Thursday, 16 March 2017

Spring Update

Spring Update

With the clock change just around the corner it finally feels like we can wave goodbye to the Winter and welcome in Spring.

The investment on paths built in September really has helped minimize the damage caused in high wear areas.
We have had a busy Winter period on the course, hopefully you will have seen some of the improvements we have made.

Streams and Trees

Billingbear has a lot of lovely features around the course and we found them to be hidden away, so we decided to open some of these areas up. These areas mainly consisted of brambles and deadwood after a lot of time spent with the chainsaw and hedge cutters, we are really happy with the results.

The tree canopies on the 1st 2nd 3rd & 9th long course were all low, this makes maintenance more difficult and more importantly harder to find your golf ball and play it out. The results of these areas should really highlighted once the leaves are back on the trees.

Gravel Banding

We managed to get some key areas on the 1st, 3rd & 9th drained with the gravel bander. Over 40 tonnes of gravel was used, this helps to improve surface drainage and has proved very beneficial over the last couple of months with the rainfall that we have had.

Between the months of October 16 and mid March 17 we have had 263.5mm of rain, December being the driest with 13mm and November the wettest with 100mm.

December was a tough month for the greens, the disease pressure was at its highest it has been for a number of years. This meant that even though the greens being sprayed with fungicides they could not match up to the pressure which meant we did have a few scars on the greens. 
Fungicides are very expensive costing around £600 to spray the greens just once so we have to really select our spraying windows to get the most out of them.
Thankfully with our feeding program and the recent temperatures rising the greens are recovering well.

Health and Safety Update

We have found lately the amount of near misses we are having with golf balls concerning.
In an attempt to make it a safer environment for the green keeping team, we are now using flashing beacons when operating machines.

If the beacon is flashing please do not play your shot until we have switched it off.
The beacon flashing means that we have either not seen you yet or please just give me a minute to get out of your way.
We hope that with this system in place we can reduce the risk of being hit.
A golf ball can injure someone severely so we kindly ask to think before playing your shot.

Your co-operation will be gratefully received.

Finally . . . . . . . . . .

Please continue to help us out by repairing your pitch marks and replacing your divots, this goes along way helping to maintain the condition of the course.

I hope you find this informative.

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Welcome to the Billingbear Park Greenkeeping Blog

The main aim of our blog is to keep you updated with what is happening on the golf course and hopefully this will answer any questions you might have.

The greenkeeping team are extremely passionate about what we do and we are on a mission to make Billingbear Park as good as we can.

We want this blog to not only be informative but fun!

Luke Donald At Billingbear

Monday 23rd of May 2016, we welcomed former world number one Luke Donald at Billingbear.
It was the week of the BMW PGA Championship and he agreed to take on Youtube personality and golf pro Mark Crossfield.

Below are the links to watch his round at Billingbear.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Meet The Team

Billingbear Park Golf Course
Greenkeeping Team

 Here's a chance to get to know a little bit more about the team.

 Head Greenkeeper
16 Years Experience
Previous Golf Courses - Harleyford GC & The Oxfordshire GC
Handicap - 20.....ish
Football Team - Arsenal
Tom first started greenkeeping at the age of 15 and joined Billingbear in 2016.
His previous experience include being part of the support team at The 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club and The 2006 WGC American Express Championship at The Grove.


Deputy Head Greenkeeper
18 Years Experience
Previous Golf Courses - Harleyford GC & The Oxfordshire GC
Handicap -  18
Football Team Arsenal
Dislikes - The cold.
Gareth joined the team in 2016 and has a huge amount of experience in greenkeeping. Gareth is a keen traveller and enjoys keeping fit, watching football and playing golf.


Assistant Greenkeeper
Handicap - 12
Football Team - Arsenal
Dislikes - Bananas
Shaun joined the team in 2016, this is his first greenkeeping job but he has brought a wealth of skills to the team from his previous job as a gardener where he used to work on the Wentworth Estate.
 Shaun is a keen golfer, fisherman and father to his 3 children.



Assistant Greenkeeper
Handicap - 28 (Debatable!)
Football Team- Chelsea
Charlie also joined the team in 2016 and this is his first job as a greenkeeper.
 Charlie is the baby of the team and has been likened to Olaf from Frozen! (Above)
Outside of work Charlie can be found playing football, golf and his other hobby is sleeping.

Charlie along with Shaun are both in the stages of carrying out their Level 2 Diplomas in Sports Turf Maintenance.



Team Mascot
6 Months Greenkeeping Experience
Schnauzer / Bichon
Likes - Everyone!