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GOLF


I just got sick of turning up at farmyards and unloading stuff to put on a public footpath, and they’re putting it back on the truck as fast as you could take it off


What’s in the shed


Toro Greensmaster 3400 Triflex x 2 Toro Groundsmaster 4300 Toro Reelmaster 5410 Toro Workman HDX Toro Multi Pro WM sprayer Toro ProPass 200 wireless topdresser Toro ProCore 648 John Deere Gator HPX EZ-GO ST400 electric buggy Woodbay 3900 greens iron Kubota L5040 tractor


John Deere 1550 tractor with loader Sisis Variseeder


Greentek Dyna-seeder units


Toro Irrigation system on the 17th green


doing it; the greens were brilliant?’. It’s trying to get that message across, that we are making what’s good even better. We do a monthly newsletter, and I have an article in that every month. I hold nothing back about what we are doing and why we are doing it. I have now said that I’m going to have a few evenings where I’m going to take the committee and members out on a course walk. I hope this will help them to understand visually why we do what we do, because I don’t think they appreciate the time and effort that goes into prepping the course each week.”


Dan tells me there were no historical records of fertiliser inputs, and he had no real clue about the kind of inputs the greens required when he first arrived at the club. “In my first year, we ended up putting about 150kg of nitrogen down. The year after I tried to drop it to 90-100kg and they were still screaming for more, it’s that old adage


of weaning a drug addict off their fix, so we were up at around 120kg. Then, last year, we managed to get it to around 90kg, and this we year are looking at around 75-80kg, so we have nearly halved the amount of nitrogen input. Alongside other products, such as seaweed, it has made a massive difference to the quality of the greens. In conjunction with the irrigation, the sward density has increased and now the species content of the greens is around 70-75% bent/fescue.”


The club has a full Toro cutting fleet, with some on an operator’s lease; the ProCore, Workman, Multi Pro and ProPass are all on a lease-purchase agreement. “I believe the club has just made its last payments on the purchase agreement this year, so we now own them, and the operator lease on the cutting machinery is all on a rolling replacement. We have a Triflex ready to go out this year and a new one coming in.


The Clubhouse


A mansion called ‘The Tower’ was built for the Molesworth family in 1835. It included a castellated tower and a private chapel as the family were devout Roman Catholics. The home was often rented to wealthy families when the Molesworth family were in their inland home. The Tower was eventually sold to the Treffry es- tate in 1906, and the club purchased the property freehold. The Tower is now used as the clubhouse.


The Royal Seal of Approval


Newquay Golf Club has also been graced with its fair share of Royal visits. Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Prince Albert (lat- er to become King George VI) spent many enjoyable golfing holidays at Newquay from 1911 onwards and were honorary life members of the club.


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PC August/September 2019





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