The season might be over but the golf hasn’t stopped!
Despite it being nearly Christmas it’s great to see so many of our season ticket holders still out on the golf course!
As you know, much of the success of the golf course is dependent on the weather and so far this winter (touch wood!) we’ve been fairly lucky in that it has been reasonably dry and mild. This has allowed the greenkeepers to keep on top of the never ending leaves as well as keeping the fairways and greens in great condition for the time of year.
To still be playing on proper fairways and greens at this time of year on an inland course is a bit of a novelty for a lot of golfers and certainly helps our course to continue to attract visitors throughout the winter months.
We have had another busy year with visitors in general and are already taking bookings for 2018 so it’s great to know that word is spreading about the course and golfers from all over the country and beyond are coming to play at the North Inch!
We are also really seeing the benefits now of the works carried out on the greens in September. As you will remember (especially if you were one of the volunteers who came along to help!) we spent the week helping the greenkeepers to remove the hollow cores from the greens so that they could get on with the job of overseeding, topdressing and fertilising. The work was essential for the health of the greens and by carrying it out in September we give them enough time to repair and recover before the cold weather really kicks in.
Incidentally, if you have played recently some of you may have noticed small patches on some of the greens. This is called fusarium, a common fungus which crops up from time to time on the course. It has been treated and the greens typically recover over time with no lasting damage!
Our volunteer group has continued to contribute greatly to the appearance of the course again this season, most recently by preparing an area behind the first green which is due to be planted up with the help of a £300 grant from Dobbies Garden Centre. This will improve the look of the first green to passers-by as well as providing better depth perception for golfers playing the hole.
As well as receiving the grant from Dobbies we also worked alongside ZeroWastePerth and other local businesses to re-use waste materials with cardboard sourced from Excel Wines and two tonnes of woodchip supplied by local firm Trees Plus.
We are looking forward to the spring time so we can get planting and really improve the look of the golf course!
On the subject of volunteers we are extremely keen to run more frequent volunteer sessions in the new year and we are hoping to encourage as many golfers and non-golfers alike to come down and lend a hand on the course as it really does make such a huge impact, not only on the course itself but also on the North Inch in general.
We will be posting dates for upcoming sessions on the website and Facebook page so please do get in touch if you are available and would like to help!
The early bird season ticket is proving to be a huge success this year with 26 new season ticket holders signed up already since the beginning of October. This is fantastic for the course and reflects all of the hard work put in throughout the season to make the North Inch one of the best value courses around. We will continue to promote the course over the winter period to try to boost our numbers going into next season.
We are also continuing to look for sponsors for our tee signs around the course and we would like to remind anyone to pass this on if you may know of any person or group who might be interested.
So all in all it’s been another busy year at the North Inch!
Merry Christmas to all of our members and we hope to see you all playing even more golf in the New Year!