Thursday, 6 April 2017

The new starters hut looks fantastic, landscaped by our very own Chris Hunter from the green staff. A lot of hard work, well done and thanks Chris.

Friday, 27 January 2017

These pictures are areas on the course which we feel have become a bit tatty over time, paths are a big problem on many course that have the footfall of Pike Hills. We have been able to acquire some astro turf a which will dramatically improve these areas from a visual point of view.

There is still plenty of work required to complete these areas but it gives a idea of how they will look. the sides need filling and leveling off and they will be flush with the surrounding area. Then we will order turf and level it up to the edges, all this will be completed before the start of the season along with other path areas of concern which will bring a more consistent look to the paths.

The 8th hedge has now been removed, the fairway will be re shaped as soon as we get grass growth, The pathway will be removed and turfed, which by removing the path it will spread the wear through out the year.

This may also increase speed of play. :)

The boundary to the right of the 8th tee will be planted with a new hawthorn hedge to account for the removal of the original hedge, this will define the boundary of the golf course better and match the right hand side all the way down the hole.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Saturday 18th February 7pm for 7:30
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(A)Thai flavoured smoked salmon, prawn & chive fishcakes, salad greek yoghurt & cucumber dip & paprika 

(B)Brown onion soup with a pastry lid baked with fresh herbs  & red wine                                                                         =================                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 Champagne & Elderflower flavoured water ice                                                       =================                                                                                                                                                         
(C)Rack of English Lamb topped with crust of fresh mint minced chicken served with red current sauce                                                                                                           Or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
(D)Pan roasted Mahi Mahi on roasted Mediterranean  vegetables, béarnaise sauce                                                                                                                     Or                                                                                 

(E)Vegetable nut and dried fruit roast with tomato Provençale                                                                                          
Market fresh vegetable and potato                                                                     ==================                                                                                                                                                     
Individual mango strawberry orange and kiwi fruit tarte, crème analgise and chocolate sauce

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Burns night is coming to Pike Hills Golf Club, Friday 27th January from 7pm. All members and visitors are welcome, the menu looks great.

Come and join us for this fantastic evening of fun and fine dining, we have a piper booked to celebrate the arrival of the haggis, after the meal you can dance the night away to "sound out" disco..

The menu is below:

(A)Traditional Scotch Lamb Broth with Crusty Bread. 
(B)(Vegetable Broth available for Vegetarians.)
Haggis Neeps & Tatties light Whiskey Cream Sauce(vegetarian available)
(C)Steak & Ale pie with onion Yorkshire pudding 
 (or) (D)Baked Salmon Escalope Mussels and Prawns Fresh Herbs (or) (E)Stir Fried Vegetables & Halloumi, Chinese Soya and Hoi Sin sauces All served with market fresh vegetables & potatoes
(F)Cranachan, Traditional Scotch Dessert with Toasted Oats, Malt Whiskey Fresh Raspberries Whipped Cream and Shortbread Biscuits. 
(or) (G)Biscuits and Cheese Grapes Celery and Biscuits

The table plan is up, for anyone attending please could you add your name to the plan and make payment in the office.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Some of the work the greenstaff have been undertaking in the last fortnight. Atypical time of year to do these much needed works.

This the willow to the right of the 7th tee near the front of the tee which will open up the area. some of the overhanging Canopies have been removed in line with the recommendations of the "Yorkshire Wildlife Trust"

Below Peter is removing the 10th hedge which for many years was OOB, thanks to advice from Yorkshire Union Of Golf Clubs, the OOB was removed and opened up.

The trees in the pond have also been removed to open up the pond which enables you to see it from both the 10th and 11th holes.

We have cleaned the entire run of ditches on the course, this is essential to allow the water to flow freely away from the course. Hopefully it enables the course to open more during the long winter months.

We have finished the bridge and now hand rails on the bridge over the 7th hole. This was becoming very weak and has been culverted. This will become the style of hand railings for any future bridges constructed. In Spring the area will be astro turfed, at the moment the weather will not allow this but it is expected in Spring.

Aeration - Compaction Relieve 

Soil compaction is one of the most common problems found on the golf course. This is mainly due to the fact that golf is played 365 days of the year in both dry and wet conditions. When the soil is wet, compaction problems are exacerbated. 
Compaction is also greatly influenced by the type of indigenous soil present; for example a clay-based soil is normally more prone to compaction than a sandy soil due to the nature of the soil particles (texture). If regular aeration work is not carried out, soil compaction will build up throughout the season. If this occurs the large pores within the soil structure (which influence the movement of water through the soil) are reduced or lost. If water cannot move through the soil, water logging of the surface will occur during rainfall. Other growth factors will also be affected such as beneficial bacterial activity, available oxygen and the uptake of nutrients. In this situation the grass sward will deteriorate quickly. 

Type of Aeration 

The most important principle is to make sure that the whole of the soil profile is aerated. This will allow water to move from the surface, through the soil profile and into the drainage system (once field capacity is reached) or to naturally filter away. However one of the biggest problems on fairways is deep compaction. 

Over the last 15 years the most significant innovation in deep compaction relieve has been the introduction of the Verti Drain type machine. On golf course fairways (and most other turf areas on the course) this type of machine is widely used as part of the overall program to relieve compaction. Verti drain treatment is normally restricted to once a year or every two years, although some clubs use it more regularly (normally the ones that own their own machine). 

There are no set guidelines for frequency or 'tine type' although turf managers normally prefer to use larger diameter tines in the autumn and the smaller tines in the spring, although number of treatments and timing depend on individual circumstances. It is also worth noting that the larger tine will cause more surface disruption, which might not be acceptable