Your Golf Club Update - October

Monday 10th October 2022

As we move into autumn and the nights start to draw in, I hope you are still making the most of the club and all it has to offer.

Christmas is just around the corner, so don’t forget to book tickets for our fabulously festive events before they sell out. We’ve got lots of other exciting events planned over the next few weeks to keep you entertained as the weather turns colder.

Don't forget that we are here to help. If you have any issues or see any misuse out on the course, please contact us at the club so that we can come out and help. Just call 01202 786040 to speak to the clubhouse.

Please ensure you book and check-in at the club before playing. This is for health and safety as well as insurance reasons.

Finally, make sure you’re kitted out for the months ahead by visiting the Pro Shop next time you’re at the club.

New Golf Operations Manager

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the recruitment of Pete Humphrey as Golf Operations Manager. You will be aware that Pete has had many years of service with us, bringing lots of experience to the role. His knowledge of the club and course is immense. These qualities along with his work ethic contributed to my decision. I hope you will all support Pete in this new role as we work to develop the golf offering and course at Meyrick Park.

Course Report

It’s been a dry summer and as a result the fairways have suffered as we don’t have fairway irrigation, but we were lucky to receive some much needed rain in the middle of August and the beginning of September. On the plus side, the rain certainly has benefited the fairways and they are starting to look really good with lots of grass cover going into winter. We are hoping to re-seed some of the bare areas around the greens and bunkers going forward.

It’s that time of the year where we start our winter programs on the greens, such as slitting greens and aprons on a monthly basis. (This doesn't affect the roll of the ball on the greens). We slit the greens in order to relieve compaction and aid drainage for the winter season. We then spray a liquid called penetrant which accelerates water movement downwards, helping maintain drier soil surface conditions and reducing puddling and anaerobic conditions.

Autumn feed is then sprayed to help boost plant growth and keep it healthy going into the winter months, which is really important as we all know that climate change and adverse weather is having a massive impact on what we do and is not going to get any easier.

Can I please ask members to be patient regarding buggies and trolleys. Due to the fairways being dry during the summer we are trying our hardest to allow the fairways time to recover during the wet weather. A helpful tip is to please check conditions before the day you decide to come and play. Restricting the use of buggies will reduce the stress on the fairways and allow us to have fuller and denser grass cover going forward.

Mo Bah, Course Manager

Competitions

Competitions were postponed during September while we observed a period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Therefore the last few competitions qualifying for the ongoing Eclectics, Order of Merits and Best of Series were pushed back to the first week of October.

Following a meeting with the club’s Senior and Lady Captains, a move to a more varied diary of competitions, including different formats with a more social aspect, has been agreed. The team are working hard to organise these as can be seen from the forthcoming events.

We now have one of Bournemouth University teams based at Meyrick Park, and the last few days they have been running trials for team selection. As they will become members, they will compliment our membership with some low handicap players.

Hardy A Team

From our new Team Captain Tony Walshe:

Looking good in our new team shirts and after some solid performances at home this season, the Hardy A team is looking to consolidate their position in Division 3 for next season with some exciting (and challenging) home and away games against Bridport and Wareham.

Good performances in the remaining two fixtures should keep the team in Division 3 for the 2023 season against sides like Parkstone.

We are also looking to organise some friendly fixtures in the off season, so please contact Tony Walshe if you are interested in being part of the Team going forward.

Hardy B Team

Everything looks like a promotion from Division 4 as we lie 2nd to Lyme Regis with a game in hand and our last league game against Ferndown is this weekend.

The team has also reached the final of the B League Plate against Broadstone, to be played later in October both home and away.

Events for your diary

  • 18th October – National Baking Week – Baking & Golf competition
  • 19th October - Quiz Night
  • 27th October – Race Night
  • 3rd November – Night Golf Competition
  • 16th November - Quiz Night

You Asked, We Acted

  • You recently fed back to us about the condition of the bunkers. We are aware that the bunker condition can change during the day due to dogs and golfers entering them. We do ask that every golfer contributes by doing their bit when they are in the bunker - we also have our Course Ranger Steve supporting with regular raking. Thank you for your support.
  • Some of you have mentioned that your social life has suffered since Covid, so you’ll be pleased to know that we have a plan of events stretching into 2023. Please refer to the events section of this newsletter, our social media pages and the noticeboards to find out what is happening next. We look forward to seeing you at these events.
  • You asked us when we plan to address the condition of the course. On a daily basis you will see the greenkeepers working hard to maintain the tees and greens. It is now the time of year that we can look further ahead. To keep you informed, we are currently reviewing our plans and will post them for you to see and understand our next steps. These can be subject to change with weather conditions, but we hope making you aware of our plans will help everyone understand.