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Welcome to the April edition of the Duxbury Park Golf Course newsletter for 2018.

We didn’t get the start to the golf season that we were all hoping for, record levels of rainfall and a couple of random snow days thrown into the surprise of us all. However, the season is now fully underway and the forecasters have promised much improved weather for the remainder of the month and a whopping 20 degrees forecasted one day this week.

The Masters inspired us all to get out playing as we experienced some busy days on the golf course. Defending Champion Sergio Garcia showed that even the very best can take big numbers on one hole and it was great to see Patrick Reed win the green jacket on an exciting final day.

Golf Course

What a challenging month March has been with regards to golf course maintenance and preparing the course for the start of the season. Head Greenkeeper Jon Wilson States “The recent conditions have been some of the most challenging I have experienced in 15 years, it’s been very difficult to get machines out on the golf course”

In contrast to last year here’s an overview of some facts and figures;

March 2017

  • 17 out of 31 days without rainfall.
  • Total rainfall 131mm
  • 0 days of snow
  • Average temp 9 degrees
  • 0 days closed.

March 2018

  • 7 out of 31 days without rainfall.
  • 221mm total rainfall
  • 7 days of snow
  • Average temp 6 degrees
  • 5 days closed.

Despite the weather we have managed to progress and carry out the following works:

Greens

  • Verti drained to 200mm with 8mm tine.
  • Hollow cored to 50 mm with 10mm tine.
  • Top dressed using 10 tonne screened and sterilized sand
  • Sand brushed into greens
  • Cut and rolled when possible
  • Granular fertiliser applied to encourage some early season growth.

Tees

  • Verti drained 150 mm with 12mm tine.
  • Hollow cored to 50 mm  with 12mm tine
  • Tee markers all refurb and repainted
  • Tee signs refurbished
  • All tees divoted

Approaches

  • Verti drained 150mm with 12mm tine.
  • Hollow cored to 50 mm  with 12mm tine
  • Tee markers all refurb and repainted
  • Tee signs refurbished
  • All tees divoted

Fairways

  • Too wet to cut
  • Routinely brushed to keep worm casts and mud down from surface
  • Regrinding of fairway cutting units.

Bunkers

  • Raked when possible
  • Re distribute sand where possible to aid drainage.

Other areas

  • Continued general tree works
  • Refurbishment of Walled Gardens (more to follow in next edition)

What’s happening in April

It’s going to be all hands on deck for the remainder of April. Our focus will be on the presentation and the definition of the course and taking advantage of the improved forecast. Our fleet of machines have all been fully serviced and are waiting to go. Over the next 4 weeks we will be working on bunker presentation, including the delivery of sand.

Nineteen Bar and Restaurant  

For all you food lovers we launched our new Nineteen Bar & Kitchen menu this week. All your favourites are still on there and we’ve added some new additions, including a range of Hot Dogs. Look out, as the Street Dog, Chilli Dog and New Yorker Dog! We have also added some new special boards that include homemade specials from Chef’s Noel and Pauline.

You can now make your favorite drink more environmentally friendly and easier to drink on the go with our new travel mugs priced at £5.95 which includes any hot of soft drink filled to the brim. These are perfect on warm days to keep drinks chilled throughout your round of golf.

Functions & Private Parties

It’s been another busy month for functions at Nineteen, we’ve received lots of wonderful feedback and praise. Join us here at nineteen Duxbury Park for all your milestones and celebrations.

If you are looking for a room to hire to hold an upcoming celebration then we’d love to invite you to come and see what we can offer.

Parties do not have to cost the earth, we offer fantastic packages to suit your occasion. Our welcoming venue offers the perfect setting for all types of celebrations.

So if you’re looking for a perfect venue to dazzle you guests why not give Lesley a call on 01257 265380 and arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements. A function full of magical memories. Nineteen is ideally situated in Chorley and not far from motorway junctions for those guests who will be traveling.  We offer a modern, welcoming venue, set in beautiful woodland surroundings with outside patio area and ample parking space. Until the end of May 2018 on evening functions we are offering a free welcome glass of prosecco to all your guests (T&Cs apply). Our new Gin menu is proving very popular with our guests, enjoy gins from all over the world, pop down and give them a try for yourself!

Events

It’s full steam ahead in Duxbury events this month, as the start of the golf season signals, summer is just around the corner!

A few sneak peeks of what is up and coming is our pizza and prosecco evening Friday 11th May, Wedding in the Woods wedding show on the 1st and 2nd June, and our Summer Fun Weekend on 23rd and 24th June, as well as much much more!

Like our Facebook page /www.facebook.com/DuxburyPark for more information and regular updates

To Book you tickets please call 01257 265380

Interesting Golf Fact

The term “birdie” comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing a round in 1899, he played what he described as a “bird of a shot”, which became “birdie” over time.

 

Golf Club Life

The weather wasn’t great but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 63 members who turned up for the Captain’s Drive-in on the 7th of April. Club Captain Keith Bamber strode out onto the first tee following a complimentary shot of 18 year old Glenmorangie whiskey courtesy of Glendale Golf and struck a great drive, unfortunately the drive struck timber and rebounded back recording a distance of 159 yards.

The rain persisted for most of the day and we had a lot of wet soggy competitors sat in Nineteen for their complementary Pie and Peas afterwards. Keith raffled off a 4 litre bottle of whiskey with the proceeds going to guide dogs for the blind, his chosen charity. We also held a masters quiz which was won by Paul Henry who received a bottle of pink gin! The atmosphere was great and created a fantastic buzz in the clubhouse. We look forward to supporting the Captain and club throughout 2018.

Thank-you for reading.

 

Kind Regards,

David Prescott

Centre Manager

 

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