Sunrise over the 1st Green at Thorpeness Golf Course Suffolk

Ian's July update

We are in one of the longest period of drought that I can remember, the course irrigation system is working hard to keep everything ticking over. We just need to keep the grasses alive until the rain returns, usually just as the kids finish for the school holidays. The Fairways are hard and the greens are true and slick. The greenkeeping team are working hard to maintain the best quality of play that they can. The ball is running a long way, so come and match your skills and enjoy a round at Thorpeness.

Flora & Fauna

A few weeks I met an ornithologist walking around the pond at the 7th, I asked him what he was doing and he told me that he was carrying out a survey on behalf of EDF on the bird species that are found in the area. I asked him if he had seen the Kingfisher around the pond, at this remark he became slightly agitated as though I had made the story up. I then asked him if he wanted to see the nest site and promptly took him on the buggy and showed him. I was explaining what we had done on the course to encourage the local flora and fauna when high above our heads we heard a disturbance, there was a Crow and a hen Marsh Harrier having a dogfight. The Harrier twisted and turned and easily outmanoeuvred the Crow, but it was a wonderful site to see. Other news we have 4 breeding pairs of Nightingales, up to last week there were 3 pairs of turtle doves nesting in Suffolk we now have the 4th pair nesting by the 15th green. Ray is carrying out regular checks on our insect population and we have had various sightings of Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and other raptors.

Pro shop shopping

Finally, Christine, Dan, Nick and Molly have some fantastic new summer clothing in the pro shop so pop in and get yourself something new to wear and if the golf is still a little bit rusty after the prolonged cold weather book a lesson from Christine or Dan, they can sort you out. Enjoy your golf, if not enjoy the countryside as walk the course and keep watching there is a lot going on out there.

Ian

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