Course Conditions.

The weather forecast is looking favourable next week and this will enable us to start improving the presentation of the playing areas following this extremely wet winter. We have started cutting the dryer areas of rough but there is at least 80% left to cut and these areas will be cut when conditions allow and fairways will hopefully be cut next week when they eventually dry out. There will be noticeable difference in the course by next weekend and the springs and wet areas will gradually dry out.

We’ve finally been able to start importing the root zone onto the 12th tee.

Verti-Draining Greens.

The weather has given us the opportunity to verti-drain the greens starting on Monday 27th January for 3 days. This will be the third time we’ve verti-drained the greens this winter and there will be another one more verti-drains on the greens this winter, 2 before Christmas and 2 before Easter. This work will keep the greens in good condition through winter and encourage good rooting through summer.

Verti-Draining Greens

Now the December competitions have finished this has given us the opportunity to verti-drain the greens starting on Wednesday 11th November we will complete 10 greens this week and finish the rest next week, due to weather we have been unable to complete all 20 greens this week and will continue into next week. This will be the second time we’ve verti-drained the greens this winter and there will be another 2 verti-drains on the greens this winter, 2 before Christmas and 2 before Easter. This work will keep the greens in good condition through winter and encourage good rooting through summer.

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Greens Aeration for Monday 12/08/19

It’s that time of the year for one more aeration on the greens before Septembers greens renovation. The work carried out to the greens will be very short term disruption and will be back to normal by the weekend. It’s essential we carry out this work due to compaction diseases we are likely to see during August from heavy play from the past 2 months. This work will encourage root development and help with percolation during the autumn and minimise surface disruption from when we carry out greens renovation in September.

Here’s a picture from the chipping area we tined last week with the chisle tines we intend to use on the 12th August.

Topdressing greens Tuesday 04/06/19

Our usual aeration was carried out last week on the greens and tomorrow we intend to topdress, verti cut and overseed with Bent seed. This work is a week later than last year due to the fixtures at the moment and staff holidays/4 day weeks. We will verti-cut the greens on Monday afternoon in 2 directions and this will continue on Tuesday with the application of topdressing. The greens will then be brushed 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 the introduction of Bent seed will 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!

Aerating Greens 28th-29th May.

Our usual summer/late spring aeration work will be carried out on the greens this week. We will verti-cut and aerate the greens with knife tine’s down to 3″ at 2″ spaces on Tuesday and Wednesday. Topdressing will follow in the coming weeks to smooth the greens surface and help with drainage and percolation of the irrigation water.

This work will ensure the greens are at their 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 then 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.
  • This work will prevent the greens becoming thatchy and unplayable in wet spells or through the winter months thus preventing the use of temporary.