It looks like Golf Almerimar is giving a very nice gift to the golfers this summer. Jacqui and I played in Friday golf yesterday after almost a 2 week break from the golf course. We noticed a few changes.
It appears that the fairways are being cut much wider this year. In previous years the Almerimar course has become very difficult in the summer. This is due to the length of the rough that grows quickly only an inch or two off the fairway.
When we played yesterday it looked like the fairways were going to be cut wider this year. Perhaps something like 5 metres wider on each side of the fairway on some holes. As the rough is not yet growing really rapidly it is not certain that this will be the case. However the fairways seemed much wider yesterday. SO maybe this will go on throughout the summer.
If this does happen then there can be less complaint from the golfers if the rough is penal just off the fairway. However it could perhaps be even better if we end up having both a first and second cut of rough. With the second cut of rough reserved for very wayward shots.
The other change that we noticed is that the greens are improving quite a bit. They are still pretty slow but the grass coverage is much better now. We will have to see what they are like after the upcoming tining of the greens.
Starting this coming week (probably Tuesday), for the next 2 weeks, 9 holes of the Master Course will be closed while greens are tined.
The Classic course has already been done. The front 9 on the Master course will close pretty soon then after that re-opens the back 9 of the Master will close.
Things should be back to normal in around 2 weeks. However it might take a few weeks after that for the greens to recover from the tining.
One thing to remember is that this disruption is necessary if we are to hope to have good greens in the summer. Lets hope all goes well.