As the club now communicate with the membership on general matters, through Facebook, the members newsletter will now cease. In future,communications to the membership from Pitlochry Golf Limited will be made available here in the form of a News Blog.
After the first few months of winter being very kind to us, it has certainly gone back to normal after the Christmas period. Although we haven’t had much snow the frost, along with some heavy rain has resulted in some pretty tough ground conditions. These conditions have unfortunately meant that the course has had to have been closed or a composite course has had to be used. I realise it must be frustrating seeing the course green and having to play on winter greens after a frost thaw but if there is still frost in the ground and the top of the surface is soft, we then get ‘root break’ if golf is played on the greens. In simple terms the root shears off from the leaf of the plant when the golfer stands on the soft leaf connected to the frozen root.
When the weather improves we will re turf the new 3rd white tee and work on the ground around it. We have already put a drain through the tee and we have added another one to catch all the water coming from the hill above.
The new drainage areas around the 2nd green have been turfed using turf from around the course.
A new path has been dug out along the side of the 4th winter tee heading to Craigower to stop all walkers walking and cycling across the tee.
While the weather has been poor we decided to take the steps out going to the 16th white tees. We have done this in the hope all trolley users will now keep their trolleys off the tees. Constant trolley damage hasn’t helped the recovery on these heavily used tees. A new surface has been added to the path to help with grip on the sloped area. We then widened and tidied the buggy path to the 5th green and have also widened the small buggy path to the right of the 15th green.
The only other job that is ongoing on the course is the clearance of the broom to the left of the 10th winter green allowing more air and light into a normally damp area.
Finally just a reminder to all players that you all have a big part in the course continuing to improve by remembering to repair pitch marks replace divots when the season starts raking bunkers and keeping trolleys off the fringes and tees.
My staff and I look forward to seeing you all on the course in the coming months.
Stuart Griffiths, Course Manager