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Baneåpning og spillerett 2018

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Hei!

Baneåpning lørdag 26.05 kl 12:00, med dugnad fra 10:00-12:00.

Det er nå klart for bestilling av årskort på Hvam GK sine hjemmesider, hvamgolfklubb.no/spillerett/

Vi har klart å holde prisen på samme nivå som i fjor, kr. 2.500,00 for våre medlemmer, samt -50% for nye medlemmer, studenter og vtg-kurs deltakere. Vi kjører nå en åpningskampanje der alle som kjøper årskort før 15.6. får med seg et gratiskort på ballautomaten til en verdi på kr. 600,00. Rangekortene vil være klare i løpet av juni.

Bestill årskort på hjemmesiden vår – Vi aktiverer din spillerett i Golfbox ved mottatt innbetaling og du vil kunne spille fritt. Du vil få oblat i klubbhuset  i løpet av ikke alt for lang tid.

Ekstraordinært Årsmøte avholdes på Hvam Klubbhus  torsdag 14. juni kl. 17.00.

Saksdokumenter vil bli lagt ut på våre hjemmesider ca en uke før.  Etter møtet vil det være torsdagsturnering.

Helsegolf =   ALLE som spiller en runde får nå muligheten til å vinne fine premier. Legg scorekortet i postkasse ved klubbhuset, og vi trekker en premie blant alle scorekort som er innlevert hver måned. Det vil si:  jo flere scorekort du har – jo større sjanse for premie.

 

Med vennlig hilsen

Styret i Hvam Golfklubb

opening

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Hello

I appreciate the need to open the course very soon. So we will plan to open this weekend.

My plan will be to have a dugnad to help with putting out all course equipment, raking bunkers and a general tidy up. And then we can have a dugnad tournament. More information will come about this tomorrow on the website or facebook page.

Course condition – new grass is establishing on the greens but it is very patchy, therefore we have seeded one more time last week and topdressed again on monday. The greens need constant water if the seed is to germinate and ensure survival of the new seedlings. Unfortunately this means the watering system is going full time, this has added to an already big problem from last year with extremely wet surrounds and foregreens.

The putting green has not responded to any work we have done to it and will remain closed until further notice!

I have focused all energy into the greens for now and plan to renovate and seed  other areas on the course as soon as possible.

Green surrounds/foregreens  – There is an excessive build up of thatch/filt layer on all the  green surrounds and foregreens causing waterlogging , drainage issues and poor grass growth. The Thatch/ Filt is holding into the water, rotting the grass and stopping root development and drainage. As soon as possible we will aggressively aerate and renovate these areas.

Fairways  – have suffered massive amounts of winter kill and desperately need water. I have not been able to renovate and seed fairways yet until we know we will get some rain otherwise the seed will just die.

Tees  –  Its the same as fairways unfortunately, as soon as weather allows we will overseed and renovate as much as we can. Also some tees need a complete reconstruction (9th)

We continue to have wet spots and drainage issues on different parts of the course.(particularly 9th hole) we started some drainage projects last year on hole 8 and will continue with them  as soon as i can make time to finish them. Most of the water issues in front of the greens are a Thatch/filt problem and will be rectified as explained above .

I will present and prepare the course as best i can for the moment, i dont like opening a course with all these jobs and projects to finish, but unfortunately this is how it is. I appreciate your understanding and patience at this time and You can be sure that i will deal with all these issues as soon as possible!

 

 

 

course opening status

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Hello Members
I know you are all expecting to open very soon and we are trying our best to produce some grass for you to play on.
the damage sustained on the greens this winter has been excessive and i thank you for your patience while we try our hardest to get the greens established enough to handle play.
The pictures below show that the seed is coming through and i hope it wont be long before we can open the greens.

it takes longer than you think to establish grass strong enough to play golf on and although the weather has been fantastic it has also created real problems just to keep the new seedlings alive!
The watering system is going constantly and i hope for great results in the next week or so.
we will cut and present the course next week as best we can in preperation for a Potential opening next weekend!
I will give another update in the middle of next week to confirm a date that we can open.

Golf Course status and update

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Hello Members

I apoligise for not releasing any information about the course until now. I had planned to write something for a few weeks now but its been a very busy and hectic april on the golf course. I also wanted to wait until i knew a bit more about the conditions we are dealing with.

Firstly a little bit about myself – My name is Gavin Matthews i am 46 years old and have been working within the golf course industry for 28 years, 22 of those as a greenkeeper and 6 as a Golf course consultant ans salesman. I worked at losby golf klubb when i first came to Norway before becoming head greenkeeper at Grini Gk in Baerum for 10 years. In 2011 i worked as a salesman selling fertiliser and providing golf course consultancy  travelling around the country  visiting many golf courses.

I am so happy to have this opportunity to maintain and take care of this beautifully designed golf course in fantastic surroundings. It really is probably the most picturesque 9 hole golf course in the country and has great potential. Greenkeeping and golf is my passion and i cant wait to have a full season back in the game again.

Course condition

Unfortunatley this winter has been extremely hard, probably the heaviest winter for over 20 years. Combine that with a new build golf course and that has caused some major problems. Newly constructed golf courses take time to settle after major earth movements, usually 3 to 5 years and many areas on the greens and surrounds have settled and moved by as much as 15 to 20 cm. This has resulted in some major challenges for us when the melting period started. Removing water is the most important task we could do at this time and on some areas of the greens  that has been almost impossible as the pictures i have attached will show. Considering the severity of some of these issues combined with the relatively late melting period and quantity of snow we have had, this will result in a late start to this season.

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As a rough estimate we have lost 30% of the grass on the greens and that poses major challenges when trying to repair these areas that are blended with healthy areas of greens.

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The weather has to be on our side and we need to allow the new seed to germinate and mature before we walk on it, cut it and most importantly play on it! The new grass that comes through needs to be strong and mature enough to handle play and the  maintainance that is required when producing a putting surface. If we play on it too soon it will suffer tremendously and could just die away leaving us with large areas of greens with little grass that will soon be infested with Tunrapp! Which we dont want. We need the weather on our side and a little patience and i will do everythinmg in my power to have greens to play on as soon as possible.

Work that has been done –

We have verticutted, seeded, spiked, topdressed, sprayed and covered the greens.

Verticutting is to cut channels in the dead turf so we can drop the seed into the grooves ( seed needs soil contact) see video on link

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Top dress with sand to cover over the seed and help to keep the grooves open allowing new seedlings to establish through the surface.

Spraying a dark green colour will help to maximise the usage of the sunlight and increase the surface temperature of the greens aiding in faster germination and growth.

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Covering the greens helps to protect from cold nights and keep the temperature up as high as possible to aid faster establishment.

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Now we have to wait and be patient, new growth takes time to establish and this process cant be rushed.We rely on the weather so lets hope for a few good weeks of it.  Unfortunately at the moment i cant see the greens being ready for play before 17th may. I will keep you informed  of the condition as the weeks go by, but for now thanks for your patience!

Gavin

 

 

 



Driving range åpen

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Hei.

En gledelig nyhet til deg som ønsker å trene svingen i påsken. Vi har fylt ballmaskinen med golfballer, og vi holder åpent til ballmaskinen er tom. Etter dette vil vi åpne rangen ved første mulighet for selvplukk.

God påske til alle golfere der ute!