Pontardawe Golf Club
A hidden gem with spectacular panoramic views

Winter course works, it's that time of year again, time for the hard work to begin

Sunday 23rd of November 2014 19:30
Winter Works 2014 2015
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You can safely say the summers over, the clocks have gone back, it's dark in the mornings when you go to work and it's dark when you come home. The temperature is dropping, we're seeing more rain and colder winds. The winter clothes are coming out in an attempt to keep warm and dry on the golf course. Golfers wrap up warm and play golf in all weathers for fun, but they don't have to, if they don't feel like playing.

Spare a thought for Jamie Probert and his team of ground staff, they don't get the choice. Winter works means they're out in all weathers, day after day, maintaining the course and carrying out the program of winter works, all so that we will have the best course in South Wales again next year and for years to come.
 
Major works such as ditch clearing, re bunkering, tree pruning or course drainage, works are best carried out in the winter months when less man hours are required for grass cutting and less golfing traffic on the course. One of the winter works projects is to prepare a base for a new 4th tee, to the rear of the existing tee. The hole will play approximately 32 yards longer, making your tee shot far more challenging. (see the photo looking down the 4th fairway from the new tee position) Winter work can carried out around the course with minimal disruption to play, when one or two holes can be closed and when there are less golfers on the course during the winter months.
 
Year on year it's clear to see the benefits of the winter works program. When we have wet weather, the course is draining much quicker and a lot of the predominately wet areas of the course are now much drier than in years gone by. With the buggy paths that have been built buggies can be used on the course all year round.
 
You only have to listen to the compliments by members and guests and even professional golfers who have played our course all telling us what terrific condition the course has been in. Again you only have to look at all the new members we've attracted due to the superb playing condition of course. Our open days and charity days have been really well supported and tee off times have been fully booked for all events, with guests all commenting on the immaculate condition of the course. Most of our 2014 guest societies and charities have re booked for 2015
 

"It seems like everybody wants to play golf at Pontardawe Golf Club"

The course and greens are still in tremendous condition, greens running really quickly and true, even though they are being cut less frequently as the growth slows down and the wet weather is beginning to dictate when they can be cut.

Jamie and his team should be really proud of what they've achieved and congratulated for presenting a such a fantastic course at Pontardawe Golf Club throughout the summer. Without doubt the best condition of any course in South Wales.

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Members can log in to the members section above to see a more detailed breakdown of the planned winter works.

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