“The course is brilliant, the fairways are undulating with a lot of variation hole to hole, a lot of elevation to navigate, sloping fairways, raised greens, bling tee shots etc. It really is a very fun course to play. One stand out feature of Whitley Bay has to be the greens, they were in excellent condition despite some recent downpours. The fairways are on the whole fairly forgiving, but tight OB, a winding ravine comes into play on many holes and with the course sitting so close to the coast you are often battling against the brisk winds coming in from the North Sea.” Read the full review by clicking on the link below:
Today the greens were hand cut at 5mm and looking great considering it is 2 days since we finished maintenance. All holes have been changed ready for the weekend.
Unfortunately, it has been decided to keep greens 6 through 9 out of play this weekend until Monday, in order to give these greens a prolonged rest to aid recovery. We hope everyone is understanding of this decision, it will definitely help improve the surface of said greens.
We have cut temporary greens for these 4 holes, naturally they are not great for putting on due to being on the fairways. This is just a short term issue until the greens are reinstated on Monday.
This drone image of our golf course taken earlier this week shows the massive impact the dry summer has had on our course. It would be fair to describe our course as being somewhat “parched” or “as dry as a bone” at the minute:
Compare this to a similar drone image of our course towards the end of summer last year, the difference is incredible:
The simple reason for this is rainfall or lack of it. This year, between the 1st June and the end of August we’ve only seen 142mm of rainfall vs. 249mm over the same period last year. (and through September to date we’ve hardly seen any significant rainfall and the forecast for the next week is clear as well!)
However, the dry and warm summer followed on from the exact opposite at the start of this year when between 1st January and the end of March we saw 243mm of rain this year vs. 144mm over the same period last year. At times our course, and the whole of North Tyneside, felt like it was was sinking:
We also witnessed freak weather conditions during April and May with 96mm of rain this year vs. 22mm of rain last year. With the added bonus of April’s average monthly minimum temperature reaching only 0.7 degrees vs. a seasonal average of 4.4 degrees. Oh, and not forgetting the snow on May 6th that cancelled the Seniors Open :
It’s been quite a year. Fingers and everything else crossed that the weather returns to some sense of normality (whatever normality is against a backdrop of climate change) for the remainder of this year and next.
Maintenance on greens is now complete and all greens (with exception of 6 through 9) are back in play.
As stated, we will leave greens 6 through 9 on temporary as long as possible to aid recovery.
Work has started and will continue for the rest of this week on tees, we are verti draining down to 6 inches, top dressing them then going over the top with 13mm tines down to 4.5 inches to work the dressing in, followed by a final brush.
Once again we thank everyone for their patience during this time.
We are working on a small video to showcase some of the work that has been carried out since Monday.