Update & Renovation week.

Firstly, Apologies for the lack of news on the blog, I know it's not really an excuse, but we have been quite busy. It seems a lifetime ago that the liner on the Irrigation storage tank split and left us without water for over 5 weeks. But in hindsight, this has has been a really good thing for the greens. I had always intended to dry the greens out this year, as the soil profile had been so wet since July 2107, but I would have liked a bit more control over moisture levels! As it was, we all witnessed how hardy fine turf grasses can be. The finer Bent & Fescue species hung on by their finger nails, while the Annual Meadow grass curled up & died.  This gave us a great opportunity to increase the amount of fine species in the greens by over-seeding into the bare ground and spaces. This has been highly successful with huge increases in population levels. This also leads sadly to some slower putting speeds while the seedlings were growing in & maturing. It seems po

Tree roots and presentation.

As a follow on to last weeks presentation, here are couple of pics from the 2nd hole showing the impact of White poplar roots. As you can see, the roots have travelled over 20 metres to reach a depression on the edge of the fairway. The roots are significantly longer than that, but that was were they snapped off. I would like to thank everyone who came to the information night. It was great to see so many people with a real interest in what we are trying to achieve.  

Course Update

Despite the prolonged wet weather, work has continued to move forward on the course and with the recent dry weather set to continue, we plan to start tidying and fininshing off the drainage and tree removal. The creation of the mounding and pond alterations on the 2nd hole are nearly ready for seeding. The top soil just needs spreading and raking off. The fescue grasses should look amazing and provide a much improved feature next to the green. The drainage work next to the 3rd green is ready for topping up with rootzone and the frosty forecast will allow this to happen. This area will still take a while to dry out as the amount of roots is hampering the flow of water thru the soil profile.  The drains on the 4th hole will also be topped up. Seeding will take place when the rootzone has setttled and the temperatures warm up. The large tree roots have been removed on the 4th, 5th, 12th & 16th, but there is still a fair amout of repair work to complete before these areas ar

Apprenticeship Available at MGC.

The Greens team are looking to employ a 16-18 year old enthusiastic person to join the team and learn the trade of greenkeeping. Full training will be given in association with Myerscough College. If you are interested or know some, please contact the General manager for more information.

Winter work and Update.

Introduction. It has been 7 months since I joined Morecambe GC, which, apart from the weather has been really enjoyable. I have meet some lovely people and the rest of the “team” seem to have a passion and real connection with the club. My initial thoughts regarding prioritising projects and aims was based on my early days. Unfortunately, 2017 was a far from average year weather wise. The total for the year was only slightly above average at 1,017mm. But the year was divided up with the first 6 months having just 259mm and the last 6 months having 758mm! That’s 50% more rainfall than average in 6 months. This has had a major impact on the management and playability of the course. Winter work programme . The original intention this Autumn/Winter was to improve drainage, remove trees, extend Tee areas and renovate and improve bunkers. A great deal of drainage work and tree removal has already taken place to great effect, but no Tee or bunker work. I propose that we concentra

Tree removal.

The tree removal program is now underway, with some major work completed on the car park and felling starting on the 1st hole. We are also cleaning up the remaining trees to improve playability and improve sunlight and air movement across the course. This work will continue up to Christmas and beyond depending on the weather conditions. There are logs for sale as a result of this work. Please contact the office for details .

Flooding pics.

Just a few pics of the recent flooding and damage.