The view looking down the 18th today, we’ve had an unbelievable run of rain recently, the average rainfall for Feb is 60mm, this month we’re on 90mm already.

Anyway, we’re only a few weeks off the rain becoming warmer so there’s lots to look forward to!!!

This coming season we will be using a similar plan to what we have used for the previous two season. The one big change we will be doing this year is targeting small problem areas of the greens when we have a opportunity to do so.

One thing all this rainfall has highlighted is where the greens hold water, areas like

  • Front of the 1st
  • Left hand side 4th
  • Front left 5th
  • 9th green
  • 3 areas on the 10th green
  • Front left 13th
  • Front 14th
  • Front 15th
  • Back 17th

These areas, mainly small spots on the greens are softer than we would like. This is due to these areas historically holding more water, thatch build up has increased in those areas, therefore these areas hold more water.

The plan is to target these areas sporadically during the year, it may be doing a light scarification or micro hollow tine of the green extra to our usual maintenance. Disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum during the season. The results of this extra work should become visible towards the winter months.

The spring renovations will take place on the week commencing 9th March (weather permitting). The plan is to start with a double scarification -5mm (5mm below the surface), followed this by a 8mm hollow tine. Finished with a sand top dress. The idea of this plan is to remove any organic matter build up we have had during this wet spell ( the wet spell started in July!!!!!!).

If we can’t complete all the tasks we have planned then we will try the following Monday. Once we have top dressed we will follow with a roll and feed.

If you’ve not been down to the club recently or seen our social media you may not have seen that we have completed the build of a new bunker on the practice ground. We used a company called Eco bunker , It’s a system that uses old style astro turf. The base is generation1 astro, the walls are generation 2 astro. It’s ecological because all the old astro would have to got to landfill. Another plus on this system is maintenance will be reduced.

We had some of the astro turf left over so we are doing the bunker beside the 10th green. We will reconstruct the bunker closer to the green so the that we cut around the back of the bunker.

Obviously we are still on with the new paths, unfortunately we are struggling to get on with them at the minute. These will be completed as soon as the weather allows us.

It is the time of year where fences are out on the course, It frustrates the life out of greenkeepers seeing members,

  • Walking along side paths. Please use the pathways.
  • Taking trolleys under ropes. The ropes are there for a reason we DON’T want trolleys in that area.
  • White lines around greens. Also please keep out of these areas with trolleys, the line isn’t a tightrope that you must keep your trolley on!!
  • Roped off areas. If you have to take out a post to take a shot, please put it back.

There are some greens without white lines around, this is not an invitation to take your trolleys in-between bunker or on the surround. Please use your common sense. All the course protection measures are that we have a good course as early as we possibly can next season.

Thanks for reading, please follow us on twitter @ashtonleagreens, this will give you daily reports on the state of the course and updates of what we are doing.

We also have a facebook page, search for Ashton and Lea greens. Please like the page and ask your golfing friends to like the page, make them aware of the good things we are doing and producing.

Any concerns or opinions on what we are doing please contact us directly on

Thanks for reading, Mark Shuttleworth ( Deputy Head Greenkeeper)

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