• Harewood Downs Golf Club
  • Harewood Downs Golf Club
  • Harewood Downs Golf Club
Course open. Buggies are not permitted.
The decision to replace all the greens over time and completed in 2010, has certainly paid off this winter. It is a well known fact that it was the wettest on record yet Harewood Downs remained open for members and visitors throughout. The sand based greens drained wonderfully well and the tedious job of slitting the fairways meant that the water was able to get into the ground leaving a good firm surface. The amount of water however was too much for many of our bunkers but the refurbishment of the bunker on the 17th showed what can be done given the resources.

2013 was a testing year for our Course Manager and his team but following the advice of our agronomist, Charles Henderson, meant that there was steady improvement. The mildness of the winter has meant that the grass kept growing with mowing a necessity on a regular basis. This has certainly helped the coverage issues. The Agronomist returned for his Spring visit at the end of February and was impressed with what he found. This is what he said in his summing up:-

“Harewood has presented some difficult maintenance challenges during the last 18 months. The variation in playing quality, turf density and species composition has made the management of the greens unconventional.
To deal with this situation, bespoke programmes have been developed for each type of green, in order to address their specific limitations. This process has been very successful, the greens staff’s commitment to these programmes (including the additional labour), has been exceptional and the club should be very happy with improvement in the greens.”

It is recognised that there is still work to be done but 2014 will undoubtedly see the best greens we have had for some considerable time.

The course isn’t just about the greens and having reduced our Greens headcount in anticipation of a harsher winter, some of the general maintenance and project work has had to be put on hold. However we will be installing steps to the 11th tee and at the end of the season will be doing plenty of work on the paths.

Planning permission has been granted to build a covered practice facility and this work is anticipated to be carried out during the season. This will give the Professionals the ability to teach and provide members the opportunity to practice in all weathers. We also have plans to create a new chipping area between the 2nd and 9th fairways which will also enhance our practice facilities.

None of this can be achieved without the necessary investment and can’t all be done overnight so a short, medium and long term

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