2018 has been quite unique, going from one incredible extreme to another in weather conditions, although the final part of the year has been more settled.
Up until mid April we only got through 24 hours on 3 occasions without rainfall, followed by 3 months of intense heat and drought. It seems to become more of a challenge year on year with such extremes of weather becoming more the norm. With the last 4 years being said to be the warmest on record globally, we all have to now accept that climate change is very much a reality.
Looking to the new year ahead, most of our time will focus on both our equipment and on the course ecology work.
Just as important as having the course laid out as we want it, is the portfolio of equipment required for us to maintain it. 2018 saw us add a greens roller, additional tractor and specialist sprayer to our fleet. Before the start of the season all mowers will be sharpened and every piece of machinery fully serviced. This will then give us the peace of mind to carry out our maintenance throughout the playing season in a routine fashion.
As already explained, a huge factor in the beauty of Hunley is the vast array of diverse wildlife on show. It is not only our responsibility to protect it, but it is also to our great benefit. Management of the scrubland, woodland and ponds on the course will be carried out early, prior to spring.
Despite an awful start, all in all 2018 was a good year, here’s hoping for a great 2019!