Castletown Golf Club

Member update - On course works leading into the playing season

Please note the following with respect to our on course works timeline leading up to our 1st qualifying season weekend of the year on Saturday 13th April:

Bunker renovations -

Now complete for the winter with the last 5 conversions, surrounding 14th,15th, and 16th greens being turfed in the coming days. Where required all new bunker surrounds will be top dressed to support the most effective grow in, all bunker bases will be finished and sand added with a view to opening for the Captain’s Drive-In.

Tees, Greens, & Surrounds pre-season prep -

All of the finest cut playing surfaces will receive a further pre-season treatment to maximise opportunity for thatch control and to support soil and grass health improvement. This will include over-seeding and top dressing. Primary tees will re-open for the weekend of 13th April, mats on par 3 tees will be removed at the same time.

Smelt Building -

Many of you may have seen that the historic Smelt building has been given something of a new lease of life in the past week as the overgrown inside has been controlled and the ivy has been removed from the outside. The two verges on the road side will be seeded in spring to assist in framing the monument. We are working with Manx National Heritage to try and uncover some more of its historical significance. 

New sandscape on 10th hole -

The right hand side of the 10th hole has seen the European gorse and bramble removed and this area of the dune restored to a more natural state. Shortly we’ll be working with DEFA to harvest marram grass to be transplanted onto the site. This work has massively opened up the views over Castletown Bay and allowed increased airflow onto the green approach and fairway. The sandscape is also recognised as having greater ecological value and we believe will add great beauty to the hole once the marram takes.

18th Hole Update -

Turf conditions along the full length of the new 18th hole are showing strong resilience this winter and the drainage works completed in autumn have certainly helped. The new teeing ground behind the 17th green has been basically doubled in size and will be receiving new turf shortly, this will be a white tee location. All of the protective fencing will also be removed from the berms. One of the beneifts of the new hole design is having the option to use both our pre-exisitng sets of tees, and the new set of tees providing an excellent variable challenge. Whilst it’s not possible to set an opening date for the hole at this point, Andy and team will begin refining the playing surface of the green and surround shortly. We are excited and hope to see a positive reaction from the turf as we begin to progressively cut tighter. 

Member Divoting Evening -

We were extremely grateful to those members who came out to assist with a divoting evening last autumn and would like to set a date for a further one of these soon. Watch this space for announcement on that and thank you for your patience as improvement works take place. We hope all members are as excited as we are to see the fruits of the teams efforts develop this summer and thank Andy, Colin, and team for their highly dedicated approach throughout the winter period.

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