The practice nets upgrade is now complete after a problem with the mats caused them to be replaced. The mat that is closest to 1 West tee is different from the others and has been placed there as a trial. There are no rubber tee inserts in this particular mat but you can use conventional tee pegs in it as well as playing "off the deck". The "pile" is only about 25mm thick so you need to adjust the length of tee you are using to suit your club. If this mat is successful and popular it may be installed permanently on 7 West tee which is in severe shade and not big enough to cope with the wear that it receives.
|Practice mat with no rubber tees|
It was very pleasing to be mowing 9 West green this morning and be able to admire the quality of the putting surface as it enjoyed full morning sun following the removal of the Cadagi trees at the rear. Previously at this time of year and following the rain we have been experiencing, the green would have been very thin and weak. There is an old saying in turf that "if your turf isn't getting 8 hours of sunlight a day.....why isn't it?" In the past winters 9 West green received virtually no sunlight during the day and as that other old saying goes; "the proof is in the pudding!"
|Rear 9 West green bathed in sunlight at 8am.|
On the other hand it wasn't very pleasing to look across to 4 River green and see where a golfer had walked up the face of the bunker to exit the bunker then toss the rake back over his head. The chances of having firm bunker faces is nought when people do this to them. At least he did actually pick the rake up.
|Clubhouse works underway|