EMC Course Updates

Golf Course Proposed Improvements with Construction Ongoing Activities – April 21

1st Tee
Top surface grass has been cut to new profile in doing so it increases the available flat area of the tee in general.

New 3rd Winter Tee
Clearing of the felled popular tree and other debris/brambles has commenced. These works are ongoing as a hospital project, for as and when staff are available.

4th Tee
Works have advanced ready for new turf to be laid early this week.

 4th Green surrounding areas.
Works to cut up the conifer trees have commenced and are ongoing as a hospital project for as and when staff are available. Please note once we have reduced these trees to a suitable size that will enable them to pass through a chipping machine, it is our intention, in order to speed up these operations, to hire a suitably sized chipping machine to complete the works. (machine resourced at a very low hire rate)

One tree will be removed from the LHS approach with a further 2No trees having their overhanging branches trimmed back.

5th Fairway Drainage
Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding These works will be re-programmed to commence in the Autumn.  No change, we have decided to wait so as not to cause further disruption to our members golfing enjoyment. Redundant drainage stone and week pipes will be removed this.

6th Green
Temporary works have been carried out to divert storm water away from the green surface area.

Works to install a new drainage cut-off system, that will discharge directly into the pond, will commence during April. Please note we have planned these works to cause minimum disruption to playing golfers. It is not our intention to carry out any works to the green surface including front apron until the Autumn time.

 9th Green
Works have progressed surprisingly well with all new drainage completed. New turf being laid to the back of the green extending up the embankment. As part of our ongoing materials recycling programme to cut costs we have deposited the greens cores to the rest of the embankment Matt has assured that these will grow into an excellent grassed area given time. Final grading/landscaping will take place next week with seeding of surrounding areas subject to suitable temperatures and weather conditions.

2 rows of rose bushes with shrubs and a 2mtr wide strip of wild flower seeds have been planted behind the existing daffodils as part of our final featured landscaping. Our thanks once again go out to our President Hillary for providing these plants and seeds together with her valuable help and advice on planting and future maintenance. Thanks “H”

Please note as part of our final featured landscaping panoramic view looking from the tee, in simple terms all areas, gradients immediately in front of the Daffodils will be shown as grass cut to suit Matt’s presentation of the hole in general.

 The area beyond this has been graded with the buggy path being reinstated.

We will clear out the sediment from the LHS stream pond washed down by the floods. Final reinstatement of the RHS pond bund will also be completed during next week.

The excavated materials from the old green dumped in the RHS area of the buggy path will be shaped to a more suitable profile that will allow for natural vegetation to cover over.

11th Hole
The tree cuttings located to the LHS of the fairway have been pushed further back beyond the bramble area using the excavated pond material deposited in the area these branches are being buried under that once completed natural vegetation will re-establish itself turning this area into a more acceptable natural feature of the course. Unfortunately, due to countryside legislation we were unable to burn this material.

We are exploring a number of options regarding the reinstatement of the greenside pond and will report on our findings in due course.

12th Hole
The greenside bunker to the LHS will remain as GUR for the foreseeable future. It is our intention during this month to remodel the surrounding support embankments by re-grading the back and sides to a more presentable stable gradient. Increasing the overall depth then introducing new sand.

 16th Tees
Works have progressed with new turf being laid to surface areas. The new winter matt location has been formed ready for final fitting hopefully within the next 2 weeks.

Once weather conditions and suitable temperatures arrive final landscaping with seeding will take place to the side embankments. Please note the LHS (woods) area. It is our intention to use this strip as a tip for suitable excavated materials in order to raise the levels thereby reducing the steep gradients that once completed will allow for the safe grass cutting operations to take place.

18th Green
Works have progressed with new turf being laid to the RHS embankment. Please note the last of our turf order will be delivered this week we will then be in a position to complete the placement of turf to top area. The unsightly mounds of clay excavated materials deposited to the lower LHS have all been landscaped to a soft presentable profile ready for seeding.

General course maintenance works are referred to by Matt within his weekly course updates.

Machinery
We are in the process of obtaining quotations to replace a number of hand held power tools including a suitably sized industrial rotary grass cutting mower that will be used on greenside embankments so as to eliminate the unfair grass ridges presently experienced. Typical front of the 9th green.

Staff Employment
We have engaged with a government led employment scheme named Kick Start which is a gateway to employing suitable operatives for employment. This scheme is in part subsidised by government funding we hope to employ two new greenkeepers following the lifting of present covid restrictions.

 Interviews with applicants have commenced and are ongoing with the aim of employing two new ground staff next week.

