The course is responding well after the last week of rain. Greens although slow are smoother than at any point in the season. Tees and aprons are beginning to fill in after months of poor patchy areas. At this time of year our attention switches to creating the healthiest sward going into the winter, which in turn will see a better surface in early spring and this is how we can produce year on year improvements.
With this in mind Hollow-tining will take place in August in order to achieve maximum fast recovery so greens come into Autumn in a strong position.
August 7th Hollow-tining with 10mm inner tines to a depth of 60mm will begin on the Upper.
August 8th finish Upper and start Lower.
August 9th finish Lower.
Process will work as follows: Pull cores to 25mm centres across all greens, followed by core removal by hand. 2 ton of sand per green, dragmatted in followed by a mower or blow to clean up surface. Organic fertilizer with a very fast release to push greens on quickly and water will be turned on throughout the week to speed up recovery.