Lockdown 3

It’s been the worst January i’ve known at the club in 26 years. It’s either been raining (heavy), frosty or snowing. It would have been a lot of temporary greens and course closures. Very little has been done to the greens due to the weather, they have been cut twice. We have also fed them and put on Rocastem and other soil improvers. Early renovations are due to take place 8th & 15th March. We are going to 8mm hollow tine the wetter areas of the greens. This means we will totally do 4 greens (1,9,12,16), we will also be targeting areas where water holds on other greens, i.e left 4th, front 6th, back 17th and others. We are also going to scarify all the greens, both practices followed by a top dressing. The hope is we can bring these dates forward, as we want to keep disruption to the members to a minimum, all that depends on the weather. If we get a few dry weeks we will bring them forward. We have got the greens program/ plan for the year. I’m going to do my next blog about the greens. It will be about the progress in the last 4 seasons. The 15th and 17th tees have been turfed. The 2nd tee is currently being leveled, it’s been extremely difficult getting materials up there due to the ground conditions. Hopefully we can push on with the job in the next two weeks. We have taken out 8 trees to the left of the 6th tee, the purpose of this is to be able to use the whole tee. From the tee bed now you can see all the green.
We have also been busy thinning out the trees between 7 & 12. The trees are at a size now where they need space to grow. We have taken out 10 with a further 5 need removing. This will also help speed up cutting in between the trees.
When conditions have been that bad it was impossible to get out on the course, most of the month!!! we have been extending the overflow car park. Even on the busiest days in summer i’m sure you’ll be able to find a parking space!!
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. We also have a facebook page, search for Ashton and Lea greens. Please like the page and ask your golfing friends to like the page, make them aware of the good things we are doing and producing. Any concerns or opinions on what we are doing please contact us directly on greens-ashtonlea@hotmail.com. Thanks for reading, Mark Shuttleworth ( Deputy Head Greenkeeper)

3 thoughts on “Lockdown 3”

  1. Good news Mark, thanks to you and all the green staff. Thanks for the insight into the plans – just hope the weather improves and allows you to continue to make progress.
    Looking forward to playing again some time soon

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