On Monday 4th October work will commence to update the 13th hole iaw the Architect’s Plan. This can be divided into 3 broad strands;
1. Thinning out of the copse behind the 16th green and construction of a new path within that copse to take players from the 12th green to the 13th tee.
2. Construction of a new, larger 13th tee widening and levelling the existing red and yellow tees. The existing white tee will become disused and the ground reshaped. A winter mat will be included as in holes 2 and 9. This work will be carried out by contractors under the supervision of our consultant agronomist.
3. Removal of the 2 rear greenside bunkers, reshaping the 2 remaining bunkers and run off areas. Reshaping the mounds half way down the hole. This work will be carried out by our greens staff. The resulting hole will be slightly shorter but the green will be “tighter”.
If all goes perfectly according to plan the work will take 2 weeks. Realistically it will run into a third week and that is subject to favourable weather conditions.
Inevitably there will be disruption to play. There will be plant, machinery and personnel on site for the duration so the issue of Health and Safety for workers and members is paramount. The easy solution would be to go directly from holes 12 to 17 but we felt that removal of 4 holes would be too much of an imposition for members especially remembering COVID lockdowns. Therefore we will direct players from the 12th green down the right hand side of the 16th fairway and behind the 13th green to the red 14th tee which will be used by all players. A temporary 16th green will be marked out by the left hand fairway bunker to deconflict with players walking the other way. Having completed the (shortened) 16th members can walk up the remaining fairway to the 17th tee.
These will continue as planned but over 16 1/2 holes (ie not including 13 and a shortened 16) but will not be counted as qualifiers. (Changes may happen but the membership will be informed in time)
Please bear with us during this period, we are nearing the end of the full Architect’s Plan but if the feedback I receive is anything to go by the results are worth the disruption.
Chair of Greens
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