Heavy downfalls unfortunately means the stones laid on paths stream over onto the grass. Shouldnt happen but it does – rain overnight on Friday made short work of a number of paths on the course… ripping up all small and large stones and drawing them down onto the grass. The 15th and 16th paths usually suffer quite badly.
Today I had a new series of chunks taken out of my club, but sadly it wasnt due to rain from Friday but probably a month or two ago.
Hitting a fair drive just right of the path off the 17th, I found myself about 5yards from the path, supposedly in light rough. Imagine my suprise that just under the supposed light rough of clover and grass on which my ball sat, I ‘found’ 3inches deep of large gravel on my downswing; hidden underneath the grass from a previous rainfall.
Grass had grown over the overspill of gravel so as I hit the ball… ker-crunch. Not very impressed hitting a wedge down into 50p sized lumps of stone in apparently open rough.
If we insist on laying down gravel that is then regularly washed away at the first heavy rain, its very hard to take when untreated gravel is allowed to sit there to be grown over awaiting the next unfortunate golfer who’d rather not wreck clubs hitting a harmless shot.