Robert Garn

For and on behalf of the Executive Committee

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Proposed Course Strategic Plan for Seasons 2021 & 2022

1st Hole Remodel tee off area to achieve a double tiered level that will accommodate both ladies and gentlemen. Construct new access path for pedestrian traffic and buggies. Install new sprinkler system. Captains committee to propose centenary garden planting layout areas. If and when funds become available construct new green surface with adequate drainage.

2nd Remove a further conifer tree located RHS of ridge in doing so it will soften the approach shot to the green.

3rd Continue with upgrading old existing back tee for winter time. Demolish remove old shelter building. Install new water drinks fountain. Trim back overhanging branches from large tree LHS front of greens bunker. Copse trees immediately behind toward side of green. Install bunker drainage.

4th Remodel existing white tee off area to achieve a more level widened area.

Pipe and Infill approximately 10m RHS of main ditch running across the brow of the fairway also the small shallow ditch behind this will help to soften the hole and for ease of grass cutting maintenance machinery and players in general.

5th Thin out a number of trees from the LHS fairway between the bunker and newly unfilled ditch fairway side of the buggy path only. Please note we will spray mark proposed trees for identification the fairway cut will be increased in width for the length along this tree removal area, again in doing so it will add to the enhancement of the course in general. Complete fairway land drainage extending up from new carrier drain, also improve drainage to the LHS of green extending across to the 6th tee area. Link up and extend the existing new buggy path out and across the 10th pond culvert for ease of access for machinery.

6th Rebuild bridges for added safe access (Urgent) Carry out extensive drainage works to the existing green and surrounding areas.

7thInvestigate existing greens drainage and renew if found necessary.

8thOver a period of time continue monitoring the green surface water if necessary install new cut off drainage to the green LHS embankment.

9thReposition reinstate new winter tee off mat.

The steep gradient embankment to the front of the green is classed as a red zone under our present grass mowing safety procedures. We propose to construct a new winter green centred on the existing green of a size designed to accommodate a level winter green only. We envisage that this green will be approximately 1000mm in height, in doing so this will reduce the existing gradient to allow machinery to operate in a safe manner. The extra benefit is that we won’t have to revert back to temporary 4th green winter set up. Cost neutral as we will be recycling materials from the old course set up.

10thInvestigate the existing green and LHS area drainage and if found necessary replace.

11thExtend new buggy machinery path from existing out and alongside the LHS fairway linking up to the path servicing the 12th. These works would include installing a new piped culvert to allow safe crossing of the fairway ditch. Introduce a new medium height close timber post revetment to the greenside pond gradient embankment only. We will spray mark the intended length at a suitable time for member’s identification. Investigate further into installing a gravity pump designed suitably to extract water from the river course.

12thThere is a requirement to design and install land surface drainage across the fairway and surrounding areas.

13thInvestigate drainage systems within the bunkers redesign if necessary.

14thNo proposals.

15thRemodel/reduce the overall size of the Barry Island bunker to a more suitable area that will reduce the maintenance time. (cost neutral)

16thComplete the LHS raised level of the teeing off area by infilling with suitable materials recycled from the course for ease of machinery access to allow safe grass cutting to the embankment.

17thReposition/construct new teeing off area on to the old existing 2nd green to accommodate white, yellow and winter tees. Thin out/cut back a number of conifer trees located to the immediate LHS in order to improve the overall appearance and soften the fairway. At a time suitable once these new tees have established themselves remove/take down the old existing conifer trees that were protecting the existing tee. By doing so this will greatly improve the water retention of the 16th green and surrounding areas. Remove a small number of conifer trees directly to the RHS of the existing ladies tee, in doing so it will greatly improve the levels of sun shine and air flows surrounding this tee and area of the fairway. Take down remove the old copse of conifer trees located top RHS by bend in road track that were originally planted as part of the old 17th hole. In doing so this will enhance the appearance and soften the approach to the green. Note all works undertaken by employed staff and volunteers with materials recycled from the golf course.

18thIntroduce new land drainage system to the area between the Clubhouse and RHS top of green side gradient extending back to the front of the 1st tee of area. Complete the new remodelling landscaping works in extending the catchment earth bund to the LHS of the greenside area. Take down remove the existing conifer trees directly adjacent to the Clubhouse only (not those alongside of the lane) these 6 trees are starting to cause structural damage to the Clubhouse. In addition it will greatly improve the early morning sunlight to the green and surrounding areas of landscape.

