Winter is here!

Fairway Mats now in use

Due to the weather that Calderdale has experienced over the past 48 hours we are unfortunately unable to hold off introducing our winter fairway protection policy any longer.

Therefore with immediate effect, a ball which lies on grass cut to fairway height MUST be played from a fairway mat.
(Wednesday, 20th November 2018)

Greens Update - June 2108

As I am sure all Members will be aware West End GC has suffered over the previous Months/Years by a sett of Badgers who have decided to take up residence at WEGC. They have during this time “encroached” on various areas around the Golf Course, normally whilst scavenging for a suitable food supply. 

Obviously the long lasting repercussions on all areas affected by this action(s), namely the time taken for the areas affected to recover.

One of the reasons why the “Badgers” now seem to scavenge further afield is that until a few months ago, one of the treatments which were used around the course (very close to their sett) contained a chemical which these animals found repugnant and therefore would keep well clear of during their hunt for a source of food. This treatment can now no longer be used, so these animals now hunt further and further afield, in their search for a food supply. (one was even seen going through the Main Car Park gates in search of food).

Why can’t we just get rid of the sett is one of the questions asked on a fairly regular basis.

These animals are protected and 

  1. We would need to have a licence to “cull” these animals, and this would be difficult to obtain as we could not prove that they were adversely affecting any other wildlife on the course.

  2. We would have to re-house the sett, either elsewhere on the course, or at a newly created habitat locally. But the Golf Club would have to fund the cost of this relocation, and then make sure that there was no stress, trauma or cruelty involved during this relocation. There would then be a period of time when the Golf Club had to ensure that the sett had been re-settled and were comfortable in their new surroundings.

  3. Cost Implications when taking into account the rehousing and future welfare of the sett, would be at a conservative estimate of somewhere in the region of £20,000 to £25,000.

Please find at the foot of this document, the links to further information on this subject, and also after the new website launch an email address for the greens at WEGC.

Kind Regards

Gordon Abernethy
Greens Chairperson

For more information please contact

Greens Update May 2018

Would all members please be aware that Hollow Coring will be taking place on the Greens in the First Two Weeks of May (weather dependent).
It is hoped that there will be minimal disruption to all Golfers whilst this necessary work is carried out.
May the Greens staff thank you in anticipation of your co-operation during this time.
The Greens Staff will be using 6-8mm tines during this work.
Please find an explanation below with regard as to how and why this work is carried out.

Gordon Abernethy
Greens Chairperson

"Coring" is a golf course maintenance term that refers to the process through which putting greens (and sometimes fairways) are aerated. The process of aeration (also known as aerification) is a course maintenance technique that loosens the soil, opens up growing room for turfgrass roots, and helps air, moisture and nutrients get to the roots.

Coring is the way all that is done: A special machine removes small cores (or plugs) of sod from a green, leaving a hole (and sometimes the removed core) behin

This process is done once, sometimes twice, a year at golf courses.  Coring the greens is also called punching the greens or plugging the greens. Sometimes superintendents will refer to the process as "core aeration," and "coring" might even be used as a synonym for "aeration." (Most golfers think of aeration/aerification as the whole process of coring, topdressing and waiting for the greens to heal.)

The Coring Process
The USGA Greens Section explains some of the various methods for coring greens:
"There are dozens of methods superintendents use to aerate greens, the most popular being half-inch-diameter hollow tines, commonly referred to as conventional coring, but there are also small, pencil-sized hollow tines, high-pressure injection of water and/or sand, large-diameter drills and many others involving tines, knives, or blades of varying shapes and sizes."
It takes a couple weeks for greens to fully heal after being cored, but they will be healthier moving forward.

Quoting the USGA Greens Section again:
"Although core aeration temporarily diminishes putting quality, the short-lived pain results in a long-term gain for turf health by reducing thatch and organic matter levels, relieving soil compaction, increasing soil oxygen levels and stimulating healthy growth
For more, read about the aeration process. There's also a 25-second YouTube clip that provides a close-up look of a hollow-tine machine coring a green.

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