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.
It’s definitely getting closer and hopefully within the next two weeks we will be back out on the course.
During “lockdown” we have been following government guidelines by only doing essential maintenance on the course. This included cutting greens twice a week and all other surfaces once a week including the driving range and the Lettoch Links.
During April we experienced really dry conditions having only 9mm of rain throughout the whole month and this rain came in the last 3 days of the month. The greens were kept watered every few days to keep moisture levels up and mitigate the drying effects of the seasonal easterly wind. During the drought conditions we were also getting sub-zero night time temperatures which, perhaps fortunately from the workload perspective, held back growth a bit. To give the greens a boost, and with rain forecast, last week we applied a granular fertiliser to help provide essential nutrients and improve the playing surfaces in time for re-starting.
Donnie has been continuing to voluntarily cut the fairways and has taken at least 20 hours a week off my workload. We have had also had Club members volunteering and they have carried out bunker work, ditch clearing and divoting. The many hours that they have spent helping will mean that we’ll come out of the restrictions better than I could ever have hoped and the course will be ready to play as soon as we get the green light. I can’t thank Donnie and the volunteers enough. Their contribution has been essential to get us through the lockdown without losing much of the work we have done on the course over the last few years. Thanks to all of you that helped.
Hope to see you very soon