Maintenance plant and machinery

Carryout a survey/ mechanical inspection to all existing plant, machinery and tools engaged in the seasonal maintenance of the golf course in general. Identify list in order of priority replacement machinery that will include alternatives leasing, purchase and reconditioning where possible. Include for any additional machinery over and above that is currently in use that is a requirement/request by the Greens staff. Produce an accurate cost plan and replacement programme covering each individual item of machinery to submit to the EMC for approval.

In summary

On behalf of myself and our green keeping staff we would like to take this opportunity in extending our thanks and appreciation (more so Matt and the gang) to the outgoing greens committee. Jockey for his undeniable commitment, enthusiasm and guidance over a period of time that was the driving force in achieving a great golf course under very difficult circumstances.

Writing on behalf of our Green staff it is our intention over the extended period to continue with improvements generally to enhance and soften the course without undertaking radical changes to what is already an established great golf course and a truly great test of golfing expertise.

Rob Garn
Head of Course

Green Staff Maintenance Schedule 22/2/21

Finish off 16th tee’s

Finish off 4th tee

Back of the 9th

Pick up and dispose of debris on the left side of the 8th fairway

Pick up and dispose of debris on the 3rd tee

Aerate greens

Fertilise greens

Cut greens weather permitting

Cut course weather permitting

On top of all this we also have pre-season maintenance which is as follows:

Core greens

pick up cores, blow debris off greens and cut

Top dress and drag in greens

Fertilise greens

Cut course  (stripe up)

Aerate tee’s  (Verti-Drain)

Matt Borges
Course Manager

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Date 15/02/2021

Subject:-  Proposed Construction Projects 2021

Members

A brief revised updated summary of proposed improvement works for this coming year. For ease of identification I have highlighted proposed changes and new works in bold green.

Ist Tee

The proposed new centenary garden/flower area will be formed by our greens staff ready for planting. Captain to further advise/confirm these centenary requirements.

Following completion of club competitions (early Autumn)  works will commence to construct the new 2 tier levels that will include a new winter tee. Construct a new buggy/access path. Install new sprinkler system.

New 3rd Winter Tee

The unsafe popular tree has been felled unfortunately we are unable to clear the area due to the weather condition and furloughed staff.

4Th Tee

Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding. Priority on staff returning to work.

Lower branches on the old oak tree will be removed to facilitate the ladies line of shot from their respective tee.

4Th Green surrounding areas.

The conifer trees to the RHS of the green have been removed ready for dispersal by the greens staff as a non-priority activity.

Remedial works to the RHS bunker will take place a secondary priority activity.

One tree will be removed from the LHS approach with a further 2No trees having their overhanging branches trimmed back. Non priority activity.

16TH Tees

Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding. Priority on staff returning to work finalise levels ready for placing new turf to the surface areas with seeding to the gradient sides. Priority will be given to the ladies Tee off area. The existing ladies tee used for winter purposes will be maintained until such time as the new turfed area becomes usable.

5Th Fairway Drainage

Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding These works will be re-programmed to commence in the Autumn.

18th Green

Landscaping and seeding of areas with the relaying of turf have been completed.

Sprinkler head and feeder pipe has been reinstated Priority on staff returning to work. Raking and reseeding of the right hand side embankment will take place with this area being roped off and deemed GUR until suitable growth allows for opening.

9Th Green

Outstanding works listed below will re-commence following staff return to work. All outstanding works will be classed as a priority action.

All conifer trees including root stumps have been removed (Note a number of these trees where showing signs of progressive rot to their trunks and branches rendering them unsafe in the future.)

Remodelling of the gradients has taken place with final trimming at a later date. New turf will be placed to the lower embankment and new apron areas extending out from the green surface. Matt intends to reseed/turf distressed areas of the green.

New surface water cut off drainage has been installed to the back of the green that will act as a catchment for migrating water off the slopes from gaining access to the green surface and root zones.

Final connection to existing outfall will be completed at a later date.

The left hand area of the green apron has been extended to allow grass cutting machinery to change direction/turn off of the green surface that should help to improve the existing dead areas of the green

Works to improve the right hand side will progress in the New Year to suit weather conditions.

Final landscaping that will include planting of various broadleaf native trees and shrubs to the top rear area adjacent to the buggy path will progress in the New Year.

6Th Green

Temporary works have been carried out to divert storm water away from the green surface area.

Works to install a new drainage cut-off system will commence in the New Year .These works will be re-programmed for a suitable time slot in the coming season.

General course maintenance works are referred to by Matt within his weekly course updates.

 

Please refer to attached maintenance schedule for you better understanding of tasks to be undertaken by Matt and his staff

We have posted a number of record photographs on the web page that reflect the above works.

