Worms and Control

As you will all be aware, the weather during the last 3 months has been extremely wet. This has brought forward the earth worm activity throughout the course.



As you can see from the above pictures, this has a huge impact on the playability and preparation of the course.
One thing you may not know, is that from 31st August 2017 the only chemicals available for worm control were withdrawn from use by DEFRA. This will have long term repercussions for the course. 
In the past, we used these chemicals to reduce the number of worms in many areas of the course. With their removal, the worm population will increase year on year. Add to this the change in weather patterns and you can appreciate the problems we now face.
Many companies are exploring alternative solutions, but as yet, nothing reliable or cost effective has been developed.
We will be trialing some of these products over the next few months and I will keep you posted of any developments.
In the meantime, please be aware of the difficulties we are facing during course set up and as always, we will do our utmost to prepare the course for your enjoyment.

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