Past and To The Future.

Course starting to peak as planned for June and July for our most important months in the playing season and after a difficult spring which was at least a month behind, our effective and proven maintenance regime are still paying off each year while other clubs have less consistent surfaces. This is due to our aeration and biological programmes which is more sustainable using good fungi, bacteria and bio stimulants which in turn we use less fungicides, water and fertilisers which would be at a cost to you as members with our current limited budgets.

Profile showing 2-3% Organic Matter (mostly living roots)

Each year I run trails on the greens to see which is effective for disease prevention called IPM, this is very proactive as long term forecast reads that we will loose many fungicides in the future and with this considered we are at present at least 10 years ahead of the “game”.

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Aeration And Topdressing Greens……”why are you doing this again!”

Our usual aeration and topdress 4 weeks before Club Trophy/Scratch Cup week has been brought forward to this week due to extra fixtures during June and a cancellation this week. We have verti-cut the greens in 2 directions and aerated the greens with knife tine’s down to 3″ at 2″ spaces today and Thursday we will topdress and overseed the greens then brush and wash in by either irrigation or rainfall.

This work will ensure the greens will be the best condition through June, July and beyond which is traditionally our busiest and most important calendar months.

“Why are you doing this again!”

  • To ensure the greens remain healthy and smooth during our busiest months.
  • The topdressing will ensure the greens remain playable “firm” during the winter months.
  • Aeration will strengthen the greens during extreme weather conditions and help them through tough conditions making them more sustainable and healthy with out extra costs of resources which are past onto the member’s/customers ie Fertiliser’s, Water, Fungicides, Wetting agents and Labour costs.
  • Short term damage with long term benefits that will recover by the weekend.

 

New 3rd Tee Progress

New 3rd Tees have been cut twice this week at a shorter height and a light topdress then rolled for smoothness ready for a hand mowing next week at an even shorter cut.

Root development is currently amazing.

Further renovations to the path around the 2nd Green and 3rd Tees next week with further work to the 3rd Yellow Tee single sleeper edge to path/Tee.

Large seeded area to the right of the 2nd green is showing signs of germination so please keep off this area if possible.