Course Report December 2018
Up to now we have been very fortunate with the weather this autumn and into the winter period. It has been mostly dry and frosts haven’t been too severe, until this morning (3rd December), where the coldest morning of the winter has arrived at -3 degrees Celsius. During the middle of November however we had a wetter period where there were heavy downpours giving around 10mm of rain on two occasions. With the surface drainage that we have done and the dry underlying soil conditions the water drained away well, and up to now we haven’t had any day’s closure so far this winter. Overall not a bad year with 14 days closed to date, most of those came in January through to March due to snow. The course has been playing well of late, the weather playing a big part; however, the work that was done earlier on in the year (if a little more disruptive) has certainly made the greens more playable at this time of the year. I hope members do appreciate the work put into the greens to make them better for the future. Obviously solid and hollow tining plus sanding injection is scheduled again for August 2019, giving us good greens come the end of the year.
On the course the drier weather has allowed us to remain on the summer grass tees for much longer without causing too much damage. Until this last weekend we had only 5 winter tees in play. Soil temperatures were still good until recently giving some recovery. However, when the grass stops growing, and the surface conditions begin to deteriorate, as now is the case. Especially when frosty, the winter tees are used to ensure there is good grass cover on the summer tees when we get to spring.
Leaf collection has been our priority for the last 3 months; gladly it is ending with one final round up all that is needed before the leaf collector comes off. All hedges have been cut by the hedge contractor, leaving very little mess. Hand cutting of the remaining thorn hedges is all that is left to finish and will be done before the end of December
The ditches have all been cleaned out, this is an important job to get done before the weather turns wetter. The ditches provide an important outlet for water coming off the course.
Machinery servicing is now ongoing; we are working through the 40+ units, which all need grinding, cleaning and setting up ready for the new season. All the vehicles also need servicing, cleaning and repairing where necessary.
Towards the end of this month the greens will be slit tined followed by a light roll. The approaches will be aerated, along with some of the poor areas on the fairways. An application of 2-0-10 fertiliser plus slow release iron was applied to greens and surrounds. During the cold conditions and with play on the frozen surfaces they lose colour and the iron content helps them look greener and will also help keep the plants stronger and able to withstand disease much better. Another preventative application of fungicide has been applied to the greens, another will be sprayed before Christmas.
We have tried a new product on the tees and some of the surrounds that irritates worms, its been tested on small areas with good success so we have tried on other areas on the course to see if it is as successful.
Several young trees will be planted towards the end of the range and around the 20th tee to finalise the existing plans we have in that area. All the trees we are planting have been grown for free on the course. The woodland management plan is to start in January. The plans for tree thinning are to be put up in the clubhouse for all members to see. It explains the reasons for the need for tree thinning on the plans, any further questions please contact me on the email blow. This winter we will be concentrating on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 12th holes. The cost of the tree work will be very minimal as nearly all will be done by the greens team.
Preferred lies will continue until spring. Ropes and hoops are now out across the course to direct traffic away from wet and highly worn areas please ensure they are abided by. Please ensure all pitch marks are also repaired, now there is no recovery on the greens any unrepaired pitch marks will be visible until spring. When restrictions on the course are in play, please could all golfers check in the professional’s shop before starting. All buggy users must ask what current restrictions are in place before going onto the course for safety and the risk of causing damage. Also, can I ask all buggy users to please stick to the semi rough areas and use the driest routes possible as they can cause long term damage to the course. Thank you
Please can I remind all members to take care when playing around the course in extremely cold weather, as pathways and winter mats can become extremely slippery, the worst areas are salted however this only has a limited effect
I hope all whom play Malton and Norton Golf Club have enjoyed their golfing year. Merry Christmas from all the greenstaff
January - 23mm January - 58mm
February - 52mm February - 30mm
March - 41mm March - 75mm
April - 18mm April - 40mm
May - 41mm May - 26mm
June - 66mm June - 6mm
July - 112mm July - 38mm
August - 82mm August - 24mm
September - 68mm September - 64mm
October - 55mm October - 58mm
November- 52mm November - 23mm
December- 45mm December-
2017 Rainfall - 655mm 2018 Rainfall – 442mm
Average annual rainfall- 620mm