Paul’s Course Update – May


It will soon be summertime.

At the end of spring Nizels is starting to take shape at long last, the grass has begun to grow (not enough for my liking) and the mowers have been out in force striping up the fairways and green surrounds and giving us some wonderful definition. The new tees are now fully back in play and I must say I am very happy with the finished product.

We have refurbished the base of the bridges replacing all the base boards and marine ply, finishing it off with new thicker rubber matting making the bridge not only look better but making it sturdier in the process.

Some of you may be aware that we have been suffering of late with Leather Jackets (larvae of the crane fly) this has led to some unfortunate bare patches on the fairways specifically the 6th and 7th and they have also affected the greens as well. I do believe we are now over the worst of it and the emphasis going forward is now on recovery. The fairways have all been over seeded with dwarf rye grass seed and with a little moisture and higher night time temperatures, you should soon see the seed start to germinate.

The greens have started to recover already but to encourage this we will need to punch holes (10mm) and top dress a little more frequently than usual for this time of year.  This coupled with a heavier feeding program, frequent rolling and a very slight rise in cutting height should ensure that the greens will soon be back to the high standard that we are used to.

I would like to say a big thank you to all of our Members for your support, patients and understanding regarding this matter.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you and good luck to my Deputy Course Manager Steve who will be leaving us at the end of May, He was a big part of the team during the renovations of the tees and will be greatly missed.

Paul Shepherd
Course Manager