Preferred Lies – August 2017
Rule 25 – Ball in Abnormal Ground Condition: NOT FOUND Both players MUST agree that the ball has landed within the abnormal ground condition, the ball does not need to be found – they may then take relief under rule 25-1b
( drop ball within one club length from point agreed by both parties ).
From the 5th August the area to the right of 1st fairway and also in play to right of 18th hole is deemed Ground Under Repair, in turn the abnormal ground condition rule will cover this as well.
Embedded Ball If a players ball is embedded in any closely mown area this may be lifted , cleaned and dropped without penalty.
NOTE ; closely mown area means any area of the course including rough , paths cut to fairway length or less.
Bunkers OUT OF PLAY : any bunker on course which is full of water is Ground under Repair and players if within this hazard are allowed a FREE lift and drop not nearer the hole.
Preferred lies Rule 25 Adverse conditions such as heavy snow, spring thaws, prolonged rains or extreme heat can make fairways unsatisfactory. When these conditions are so general throughout a course that the greens committee believe preferred lies or winter rules would promote fair play or help protect the course , the following local rule is recommended;
“ a ball lying on an area through the green (FAIRWAY) may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball the player must mark its position, having lifted the ball he must place it on a spot within six inches / scorecard length and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay “
Allan Warwick recently met with Hugh Logue to summarise the Green work completed as part of the 16/17 Winter Programme.
Looking now at the current situation, given the recent dry but cold spell of weather, the grass plant growth in general across all local courses has been slow and as a result the Renfrewshire Golf Union has extended preferred lies into May.
The strategy that the club successfully embarked upon last year of scarifying fairways using the new ‘Trilo’ machine, together with the application of sand which we are now able to do more effectively using our recently acquired Top Dresser equipment, will start again during May. The committee this week approved a further £4000 ‘top up’ to the 16/17 Green Budget to support this very important piece of fairway improvement work.
Members may have noticed that we have now started to apply water to greens to aid surface improvement and the plan is to give the putting surfaces a second top dressing during this month.
The last of the major 16/17 drainage projects at the 12th and 13th will be completed within the next 7 to 10 days.
As the peak golf season gets underway we would remind members of the importance of looking after their course and in particular repairing pitch marks, replacing divots and avoiding taking golf trolleys and buggies near to or over tees and greens. The Course Manager and his staff appreciate your support.
We look forward to a good summer and a very enjoyable golfing season.
A new Top Dresser was recently purchased to greatly enhance the application of sand to fairways, greens and tees. Here are a few videos of the machine in use;
The Course Manager and his team have carried out a tremendous amount of work on our course over the last few weeks and months with more planned as we accelerate towards the start of the 2017 season and into the Spring time. The work has been managed by the Green Sub-Committee under the leadership of Andrew MacPherson and has been guided by the two Reports received from the Consultants we engaged earlier in 2016.
Here is a summary.
Putting Green – the new putting green which has been enlarged by 50% is rooting in well and has good early growth. It is planned that this new chipping and putting facility will be open by mid- April.
Drainage – 400 linear metres of new drains have been installed at the 2nd, 6th , 12th and 13th. A new 110 metre drain has also been installed at the 18th capable of being further extended and enhanced in the future. In total the length of drains dug, back filled and re-turfed is the equivalent to the 11th hole on our course.
Paths – paths at the 16th to 17th and around the 17th green to the 18th tees have now been re-surfaced with 3G Astro-turf.
Trees – certain trees between the 5th and 6th have been removed to improve line of sight safety as well as hopefully increasing the pace of play.
Normal Start of season preparation work is now well underway. In addition;
Drainage – further de-thatching of the low lying areas at 12th and 13th will result in around 600m2 of poor thatched turf being removed and replaced with new thatch free turf. This work should be complete by mid- March. In addition, Hugh and the team plan to reconstruct and improve the area to the rear of the 3rd Green as well as reconstructing and laying new turf in the area to the left hand side of the 13th green.
Trees – further tree reduction work will be carried out around the 17th tee , the 16th green and the far end of the upper 8th fairway – to improve line of sight to the lower fairway and the 8th green.
De-thatching work – a programme of fairway renewal will start in the early Spring with treatment for moss, scarification of excess thatch and fibre using the ‘Trilo’ machine as well as the application of sand using the soon to be acquired new Top Dresser Machine on certain targeted key areas.