Unless you’re a fair weather golfer, chances are you’ll be hitting the golf course this month in an effort to remove some of the extra pounds gained at Christmas.
January and February are traditionally rainy months in the UK but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy a round of golf – unless your local club is closed.
The British weather is so temperamental that you’re probably just as likely to get caught out in a shower in July as you are in the peak of winter.
With that mind, there’s no reason to abandon your favourite hobby over the next couple of months, providing you choose your course carefully.
What kind of issues can you expect to confront while playing golf during or shortly after heavy rain?
One of the main problems of playing golf on a wet course is traction when you swing. Golfers might find their golf shows slipping where water has accumulated. To avoid traction issues, it is best to slow down your swing so that you can keep your body stable and in control as much as possible.
If the course you are playing at has implemented winter golf rules for play, you will be entitled to remove your ball, clean it, before repositioning it close to the point of entry.
Some golfing greens are so adversely affected by heavy rain, that they make playing a round of golf virtually impossible. Usually, such conditions will force the club to close the facility until the ground has had time to recover.
Here at Warley Park, we’ve been able to increase the number of days we remain open throughout the year thanks to considerable investment in our maintenance programme.
As one of Essex’s premier golf clubs, we need to ensure that our members can play good quality golf throughout the year, and that includes the very rainy months (summer or winter).
Some golf courses can close up to 60 days a year due to heavy rain and its impact on fairways and putting surfaces. Warley Park, on the other hand, lost just seven days last winter, despite it being one of the wettest on record.
The club’s maintenance regime is intense. The course is sprayed with environmentally-friendly worm deterrent chemicals every year at a substantial cost. This reduces surface mud which is responsible for mud soaked fairways, inadequate drainage and can inhibit the follow season’s grass growth.
Rather than kill the worms, the chemicals are a mild irritant which stops them casting so often.
Warley Park’s varied landscape provides a natural means of drainage as the course is divided by a number of natural streams.
As a further protective measure, the club has a rule that all trolleys must have hedgehog-style wheels to limit mud smudge. This also helps to ventilate the turf and means golfers can use trolleys throughout the year.
And to expand drainage capacity, the entire course is verti-drained every autumn using a specialist machine which punches thousands of small deep holes into the turf.
Whether you’re a serious golfer or an occasional player, nobody likes their game to be compromised by a waterlogged course. Quality fairways increase enjoyment as well as performance and this is something we pride ourselves on achieving.
We hope you found our article on ‘How does rain affect golf?’ useful and informative. If you would like to contact us, please do so by calling 01277 224891.