Fall Steam Ahead…..

20140707-_V2C6336AUTUMN LEAVES MAY be falling but the workload out on the course is certainly not dropping. The next couple of months will see the start of the autumn aeration work. The greens will be deep- tined to 14″ deep followed by regular deep slitting to loosen up the compaction caused by many feet and machinery in order to get as much air into the soil as possible. Continue reading

Sodden Nuisance


OF THE TOP 50 British traits talking about the weather invariably comes out at number one, pushing a general excellence at queuing, sarcasm and a love of bargains into minor positions in the league table.

So the last two months have given many of us a great deal to talk about. The average rainfall for East Sussex in December is 90mm or 3.5” although by the end of the month we had had double the usual amount with a full 7” falling. Continue reading

The Long And Short Of It

Belly putterOn one side of the green holding the short putter is Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient Club of St Andrews. Snarling at him from the other side of the greensward is PGA of America, President, Ted Bishop, who thinks the last thing needed is the banning of the long stick, which is precisely what the R&A have done starting January 1st. 2016.

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Play Away: Gourmet Golf on the Cote d’Opale

Ashdown members take you to their favourite golfing places:

Golf D' HardelotThe golf courses of the Nord pas de Calais region of France have been hugely popular with British visitors for over a century. And it has never been quicker or easier to get there.

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On the Green: Spring

Our course manager considers a perennial members’ complaint:

8th Old Course‘Why have our greens become so bumpy all of a sudden?’ It is the regular whinge from our man in the spike bar, and usually aired in Spring just as the golf season is getting underway. This year, with climatic conditions being such that the ground remained colder for far longer than usual, the question is still being asked even as we enter June.

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Pro Shop: Soft Shoe Shuffle

Shoes For Sale

Tim Cowley is currently stocking the Ecco shoe range made famous by Fred Couples with Footjoy Contour Casuals also available to order.

To some of us it barely seems five minutes ago that we were wearing metal studs on the soles of our golf shoes and those strange, fringed tongues on the tops of them.

Then came the soft spike revolution with weird and colourful spider-like shapes bursting onto our golfing footwear. And that was over 15 years ago.

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