Monday, 25 March 2019

Signs of Spring

There are a few signs that spring is on its way around the course.  The first chiffchaffs have just started singing, some of the early wild flowers are in bloom and adders and grass snakes are beginning to be seen.

Common Whitlow Grass (The flowers are tiny - only 2.5mm across)

Adder basking in the sunshine

Female Stonechat


Golf Environment Awards Trip to Portugal

I've just returned from an amazing Golf Environment Awards trip to Portugal.  We spent three days visiting five golf clubs looking at their course and environmental management.  We were shown round by the course managers and got a real insight into golf course management in a challenging environment.  Many thanks to all at Palmares, Espiche, San Lorenzo, Ombria Resort and Monte Rei Resort for making us so welcome and giving us this learning opportunity.  Thanks also to Rowan Rumball and Bob Taylor from the STRI and Alexandra Almeida for organising the trip.

Palmares Golf Club
The award winning clubhouse at Espiche Golf Club

San Lorenzo

Ombria Resort (under construction)

Monte Rei Resort