Heavy downpours during July caused us many headaches with paths and bunkers completely washed out. Separate rainfall readings of 35 mm and 22 mm did the damage with over 110 mm of rainfall recorded for the month. Kinder weather since has allowed us to catch up, with the exception of the paths, which unfortunately need much more time and investing to repair.
Now things have dried up it is a perfect time to take a look at some of the wilder areas of the course. These are valuable stop off points for wildlife and at this time you can often see pheasants with there chicks popping in and out. There are many different grass species in each area and they have now reached their full summer height. It is a fine sight to see them take on different colours as the light changes and watch them blowing in the wind. Just don't hit your golf ball into them though, you could well be re-loading.
Areas towards the west of the course are full of wild flowers and we are certainly doing our bit towards operation pollinator. Some have died back a bit now but the bees are still very active, still collecting pollen as the season draws on.
Each area can often require a different management approach and it sometimes can be time and manpower that beats us rather than neglect. These areas would return to full woodland if left alone, so we must always manage to find some time to enhance them. Wildflower areas need freedom and light so as not to be swallowed up. Gorse and broom needs cutting back from time to time to allow regeneration. Wild grass areas must be taken down and scarified every 3rd or 4th year. Some areas we have not even tackled yet and we need to remove nettles and thin out thistles and invasive weeds.
So, on those days when your golf may not be going to well, have a look at whats around you and relax a bit. It is not always about chasing a score, and for us it need not always be about cutting grass wall to wall.
Mal and the lads.