Golf Course Policy Document
This document will be used by the Board of Directors and the Green Committee to ensure that the needs of Abbeydale Golf Club and its facilities are met.
Section A – Course Administration Policy.
Section B – Course Maintenance Policy.
Section C – Course Development Programme.
Section D – Environmental Management Plan.
The overall aim of this policy is to ensure that all aspects of the Abbeydale Golf Club golf course and associated grounds are maintained and presented in the best possible condition throughout the year, so that it is recognised as being one of the best courses in the area. Also, to ensure there is a structured and clear plan for the ongoing improvement of the course, aimed at enhancing the enjoyment of members and visitors to Abbeydale Golf Club, by providing a fair test for golfers of all abilities.
Course Administration Policy
1. Roles and Responsibilities
The Board is ultimately responsible for the overall management of
Abbeydale Golf Club, including policy, forward planning and financial management.
1.2 The Green Committee
Chairman of Green
Vice Chairman of Green
A balanced representation from the club membership
The Green Committee will meet bimonthly. Additional meetings will be arranged if required. The Chair of Green will also hold a weekly meeting with, the Head Green keeper, Deputy Green keeper, Golf Manager & Golf Professional/s.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
2. Health and Safety
3. Capital Equipment Provision
4. Control of Revenue Account Expenditure
5. Record Keeping
7. External Consultants
8. Communication with the Membership
9. Course Development
10. Competition Days
11. Use of Pesticides
12. Winter Golf
Course Maintenance Policy
Much essential work has to be completed before certain time each day, and within certain timescales during the season. As far as possible any restrictions to the golf course will be kept to an absolute minimum. During special instances a policy of closing of individual holes/greens may be adopted, in order to permit uninterrupted work to be carried out. Any such program will be notified to the members well in advance. It is the insistence of the Board, the Chairman of Green and the Head Greenkeeper to plan course work well in advance. Members will be kept informed via e-mails and the golf club web site of any essential work and restrictions to play. The co - operation and understanding of Members will, however, be required if the Club is to maintain the present high standards. Green staff have priority on the golf course at all times.
The aim of maintenance is to provide firm, receptive and true greens that remain playable throughout the year and are economically and environmentally sustainable.
Annual meadow grass is the predominant species on all greens. Although the long-term objective is to introduce some fine bent grass into the sward, which will aid disease resistance, this cannot be done too quickly, nor at the expense of the meadow grass. The maintenance programme will be adapted to ensure that both grass species thrive. Over seeding will take place in September when ground conditions are warm enough for seed germination.
The policy is to use suitable fertilisers throughout the year, based on soil analysis. The irrigation system, coupled with hand watering will be used to maintain healthy grass and achieve target moisture content.
1.4 Aeration and top dressing
The greens will be verti-drained in April to relieve winter compaction. Thereafter they will be tinned at regular intervals with 8mm solid tines or chisel tines during the summer months. In winter they will be deep tined to a minimum depth of 12mm, followed by deep slitting in November and December. Top dressing will be applied at the rate deemed suitable by the Head Greenkeeper to achieve a successful putting surface.
The target heights of cut for the greens will be:-
Summer 3.0 – 3.5 mm
Winter 5.0 – 5.5 mm
The greens will be ultra groomed and or brushed on a regular basis to reduce ‘puffiness’ at the surface and therefore improve ball roll. The greens will be cut by triplex machine or by hand mower.
Weather permitting, the greens will be ironed on Competition days and special events. Also, on the days where the Head Greenkeeper decides not to cut in order to give the greens a rest.
The holes will be changed twice a week during the main playing season and once a week in the winter. Before all handicap qualifying events the holes will be changed.
Fungicides will be sprayed to combat against disease ingress as and when
required, and applied in accordance with manufacturers instructions.
1.8 Performance Management During the playing season progress on the greens will be closely monitored and performance managed using the following key performance indicators:
Indicator Method Target Frequency
1.Reliability (Trueness) Green Tester 8/10 Weekly
2.Speed Stimpmeter 9-10ft Weekly
3.Moisture content Moisture meter Average 25% Weekly
4.Firmness/Receptivity Clegg Hammer 80-100 G Fortnightly
5.Soil Samples External Annual
6.Grass species content External Annual
Results will be published monthly and an explanation given for any variance.
2.1 Maintenance objectives
The main aim is to provide a firm, level and well grassed teeing platform on each hole.
2.2 Maintenance programme
The tees will be cut by triplex mower, approx. 3 times a week. They will be scarified twice during the playing season when growth is strong enough for a quick recovery. In the autumn the tees will be verti-drained and top dressed. The tees will be fertilized in March with a slow release granular fertilizer, and then liquid fed as required during the rest of the year.
2.3 Height of cut
The height of cut will be 10mm.
2.4 Divot marks
The tees will be divotted daily. In addition all tees will be over seeded twice a year.
2.5 Movement of tees
The tee markers will be moved around the tee areas daily, so ensuring wear is distributed evenly. For qualifying events the white/red tee markers will be set up in the morning before play begins.
