Thursday 31st December 2015

We had the pumps going through the night to get most of the water off of the 2nd/4th fairway on the Burnside, the worst affected area.

As you can see it is almost all away

Of course Dangerous Jimmy was down raking about!!!
Yes, he is still here, we cant get rid of him!!

Sand bags at the ready for the next deluge which is due on Saturday night/Sunday morning.


Monday 28th December 2015

Big slap on the wrist for me not updating the blog but here we go, next year I promise to keep it up to date!! Promise

Another tournament year, this time we welcomed The Amateur Championship won by Romain Langasque.

Overseeding carried on as normal before and after the event, trying to get as much fescue in as possible. All areas apart from the greens were sprayed with Rescue prior to The Amateur Championship as we try to wipe out ryegrass around the course. Rescue is a highly selective grass weed herbicide, for the removal of ryegrass whilst leaving fine turf grasses unaffected.
We were lucky enough to purchase a Super Compact Vredo to help out with overseeding.

We also purchased a new screen.

On to the Dunhill, and probably the best spell of weather we had all year.
Paul Lawrie out early for a few practice holes.

Down the left hand side of the 9th we removed 39 trees that were planted in the 1960s, this will now let some light in and help with air movement through to the 6th green of the Buddon as well as the 9th fairway.

Another tournament on the course before the end of the season was the World Hickory Open Championships
On to our Winter Improvements for this year: Replacing semi rough down the left hand side of the 10th and the right hand side of the 18th fairways.

Re-shaping and contouring the 13th approach/surround into the 14th tee
Bridges at the 18th green replaced with bridges donated from The Imlay Foundation

Work carried out by Boyles of Auchterarder with local Denfind Stone being used

A nice finish.

Reshaping of the spectator mound at the right hand side of the 5th tee, the mound extended over to the 6th fairway with the ditch being piped at the same time. The white teeing area raised up by about a foot.

A lot of material was moved about in the two weeks the contractors were here. We found sand under the mound which we thought was made up out of old waste.

Fortunately the Burnside were creating a new 16th green, so most of the sand went there.

So far we have returfed more than half the job and the rest will be completed after the Christmas period.


Other jobs on the go were moving the 6th walkway from tee to fairway further left

and the extension of the 18th yellow tee and red tee, another job that will be completed after the Christmas break.

We also have a few bunkers to re-build so another busy spell coming up.
We cant complain I suppose as there are many areas/homes worse off than us.

Sandy back on the tools!!

More pumping today, lets hope that Wednesday isn't as bad with rain.