GOOD news for Meltham Golf Club members and visitors!
The putting greens, which suffered severe damage eight months ago when wrong treatment was used, poisoning the grasses, will be back in play tomorrow, the club’s Invitation Day.
David Perrin, Meltham’s greens chairman, said: “Our new course manager Roger Heeley, who has moved up from deputy, and his new deputy Jonathan Leach, who has come from Queensbury where he was head greenkeeper, have done a fantastic job over the close season and we are back in business.”
He said the loss of the greens – it is considered they were poisoned last September though there was no evidence of that – had cost the club a substantial amount: the outlay for the work on their recovery plus lost revenue from cancellations by visiting parties, including the loss of a district winter alliance event.
“The greens are by no means perfect. I think it will be quite a while before they are, but they are playable, even if probably a bit bumpy,” added Perrin.
“Hopefully, visiting parties will be returning now that we are back in business.”
Chris Mear, Meltham’s golf and handicap committee chairman, said: “Although the greens will be slow, that they are back in use is good news for our members and will kick off our centenary golfing season.
“We are going to get to play some serious golf now.”
Since the greens were made unplayable, members have had to put up with winter greens and Mear said: “We have obviously had to rearrange our fixture list around the inconvenience of not having any greens.
“Our members have to be thanked for their patience and understanding in what has been a very traumatic time for all. Now it’s fingers crossed that we have turned the corner.”