Happy new year to all our members for 2020, this blog will just put you up to date with what we are doing on the course in the next few days/weeks/months.
Just a quick refresh on last year, we were very happy with how the greens performed from January to mid August, personally I thought they were the best they had every been for a prolonged period.
This photo was taken in the week between Captain round 1 and 2, a picture of a plan coming together. Unfortunately since this picture was taken it has hardly stopped raining!!! Although to be fair I believe the greens are in a decent condition considering the rainfall and in a healthy place going forward.
We will be using the same products that we have trusted for the past 2 seasons from https://www.terralift.eu . We only sprayed 1 fungicide in 2019, that has never been done before here, 2 were used in 2018. Before that we have had as many as 5 sprayed, and at £700 a time that is a significant saving. I put that down to the quality products we are using.
This forthcoming season we are going 1 step further into the Terralift program and getting a product https://www.terralift.eu/the-quadrop-system that will improve the irrigation water we put on the greens. It may sound strange to a layman but water isn’t just water!!! The water we currently use is abstracted from the 18th pit, after testing results confirmed that it is not ideal to be putting onto the greens. The 2 main issues were the pH of the water and the levels of bicarbonates. Bicarbonates stop water movement through the soil profile by blocking up pore spaces. By moving to quadrop we are hoping that the greens will become firmer, better colour for longer and the products we apply to the greens lasting longer.
Other areas on the course we are currently working on are the pathways between 1,2 &3.
We are putting a path on the right hand side of the 1st green that will link up with the 2nd tee complex. To the left of the 2nd green and out to the 3rd tee is the next phase. Then the path from the 3rd tee towards the fairway past the ladies tee will be extended. Work was started on these last week, unfortunately the weather has hindered us slightly so a track dumper will be onsite from Monday so that we can continue work. We have a 5 year plan to sort out and extend paths on the course were needed.
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.
Thanks for reading, please follow us on twitter @ashtonleagreens, this will give you daily reports on the state of the course and updates of what we are doing.
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Any concerns or opinions on what we are doing please contact us directly on email@example.com.
Thanks for reading, Mark Shuttleworth ( Deputy Head Greenkeeper)