Friday, 24 March 2017

Winter work March

22/3/17. Turf getting laid down on the 12th tee on Hawkshill.

24/3/17. Turf getting laid on the 4th tee on Swailend .

22/3/17. Hawkshill 12th tee. Bankings getting turfed .
27/3/17. Hawkshill 12th tee looking good ,

29/3/17 . First Medal hole change of the year. Greens are looking good . Topdressing of greens will commence next week from Monday the 3rd of April, which will help smooth out the surfaces .
29/3/17. Tee board signage getting re-cemented in at 9th tees Hawkshill.. Also the four tees at the 9th have been all topdressed.


30/3/17. Course looking good when grass starts to get a decent cut .

30/3/17. Drainage lateral extended at the 8th hole on Swailend .

Friday, 17 March 2017

March winter work

17/3/17. Blocked drain between the 1st green and pond on Hawkshill. Problem was identified by the two bunkers at green  being full of water  . Pipe that goes into pond was checked with drain rods to discover a blockage . so immediate action was taken to fix it.

17/3/17, Water bubbling out from drainage stones.

17/3/17. Water was coming into the hole so quick we had to pump water out to inspect fault . The pipe was blocked and blockage cleared. We now just need to fix pipe connection and fill the hole up and re turf .
20/3/17. Drain at 18th on Swailend  in rough had to get sorted as a stone drain collapsed . New lateral was also put in to catch water along tree edge.

20/3/17 . New terra spike machine out giving Swailend greens a decent aerate to relieve compaction in the rootzone .


Friday, 10 March 2017

March work.

15/3/17. Tee at the 4th on Swailend  getting screened (levelling).

15/3/17. Bankings at the 4th tee on Swailend also getting landscaped .
15/3/17. 12th tee on Hawkshill getting screened . Turf for the top of the tee will arrive on Tuesday , and will be laid down  on the Wednesday .
15/3/17.Drainage work on the 12th hole on Hawkshill getting started .

15/3/17.12th Hole Hawkshill . Lateral from edge of fairway into side drain that runs up length of the hole in the rough .

16/3/17. Hawkshill 12th . Root break areas , turf removed as all thatched up . These areas of thatched grass act like a sponge and hold water so they never dry out and are always podgy .

12th hole rough on Hawkshill. Root break areas removed ,drain put in . These areas will be soiled up and re turfed.
16/3/17. Bunker at 10th Swailend finished , sand in play with the turf being Gur.


Please note that Fairway mats on the Hawkshill course  will no longer be required from Saturday the 25th of March.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Flooding on swailend

5/3/17. After heavy persistent rain on the Saturday the pond at the 8th spilled over and water gathered on the 9th hole .

5/3/17. As you can see from picture there was no way through.

5/3/17. Even in front of 11th tee there was no way through .

5/3/17. On a more positive note the drainage work on the 11th hole has worked extremely well .

5/3/17 . This area would normally be under water as well.

5/3/17. This is the area in front of the greenside bunkers at the 3rd hole.
8/3/17. Bunker at the 10th hole on Swailend . The face has now been finished , and now surrounds are  in the process of getting turfed.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Winter works March 2017

1/3/17. Bunker around corner of dogleg at 2nd (Hawkshill) getting started. Foundation getting dug out ready for revetted face to be built.

1/3/17. Bunker at 2nd Hawkshill now completed .
1/3/17. This is the view looking back to tee from the now first bunker on corner of 2nd  as you can see the original first bunker has gone.
1/3/17. Staff now starting the second bunker, which is  round the corner of dogleg at the 2nd hole .
27/2/17. Bunker at dogleg , revetted face getting built.
28/2/17. Turfing around the bunker.
2/3/17. 4th tee on Swailend getting levelled with digger . Bankings getting shaped and smoothed off as well.


2/3/17. Bunker at dogleg at the 2nd . Face getting started.
2/3/17. Face half done.
2/3/17. Face now finished . Just bankings around it to be landscaped . 

2/3/17. Swailend 4th tee now making progress.

2/3/17. Digger in from PTM plant hire to get levels set.
3/3/17. 4th tee (Swailend)  bankings getting shaped up .

2/3/17. As you can see top of tee and bankings coming together nicely .



Thursday, 2 February 2017

Winter works february 2017

20/2/17 Swailend 4th tee getting screening boards  put in .
20/2/17 Swailend 4th tee soil getting added up to level of boards.
8/2/17. Hawkshill 5th greenside bunker ( one on the right before green) . New face being built.
9/217. Hawkshill 5th greenside bunker ( one on the left nearest green ) New face getting built . Years of edging on this bunker has meant stones from the exposed sand face were falling into middle of bunker , so new re vetted face will stop this happening.
9/2/17. The process of building up a new face is strips of turf are laid on top of each other ( on top of a solid base), making sure joins are covered by next layer ( in a brick wall style) until you reach required height , soil is backfilled behind face as its built to stabilise it.  

2/2/17. This was a big task , but staff were up to the challenge and worked hard to have all drains dug out , pipe installed and  filled up with stones  in  1 week . Great effort !

These two notices are in clubhouse notice boards for your info

Adverse weather Policy.

10/2/17. 5th greenside bunker on Hawkshill , face is now complete and ready for turfing around the top.

10/2/17. looking good. This will prevent stones falling off face and ending up in the bunker sand.

10/2/17. Greenside bunker on left of 5th hole Hawkshill . Old face was getting rather high after years of edging , new face getting put in to help make bunker more appealing and easier to maintain.
15.2/17. Deputy Head Stephen Brown applying another liquid Winter turf hardener. .  
15/2/17, Final box tee at 9th Hawkshill getting screened.
16/2/17. New sharpening grinders arrived . This is the bedknife(sole plate) one now in place.This is so beneficial to the club as this will help keep blades sharp on all machines right through the season, and for future sharpening.

16/2/17. 5th bunker Hawkshill greenside , the revetted face now completed. Also greens getting another deep spike .

16/2/17. 5th bunker Hawkshill , one that's 20 yards back from green now completed.
21/2/17. 2nd hole on Hawkshill , turf getting laid back down . 

20/2/17. Greens on Hawkshill getting a roll and cut after the spiking . 



20/2/17. Greens looking good for this time of year.

21/2/17. Staff doing a great job with the 2nd hole turfing  work, a lot of turf to lay down.