Course Manager's Update - Jim's Blog 25.4.14

The work that has been put into the course over the last few weeks by the greenstaff has started to make a difference recently as the course as well as the greens are now beginning to take shape and we are in a good place in terms being ready for the beginning of the summer months after such a wet winter.

Unfortunately we have experienced some heavy downpours since 11am today and up until 2.30pm 19mm of rain has been recorded. The forecast is for more heavy rain this evening and some more from around 6am tomorrow morning also. 

Unfortunately this means that tomorrow's Peter Butler Bowl is in doubt and I am currently waiting on confirmation if this competition can go ahead even though the bunkers will be unplayable as they will either be flooded or the sand will be heavily compacted. 

Some members who have played this week while the greenstaff have been working may have noticed a rather strange looking piece of equipment being used on the greens. This is the latest design is greens rollers/ turf irons and I'm sure some of you may have noticed the difference in smoothness this machine can make to your greens. To give you an example the greens were cut this morning and a stimpmeter reading was taken and was recorded at 10ft 2 inches. The greens were then rolled after cutting with this borrowed roller and another stimpmeter reading was taken and recorded at 11ft 4 inches. 

This would be a fantastic addition to our course equipment and would help keep Harborne Golf Club as one of the top courses to play in Midlands. 

The course status email and phone message will be updated from 6:30 am tomorrow morning to keep you up to speed on what has been decided for tomorrow's competition as well as for general play.

Jim Gilchrist (course manager)