Autumn is the time of year when the golf course here at Patshull Park displays some amazing Autumn colours.

With this beauty comes the problem of blowing and collecting the leaves from the course, and myself and my team were working non-stop on this task for much of our time. The work was well worthwhile, however, as the course looked splendid once the fallen leaves had been dealt with.

2012 has been a particularly challenging year on our golf course, as the summer weather was so wet. Despite this, we managed to keep the course in great shape and the greens in tip top condition pretty much all year.

23rd November saw us holding of the second in the series of Patshull Park’s Winter Opens. The preparation of the golf course for this event did not vary from any normal day, as we believe that every visitor to Patshull Park Golf and Country Club deserves to experience the golf course in the very best condition possible. At this time of year the greens are mowed three times each week (subject to weather conditions), and they were running very true for the Winter Open.

Our winter work program on the golf course this year includes improving the drainage around the 12th, 14th and 15th greens, to tackle the wettest areas highlighted during the summer. We are also carrying out a total reface to one of our bunkers on the 7th hole, and a full overhaul to most of our bunkers.

During what has been one of the country’s wettest summers on record, my team maintained our efforts to keep the golf course at Patshull Park Golf Club in the best possible condition, and to judge from the fabulous feedback we have received we believe we succeeded. We shall continue with this work on a weekly basis now and throughout 2013

Mal Mitchell, Head Greenkeeper
Patshull Park Hotel golf course in Shropshire close to Wolverhampton, Telford and Bridgnorth