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Rockliffe Golf Update

Rockliffe Hall's Golf Sales Executive and PGA Pro, Tom West, looks back on August.

While most of the country enjoyed a well-earned trip away during the summer holidays, we’ve been looking ahead to the winter months, preparing the course. At the start of August we did our second bi-annual maintenance week on the golf course.  

The main issue raised from feedback last winter was that the golf course seemed to struggle to cope with the rainfall, even though rainfall quantities were bang on average for the time of year. A thorough investigation took place into the 12+ miles of drainage throughout the golf course to try and find the problem. There are 7 bodies of water on the golf course (4 are lakes and 3 are wetland areas) designed to fill and empty as the water table adjusts. It was concluded that, over the previous 10 years since the course was built, along with the river bursting its banks a few times, silt had built up in the bottom of the wetland areas, meaning there was less area for water retention. 

As soon as this was discovered, a plan was put into action to dredge the bottom of the largest of our wetland areas running alongside the 17th hole. We dredged around 1.5m down, moving over 3500 tonnes of soil to allow the drainage water to fill the area as originally designed. The results speak for themselves - not only does the area now hold considerably more water, but it re-shapes the hole to one of the best looking on the golf course.

August 28th – 30th saw us play host to the England Golf County Boys Final. The competition sees 4 qualifying counties play a ‘round robin’ match over 3 days, with each day’s play having 2 matches. Each consisted of 3 games of 18 hole foursomes in the morning and 6 games of 18 hole singles in the afternoon. The 4 counties to go head to head were Cornwall, Kent, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire

With early starts and long days, the U18’s were a perfect representation of what the future of golf looks like, polite young men who hit the ball a mile with no fear! The golf was of a very high standard; and it was the retaining 2017 champions Yorkshire that came out on top after winning all 3 days, and a total points score of 19.5 points won – 7.5 points conceded.

Now that September is upon us, this only means one thing… RYDER CUP! For those fortunate enough to be going to Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris, they’ll be witnessing one of the most picturesque golf courses in France. The automatic top 8 players for team Europe have been announced (top 4 in European Tour points list and Top 4 in World ranking list). European Points list toppers are; Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood alongside World Points list toppers; Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjørn Olesen. With Thomas Bjorn recently naming his 4 wild card picks of Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and of course Mr Ryder Cup himself, Ian Poulter. The stage is set for a fantastic tournament against Jim Furyk’s 12. The biggest news coming out of Team USA is the selection of Tiger Woods in the team after 6 years out. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see Tiger back in action! September 26th 1993 is the last time team the USA won the Ryder Cup in Europe, let’s hope it stays that way! 

Until next time, keep golfing!