Well here we are at the start of February already. I think you will all agree that January was very kind to us, unlike last year. It has been amazing how much the grass has kept growing. Because we had such a dry spell over the last ten days of January it was decided that it would be ideal to tine & sand the greens ready for summer. I cannot remember this being completed in January before but does set us up well for the season. We have been treating the greens for Silver Moss, hence all the black patches. We have also had soil samples carried out on the greens by Sherriffs our chemical suppliers and they have reported that they are in fact the best winter conditioned greens they had seen.
Other jobs completed are all the set aside/long rough areas have been cut down short. The steps leading to the eighth green have been renewed and turfed. The steps onto the second green have been renewed. The main tees have been tined along with some worn walkway areas.
Work scheduled for the next few weeks are to complete the groundwork around the new steps on the second. Sand as necessary, over seed & feed the main tees & walkways. Clear the tree damage behind the second green & clear the copse between the fourth & sixth. Hopefully with storms being forecasted we will not lose any more trees. The new tenth tee is to be cut and rolled and hopefully this will come into play in April. Weather permitting we hope to be back on the main tees by the first of March.
With the addition of a new fairway mower and bunker rake machine in the autumn we are fully equipped for the year. Our TYM tractor is still away having repairs to the gearbox again under warranty. We have been busy servicing all our other machines & vehicles and they are ready to go for the season.
Finally as some of you will know one of our greenkeepers Matt Vidler has resigned and is returning to the Civil Service. We wish him well in his new employment and thank him for his efforts whilst with us. We are seeking to replace Matt at the moment.
I hope you have enjoyed your winter golf so far, Des and the team have presented the course in great condition over the last few months and are committed to carrying out improvements throughout the year.
Attending The Flag
When playing non competitive/social golf in the winter.
To avoid damaging the surface around the hole, the flagstick was never attended in cases where it would normally be asked to be so. It was then deemed that you if you actually hit the flag there would be no penalty (as there would normally be) and the words used were, ‘I’ll give you the flag’.
As you will all know, holing out putts from 3 feet or less is a lottery when putting through a myriad of foot prints, particularly at this time of year when the greens are soft. Having spoken to both Des (Head Green Keeper) and Roy Stevens (Chairman of Greens) they have said that they would like this idea to be in play here at Bigbury. Anything that helps our greens to remain in tip top condition is a bonus.
So, to clarify, this is only applicable whilst Winter Rules are in play and ONLY in social golf and NOT in competitions. You either can leave the flag in and incur no penalty should you hit it, or take it out for shorter putts as normal.
Please could we all make a special effort to repair as many pitchmarks each as possible, particularly in the front third of the greens? At the moment they are quite soft, either due to recovering from a frost, rain soaked or suffering from a heavy due, and therefore are very susceptible to receiving marks. Our greens, for the time of year, are in fantastic condition but we all need to do our bit by helping Des and the boys to keep them that way, to keep the compliments flowing and the word spreading of how good our course is.
We are delighted to announce that Jason Pheasant has agreed to be our General Manager.
Jason will officially take over from the Director of Golf, Nigel Blenkarne, on 1st February 2017.
After a career of 15 years in Operational Management he ran his own business Purple Planet Supplies which he has now sold, you will recognize the name as the sponsor of the Purple course. Jason has also been a member of our club for two years and is therefore very familiar with the club and the challenges ahead.
I am sure you will join the Board in welcoming him and support him in our endeavors to make Bigbury Golf club successful and a club to be proud of.
We are delighted to announce that Liz and Howard Turner (The Dinner Service Ltd) have agreed to be our Caterer from 1st February 2017.
The Dinner Service.Com was formed by Liz Turner in 2003, with the aim of providing a totally unique and bespoke catering service, they operate mainly in the South Hams and over the years they have built up an excellent reputation for quality and professionalism within the catering industry. Their expertise will greatly enhance the clubs catering experience.
Liz and Howard very much look forward to providing a quality service to the club and it’s visitors.
Not a member? If you would like to join as a social member come and see us and we will sign you up. If you would like more information please call 01548 810557 option 5
Bookings are now being taken for Sunday Lunches, Main course £8.95 & Pudding £3.95, wich will start on Sunday 5th February.
Members are welcome to bring along guests to our social functions.