Avoid Slow Play
On 20th Nov 2017
Saltford's Christmas Shambles Competition
On 17th Nov 2017
Saltford's Christmas Shambles Competition
Please see the poster below for information about the new competition running this Christmas on Friday 29th December. The sign up sheet is available on the notice board in the clubhouse.
Winter Course Project Information
By Darren Moxham
On 10th Nov 2017
The first winter project for 2017/18 is to rebuild the 11th Men's tee.
As many regular golfers understand we need to make it large enough to reduce the heavy wear it takes throughout the summer months and incorporate the ladies tee in a better position.
The current tee has been the weakest tee in recent years in terms of performance and this is down to poor light and air, heavy wear because it’s a par 3 and a poor construction/ root zone layer.
Firstly, trees will need removing to help increase light and air, reduce maintenance and improve the general appearance of the tee and surrounding area.
Once the trees have been removed the existing turf and top soil from the tee will be used to rebuild the left hand side of the tee and enlarge the surface area of the tee.
Drainage channels will be installed and back filled with pipe and stone. Above the base layer a 200mm layer of root zone (sand/soil construction mix) will be tipped, spread and levelled.
New irrigation pipe and sprinklers will be installed due to the tee being enlarged and the final task will be to lay turf on to the root zone.
The tree removal around the 11th tee will commence on Monday (13th of November) with help from Richard Orton (experienced tree surgeon). Richard kindly helps with any of the tree work which involves the felling of larger trees.
Please be aware a temporary tee will be in use during any of the work being carried out to and around the 11th tee.
Darren Moxham (Course Manager)
Winter Course / Summer Course
On 3rd Nov 2017
A message from the Green Staff,
We wanted to improve communication to the members about when and why the Winter course/Summer course comes into play.
Please find below a few facts about the Winter/Summer course decision making.
Lower sunlight, shorter days and lower temperatures will reduce the growth and slow down drainage on holes 17 and 18 more than anywhere else on the course.
The reason it's more significant on these holes is due to the severity of the slopes, poorer soil and drainage. The Increase of wear and tear on sloped areas mean ground conditions become unsafe, unsightly and playability is affected.
Major changes would be required to make 17 and 18 playable all year round, so until then the 'valley holes' need resting for the wetter and colder months of the year. The longer we keep the holes open in Autumn/Winter or the earlier we open them in the Spring the ground conditions will be affected.
Many years ago these holes were opened at the beginning of April and closed at the end of September, which did cause less wear, but we now try to keep the Summer course open for a longer period of the year for the benifit of the members.
We are happier to keep the Summer course open for longer and re-open it in mid to late March if conditions are suitable, but safety is extremely important and trying to minimise any unwanted wear is also important. Wear and tear on holes 17 & 18 are always going to be more difficult to repair due to working on slopes.
The weather has been favorable so far this winter, so the valley holes are in fairly good condition heading into November, but any rainfall now will not drain away particularly quickly. There is rain forecast for tonight/tomorrow morning and Tuesday is looking like a wet day, so it could mean the Winter course could be brought into play as early as next week.
Darren Moxham and the green staff
Saturday 28th November Texas Scramble
On 2nd Nov 2017
TEXAS SCRAMBLE RESULTS
THANK YOU TO ALL 34 TEAMS WHO PLAYED IN THE TEXAS SCRAMBLE ON SATURDAY
WE HAD 5 DIVISIONS IN THIS EVENT MEANING 5 PRIZE WINNERS. SOME OF THE SCORING WAS THE LOWEST WE HAVE EVER SEEN IT, AMAZING.
DIVISION 1 (HANDICAP 1.7 TO 4.7) - P. FORSTER-DARK, C. DENNETT, B. CLARK, R. HENSON
GROSS 56 - 1.7 SHOTS = 54.3 (-9 PAR GROSS ON BACK 9)
DIVISION 2 (HANDICAP 4.8 TO 5.7) - I SHARPE, M REHBIEN, D. FLECK, H. HOWELL
GROSS 58 - 5.1 SHOTS = 52.9 (AMAZING SCORE)
DIVISION 3 (HANDICAP 5.9 TO 6.4) - E. GREGORY, J WINDELL, S CHURCH, A SILVESTER
GROSS 66 - 6.4 SHOTS = 59.6
DIVISION 4 (HANDICAP 6.7 TO 7.2) - A STEVENS, N SAUNDERS, B LITSTER, M BEVAN
GROSS 66 - 6.8 SHOTS = 59.2
DIVISION 5 (HANDICAP 7.5 TO 11.4) - G WHITEHEAD, R SILCOCKS, J MOUNTAIN, O GOSLING
GROSS 67 - 7.5 SHOTS = 59.5
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ABOVE WINNERS, PRIZES IN PRO SHOP
ALL WINNERS WILL RECEIVE CREDIT IN THE PRO SHOP.