Portsmouth Spring Newsletter
Welcome to this month’s newsletter. As we write this the sun is out, a feeling of Spring is upon us and more importantly we are back to 18 holes being open. We have a lot to tell you this month so please read on for an update on the various areas.
As we rapidly approach the golfing season we take greens in excellent condition through with us from the recent winter months. Applying appropriate chemical and fertiliser during this period has helped us to avoid any unwanted disease. We will shortly increase cutting frequency as the warmer weather arrives and growth starts to kick in.
We plan in mid April to have two days of greens maintenance to help aerate each putting surface. This will be carried out midweek but will need us to close each nine over a two day period so the works can be carried out in an effective and timely manner. This year we are using an outside contractor who will use a machine named the Air2G2. If you have 5 minutes please search the machine on the likes of YouTube where you can see the machine in action and find out what it’s all about. We are really excited by the potential results this process will bring. We will keep you updated as we approach the dates.
In addition to the above we will continue with our annual agronomy programme which will assist in keeping the health of the green in peak condition throughout the year.
As with the greens our frequency of cutting will increase as the milder weather arrives. Currently we will continue to block cut each fairway and gradually move into striping over the coming weeks. Each year around this time we start to see daisies reappear on most fairways which always prove to be an issue that we have to deal with. Once temperatures rise to a sufficient level we will apply a chemical application to remove these. This tends to be late April / early May.
Tees are now back on grass which is excellent news. As you are aware we rested the tees over the winter period to encourage some regeneration and also allow them to rest after a busy 2018 golfing season. Most tees have had an excellent recovery with a few that need further attention. In particular the 6th tee needs further work which we intend to carry out over the coming weeks. Our current plan is to re turf the front section of the tee to gain immediate results. For now the markers will be kept away from the worn area to eliminate any further stress on the turf.
The 18th tee has now had the mat removed and is in the process of having the area put back to grass. For now we have moved the white and yellow tee markers onto the red tee area so we can at least have the hole open. Your patience is appreciated here as we need to make sure that the new grass takes correctly and enables us to have a quality level tee going forward. We plan to reopen the tee by mid May.
The team have worked tirelessly over the past few months in making sure that the course has been presentable throughout the wet period of weather. In addition to this the team have also worked on some ad hoc projects that we have mentioned over previous newsletters. Here’s an update on the projects:
11th Bunker – After being in a state of GUR for an excessive amount of time we planned to fill the bunker and turn the area back into a grassed area. With the use of a digger we decided not to fill the bunker but resculp the front section and return the bunker back into play.
Signage – We have taken delivery of signs that will be put out on the course over the coming weeks. These were mainly direction signs to help golfers navigate themselves around the course easier, especially from greens to next tees.
Paths – We are yet to start work on the path areas on the course as other projects have taken priority. We still have the digger with us and will look to improve the path by the putting green that is very uneven and gathers unwanted water. We plan to do this next week.
18th Tee – As mentioned above we are currently working on this project and hope to have the tee back in use for mid May.
Irrigation – In addition to the projects above we have also renewed the irrigation system down to the 6th green and 7th tee which was under performing last year. This was very time consuming and has left a small channel of mud to the right side of the 7th fairway. Please treat this area as GUR until we see recovery. We also renewed pipe work next to the 6th tee which will provide much needed irrigation to this area going forward.
On a separate note we have taken delivery of new flags , flag sticks, tee markers, hole cups and rakes that will go out on to the course ready for Easter weekend. This will freshen up the course again ready for the forthcoming season.
We have our ‘80’s Night Revisited’ scheduled for Friday 19th May starting at 7.30pm. This is set to be a great night with an evening dedicated to some 80’s classics. Tickets are priced at just £5 and include a welcome drink. To purchase tickets please call us on 02392 372210 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth vs Sunderland | TODAY – We will be showing the game live today from when coverage begins. The game kicks off at 2.30pm so why not join us!
News from Portsmouth Golf Club
Late March is not only the start of Spring but the playing season and trophy events, with the Hooper & Mayors Cup always signalling that start. The course shakes off its winter coat, the mowers are out on the fairways and the grass takes on a new putting surface.
The downside at this time of the year is subscriptions are now due so you can enter and enjoy those competitions. You should all now have notification of the due amount, please pay by direct payment into our account as shown in the letter, or post a cheque, or good old cash. Unfortunately under our Club Rules, after this weekend persons with unpaid subscriptions cannot be counted in competitions.
Trevor Ranger and his team are now gearing up for the 2019 Rowans Charity Golf Day on the 25 May. Entry Forms are on the website or copies outside of the Club office. We are pleased to have on board this year a new sponsor; OWTON’S Family Butchers who have generously supported our £10,000 Hole-In-One insurance cover which also includes lesser amounts on other par three’s. Support from all our sponsors enables us to lay on a day to remember as well as the real reason which is raising as much as possible for Rowans.
A notice went up for the Club Championship and Divisional Salvers, remember it covers all golfing levels so make it an event on your list.
Also outside of the office are the entry forms for this year’s PORTSMOUTH OPEN WEEK. Please take one and mark in your diary the event/s you wish to play in. Better still, if you are visiting another club or golfing friends then hand an entry form to them.
See you on the fairways soon.