Your Golf Club Update - May

Monday 9th May 2022

It’s great to finally arrive in May and welcome some warmer weather! Whilst April was very kind with very little rainfall, unfortunately the overnight temperatures hampered growth.

You’ll notice there are some small developments going on in the clubhouse with a redecoration programme underway, and week commencing 6th June the carpet will be replaced. For this week we will be moving the clubhouse operation into the Greg Norman suite.

Diary Date - we are hosting a members’ social evening on 15th June with complimentary evening summer BBQ and arrival drink, so please look out for the sign up which will be online shortly. This will be a great opportunity to meet some of our team and other fellow members! I wish you a very good golfing season for 2022.

Golf News

We have two new members of staff on The Pro Shop team - Ed Fowler and Rob Glazier! Both are settling in well and proving to be assets to our already fantastic team.

Ed is new to the golf industry, but is a very keen golfer who plays off a handicap of 13.5, has a young family and comes from a corporate background. He has a sound understanding of the game of golf and its equipment and is already an asset to the team.

Rob has been in the golf industry for over 20 years, turning professional in 2004. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science at UWIC University in Cardiff, Rob returned to Devon where he applied his degree to a position at Dartmouth Golf & Country Club. Rob worked at Dartmouth for 17 years and has extensive knowledge of the golf industry from being the Retail Manager working his way up to Director of Golf. He has been fortunate to work with the TGI Partnership and will help develop Woodbury's retail business.

Rob and Ed are both relishing the challenge at Woodbury and looking forward to assisting the golf team and members of the club. They look forward to welcoming you all on a daily basis and getting many opportunities to play with the members.

Competition schedule for May and June:

14th May: PRESIDENT’S DAY

21st May: Individual Stableford & Ladies R&A Coronation Foursomes

28th May: Atkinson Memorial Plate

4th June: Netherton Trophy

11th June: Individual Stableford

18th June: Mitie Cup

25th June: CAPTAIN’S DAY

In addition to the above main Club competitions there are of course many other sectional events which can again be found on the Woodbury Park intelligentgolf (IG) website under “Competitions”. There are Seniors’ men’s competitions on a Monday on the Oaks, as well as Ladies’ competitions on a Tuesday on both Oaks and Acorns.

The Pro Shop Midweek competition is on the Oaks on a Wednesday and our Acorns men also have competitions on a Wednesday - we are really trying to get this section moving with competitions and matches this season, so if you are interested please email me at p.laugher@theclubcompany.com.

For any members interested in playing in team matches, the team fixtures are already live on IG and you can make your availability known by signing into the squads relevant to you - Men’s, Ladies’, Seniors’ or Mixed - we have quite a schedule. Simply head over to IG and navigate to competitions/matches to sign up!

We hosted two new members’ days in April which were very successful - one on Thursday 7th with 10 competitors and 17 players on Sunday 10th. Both competitions were held on the Oaks and the winners on Thursday were Sue Holmes with 40 points, and Mike Keogh coming in 2nd with 39 points on Sunday. Nick Rushworth won with 44 points, Jeffrey Kitson was 2nd with 39 points and Elizabeth Lee was 3rd with 38 points. Well done to everyone who played, and thank you all for giving it a go.

Lady Captain’s Update

We had an encouraging start to the season with our planned programme of match play practices last month which were well attended. We included a session on match play rules. With Golf Pro Gary Milne, we walked a few holes on the Acorns as he gave us hints, tips and advice on match play. We have a second session with Golf Pro Tom Adams this month so we will gain the benefit of his advice on our match play efforts. This mini programme has been well received and has helped focus our thoughts on the coming season of matches. The Devon inter-club match competitions begin this month as well as our friendly matches.

Sandra Pritchard and Paula Lee are playing in the Daily Mail Foursomes competition. Their first round was in mid-March at The Warren golf course and they won on the 18th. They are awaiting details of their next draw.

In April we had a very successful Spring Away Day at Dainton Park. It was a breezy day with plenty of sunshine, although at one time we were playing in the sun when we had a hailstorm. I think we’ll always remember the day for that reason!

Course Report

Rainfall for April was a total of 19 mm - a very dry month meaning growth rates are very slow across all surfaces on the courses.

We are very much into ‘spring’ mowing regimes now even with the limited growth to try and increase presentation and keep on top of surfaces. I believe the courses are starting to wake up and soil temperatures are increasing by the day.

We managed to complete the mole ploughing of a new irrigation cable into the main putting green. This had an electrical irrigation issue many years ago and was being manually watered, but with the new cable in the ground it is now back on the automated computer system.

Completed Work for April

  • Tees and approaches received a slow-release granular fertiliser
  • Acorns greens had a spring maintenance on 7th April consisting of verti-draining, scarifying and topdressing
  • A new moisture meter has been purchased to help us irrigate more effectively / efficiently across the greens
  • Irrigation system had small fixes and leaks repaired – this is ongoing
  • Selective herbicide spraying has started with all Oaks Course green surrounds, tee tops and tee surrounds, football pitch and Acorn Course fairways
  • Mole ploughed a new irrigation cable into the main putting green, getting it automated on the computer irrigation system
  • Topdressing of all greens with a light / regular dusting of sand to help true surfaces, dilute thatch and improve drainage

Planned Work for May

  • Greens to receive a soluble and liquid fertiliser application
  • Acorn tees and approaches to receive a slow-release granular fertiliser
  • All bunker edges to be strimmed / edged and sprayed with a selective herbicide and plant growth regulator
  • Selective herbicide spraying to continue in roughs
  • All sprinkler heads to be trimmed and edged
  • Height of cut on greens to be reduced to summer heights
  • Topdressing of all greens with a light / regular dusting of sand to help true surfaces, dilute thatch and improve drainage
  • Greens shapes to be tweaked in relation to irrigation sprinkler head positions, slopes and known areas that are prone to drying out