Exploratory well drilling

If you have played the Valley course over the last 2 days then you may well have seen this drilling rig near the driving range or the Valley 4th.

We are in the process of drilling exploratory wells.

Our water supply for the existing irrigation system is taken from shallow underground aquifers which are utilised by a series of shallow wells which pump water into the holding tank to the right of Valley 2nd.

Ongoing Valley work

Another very productive week from the team with bushes removed, areas sand capped and sprigged with marram grass.

The Valley 13th men’s medal tee has been lifted, rotovated and screeded level ready for turf on Monday. This work has given us a much larger usable area which should make it easier to spread wear around the tee.

Course Update

Greens are wintering well although the last 2 weeks of wind have tested the turf. The easterly winds bring cool temperatures and low wind chill. The greens and turf in general thinned last march due to this easterly wind. This year we applied a low nitrogen application of organic fertiliser to the greens in early january which has had a positive effect.

As we would tend to be one of the last courses to get any spring growth we have adjusted our seed mixes for this year. All species and cultivars have varying qualities which means that bespoke seed mixes can be obtained to suit our site.

Some of the new greens will continue to be rested through February and March in order to start the season well. These greens had very little time to establish before opening last spring and although they performed relatively well during the season they were tired by autumn.

Mounding to the right of Dunluce 7th will be extended slightly to wrap around the 8th tee which should be completed this week along with the fairway turfing work. The area of rough just before the mounding is of poor quality and will be stripped with some sand added to remove a sharp (man made) banking. This small area will be completed by our own course staff.

The area of lowered mounding to the left of Dunluce 13th is almost at its finished level and some marram sprigging will be carried out to complete the area although there will be some bare sand visible from the tee.

The new Greenkeepers facility is almost complete with the last of the tarmac to go down tomorrow and the Waste2water recycling plant commissioned tomorrow. We should be in our new home by the end of next week.

Great night tonight at the members R&A Q&A session. Excellent presentations given by Johnny Cole Hamilton, Michael Wells and Martin Ebert on economic benefit, infrastructure and course changes.