Every month our Golf Course Manager updates us on what the team have been working on throughout the month, and why the work they are doing is important.
The Weather and Golf Course Conditions
March started with the Beast from the East, which majorly affected the most of the country, with the snow covering the course for 2 weeks. There was also 190mm of rain in total. Course maintenance was majorly affect as well as the golf being played.
Hollow Coring for the early season was cancelled and will now be completed in September. However, verti-draining with 19mm tines and heavy top dressing greens with sand will be done as soon as the weather allows.
The tees have been solid tined, scarified, divoted and fertilised in preparation for the use of grass tees. All greens have been fertilised and are being mown by hand, when possible.
During the 3 days of dry weather, the fairways, tees, tee banks and the surrounds were cut. Hopefully the worst of the bad weather including the heavy rain is now behind us, and we can carry out the final course preparations before the competition season starts.
Golf Club of the Year
Two weeks ago we were named Welsh Golf Club of the Year at the Wales Golf Awards ceremony held at the Celtic Manor. There were a lot of factors for the award, including the team do with Wales’ largest Junior Golf Academy – First Swing, and the extension and developments to Winners Bar last year.
The criteria also took into account that our golf course has also has seen the highest standards with members and guests commenting on the consistent condition. As previously mentioned, we are currently working on a new thatch removal, aeration and top dressing programme, as well as introducing new irrigation tanks and turf products to meet the highest standards expected on our golf course.
David Jakeway the Golf Course Manager has been at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa for nearly 20 years. He has worked in the industry for 30 years, and has worked as a Green Keeper in high profile golf clubs in the south Wales area.