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Portsmouth June Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter updating you on what’s happening at Portsmouth Golf Course. As we move into June the prolonged dry period continues which in return has had our tee sheets full with members, visitors and societies. We all know how the English weather can change at the drop of a hat so enjoy it whilst it’s here ! Please read on for an update on course conditions and what we have planned going forward.

Golf Course

The golf course is looking in great shape as we approach the warmest months of the year. The team are still catching up on projects that were delayed from the start of the season but are on course to have these completed by the end of June. Many of these projects will go unnoticed and don’t affect day to day play of the course but will improve the overall experience.

We have now completed the spraying of all fairways, green surrounds and certain areas of rough. This will remove all daisies and weeds and improve overall health of these areas. This process has taken two weeks to complete which is fairly time consuming but allows us to present the fairways and surrounds to the best of our ability.

The green’s are looking healthy following a recent fertiliser application and the reintroduction of our irrigation system. Each green receives two cycles of irrigation every night which will continue to assist with recovery and maintain hydration. At this stage we are still awaiting our new irrigation tank but have a temporary system in place that will remain until the installation takes place. Unfortunately we are in the hands of our contractor who seem to have an incredibly large workload this time of year.

The teeing areas are very dry currently which we are fully aware of. Once our irrigation system returns to full working capacity these areas will return to our automated system and receive a cycle through the night alongside the greens. With our slight setback it has been our priority to keep greens irrigated for obvious reasons.

The main focus for the team over the coming months is to keep up with cutting schedules now that the grass is growing at a faster rate. We have had some great feedback from customers and members of late which we really do appreciate.

Projects

As you read this email the team are working on the 18th tee area which has taken a little longer than expected. The reason for this being the lack of water required to assist with the new seed that will be put down. Our efforts will be to bring this tee back into play as soon as possible.

Over the coming weeks we will look to verti cut and shallow spike the greens which will improve the health of the turf. As the course receives an increased amount of footfall this will also assist in relieving compaction and allow much needed air into the soil profile. This cultural work will be accompanied with a wetting agent and seaweed application which will alleviate any stress caused by drought.

Events   

This section is dominated by the recent Rowan’s Hospice Charity Day that was hosted by Portsmouth Golf Club. The weather was stunning as over 140 golfers competed over the sun drenched fairways. The F&B team had a BBQ running throughout the day and some music for those who wished to sit back and relax on our terrace overlooking the 18th green. The event raised just over £3000 which means the running total donated to the hospice now exceeds £85000. There was a real community feel to the day which was great to see. Well done to all involved.

See you on the fairways soon.

James Green
Centre Manager

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