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“We hired an excavator and a massive sand screener to separate stone from the sand and we now have sizeable stockpile of 2mm sand for use on the fairways.”“The newly mined sand has presented some challenges,” says James, “but Lister Wilder has been there to help us every step of the way, even bringing in the designer of the DS3800 from Germany to ensure we could use our wet sand effectively.
He implemented a modification to the hopper, adding vibrators on each side, to help move the wet material down.
Keeping the much trafficked surface areas of its greens and tees all looking uniformly excellent 52 weeks of the modern golfing year is a testing challenge for Course Manager Matt Aplin and his team.
It is a task that sees them using a range of drainage techniques that now include a multi-function Redexim Tool Carrier from local agent Lister Wilder.
“Our two apprentices get involved in pretty much every aspect of the work and each has a detailed education programme in place,” says James.
“Our guys are encouraged to get involved in tournament support, which gives them a chance to experience other courses and to see how major events are managed.
“Our members are not a problem because I can communicate with them and they understand – my worry is the six guys in a minibus who call in and are looking for a club to join.
It has also opened the door to pencil tining the greens at least ten times a year while hollow tining once.
The previous aeration routine involved a tractor-mounted machine to hollow tine greens and tees in April and September, and then pencil tining between four and eight times a year on the greens and once on the tees.
That meant increasingly costly wear and tear on the tractor which was itself applying unwanted compaction to the playing surfaces.
Its all-round friendliness shows itself not just through its people but via its restaurant, four bars and three function rooms...
It is a varied and undulating course amongst mature woodland with strategically placed bunkers, the sort of course you would expect from its legendary designer Harry Colt.“Ten years ago we had a six-year waiting list for membership and, having paid a joining fee, you didn’t readily leave,” he says.