Preventing ponding on the 8th

Feb 16, 2021 | Jenni Ashford

Now the weather has taken a turn for the better with an increase in temperature and longer day light, it’s full steam ahead on the golf course improvements.

Thankfully, Exeter Golf and Country Club doesn’t suffer too much flooding as we have effective drainage across the course on the whole, however occasionally we may get a bit of ponding in the occasional damp hollow on the course.

This week with the course neither flooded or frozen, our greenkeepers have tackled the damp hollow on the 8th apron, which has been ponding during wet spells.

If areas start ponding, we like to do something about before the ground becomes too soft. The soil structure can be easily damaged when areas become soft and wet.

To rectify the ponding in the hollow on the 8th apron, the turf was lifted and the apron re-contoured to smooth the dip in the ground. Now the excess rainfall will be redirected and shed to the side of the green.

Once the lifted turf grows in, the greenkeepers will hollow tyne this small section and the damp area will no longer be an issue.

Problem solved.

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