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Course Maintenance

Each year fifty tons of sand is applied to the greens as a light dusting every three or four weeks. Heavier dressings are occasional. This speeds the greens. Thatch (clippings, moss, etc. on the green's surface) is controlled by strict application of fertiliser and water and by aeration and fortnightly verticutting. Leatherjackets (cranefly larvae) are treated to reduce fox and crow damage. The fairways have a selective weed killer applied and are fertilised and overseeded. The rough is cleared of clippings in spring and autumn to reduce its fertility and to thin out its sward. Uneven tees have been reconstructed and levelled. And the bunkers, polluted with stone and prone to water collection, are being systematically reshaped and drained.

Maintenance Programme for Greens 2015-Notes from the Acting Groundsí Manager. We will be looking to apply a monthly dressing of sand to the greens in the main growing season. This will also coincide with us spiking the greens. This process will be done from April/May through to September. Between the months of October and March we will only spike the greens, but if we have growth then we may possibly apply a light dressing of sand. I canít state when will do this each month as it depends on many factors: weather, staffing because of holidays, events across the Hill and fixtures. I do look at the fixtures list and programme of club events and try not to sand and spike the day before (at times we may have to). We also spray fertiliser once a month from April through to September and again I do factor in what I have mentioned above.

The Sports Turf Research Institute has recently conducted a benchmarking exercise under the aegis of Daniel Beckley, our grounds' manger, who always seeks further to improve the firmness, smoothness and speed of the greens and to make the course the best it can be.

Local Rules

Members must obey the local rules:

  1. Players coming to the tenth tee should drive off alternately with those waiting to begin their round.
  2. Out of bounds comprises outside boundary fences, over boundary hedges and ditches, outside white posts, Park Lake when playing the 8th hole, and the putting green within the fenced area.
  3. Yellow markers identify water hazards, i.e. Park Lake when playing the 9th hole.
  4. Red markers identify lateral water hazards.
  5. A ball that is plugged on the fairway may be lifted, cleaned and dropped not nearer the hole without penalty. A ball that is plugged on a putting green must be lifted and placed without penalty not nearer the hole.
  6. When Winter Rules are in force (normally November 1 to April 30), a ball lying on the fairway may, without penalty, be lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of where it lay, but not nearer the hole. A ball in the rough or semi-rough must be played as it lies.
  7. If a ball comes to rest so that a staked or wired tree interferes with a player's stance or intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief (not nearer the hole).
  8. All paths, within bounds, are integral parts of the course.
  9. Wooden edges of pathways and fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions; relief may be obtained under Rule 24-2.
  10. Stones in bunkers may be removed under Rule 24-1 (movable obstructions).

New Trees Enhance the Course

Contractors have planted twenty-seven new trees, the result of a tree planting appeal and the thrust of the Club's thirtieth anniversary celebrations. Acting on the advice of the course architect, Donald Steel, and the experts on the School's Tree Committee, the Club launched an appeal in '09 to allow further enhancements to an already beautiful course.

Thanks to the generosity of our members and Old Harrovians, as well as our friends from the Angling Club, the Club raised £10,000 and were able to implement many proposals. The elegance of the thirteen limes and oaks between the third tee and the lake will surely encourage more mature play from the tee on the par four eighth. A graceful line of oaks further divides the third and eighth fairways, and two more mature oaks have joined the Sumner tree on the lakeside, replacing the Wilkinson cherry trees. The security screen of two limes now benefits the seventh tee, and two proud poplars splendidly frame the drive up the seventh. The contractors chanced to have three spare trees on the lorry, and these now grace the area between the seventh fairway and the fourth green.

On June 27, 2010, the School Chaplain Father James Power conducted a thanksgiving ceremony near the new mature oaks on the lakeside.

Golf Information Line

Notification of course restrictions, including trolley bans and course closures, is updated when there are changes,and is available from about 7.45 a.m. via the telephone service on (020) 8422 5174.

Tee Reservations

Weekly tee reservations are in place on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The ladies reserve the tee on Wednesdays; the gentlemen on Thursdays.

Ladies' Tee Reservations
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April 1 to October 31Wed09:30-10:30
November 1 to March 31Wed10:00-11:00
Gentlemen's Tee Reservations
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The first Thursday of each month is a medal; the second, a stableford. The other Thursdays are cups and fun competitions.
May 1 to October 31Thurs10:00-11:00
November 1 to April 30Thurs10:00-11:00

Scorecard

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Etiquette

Members must adhere to strict etiquette:

First Aid

If an accident should occur on the course, help can be summoned at the Sports Centre (tel. 020 8872 8106). The Reception has a first aid box.