The month has been a mixture of excellent weather and torrential downpours with only the most determined golfers braving the weather. The course has suffered from the heavy rain and there are many areas which have become waterlogged. However, the determined efforts of our Greenkeeper and Jimmy McGrath has kept the Fairways and Greens in good playing condition. We have had the Greens expertly surveyed by Greentech and significant “Thatch” was found under the grass. Efforts are in hand to address this. Competitions have continued every Sunday and have been well supported. On the Catering front, we now provide Kilmarnock Pie and Beans on a Sunday which have been welcomed by all except Ayr United supporters.
DRAINAGE. Areas of the 4th and 7th still require more drainage work and we have been in touch will Billie Lammie to see when he can visit and discuss how best we an overcome this continuing and troublesome problem. As a temporary measure we will shortly be creating a dry pathway from the bridge on the 7th across the wet area to the Fairway using stones and gravel. This should make it better to traverse the muddy area as a temporary measure.
FAIRWAYS. We have ordered a Spiked Fairway Roller from a company in Germany. It is expected to arrive next month. This equipment will allow us to aerate the Fairways properly to stimulate grass growth and improve the paying surfaces. A Towing Ball has been fitted to the Fairway Mower so it can tow the Roller.
GREENS. Although the Greens have stood up well despite the weather, as previously mentioned there is significant Thatch which is limiting grass growth. Aitkens will shortly be engaged to Core all the Greens and we will follow this up with fertiliser, sand, and seed so they will be in tip top condition for next year. To allow this to happen it is proposed to move on to the Winter Greens for a short period from mid-October. Your forbearance and understanding is requested to allow this essential work to be carried out before the really cold weather arrives and damages the newly sown seed.
LADY GOLFERS. The club has signed up to the “Women in Golf Charter” operated by Scottish Golf on behalf of the R & A. To improve the number of female golfing members of the club we will be holding a “Ladies Come & Try Golf Day” on Saturday 12th September. The event is being organised by Dorothy Smith assisted by 2 of her golfing friends. Tee Off times will be so arranged to allow for normal club play on the day. I know you will all make our visitors welcome.
JUNIOR GOLF FUN DAY. It is proposed to hold a Junior Golf Fun Day on Saturday 3rd October to encourage young people from the surrounding area to take up the game of golf and possibly become part of our Junior membership. Arrangements will be made to minimise any disruption to normal club play. Anyone willing & available to help please contact me at the club or call 07568509811.
AIR HOSE. The Air Hose now has correct hose fitted and is working well. Please do not clean shoes and trolleys in the cark park, please make use of the Air Hose.
Jim Smith Club Captain