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Portsmouth Golf Course September Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter.  The weather has been a little mixed over the past month with plenty of sunshine accompanied by sporadic heavy downpours it has seemed.  The course has been busy which has been great to see especially the Portsmouth annual open which was at full capacity on certain days. Well done to all the winners !  Don’t forget the forthcoming Haskett Trophy this Saturday, this year looks great with an attractive prize table. Forms are available from the Club. Please read on for an update on the golf course.

Course Report 

Irrigation

Irrigation is on a nightly basis, two programmes on the greens and one on the tees, collars and aprons.  This will continue until irrigation is no longer required and the green’s become fully hydrated by rainfall and time of year.   

Greens

We have sprayed the greens with a seaweed and iron feed mixed with a fungicide to combat Anthracnose, this has produced positive results. Anthracnose is a disease that thrives when turf is under stress and temperature extremes. Unfortunately the disease has left us with some scarring which is evident on green’s 1,4 and 10. 

With the disease now dormant we wait to see recovery and will assist this process with cultural works such as hollow coring, seeding and top dressing. In addition to spraying we have also verti-drained all greens to a depth of 8 inches, this alleviates compaction and releases nutrients from the soil and allows a gas exchange to assist with root development.         

Tees

Our Tees are very healthy and have reacted well to the fertiliser programme and overnight watering.  We endeavour to divot mix the tees on a needs basis in-between our mowing ensuring steady regeneration.  We have plans for the men’s 6th Tee and the ladies 18th Tee, where we will be hollow coring, overseeding and top dressing.  We are fully aware that these tees are in need of maintenance and will work on these asap. 

We look forward to updating you on our next report with regard to these areas.. Since the conifers have been removed or in some areas pruned around the course in the last 2 years there has been a marked improvement to a lot of Tees. This is due to more sunlight, airflow and water uptake.

Bunkers

We have started to add sand to the bunkers most needed and will continue this for the coming weeks.  Raking, weeding and strimming remains part of our weekly programme.

Events

We have the Rotaries band playing up at the Bar this Saturday 7th September 8pm-11pm, which is open to all! For tickets please call 02392 372210 option 2, it’s set to be a great night. 

For this Saturdays Haskett Trophy the bar and kitchen will be open from 7am onwards serving breakfast and hot drinks.  Enjoy our breakfast offers of a full english and hot drink for just £5.95 or a classic Bacon Sarnie with a drink from just £4. 

We are also offering a 50% discount on venue hire for all bookings when booked before the end of this year.  This offer is proving popular so if you have an occasion to celebrate this winter or next year please do get in touch and save some money.  We also have some great catering offers as well. 

We don’t like using the word this early but Christmas will be with us before we know it.  We are offering Party Nights and Christmas Lunches like last year which were a great success.  Whether you have a small group of friends or large business, we can cater for you. Please visit here for more information.

Golf Club update   

September brings the closing date for our Winter League, who would believe that we are now so close to the end of our summer playing season.  But at the weekend our teams heading off to Staverton Park to play in the NAPGC Clapham Common Finals. Six teams of six players represented clubs up and down the country, playing in pairs in a Greensome format.

For PGC, Keith Jenkins & Peter Houkes, Steve Rees & Blake Docherty, Matt Ford & Jim McLatchie, Tony Davies & Jason Burridge, Paul Boxall & Derek Bate, Jason Goldring & Gary Killick. Sadly, the total scores couldn’t get us to the winning line but to be in the National Finals is a credit to our players. Well done lads. 

Part of the team, Jason Goldring & Gary Killick qualified for the finals of the NAPGC Top Rock, a Men’s Better Ball event, to be played the day after. Sadly, Gary had to head home for family reasons, but Tony Davies stepped in to partner Jason. The partnership gelled to win the Top Rock event. Well done Jason, Gary and Tony, an excellent result.

We now look forward to the Haskett Trophy which is a Pairs Better Ball Open. The competition has a long history, set up for business people to enter with their friends & clients to share a fun golfing day. This year the sponsorship and entry fee offer a prize fund of over £1,000.00 so it should be keenly fought. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us.  A date to set in the diary is the Trophy Presentation Evening on Saturday 16 November, where we applaud the trophy winners and enjoy an evening with friends to round up the competition year.

There will be free food and a welcome drink to those attending, so put the date in your diary. Finally, remember we are near to the introduction of the new World Handicapping and SLOPE system which will be introduced in 2020, how interesting that will be. Your best eight scores from twenty will determine your new handicap, what will yours be??

Take care,

Peter Badger

Club Secretary | Portsmouth Golf Club

 

See you on the fairways soon.

James Green
Centre Manager

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