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PAST CAPTAINS’ DINNER
The Past Captains’ Dinner was held on 9th March and was much enjoyed by all attending who were treated to an excellent meal provided by James and Wayne.
A COURSE UPDATE FROM OUR HEAD GREENKEEPER – SAM COOK
Greens have been aerated 3 times over the winter period, the last time with the vertidrain to a depth of 10 inches.
There is some slight scaring on some greens. This is caused by the disease “fusarium”
once we get consistent grass growth on the greens these scars will disappear quickly.
A spring granular fertiliser has also been applied.
Height of cut (HOC) 5.5 mm
We are aware of the poor condition of some of the flags. We have a new set ready to go but we have been waiting until the spring fertiliser application has gone from the greens as it can cause some discolouration. The new flags will be out ready for the Easter weekend.
Tees and aprons
Both areas have been aerated twice to a depth of 9 inches A slow release spring granular fertiliser has been applied. This will help the recovery from the winter wear and give us some good colour going into the start of the season. The tees will be treated for weeds once the weeds are actively growing. HOC 10 mm
Aerated to approximately 10 inches. We would have normally gone a little bit deeper but the firm ground conditions prevented this. As you will have noticed, we did experience some lifting of the turf whilst this operation was taking place. This again was caused by the dry summer ground conditions which caused the weaker areas of turf to lift and crumble. These areas will settle back down once we get some growth and mowing commences. The 4th, 5th, 10th, top half of 17th and 18th fairways have had an application of penetrant wetting agent. This will help the water penetrate the soil profile and aid the recovery of the weaker areas. A second application will take place shortly. Fairways will be treated for weeks in April, when they are actively growing.
Selected areas of the rough will be treated for weeks whilst the grass is still fairly short.
Edging of the bunkers has commenced and will be topped up with sand. We plan to start with the green-side bunkers then move into the fairways.
2nd tee path and 9th tee path is now ready for rubber crumb to be installed. Various path ends have been topped up with root zone, seeded and fertilised. It is hoped with this work we can improve the grass coverage on these high wear areas. High traffic areas and pinch points have been fertilised. Area on R/H side of second green has now been landscaped and seeded. Yardage plates on tees have been refurbished and installed at correct distances. Winter servicing of our machinery fleet is now complete. Greens renovations planned for the 23rd April.
We are currently back down to four members of staff. We are working hard to find another suitable team member
NEWS FROM THE FRINTON SENIORS
Now that Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner, Frinton Seniors are teeing off at the earlier time of 8 am. Play on Monday and Wednesday mornings is an all Seniors event with playing partners randomly drawn at 7.45 am. Format is a three-ball stableford scoring swindle. Any Frinton member of 55 years and over is welcome to join us.
Format for Friday mornings is different in that all members (not just male seniors) are welcome. Arrive in time for the ball draw at 7.45 Formats change every week but usually based upon a team of three.
The new season of inter-club matches got under way with a hard fought home victory over the visiting team from Harwich. With many of the Harwich team being familiar with the Frinton course, home advantage plays a lesser role. Ultimately it was a winning start to the season and Frinton were pleased to emerge victors by 5 games to 3. Frinton Seniors’ Captain Roy Stevenson and playing partner Peter Morris themselves recording a convincing 5 and 3 victories in their match versus the Harwich Captain and his partner.