Greens Blog Feb 2019

As the Winter is drawing to a close, I would like to update you all on the progress we have been making on the course and off it. We are trying to improve all methods of communication between ourselves and the members of North Manchester Golf Club. There is a suggestion book located in the main lounge of the club house for members to suggest ideas or to simply ask various questions they may have to help understand what it is we do and why we do it. In the future we will try to incorporate this system onto the website for ease of use. I also have my own 'Greens' page in the members area which gives all members a more in depth look at projects carried out this winter, an explanation of various maintenance procedures we carry out to playing surfaces and a meet the team page so you all know who is who and get a peep at some of our equipment. Some of these pages are still under construction but i will get around to it in due course.

This Winter has been the most productive winter yet, visually at least. What do I mean by visually? Well, projects our members see with their own eyes such as new bunkers, re-leveling of tee's etc. Projects like drainage work are non-visual, we dig a large trench, insert pipe, stone then replace the turf, a few weeks/months time nobody would know we have been there. All projects we have carried out this winter are listed on the Greens page with photos and write-ups, please visit to see what we have been up to.

I would like to take this opportunity to address a long standing question regarding winter work, 'why do they never finish a project before moving on to another?'. There are many stipulations as to why we will work on more than one project at a time. Fortunately we are now a team of 5, 5 members of staff rebuilding one small bunker can become quite overcrowding to the point we will trip over one another. In situations like this I will split the team up to work on two projects at once, this increases productivity and keeps us on track to reach our deadline for project completion. Weather conditions are also a key player. Working the land during poor weather conditions can become tedious and impossible at times, the show must go on, so again I will pause a project to work on another to continue progress and reduce any delays. Materials are another factor, purchasing materials in bulk saves the club significant amount of money, for instance i will get multiple projects ready for turfing (unfinished), I will then bulk order a set amount of turf to cover multiple projects and have the lads lay all that turf in one go. Finally, I also have to consider club finances, what i cant spend one month, I will be able to the next to finalize the project. I aim to have all projects complete by the end of March, this will give us 2 weeks to present your golf course ready for the Captains Drive-in and the start of the season.

I am looking forward to this season, i cant wait to see our work this winter pay off. I hope you all have a good season.

Alex Lowes

Head Greenkeeper

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