The 9-Shot Challenge allows players to compete at  Melville Golf Centre on a virtual course at Pebble Beach Golf Links in a series of nine approach shots, testing iron play skills, with the tournament ranging in distances from 94 – 186 yards.

Please be aware that the age limit (13+) for participants to win. Toptracer Range 9 Shot Challenge Official Rules

Melville Golf centre will be awarding prizes from their TopTracer leaderboard including a Cleveland RTX4 52. TopTracer Bays at Melville are in very high demand with an 8 day booking window. Bays can be booked up to 6pm to follow current restrictions.

If you are having problems booking a TopTracer bay and want to compete after 12th February you can call 0131 663 8038 and we’ll see if can allocate a bay internally.

 

Book your bay here!

COVID UPDATE

Following the latest announcements, we have made the decision to open the range with pre-allocated bays with online booking from Monday 11th 9am to 6pm. Here is the QR Code to register and book a TopTracer bay
Bays can be booked by the half hour (25 minutes) or hour (55 minutes) with unlimited Srixon balls. There are no baskets to handle, range marshals will fill your ball hopper
We will be doubling down on our efforts to keep our customers and staff safe with the following increased restrictions.
⛳️ Wait in your car until your allocated time – anyone asked to wait on a bay MUST wait in their car until their booked time slot
⛳️ Wear a mask when you check in at reception from the car to reception hut to reserved bay
⛳️ Our toilet facilities will be CLOSED
⛳️ There will be a STRICT policy of only 2 persons per bay.
⛳️ We will continue to clean bays, and Toptracer screens before each new customer arrives. Wipes also available at reception and on pillars, along with hand dispensers and outdoor sink.
⛳️ If you haven’t booked online you will be asked to return to your car and register your details
⛳️ Hire & demo clubs are not available – please bring your own
If and when guidance changes we will not hesitate to adjust our plans.
Our golf shop will remain CLOSED

Compete against your friends with games and challenges or use the software solo to accurately track your shots. This innovative software takes the driving range experience to the next level and allows you to have a good time while working on your swing.

Toptracer Range uses the same tracking technology as professional TV broadcast which allows you to track the distance, ball speed and height of your shot. Download the Toptracer Range app to track what’s in your bag and access leaderboards. Store all shot data and see how you perform against other players.

Short post to inform you that John Murray is resuming the Tuesday Senior morning classes this Autumn from Tuesday 3rd November.

Limited to 4 golfers per hour in two sessions from 10am and 11am.

Cost of the class is £15 which includes 100 range balls.

Please phone 0131 663 8038 to book a place or reserve your name for future classes.

  • Visiting the Melville practice range doesn’t require booking
  • Sorry no toilets or club hire
  • Shop closed, takeaway drinks & sweets
  • Putting green still closed until guidelines advise otherwise
  • Walk the Line! – enter and exit the golf range in single file
  • Payments preferably contactless
  • Extra Marshaling on the bays


We are striving to provide a safe and enjoyable environment to practice.

 

 

To accompany our lonely robots we have introduced  a wild Kawasaki Mule onto the Range. The Mule can tip, provide comfort  and pickup range balls!

With a top speed of 21mph!

Here he is on the range, click photo to enjoy!

 

 

I thought I would give you an update on the greens.

As you are all probably aware the greens have suffered this year due to lack of maintenance throughout the spring , lockdown (COVID-19) and staff being furloughed.

The greens on the golf course have suffered this year due to coming out of an extremely wet winter and having extreme heats over the lockdown period. With the irrigation system not working on hole no.2 and hole no.8 they have suffered from severe dry patch. Basidiomycete (superficial fairy rings) have also developed due to no Symbio products (compost teas) and bio stimulants  being applied since last November and have left the greens unsightly and has affected ball roll.

Going forward we have had Turf Irrigation Services  (TIS)  in to service the system and have replaced decoders and solonoids, installed some new sprinkler heads on the 2nd green, 6th green and 7th green and we have replaced all  the sprinkler heads on the 3rd tees to give more coverage. We will continue to keep replacing the sprinkler heads over the next year to a more reliable unit as the current sprinkler heads are not reliable due to there age.

I have also been seeking advice from Symbio and we have had soil samples taken for analysis which I will share when results are in.


