Head Green Keepers Report December 2017

Current Cutting Heights

Greens                4.7mm

Tees/Collars     10mm

Fairways            20mm

Semi Rough     30mm

Rough                 50mm

Course Maintenance

Weekends rainfall

Cutting has been limited more recently after some prolonged and heavy rainfall. Over the evening of Saturday 9th December some 28mm of rain occurred leaving the course unplayable on the following morning.







Slitting greens 

Slit tine aeration is being undertaken on a monthly basis to help with root development and to keep the greens root zones draining. Light liquid feeding is taking place when conditions are conducive to spraying. This is a combination of iron, potassium and a very negligible amount of nitrogen. This helps stave off disease and control cast worms.









Worm control is an issue under hot debate within the green keeping industry. Our last tried and tested method of control, carbendazim has been removed from use and now we face a challenge of a new magnitude in an effort to suppress casting. Worm casts make mowing difficult and are smeared by the cutters rollers in addition to golfers, trolleys etc. thus impeding drainage. Weed seeds are brought to the surface and weed establishment (especially daises) is encouraged by the fertility of the soil. Sand dressing and ph control are the two actions to improve turf playability followed by selective weed control when strong growth recommences.


Sand (Newton Abbot) is still to be installed into the bunkers on holes 2 and 14. We are hopeful of getting these completed prior to the Christmas period.

Practice Ground Mat

The installation of an 8x4m practice mat on the top tier of the practice tee is underway and we are planning completion by this coming weekend. A short time of settlement will be required before it is brought into use (possibly 2 weeks)

This facility will allow resting of the lower grass tee and an opportunity to improve its condition.

Practice tee installation










Other Items of Interest

The hollow located within the 16th green has now been levelled. We will be monitoring this over the coming season to see if any further settlement should occur.

Down time is being used to construct and paint new fixed marker points to replace existing ones that have lost their colour.

The new top dresser and trailer have now been delivered. Both will be invaluable additions over the coming months.






16th Green                                              New Markers                                             Top Dresser

Captains Newsletter (2) December 2017

This month’s newsletter unfortunately starts off with some sad news. Dina Vague, a member of Tehidy Park since 1977 sadly passed away on Tuesday 5th December after a short illness. Dina enjoyed Tehidy Park Golf Club and played golf regularly representing the Club in many County events over the years. Our thoughts go to Dina’s family and friends and all the members at TPGC who enjoyed her company and friendship over the years. Details for Dina’s funeral are to be found on the main notice board.

After a busy few weeks with Team golf we enter the New Year with both the Frank Wills and Presidents Trophy Teams making it through to the quarter & semi-finals respectively, but only by the narrowest of margins! The Frank Wills team played at Perranporth GC against Falmouth GC and were pushed all the way. With the match finely balanced it would take an extra hole win by the top pairing of Chris Hoyle & Nigel James to decide the result and a final match score of 3½ – 1½. The Frank Wills Team now face West Cornwall on Sunday 21st January (At Perranporth / Not a boxing ring!)

The TPGC President’s Trophy Team travelled to West Cornwall (everyone’s talking about West Cornwall!) to play ‘Captain Wilf’s’ Mullion side. Once again this match turned out to be an epic encounter with both sides looking very good at one stage and then very bad the next! In a similar way to the Frank Wills match, the fixture was to be decided by extra holes and when TPGC’s nominated player, Andrew Clotworthy made a solid par three at the first play-off hole that was just enough to squeeze past a determined Mullion team. This result secures a semi-final spot against Looe GC on the 25th February, 2018 (Venue TBC). Very well played to all and let’s keep the winning run going next year.

Unfortunately our hopes of defending the CTC shield were dashed by a strong team from Trevose Golf Club. The match took place at Newquay GC on the 26th November and was extremely tight right up to the end, but we were unable to get over the winning line eventually losing 7¼ – 5½. We wish Trevose GC all the best in their semi-final when they will take on……you guessed it……West Cornwall GC!

In late November a number of members kindly offered their services to help Kath and her team put up the Christmas decorations throughout the clubhouse. Tehidy Park GC (Kathy) certainly does not do ‘minimal’ and after a long day there was an abundance of lights and Christmas trees on show, and it has to be said all their hard work paid off with the clubhouse looking extremely festive – thank you to Kathy and her team plus everyone who helped transform the clubhouse.

Moving on to some club event news and once again the Turkey Trot competitions were very well supported and thankfully played in dry weather! The course has been subject to some very heavy traffic over the past few weeks with regular golfers as well as the start of the Winter League, and I therefore would like to pay my utmost thanks to all the green staff who have been working so hard keeping the course in excellent order, especially during these winter months.

Early in the New Year I hope to organise a ‘look after your course night’ to help repair pitch marks, replace divots and rake bunkers; details will be posted in advance but in the meantime it would be enormously helpful if we can ensure that divots are replaced, pitch marks repaired and bunkers raked even if they were made by other golfers! Anything we can do now to help improve playing conditions will certainly prove beneficial for us all in 2018 and let’s face it, it only takes a few moments to do, so please look after your course and help make TPGC the envy of all other golf clubs around.

