The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club


2019 The Story So Far

July 8, 2019

Good morning,

Welcome to the first blog on this section. In this and the following blogs I plan to update you on all that is happening out on the course and provide information as to why we are doing each task and how it will benefit your game.

A lot has happened since the start of the year since our new owners took the reins. The most important of all of it has been the increase in my teams numbers, we have gone from 6 staff to 10, this is a significant step up and one that will enable us to provide much more attention to detail and a more consistent playing experience. I shall attempt to do a meet the team post at some point, I just have to talk them into it first! Whilst on this subject, I would like to say a massive congratulations to James and Richard who have both passed their NVQ level 2 Greenkeeping in the last month, great work. Karl is currently also studying a level 2 and our three new apprentices, Connor, Jack and Matthew will be starting a course in September. The Investment in their training will be of great benefit to the course.

One of the more significant changes to happen is the investment in a complete new fleet of machines, this is brilliant news for us as we can now make huge steps forward in presenting the course and providing a consistent, high standard, playing surface that will improve year on year. The fleet is currently in the process of being built and delivered over the following weeks, I will update as various bits arrive. Already on site are tee’s hand mowers, a 1000 litre sprayer, 4 run arounds and various bit of small equipment such as strimmers and chainsaws. Lots more to come.

Other areas to have already been improved are the irrigation system and heads, pumps have been serviced and a total of 15 greens & fairway heads have been replaced plus many tee’s heads. This means we can be very efficient with our water use and target more areas than we were previously able to do. Coupled with the irrigation has been our feeding programs, we are now able to feed the plant with the nutrients it needs, no matter what the area. A healthier plant means we can do more beneficial management practices on it and this will lead to an improved surface to play on, it’s all linked.

So that’s a brief round up of the last few months, our aim is to provide consistent standards of excellence and we’ve made a great start on that road. The next blog will be much more targeted to the specific work we’ve done from now until then.

Take care
Please repair, rake and replace

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