Machinery.

We have purchased a brand new turf cutter compliments of our President H for her generosity in paying for it.

We have leased a new top of the range hand mower for the greens and tees with a view of purchasing in the New Year.

The sale of the sand/gravel blender is ongoing with advertising placed on golf machinery web sites that have attracted a number of positive enquiries. Please note with potential purchases experiencing the same covid uncertainties as ourselves they are having to cut back on their expenditures until thing become more settled.

 

With financial donations from the Ladies and Senior sections we have been able to purchase a new multipurpose trailer for carting small machinery around the course such as hand mowers and the turf cutter. These sections generously donated further monies from their funds even though they had previously donated towards the new club house boiler/showers (Senior section) with the Ladies Section helping to finance the new skittle alley. I am sure that members will join me in thanking them both for their kind support and generous donations.

 

We have also purchased a larger trailer for the greens staff that will assist them in their general duties throughout the maintenance of the course.

Again we have started to receive generous donations toward the costs of this trailer from sections of the membership with our Captain and Vice-Captain leading these fund raising efforts.

 

As most members are aware Digger (1) kindly lent us the use of his CAT 20t excavator for a number of weeks. Without this machine we would not have been able to carry out major works to various areas of the course. We have managed to clear all of the unsightly dumped materials from the access roadway leading up to the green keepers facilities ready for a clear tidy car parking space.

John Giles assisted the club with the hire of a suitable 9tons dumper to assist with the above works. Our thanks to both for their help and continued support to the club.

 

General

It is our intention for all greens staff to return to full time working once we become more informed of lifting the government imposed covid restrictions

We are in the process of commissioning the bore hole supplying the irrigation system.

 

For those members not aware we have appointed a volunteer mole man Mr Steve Wright who is carrying out a sterling effort in reducing mole activities throughout the course. Thanks mate.

Collin Lewis continues to support the club in his role as our security Marshall. Thanks Collin.

 

Staff Employment.

We have engaged with a government led employment scheme named Kick Start which is a gateway to employing suitable operatives for employment. This scheme is in part subsidised by government funding. We hope to employ two new greenkeepers following the lifting of present covid restrictions.

 

Please refer to attached progress photographs that accord with the aforesaid described activities

 

For and on behalf of the Executive Committee

Robert Garn                                   

December 2020

Members

A brief revised updated summary of proposed improvement works for your information and better understanding of new works in progress.

Ist Tee

Unfortunately adverse weather conditions that we are continually experiencing have prevented works from proceeding. They will commence early next year subject to weather patterns.

New 3rd Winter Tee

The unsafe popular tree has been felled unfortunately we are unable to clear the area due to the weather conditions.

4Th Tee

Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding

16TH Tees

Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding

5Th Fairway Drainage

Ditto weather has prevented these works from proceeding

18th Green

landscaping and seeding of areas with the relaying of turf have been completed.

Sprinkler head and feeder pipe has been reinstated

9Th Green

All conifer trees including root stumps have been removed ( Note a number of these trees where showing signs of progressive rot to their trunks and branches rendering them unsafe in the future.)

Remodelling of the gradients has taken place with final trimming at a later date

New surface water cut off drainage has been installed to the back of the green that will act as a catchment for migrating water off the slopes from gaining access to the green surface and root zones.

Final connection to existing outfall will be completed at a later date.

The left hand area of the green apron has been extended to allow grass cutting machinery to change direction/turn off of the green surface that should help to improve the existing dead areas of the green

Works to improve the right hand side will progress in the new year to suit weather conditions.

Final landscaping that will include planting of various broadleaf native trees and shrubs to the top rear area adjacent to the buggy path will progress in the new year.

6Th Green

Temporary works have been carried out to divert storm water away from the green surface area.

Works to install a new drainage cut-off system will commence in the new year.

General course maintenance works are referred to by Matt within his weekly course updates.

We have posted a number of record photographs on the web page that reflect the above works.

Machinery.

We have purchased a brand new turf cutter compliments of our President H for here generosity in paying for it.

We have leased a new top of the range hand mower for the greens and tees with a view of purchasing in the new year.

The sale of the sand/gravel blender is ongoing with advertising placed on golf machinery web sites that have attracted a number of positive enquiries.

