As we are coming to the end of what has been a very good year on the golf course I will keep you updated with how things have progressed since my last blog.
The weather has been fantastic through autumn, allowing us to present a good standard of course. This time last winter we had been shut around 20 times from Oct, thankfully we have had 80mm less rain this back end compared to last year.
The greens have been in fantastic condition. We have had a strong outbreak of fusarium this past week, the climatic conditions were ideal for it. A fungicide was applied yesterday in the hope to keep on top of it.
We are hand cutting twice weekly. Next week there will be some disruption early in the week as it is vital that we verti drain them. We will be using the 19mm tines hopefully going down 10-12″. To get the smoothness back we will cut the greens as usual but also roll, if conditions allow.
Please be aware there are still a ridiculous amount of pitch marks on the greens. Every shot you make into a green will leave a mark, please repair the damage, and if you are playing with someone who doesn’t please pull them up about it. Un-repaired pitch marks only make a green worse, these are your greens.
We haven’t really had any tests for the new drainage on the 2nd, 6th & range. Today is the first really. Good news is that they are all pulling decent amounts of water from the course.
It is the time of year where fences are out on the course, It frustrates the life out of greenkeepers seeing members,
- Walking along side paths. Please use the pathways.
- Taking trolleys under ropes. The ropes are there for a reason we DON’T want trolleys in that area.
- White lines around greens. Also please keep out of these areas with trolleys, the line isn’t a tightrope that you must keep your trolley on!!
- Roped off areas. If you have to take out a post to take a shot, please put it back.
There are some greens without white lines around, this is not an invitation to take your trolleys in-between bunker or on the surround. Please use your common sense. All the course protection measures are that we have a good course as early as we possibly can next season.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, looking forward to a good season next year
Thanks, Mark Shuttleworth ,(Deputy Head Greenkeeper)