2.6 Strategy for using alternative routes to tees to minimise wear.
During the winter months alternative traffic routes will be used. These routes will be guided by the use of white lines and signs.
3.1 Agreement on shaping and contouring of fairways
The shaping of all the fairways will be agreed at the beginning of each golf season and reviewed annually.
3.2 Agreement on the cosmetic look of the fairways.
The fairways will be block cut.
3.3 Height of cut
The fairways will be cut at 13mm.
3.4 Assessment of weed and worm control
This will be reviewed on an annual basis.
3.5 Removal of leaves
During the autumn the fairways will be kept free of leaves.
The fairways in the autumn will be de compacted using a imants shockwave deep aeration machine.
4. First Cut
4.1 Maintenance objectives
The purpose of the first cut is to punish a wayward shot. This should be achieved being mindful of the searching for golf balls and the impact on the speed of play.
4.2 Height of cut
The first cut will be cut at a height of 20mm, and cut approx. 2 times per week. This height is sensible because it allows for a reasonable expectation that a ball will be found.
4.3 Weed Spraying
This will be reviewed on an annual basis.
5.1 Frequency of raking
The bunkers will be mechanically raked every other day and always part of competition presentation. On other occasions, when not being mechanically raked they will be foot printed.
5.2 Monitor sand levels.
In early March all sand levels in the bunkers will be checked for even distribution and additional sand added where necessary. Any new sand installed in a bunker will be soaked and vibratory compacted to a depth of 100mm.
5.3 General bunker upkeep
Bunker fringes will be edged and trimmed to a height that will permit a ball to be gathered into the hazard. The edges will be trimmed every 7-10 days.
5.4 Bunker rakes
Each bunker will have its own rake, 2 - 4 rakes for the larger bunkers.
5.5 Bunker sand
Bunker sand is an emotive issue that most clubs have trouble with. We currently use a sand, ‘Mansfield 35’, which has good colour and compaction properties.
6.1 General maintenance
The collars around the green will be cut with the triple mower 2- 3 times per week. The collar is approx. 2 triple mower widths wide and is cut at a height of 10mm. The collar is scarified twice a year and is sprayed for weeds as required.
7. Green Approach
7.1 General maintenance
The approach to the green is cut by triplex mower approx. 3 times per week. It varies in size and width, and is cut to blend the fairway in with the green. The height of cut is 8mm. The approach is scarified and tinned twice per year. It is fertilized throughout the year. Weed spraying of the approach is achieved annually. Watering will be as weather conditions dictate.
8 Native Rough
8.1 General maintenance
Any areas outside of the cut rough identified as being well off line, will be left in their natural state, for ecological and practical reasons.
9.1 General maintenance
The cut areas under the trees will be cut approx. every 10 days with a ride on rotary mower. The height of cut will be 40mm.
10. Practice Ground
10.1 General maintenance
The practice ground will be maintained to a high standard. It will be cut approx. 2 times per week. The practice tee will be cut at 10mm, and the practice green maintained to the same standard as the main greens out on the golf course.
11.1 General maintenance
The paths around the golf course will be maintained and kept tidy. They will be cleaned of debris and re surfaced with red shale as required. In addition they will be sprayed for weeds, approx. 2 times per year and the drain channels kept clean. During the winter all log edges will be replaced if they are broken or deemed unsafe.
12. Woodland Management
12.1 General maintenance
A strategic approach helps to understand tree stock and the role it plays. Trees alongside fairways or in the rough will determine golfing challenge on some holes and need to be preserved through sound management. Nevertheless there is compelling evidence that trees do need to be managed to allow light in and air to circulate in order to allow the grasses to grow and reduce the incidence of disease. The Green Committee review the woodland management programme on an annual basis.
Course Development Programme
A rolling long term plan has been formulated for Golf Course Development projects and has taken into consideration:
The plan is a list of proposed projects to be completed on an annual basis but with enough flexibility to allow for movement of individual projects forward or back a year in accordance with limitations of weather and finance.
The time frame for actions detailed will be reviewed annually and looked in detail up to six years in advance. Developments of over six years distant will be highlighted but only developed in detail once they become a practical project. The time frame for actions will 3 – 6 years.
Members will be informed of development projects as and when they have been agreed by the Board of Directors.
Environmental Management Plan
valuation and planning helps Abbeydale Golf Club to balance the demands of golf with its responsibilities to the natural environment. An initial site assessment, followed by yearly review, helps the golf club to responsibly care for the land, water, wildlife and natural resources upon which the course is sustained.
Wildlife and habitat management
Implementing environmental management practices enhances existing natural habitats and landscaping on the golf course to promote wildlife and biodiversity conservation. Consideration must be given to identifying core habitats, such as mature woodlands, wetlands, or stream corridors. Furthermore it is paramount that the dominant native plant communities are identified and preserved.
Wildlife habitat enhancement
The key objectives in delivering wildlife habitat enhancement on the golf course include:
The key objectives include:
It is important to communicate all environmental goals, objectives and projects to the membership and wider public. This can be achieved by regular updates about progress and accomplishments.