The main focus of the 2018-19 Winter work has been on hole 10. The hole has received a real facelift.
One of the key objectives of this project was to give a number of alternative teeing options to the green staff to spread the wear on this narrow tee and improve light and airflow to the area to maintain consistent growth. The left side of the tee was widened and built up to raise it to match the present levels, to enable this area to be used 3 trees were removed and then stump ground to remove any reminiscence. this has allowed for the re-alignment of the path.
The Ladies tee has also been stripped of turf, levelled and had new turf applied as well as a smaller step onto the tee thanks to the new path.
Although there is always a premium on favouring the right half of this fairway from the tee there were times where players were being unfairly punished, a good tee shot of 230 yards onto the left half of the fairway left you completely unsighted for your 165 yard approach. Therefore the offending tree has had a haircut, this now enables a fairer, clearer view of the green enabling players to see the potential hazards left of the green. This pollarding of the tree will actually promote a dense head to the tree and extend the life and strength of the species.
The bunkers on hole 10 were one of the final examples on the course that contained a liner. The bunkers were excavated, the liners and thousand of metal pins removed. The bases of the bunkers were re-shaped, a drainage sump dug and gravel installed. The rivett wall cut followed by the laying of upsidedown turf bunker base. The walls were carefully built to create the depth and style of the hazards. The surrounds of all the bunkers were re-scuplted and an improved root zone applied before the mass turfing started. Due to the good weather the team completed this early which enabled the turf a little growing time and it has bedded in very well. The path leading to the 11th tee was in a poor state of repair and would often wash out during heavy downpours. The path was excavated, new edging installed, type 1 laid and wacker plated down to provide a firm base for the installation of the grid system. This now provide a solid, well draining pathway for all to use when making their way to the green complex.
Due to the unique soil structure we have at Orsett keeping this area well irrigated has often provided a challenge, therefore in conjunction with our major irrigation upgrade, the hole will have a number of surround sprinklers installed to ensure even and consistent growth and playing surface throughout the year.
We hope you like the upgrades and improvements already made and we look forward to welcoming you to Orsett Golf Club.