Where the place? Upon the heath…



GOLFERS SHOULD BE hugely grateful to those Neolithic farmers of 4,000 years ago. They domesticated animals, cleared woodlands so that settlements could be developed and their animals grazed. These cleared areas were more exposed to the elements leading to a leaching of nutrients and creating acidic soils that were slowly colonised by dwarf shrubs such as heather, gorse and broom. The first lowland heaths were created that have subsequently provided those well-drained sites for the outstanding golf courses that so many of us enjoy playing today, not least of which is our own Royal Ashdown Forest. Continue reading “Where the place? Upon the heath…”

Play away: Gerre Losone, Ascona, Switzerland

20120529-5275Sundays in parts of Switzerland are as quiet as they used to be during the 1960s and ’70s in Great Britain when all the shops were closed and pubs had to close at 2.00pm. Sunday is family day, and rarely will you find a family spending any time on a golf course. This means that Sunday morning is a simply wonderful time for visiting golfers to enjoy a round. Continue reading “Play away: Gerre Losone, Ascona, Switzerland”

The Winter Men

20141210-_V2C7912THIS MONTH WE invited Course Manager, Chris Mitchell, to describe a typical day for him and his greenkeeping team during the Winter months. 

“The morning starts in the dark at 06.30 when I arrive at the office to  check the weather forecasts and live rain radar. Then I read what golf we have on for the day as well as checking my e-mails for anything urgent that has arrived and reply to them. I then check the greenkeepers’ website for any latest information. Continue reading “The Winter Men”

The Best of Tines- the Worst of Tines

20111002-8631Do these fellows do it just to spite us? We wait all Winter for the greens at our club to start showing signs of improvement, especially those poor souls unfortunate enough to be forced onto the dreaded temporaries. Then we get a bad Spring and we are still waiting until, at last, Summer arrives and our putts start rolling true again, and we begin to hole a few and get more confident and then it happens. Continue reading “The Best of Tines- the Worst of Tines”