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