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Gary Ivory (left) with Martin Venner


This has been our first major project and we are now at the point where we have reshaped the fairway, turned it over, stone buried it, carried out 200 metres of drainage work, and we now just await a contractor to come in and overseed it


its presentation. It’s all about consistency and making improvements as we go along, with the budgets we have available to us. When the time is right, and when the money is rolling in, we will look at the next steps to help improve the course further.” When Martin first joined the club, he had a big challenge on his hands, which many people may have just walked away from. “The greens were in a poor state and had disease. Fairways were pitted, dry and suffering from the heatwave with hardly any grass cover.” Gary added: “Unfortunately, if no maintenance plan is being adhered to, things can go downhill quickly; there was no definition of cut and the tees hadn’t even been divoted. There was no attention to detail, lack of joined-up thinking all of which had hit our bottom-line money wise.” Martin now has a proper structure in place for the layout of the course and has worked closely with Martyn Parish from Maxwell Amenity Ltd, who has provided sound agronomic advice and a comprehensive


nutritional programme. Gary is more than happy with what they have achieved so far. “It’s been quite a difficult start with the weather conditions, alongside all the other things we have had to be put right, but we are getting there. The difference between the greens now, to what they were in the summer, is chalk and cheese - the grass looks healthy, they’re free from disease and they’re rolling nicely. Good greenkeeping practices and hard work from Martin, along with his passion and vision for things, has certainly changed the course.” Martin talks me through his current fertiliser regime for the greens. “Soil samples were taken from the greens by Martyn Parish and, once the results came back, a programme was put together which included: Turf Hardener 20L/Ha, Maxwell Bullet Phosphite 5L/Ha, Maxwell Bullet Chelated Iron 20L/Ha, fungicides: Medallion TL, Instrata Elite Turf Disease Control and ICL H2Pro DewSmart. Martyn has really hit the mark and helped us all the way through


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