25 Sept 2023

Upcoming Golf Works

Dear Member, 

The final weeks of October are set for the second of our scheduled fairway maintenance works. Beginning 16th October, our fairways be verti-drained with an 18mm tine (to 7 inches in depth) to relieve compaction and aid drainage in the winter months. This is also done in preparation for 600 tonne sand to be applied the following week; which will heavily dress all fairways across the championship courses including a 17mm tine. 

To complete these works, the greenkeeping team will move around the play the week commencing 16th October. Once the contractor works begin there will be a few closures, Longcross will be closed from Monday 23rd October until midday Tuesday 24th October, and Bernard Hunt will be closed from midday Tuesday 24th October, and will re-open on Wednesday 25th October. The sand will be brushed in to complete the work. The expected recovery of this work is approximately 5-7 days once complete. During this time our starters will be reminding you that a local rule is in play, and we are operating pick and place, we recommend that you pick and place your balls in the fairway to improve play. 

We are now into our third year of completing these works; encouraging firmer surfaces all year round by increasing sand in the soil profile, leading to better turf coverage. Furthermore, whilst drainage systems can be designed to cope with designated rainfall periods, the maintenance of the soil profile and transfer of water to the drainage system is crucial to the provision of satisfactory surfaces. Through the recovery period, we will remain members and your guests only. 

Please note that during this period we will also be refurbishing the Men's toilet.

Derrick Johnstone 
Courses and Estate Manager

Sean Graham 
Director of Golf