We have also been advised to double our wetting agent inputs and instead of a cheap budget wetter we are now using a better quality product which will enable moisture to flow through the soil profile and will allow beneficial soil moisture to be retained. Whilst we are working this into the soil profile we have to irrigate for longer periods and the greens will appear wet and soft over the next few weeks.

Due to lockdown and most companies closed for business our first application of compost teas and bio stimulants were not applied until mid June we are now doubling up our inputs over the next few months  to allow more microbes in to the thatch layer in a short space of time. This will help to break down the thatch layer encourage deeper rooting which will also increase nutrient and water uptake as well as improving the soil profile.

The greens have been micro tined fortnightly to allow better penetration of water and air and we are applying liquid aeration after tining. We have been advised to increase the height of cut to 6mm to take the stress out of the plant and will also help with seed germination after over-seeding.

Next week we are continuing with our very late spring maintenance! Apologies in advance for any disruption in play.
Monday- Light verti cut and micro tined to create seed pockets.
Tuesday – Wetting agent applied and watered in to the soil profile.
Wednesday / Thursday – Over-seeding worn areas and sand top dressing , worked into the surface this will help level out the greens and will help with smoothing the surface and also seed germination.
Friday – brushed into surface.

I hope this has given you some information on what has happened to the greens over the spring and what we are planning in the next few months to improve the putting surfaces.

At the golf range we have:

  • 14 Automatic Powertees and Shock resistant strike mats
  • LED Lighting: Short range LED sports light and long range sports luminaire.
  • Quality Srixon 2 piece range balls
  • Manicured Outfield with help of Mowbot Robots
  • Contactless RFID Practice Card
  • True 300 yard targets and markers with rugby posts
  • TrueStrike mats
  • 2m high and 4m wide bay dividers

We are reopening Melville Golf Centre .

For visitors to the golf course 24 hour bookings for tee-offs can be made from 10am on Thursday 28th  Call 0131 654 0224. Tee-offs are open from 0730am on Friday 29th.

Guidelines will be further explained when you make your booking. Tee-offs limited to 2 golfers (3 for one household) and we require email details for contact tracking purposes. Greens will be cut to 6mm.

Anyone arriving without booking in advance will not be permitted onto the golf course. Members of the Golf Club have a 7 day booking window

Everything subject to change to follow government announcements.

Visiting the practice range doesn’t require booking.

  • No toilets or drinks available.
  • Shop closed, outdoor only.
  • Golfers in one car with one other guest from the same household.
  • Putting green is closed.
  • Enter and exit the golf range in single file
  • Bacterial spray provided  to clean basket handles before use at the range ball machine
  • Strictly a maximum of 1 person per Range Bay. Sharing of Range Bays is not permitted
  • All customers expected to adhere to our safety guidelines safety guidelines.
  • Anyone found not to be adhering to these guidelines will be asked to leave.
  • For the foreseeable future, we no longer accept cash. Card Payments Only! Preferably contactless.

We would like to reiterate that all government guidelines are being followed and we are striving to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for you to get back playing golf.

We hope you are keeping well and safe.

The temperatures have risen and the golf course is turning green.  However for us humans it is green with envy. Clearly we are all missing outdoors and the golf centre is planning to open up under restricted access, when allowed.

On the range we have been busy renovating. New distance markers, instructed our mowbot to manicure the outfield, setup a new hand wash basin and laid out new strike mats.

 

John Murray our PGA Coach was last seen on a bicycle at the end of March heading into the horizon. If you want to email him with any home practice or coaching queries his email is john.119@hotmail.co.uk

On the course maintenance tasks are being carried out with the guidance of BIGGA and the R&A. A summary of mowing activities is below:

Greens – are being mown according to the rate of growth at the moment once per week and the height of cut has been raised to 7mm. Dew removal is carried out on non mowing days to prevent disease spread.

Fairways and greens surrounds – are being cut once per week and the height of cut has also been raised to 20mm

Rough – only rough that is considered to be in direct play is being mown once per fortnight allowing for naturalisation to areas largely out of play.

Tees – are not being cut and have been fed with a slow release fertiliser to thicken up the sward and allow for fresh growth and aid recovery to worn areas.

When the course reopens it is likely to be for safe golfing & exercise. For example the model being trialed in Jersey is single or two ball play with no congregations in buildings or car parks. Here is an article which is an interesting read. https://www.nationalclubgolfer.com/news/coronavirus-les-mielles-golfer-advice/

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