Out with the Old in with the New
As mentioned in the previous post we have been building a mound behind 17 and also planting some trees to the left of 7 green. Its taken a couple of weeks to complete but the weather was kind to us, allowing us to get the job completed not only faster but also without making to much mess which is always a bonus. The mounding behind 17 green had an immediate impact on the visual of the approach to the green which is now framed really well. We used a mixture of small hand dug gorse and larger plants(3-4 feet) transplanted with the digger to ensure the right look as well as the smaller plants probably having a better chance of establishing quicker.
We also removed a rather large tree on 17 this week. It was dead and as a result dangerous due to dropping branches every time it was windy. It only took a day to take down and clear up so now we need to get a stump grinder to remove the root. Digging out the root is not an option as we don’t want to damage the large pine tree next to it which now greatly improves the look of the hole making it more of a feature.
Our gardener Stephen has also been doing some good work tidying up the heather bed at the main entrance which was becoming overgrown with creeping buttercup. With them all removed he has dressed the area with stone and the appearance is much better.
This week we also got the good news that The Duke’s has moved up the rankings on top100courses.co.uk. Up from 36 to 27 in Scotland http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/story.asp?id=377 and also in at number 96 in the UK http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/story.asp?id=379
Great news! We’re all delighted.