Substantial progress is made with taking the 9 Hole course layout to a more refined stage.
Members and greens staff quickly recognised the need for alternate and separate tees when 18 Holes are played.
Ideas emerged and were consolidated by the Bob McCowan and Brian Brown who, along with Mike Fraser and Rob Smith, presented the possibility list to our Captains on 11 April.
The Captains were asked to respond to the ideas by 24 April.
The availability of resources and good weather allowed preliminary work to commence on 14 April.
The Captains consulted with the Pro, Barry Horton, and members on alternate tee placement and received a comprehensive written statement from Nigel Luxton (thank you again Nigel). Nigel’s comments along with those of Ken Mount and Men’s Captain Mike were discussed at length after the Men’s Saturday Easter presentation. Vets Captain, Wayne Howlett worked with the Vets on their ideas.
Ladies Captain, Olga Little worked with Ladies Representative, Myra Biggar and the Ladies Sub Committee to gain ideas. Olga consulted with Bob McCowan on options.
On 17 April, the Captains with assistance from the Pro reviewed the preliminary tee works and commenced finalising their reply for course / tee improvement to the Board.
Rob Smith, TTSC GM made time on 17 April when he was clearly busy with finalising Easter arrangements across the TTSC Clubs to help with questions of scope for the Captains reply.
Comments on alternate tee locations by Captains were provided to the Board Chairman late on the night of 21 April, Easter Monday.
By today, 23 April, work is well advanced on all the Captains recommendations and progress is being made on small refinements to the preliminary works to meet competition requirements.
A summary of the Captains recommendations on 21 April and the updated position are included in the following table.
The Captains have put many hours into deliberation and recommendations for the next stage of course improvement along with members that I have mentioned and the signification number of other members not named who have discussed ideas and hit balls from proposed tees and fairways to understand what works and what does not. Thank you.
Importantly, also thank you to Bob McCowan and the greens team for their tireless effort. Bob has taken the reins, driving and participating in the course works including providing time with the Captains to turn ideas into competition practicalities. The refinement is continuing and no doubt will, with a tree needing to come out here or there even after the first play commences from the new tees.
Members could usefully see what is being achieved with the alternate tees and other course improvements as a good example of iteratively achieving a result in a highly collaboration way that includes the Board Chair, a Director, GM, Operations Property Manager, the Golf Pro and our Captains plus their Sub Committees along with other interested members, all working together.
How else could ‘getting it right’ work?
||Alternate Tee Location
||Initial Captains Comment
||Tee near the water fountain
||Not preferred over the current Blue / White tee combination for handicap events
||Initial use in Ambrose and other non-handicap team events
||To right of existing Tee
||Supported – Considered to be a significant challenge on Monthly Medal Day
||Additional tree removal makes tee useful for all play
||Tee on old 12th Hole fairway
||No tee and landing area combination could be identified to convert the Hole to Par 4
||Landing area restructure will allow Hole 3 to be a Par 4
||Ladies Tee right side forward of tee
||No alternative identified for Men
||New Ladies tee commenced
||Ladies Tee below 4th Green
||No alternative identified for Men, Ladies seeking alternate Tee at base of 4th Green adjacent to existing tee
||New Ladies tee commenced; Question of use by Men remains with Men’s Captain
||To left of Tee, towards practice area
||Not supported due to safety of players on 5th Hole and due to restricted landing zone
||Additional tree removal changes landing zone and makes tee useful for all play
||Men’s Tee using old 8th Tee Block
||Provides totally alternate Hole hitting to old 11th green
||New tee being implement for Ladies
|Ladies new Tee Block forward and immediately in front of water
||Using old 13th Tee Block
||Introduces good dog leg alternate hole
||Preparation well advanced
||Using old 18th Tee Block
||Introduces good dog leg alternate hole – Ladies will need new drain crossing onto 9th Fairway in front of their tee area
||Old 18th green re-opened and provides Par 5 possibility for Men due to difficulty of approach shot after drive