Firstly, I would like to apologise for the lack of communication this year, it has been very busy with it being so wet and warm that everything just kept growing!!!!
As always, the team have worked very hard to continue to produce the golf course in a great way. Good news from the team’s point of view, is that we will be welcoming a new member of staff on the 25th October, the unveiling of our new signing will be complete once the transfer fee is paid. (One for the football fans there)
The team and I would like to thank Kevin Osman for all his hard work and support over the years. We now welcome Jon Williams into the Greens Chairman role and look forward to working together to give everyone that plays the course a great experience.
With 514.5mm of rain from May to this date, plus good temperatures in the high 20s, it has been the perfect time for grass growing this year. This has helped with recovery on all areas of the course but has also brought flushes of growth on the greens which has affected the speed. It has been a strange year too for disease popping up and more fairy rings as we continued to go from wet and dry and wet again.
The lush grass growing has made the long rough very thick. We have started to cut and collect this now but please be patient with us, as it will take longer this year. The idea of this process is that over time the grass will become thin, easier to find your ball, but have a variety of wild flowers, butterflies and other insects.
The greens have gone back up to 5mm for the autumn/winter now after a 2 week drop to 4.5mm to see the difference in performance in heights. This gave me some insight into whether we can go as low next year without stressing the plant out too much. This may result in the necessity to use fungicides, which is something I don’t want to do, as in 5 years’ time I believe the use of fungicides will be prohibited.
If we are ahead of this that makes us in a better place than other courses and I think it’s the best way to go.
I hope this update has helped and I am more than happy for you to stop me on the course and chat. It’s been a good first 18 months at Lewes, and I have learnt a lot. I’m looking forward to tweaking some parts of our program to improve the course even more next year.