For and on behalf of the Executive Committee

As you can see the core's of a number of these trees are decaying we would have had to pay to make them safe

As you can see the core’s of a number of these trees are decaying
we would have had to pay to make them safe


First sun on the green on a winters day

First sun on the green on a winters day


This is the main water source that's causing the problem temporary work to divert to day

This is the main water source that’s causing the problem temporary work to divert to day


This is the next drainage system to resolve

This is the next drainage system to resolve


18th complete and seeded

18th complete and seeded


This is the amount of water that we will stop from flowing into the green

This is the amount of water that we will stop from flowing into the green


This ancient old defunk drainage system maybe water spring quite a large area that was just ponding behind the green

This ancient old defunk drainage system maybe water spring quite a large area that was just ponding behind the green

This is the amount of water that we will stop from flowing into the green

This is the amount of water that we will stop from flowing into the green

Updated Progress Report
Including proposed
4 week look ahead programme

 

Members

A brief summary of proposed improvement works for your information and better understanding of works in progress.

Over the past 6 months we have carried out construction projects on the course that enhance the appearance in general and improve the drainage systems to fairways and greens.

 

18th Green

We have completed phase 2 regrading of the existing approach embankment ready for Matt and his team to carry out final landscaping/seeding works this week.

Matt will also include installation/positioning of the existing sprinkler system to accord with these regrading works.

 

1st Tee

Following completion of the 18th green and subject to weather conditions works will commence to improve the existing surface levels of the 1st tee.

Turf within the dipped trench area running through the centre will be lifted followed by infilling with new root zone soils to achieve a more acceptable level. Turf will then be re-laid.

 

New 3rd Winter Tee

Before we can bring this tee into play we have to cut down the existing large poplar tree. We are presently obtaining quotations from approved qualified tree surgeons as this tree has to be removed safely by climbing methods.

4th Tee

Releveling of this tee with seeding will be completed next week.

5th Fairway

Unfortunately resulting from the very adverse wet weather that we have been experiencing we are still unable to commence our intended 2nd phase drainage works.

These works will be completed at a later date.

Please note these drainage works together with the improvements carried out to the 18th green were phased/programmed to accord with golfing events schedule to take place during the summer period. We, Jamie, Matt, and I decided that minimum impact to events such as Captains weekends, Championship qualifiers, County championships and club competitions was the best way forward in ensuring that the golf course was in a presentable state throughout these matches.

On behalf of your committee I would extend our thanks to  Matt and his team in presenting and maintaining a very high standard golf course throughout considering the adverse unseasonable  weather conditions that they were experiencing at that time.

16th Tee

Earthworks to remodel the men’s and ladies tees have all been completed ready for Matt and his team to complete landscaping/seeding operations over the next 2 weeks. (subject to weather conditions)

9th Green

Works will commence tomorrow morning and will continue over the next 2 weeks to improve/extend the surrounding sides and back of the green to allow the grass mowing machinery to change direction off the immediate green surface area in doing so this should alleviate the problems that we are experiencing with bald areas of grass.

The works will, once completed improve the green surface rain water drainage.

Please note these works will not alter the existing green contours neither will they change the overall dimensions/size.

We will following valid advice by removing the conifer trees at the top back elevation by doing so this will greatly improve the natural sun light and air circulation to the green that is presently in shadow for the most part of the day.

We will introduce an acceptable drainage open cut off ditch to divert storm water away from the immediate area presently taken up by these trees that will drain into the existing drainage outlet at the top off the embankment.

General Civils Works

Paths will continue to be repaired as and when required throughout the course. We have today improved the path areas adjacent to the 11th and 12th Tees following concerns raised by members.

(Thanks Sarge)

Next Stage of proposed works

The 6th green and surrounding areas are of concern. We are aware of the requirement to introduce a new drainage catchment system to alleviate these storm water issues. You may not have noticed that following investigations with Jamie at the time we have already excavated out a catchment drain at the back of the winter 10th tee that will be extended with piped drainage to drain into the ponds.

We anticipate carrying out these works late January again subject to weather conditions.

We would welcome any constructive (cost neutral please) thoughts that you as our members may have in assisting me and Matt in improving/enhancing the general appearance of the course.

My email address is r.garn@btinternet.com should you wish to forward your direct comments to me. (Please constructive comments only)

I have already been handed a list from our Ladies Section that include comments/ideas that they believe will improve the general appearance and improve the golfing experience.

Many thanks ladies most helpful. We can incorporate your ideas regarding grassed areas and tees next spring.

A number of suggestions have also been received from our Senior Section that we have already incorporated in recent grass/undergrowth undertakings.

For ongoing general winter course maintenance operations please refer to Matt’s weekly update in the Club newsletter as this is his domain.

Thanks

For and on behalf of the Executive Committee