Thursday, 10 November 2016

Men's November medal

1st  L Bond                      nett  70
2nd M Smith                    nett  71
3rd G Butcher                  nett  75

1st G Atkinson                 nett  69
2nd C Murray                  nett  73
3rd D Steel                      nett  73

1st K Stamp                     nett 72
2nd C McDaid                  nett  72

3rd B Dennis                    nett  76

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

We need your help!

We have made substantial investment and improvements to the golf course in the past 24 months, in particular the greens. Along with the STRI on board we have been able to improve the greens which you will see the benefits of during the winter months aswell with reduced thatch it makes them playable all year round. I hope you all agree?...........

Unfortunately we are seeing in this early part of winter a large amount of un repaired pitchmarks which will cause long term damage to the greens. A successfully repaired pitch marks however, can heal within twice the time it takes for a half-hearted attempt, let alone a unrepaired pitch mark. At this time of year the players are mainly members so we know where they are coming from, lets protect our great course and help to make it even better.

“Pitchmarks cause more damage than ANY disease or weather condition. Left unrepaired, pitch marks not only make a green look bad, they also interfere with putts. A properly repaired ball mark takes only a few days to heal. An unrepaired or improperly repaired mark can take three/four weeks! Please put a pitch fork in your pocket and repair any marks you see”

Please please please could all players take some time to have a look for their pitchmark, and in doing so repair any others that are on the green which will lead to a quicker recovery.

Thank you in advance
David Bell
Greens Chairman

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

On Friday night the 7th October Pike Hills welcomed Alex Stepney to the club, for a "evening with..."

It was a fabulous night and Alex was a great speaker.

Our thanks also go to Graham Bradbury for his help on the evening as host.

Pictured below from left to right are , Graham Bradbury, Alex Stepney, 2016 Club Captain Bill Hopcutt and House Chairman Martin Robinson.

Thanks to everyone for their support.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Work has started this week to Graden, which is essentially thatch removal from the putting surface. Below is some information on what Graden work:

Graden Contour:
Some golf courses have out of control organic matter, as bad as 12%. At that level they have no option than to mechanically remove it and put sand in instead to get the greens back to a healthier state – enter the Graden Sand Injector. Even if they have an acceptable level of organic matter a Graden fits into the maintenance scheme as prevention is always better than cure.

The Graden Contour Sand Injection machine is a scarifier/aerator with the ability to scarify to any depth from 1mm to 40mm, whilst simultaneously backfilling the grooves with either sand or a combination of sand and seed to improve drainage and rooting.
It works to remove thatch and organic matter that might impede water movement.  It sinks it into the ground incredibly deeply compared to a conventional scarifier using 2mm wide or 3mm wide blades spaced at 25mm centres to remove such matter and offer stability to the surface of the green.
The result is a lovely, true level surface with very little sign of any damage with only the parallel grooves visible. The green is playable virtually immediately, certainly playable within an hour or two. 18 greens would take between about 2 days to treat.
Full recovery can take upto 10 days dependant upon the climate and/or weather condition

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The ditches through and round the golf course have now been all but cleared, amazing how much comes out of them. As you can see from the 2 images, it makes a bit of a mess with the heavy machinery but a vital part of getting the water to flow quicker, thus enabling us to open the course more through the winter and help drain the fairways.

The picture below shows the work on the 6th hole and how full it was with weeds, this will really improve the flow of water.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Golf course winter work 2016


1.  Finalise the work on the 7th bridge
2.  Relay the path with turf left hand side of the 1st green and 2nd tee box
3.  Bale the long rough on the course
4.  Turf all bare areas on the course
5. continue to clear the area for the new 6th men’s medal tee

1. Clear the hedges in front of the 8th tee also
   Clear the hedge from opposite the ladies 10th
    Tee round to the electric pole
 2. Remove the willow trees that surround the
     Pond on the 11th hole
 3. Remove some of the trees to the left of the
     9th green {to let more light on to the green]
 4. Remove potentially all the large conifers to
     The left of the 14th fairway bunker this will
     Improve the soil structure around the area
  5. Carry out pruning to other various trees
      Around the golf course
     All the work will be subject to the weather

                    Dave bell chair of greens

Friday, 9 September 2016

This Monday the 12th September the 6th Hole will be closed due to the clearing of the ditch down the left hand side of the hole. Marston Moor Internal Drainage Board will be there first thing, it will be closed all day, possibly into Tuesday morning early on, however one day should be enough. The 5th hole will remain open, although it will be a long walk to the next tee it is felt 17 holes is still better to play on the day.

This will allow the water to flow better and should allow more play through the winter months.