldo, Mark O' Meara and Makoto Inoue?? I think Bobby Jones statue has more chance than these 3!! Looking at the course at Muirfield I think the emphasis is definitely on accuracy and not length which is a bit like ours at the moment with the fairways running fast and the rough a bit tricky ours is a true heathland test at the moment. Congratulations to Martin and his team for presenting the course in such outstanding condition day in day out.
We are still running plenty of in shop offers including 25% off certain Adidas shoe ranges, gent's shorts sale and some cracking polo shirt offers. I have also just taken stock of the new GoKart electric trolley range which is very unique and great value for money starting at only £259 for an electric trolley with battery and charger.
I'm looking forward to our annual Pro Am this Friday and am sure the course will be in top notch condition and hope my game is somewhere near that as well. I've been struggling a bit recently with my game but the Captain and I have still managed to remain unbeaten in our Pro/ Capt challenge matches with a hard fought half with Simon Willis and Andy Guscott and a comprehensive 6 and 5 whooping of Mike Berry and Alan Jones!!! The captain and I are confident of and unbeaten year this year!!!
That's all from me. Enjoy the sun and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Neil and the Pro Shop Team.
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