As you will appreciate all golfers (members, guests, visitors) are obliged to consider the safety of others when playing and a sign to remind us of our responsibilities is in place on the 5th hole given its proximity to a public path & grass area used by adults & children alike and to residential houses.
We constantly review the club’s position on risk regarding this hole and after several complaints from nearby residents, we need to take further action to reduce the risk of balls going over the fence.
A temporary change in line with normal winter practice has resulted in the gents’ yellow tee and additionally the ladies’ tee moving to the winter tee behind the 4th green. It is hoped that as the tee is closer to the fence this will focus golfers on playing to left side / middle of the fairway.
In addition, trees have been planted in and around the fairway bunker and consideration is being given to planting trees along the side of the existing gents’ tee again to encourage golfers to play towards the left side / middle of the fairway.
A further step will be to take advice from a golf architect (at a minimal cost) who we have used in the past, to help us identify suitable options for consideration at an acceptable cost within budget.
We hope you continue to enjoy your winter golf and we will keep you informed.