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We are constantly working to improve the condition and appearance of the course. However, any such work usually has short-term consequences which might affect access and playability. We apologise to members and visitors for any inconvenience caused and hope you'll understand.

June has been a very busy and demanding time for Greens. We have had the welcome return to competitive golf and visits from specialists, including the course ecologist Graham Megson, golf architect Clyde Johnson of Cunnin Golf design and Hunter irrigation. All have requiring considerable planning and organisation. Good news in that it would appear that the club has passed the initial application process for the stewardship programme and sea buckthorn removal. This means a technical recommendation on our behalf to the Rural Payments Agency by Tom Charman of Natural England. We await this next update.

The course has been extremely busy, if the current rate of play continues, Seaton Carew is on track to host around 45000 to 50000 rounds annually. This does bring wear and tear issues and members will note some areas that are roped off to protect and reseed (more in Tom’s blog). I’d also be grateful if members can help the green staff present the course in the best possible way, by remaining on paths where possible and not taking short cuts, such as across the 4th tee or taking your trolley/buggy around and not between bunkers and green such as the 3rd. The raking of bunkers with the sole of golf shoes or sand iron would be very helpful.

June
The weather in June has swung from baking dry, to mist and torrential rain and somewhere in-between. I’m sure though that all can see the course condition has improved immeasurably. I only refer to my last report of the 26th May, with particular emphasis on the putting surfaces, where the aim for June was to refine the sward and improve the speed throughout the month, happily this has been achieved. I would also note that course definition is now very prevalent and Tom’s blog, attached, explains more on this.

July
July priorities are more of the same for greens management, repair of worn bunker edges, rabbit damage on the brabazon. With the very dry spell at the early to middle part of June it was not possible to arrange a divotting working party, but now the weather has turned, it would be fantastic if Members, who earlier very kindly offered Tom and the greens team their help, could still be called upon. A date will be arranged and a request will be sent out by the greens committee separately. A new members practice net has been purchased and will be set up near the indoor trackman studio.

Finally I’d like to add my congratulations to Tom, Ian and all the greens team on their efforts. As greens chairman it’s a pleasure when members stop me to comment on the course condition, please keep up the good work! And to those members who took the time to do so… its greatly appreciated.

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