Greenkeeping Update with Greg 30/10/2017

Greenkeeping Update with Greg 30/10/2017

Hi Everyone,

As promised I will outline the plans for the future of our courses in this week’s newsletter.

As you will all now know, it was proposed that we remove the Millennium course from our selection of layouts in order for us to prioritise the preferred courses of Morgan’s, Imperial and Jubilee.

In the winter program I highlighted the main reasoning for the proposed change and then took feedback from many of you via email. Then, last Thursday I gave a presentation on the future possibilities, giving further insight into the reasoning and it was fantastic to see so many of you there and to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes and the future of our courses.

From our experience and from the feedback we have received, it is clear that very few like the Millennium course. However, it is also clear that many like the 2 extra holes that the Millennium course offers. With that in mind it has helped us to make a decision on what is best for the future of the courses at Hunley.

In short, the reasons for the following are so that we can put all of the resources available to us, into providing you with the best facilities possible.

The plans are as follows:

 

  • Millennium course to be decommissioned in the new year with the holes being available for use as an extra practice facility.

 

  • The hole Rawcliffe to be completely redesigned, with a new green constructed at the beginning of next year.

 

  • The holes under the bridge to be redesigned to incorporate the best 9 holes from the current 11. This will be carried out in the winter of 2018/19 and will then create 3 loops of 9 holes and 3 layouts of 18, improving vastly the courses that we have while condensing them so the condition of the courses can be further improved and well maintained.

 

Overall there were 2 main negatives of making such a change. These were looked at and discussed with options explored to minimise any impact.

 

  • The Moscrop and Countess competitions are played on the Millennium course.

 

Both of these competitions can be retained and played on one of the other three layouts available.

 

  • Millennium is often used during wet or foggy conditions.

 

It is quite feasible for us to incorporate 2 holes from elsewhere in such circumstances to find an 18 hole layout ie. Rawcliffe and Guibel.

I for one am very excited by the changes and of the thought of improving our facility further. I hope you can all appreciate this decision has not been easy, but equally that it has been thoroughly thought through to come up with the best plan of action.

For those of you who couldn’t make it last Thursday, please do get in touch, as I’d be happy to meet with you to explain further if required.

Many thanks

Greg

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