Duxbury Park August Newsletter
Welcome to the August edition of the Duxbury Park Newsletter.
Who would have believed back in April that we were about to have one of the best Summers in living memory. We have had week after week of glorious sunshine and virtually no rain at all, which poses its own challenges for the green staff.
We are experiencing an unbelievable amount of golfers on the course along with numerous functions in Nineteen and outdoor events such as the amazing outdoor cinema and Gin evening. Lets hope this fantastic weather continues for the rest of the summer, with maybe just a little rain here and there.
It can be hard work walking around the golf course in this weather so here are a couple of offers to help save your energy this Summer…
- After 3 pm – Two green fees and a buggy just £30. Available all week, call 01257 265380 to book. This offer is available to all Loyaltee members. Not available online.
- After 3 pm – £10 buggy hire. Available all week, call 01257 265380 to book. This offer is available to all Loyaltee 1 month and 12 month members. Not available online.
We have 8 buggies available to hire so this offer is on a first come first served basis.
What a great prolonged spell of weather we have had over the summer. Temperatures were last seen like this in 1976 and since the course only opened in 1977, this is the driest year on record at Duxbury Park.
The team and I have worked tremendously hard throughout the summer in the most challenging conditions, and we have been doing our utmost to produce a great golf course. This Summer looks as though it could be a record breaker in terms of dryness and heat.
This poses a challenge in itself, one that we haven’t faced before. We all remember the persistent rain last year from June onwards so the contrast to this year’s weather is amazing. I hope that you are enjoying your golf as much as the sunshine and please see below what your greenkeeping team will be up to over the coming weeks.
Please be assured that I am doing everything at my disposal to water the greens and provide a smooth putting surface. They are getting stressed with the heat, however I am not worried and confident that the greens will fully recover. I have recently purchased a manual watering device which allows us to contact drier spots and plugs when irrigation is not always enough.
We are mid way through our greens programme, this includes removing thatch and organic matter build up, lowering the PH, increasing regular fertilising programme, removing the ryegrass which also adds to uneven surfaces and overseeding with desirable grasses such as bents and fescues. We have upgraded the greens mower to 11 blades allowing a quality cut and increasing the clip rate. The greens are a living breathing organism which takes time to change in the right direction.
We came out of the wettest prolonged winter in recent times and straight into a hot summer the likes of which we haven’t experienced before. This has put additional strain on an ageing irrigation system. We are mid way through an upgrade programme and introducing regular cultural practices to remove the thatch.
We are looking to invest in the irrigation system next year and well as continue to invest in new greens machinery.
As always please stop and talk to me if you have any questions and I will be happy to help.
Our mid season maintenance programme will be as follows:
- Solid pencil tine
- Light verti-cut
- Apply liquid fertiliser feed and wetting agent
- Water that in and soak the profile, while we have holes open from the pencil tine.
- Apply 15 tonne greens top dressing
- Brush in top dressing and water again to help wash the sand into the profile to provide a smoother the putting surface.
- Regularly divot and move tee markers positioning
- Selective weed killer applied
- Granular fertilised
- Tee banks cut
- Applied selective weedkiller (We have completed the process in house, I am really pleased with how we are getting on top of the weeds in the fairways, it is showing now leaving a smooth surface and looking good)
- Now that we have had some rain a soluble fertiliser will be applied to produce growth and colour.
- With the dry weather we are keeping on top of the growth and the clippings are spreading well.
- Next season a selective weedkiller will be applied in certain areas of the rough.
Collars & Approaches
- Since the arrival of the new Jacobsen TR3 mower I have changed the way we cut allowing me to shape and define the approaches. Before the warm weather a selective weedkiller was applied. However, I was unable to complete because it is advised not to apply a weedkiller in hot condition as it can stress the turf as well as killing the weeds.
- Collars have been hollow cored
- Light verti-cut
- I will scarify the approaches and collars once again as the weather allows.
- Topped up with 29 tonne bunker sand
- Edged regularly
- Weeded and stone picked
We have over 50 bunkers on the course which are extremely demanding and challenging in terms of maintenance
Making best use of resources at hand, the focus is to have a system in place to start an upgrade programme in 2019 which improve general playability.
Functions & Private Parties
We had another successful gin evening but this time is was themed: Alice in Wonderland – Mad Hatter Gin Evening of Friday 10/08/18. The room was dressed accordingly, even the croquet was enjoyed by all, nibbles were served on platters at each table and of course the GIN was flowing nicely! Guests were entertained by Chris Knapman – Caricature with Attitude and Frank Farrell – Close up Magician. The most popular gin of the evening was Monkey 47 followed by Larios Rose and Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin.
In June we had a Family Fun weekend in aid of Derian House. The weekend was full of fun with many stalls; bubble making, animal farm – yes real animals, candy floss & popcorn and fairground just to mention a few. This is something we do each year, but this is the first year we have held it over two days. A jolly weekend was had by all.
Here in Nineteen we are close to launching our Christmas Party evenings. This year our theme is Bond Nights! So if you are the organiser of your works or family/friends Christmas party, give me a call Lesley on 01257 265380. I am sure our nights are going to be thrilling.
Nineteen has seen a number of different functions over the months which have all been special. If you have an occasion you wish to celebrate then give me, Lesley, a call on 01257 265380 and we can put our heads together and organise your celebration. Its free to talk, so lets talk and plan your celebration.
Your feedback on the evening was fantastic, your scored us 4.8/5.00
“Great value for money, fabulous night with special touches that made the evening ‘magical’.”
“Really nice touches with the decorations, loved the effort that went into the nibbles. loved the magician”
“Brilliant night- loads of things to make the night fun. Great staff “
It’s not all work and no play here at Duxbury Golf – Team Duxbury, well some of us, decided to try our hand at tenpin bowling. Needless to say some of us were good and some of us were very good! The evening was full of laughter and banter, food and a few drinks. Gary was crowned King Pin!
Interesting Golf Fact
While playing in Atlantic City, N.J., in 1889, Ab Smith hit a shot he defined as a “bird of a shot.” His description ultimately led to one of the game’s most popular terms, which golfers regularly aim for – “birdie.”
Thankyou for reading
See you on the fairways soon.
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