Portsmouth Golf Course July Newsletter
Welcome to our latest newsletter updating you on what’s happening at Portsmouth Golf Course. As we move into the height of summer we see ourselves in another dry spell which has produced some very hot temperatures. Although great for golf and a tan, it does provide its challenges, especially for our greenkeeping team which we will share with you within the newsletter.
It’s been great to see the course so busy and hope that you are all enjoying the game we all love. It was safe to say that Shane Lowry’s victory at the weekend was thoroughly deserved at another impeccably ran Open event. Please read on for an update on course conditions, events and Portsmouth Golf Club.
Thankfully our irrigation system is now up and running, I would like to thank everyone for their patience throughout this adversely dry period of weather we are having. We have though despite these conditions recently had success with our irrigation upgrades, being able to reinstall the 6th and 9th tee onto our overnight watering program. We have also replaced in excess of ten sprinkler heads which has been part of a longer term plan which will improve coverage and consistency.
As well as these upgrades repairs to leaking pipework on the golf course have been vital and to-date we have repaired three broken pipe joins improving the water pressure with the overall night time watering. I would like to reassure everyone that at present the greens get two overnight watering cycles equating to over 2500 litres of water per green per night. It is essential we water little and often as opposed to flooding the greens as this can lead to thatch fungus issues, silver moss formation or summer diseases.
This coming week we will be applying a granular fertiliser to encourage more summer growth and suppress any summer diseases which can be common this time of year. You may also have noticed that we have started spiking our greens. This process is done to aerify the turf, improve the pitch of the ball, allow a gas exchange and improve nutrient uptake into the leaf of the plant as well as de-compact the soil.
Cultural practices such as these are vital to continue healthy growth. We will continue to cut frequently and allow a rest day during the week to support the greens through the challenging temperatures we are currently having. We will continue to move holes once per week, this is generally completed on a Thursday or Friday.
Since completing the 18th tee project, the area is now looking healthier by the day, the seed is knitting in perfectly and now part of our mowing routine. We endeavour to have the tee back in play as soon as possible. On all tees we have applied an herbicide to irradiate the yarrow, clover and daisies, the granular fertiliser which will be applied within the next 2 weeks will encourage regeneration and new germination of healthy grass. We regularly mow the tees to 15mm, this is the optimum height for our downland terrain.
Regular divoting is now taking place and regular marker rotation to assist in spreading the wear to the turf on our teeing areas.
This is a very time-consuming area to maintain and we cut every 2 weeks at 2.25 inches. The areas of deep rough are kept long to encourage the growth of wild flowers which in turn encourages bees and wildlife to the area whilst giving the holes definition.
All Bunkers are edged and weeded when needed and the sand is regularly raked and moved. We have an order due for 20 tonne of sand which will be allocated to priority bunkers over the coming two weeks.
As always the team would like to thank everyone for their full support and wish you well for the remainder of the summer season.
Matt and the team
We look forward to the forthcoming Portsmouth Open and once again welcome golfers from different golf clubs. We hope all competitors enjoy their time at the golf course and wish them well with their games. Our Bar & Restaurant will be open early for those wishing to have a bite to eat or drink before they play and after for drinks,meals and snacks.
On Saturday 10th August we have ‘The Sensational Jonny Deps Soul Revue’ with us providing an evening of live music. Tickets are priced at £5 with doors opening at 6pm. For more information speak to our team on 02392 375999.
Portsmouth Golf Club
Thanks to Keith our Captain for a successful Captain’s Day and to all the members that joined in and stopped for the presentation, good fun had by all. Now we look forward to the Open Week, which starts on Wednesday 31st July. The itinerary is as follows;
- Wednesday 31st July Veteran’s Stableford
- Thursday 1st August Ladies Three-Ball Bowater.
- Friday 2nd August Men’s morning Medal for the Sir John Rowland Cup. Sir William Dupree in the afternoon and when playing in both, The 36 Hole Aggregate Cup.
- Saturday 3rd August the Men’s Open Better Ball.
- New to us on Sunday 4th August will be the Team Bowater, best two scores from four players.
Should you be thinking of playing in any of the events then you need to act fast as the start sheets are nearly full.
Last week we sadly lost one of our past Captain’s Chris Smith, after a battle with his health that even he with his positive approach could not win. Chris was one of our colourful characters that will be missed by us all. We understand from his family that the service starts at 10am on Friday 2 August at the Oaks in Havant. His wishes are that everybody must wear bright, bold colours, even colourful shorts if it’s warm!
England Golf have just launched special public liability insurance cover to all of our members, the Club will move over to this and stop the Golf Guard umbrella insurance. This means the additional charge we add in the membership fee will stop next year. Please remember, it does not cover your equipment or buggy use.
Lastly, keep an eye out for the sign-up sheets for the Winter Events, yes that’s right, winter events, check the notice boards.
See you on the fairways soon.