The Tehidy Tigers held their Christmas Cracker Competition last weekend and it was a great success. Juniors of various ages played either 5, 9 or 13 holes, which was followed by a Christmas Lunch. Thanks must go to Jonathan (Head Professional) for his efforts in getting around to the local schools to encourage youngsters into golf, and also both Jonathan and the Club as a whole are indebted to Alan & Darryl Butt and Mark Wallwork who give freely of their time to help with the Junior Section……thank you gents, and also thank you to Cheryl Butt for organising the Christmas Cracker prizes……’cracking’ teamwork!

The Volunteer Group held their annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday and we can safely say that the bar takings on that day were above average! Once again huge thanks to Graham, David, Mark, Tricky, Selwyn & Ken for all your hard work on and off the golf course.

The Quiz nights have once again proven to be extremely popular and thanks go to all those ‘Quiz Masters’ who spend so much time researching and compiling questions for these events and well done to all the members who support and enjoy exercising their brains every Thursday night!

In November we held a new entertainment evening featuring the band ‘FlashBack’ who proved to be extremely popular and had the clubhouse rocking from the first track! Thanks to Kathy and her fine team for putting on such a great evening with the food and drink and we are very much hoping to continue these Friday night ‘Band Sessions’ in 2018. (I’m trying to think of a good name for these nights… any suggestions welcome?!)

Following on from this night I have now booked another band for February 23rd called ‘BOO BOO’. Details will be posted very soon and I do hope you can join me and my wife Claire for another fun night at the club. For a taste of ‘BOO BOO’ please type the following address into your web browser……


The committee continue to work hard with several of the members recently attending a meeting with Paul Cloke, who is the Regional Manager for England Golf. Paul along with Brad Bodinnar (Cornwall Support Officer) gave a presentation on Governance and how clubs might look to adopt changes to their management structure, which is something that Tehidy Park GC has been considering over the past few months. The meeting was very insightful and provided lots of ideas and advice which we will use for creating a future proposal for the membership. More detailed information will follow on this in 2018 but please note that no changes can be made without the membership’s approval.

It would be remiss of me to not take this opportunity to wish Ian Veale the very best of luck for the next two years during his role as Captain of the Cornwall Golf Union. Ian took over the Captaincy from David Kneebone on Thursday 23rd November.

Congratulations Ian, I know that Cornwall Golf has played a major part in your life and that you are very proud and honoured to be Captain for 2018/19 – As a Club, we are very proud of you and will support you during your time at the helm and of course wish both you, and the Men’s Cornwall Golf team much success over the next two years.

The Tehidy Senior Section (TPEGS) are now under the leadership of their new Captain for 2018, Keith Oliver, who is ably assisted by his Vice, Roger Paul. Good luck to you both over the next 12 months. Incidentally I enjoyed playing golf with these ‘bandits’ (I mean fine Gentlemen) earlier in December and their handicaps, which on paper indicate a 16 are very much now under scrutiny!! On a serious note I do look forward to playing more golf with the Senior’s over the coming months and wish them a most successful 2018 golfing season.

A quick advertisement for my Christmas golf event……“Simmo’s

Christmas Cracker” is on Saturday 30th December, and although entries are now full there will be a fun charity auction from around 4.30 p.m. which will hopefully raise a few quid for the Captain’s Joint Charities, Penhaligon’s Friends and The Tehidy Park Junior Development Fund, so please do come down and support if you are able.

The Christmas Draw will take place on Friday 15th December with a first prize of £200, plus the Lanner Village Band will be knocking out a few festive tunes – please come along and support and hopefully pick up a prize or two!

On Christmas Day the bar will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Chris ‘the Head Elf’ Hoyle and his merry band of staff on hand to offer a warm welcome, so if you need an hour away from basting the turkey or peeling potato’s then pop down for some Christmas Cheer!

To ‘wrap up’ HO! HO! HO!……I would like to wish every single

member of TPGC along with all the staff at this special Golf Club a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Have a great festive holiday period and I look forward to seeing you at the club very soon.

Merry Christmas!

Peter, Claire Olivia & Sophia

Club Captain 2018 (+ Understanding Wife & little Simmo’s)





Dates for your diary

2017… Social

Friday 15th December – Christmas Draw & Carol Night (Choir)

Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve Luncheon

Monday 25th December – Bar will be open from 11-1p.m.

Sunday 31st December – New Years Eve Dinner & Dance (Rickety Bones Band)


Saturday 16th December – Pro’s Christmas Stableford

Sunday 17th December – Christmas Mixed 4’s

Saturday 23rd December – Winter League

Saturday 30th December – Simmo’s Christmas Cracker (4bbb)

2018… Social

1st January 2018 – New Years Day Cold Buffet

27th January – Burns Night featuring Scott’s Piper