Sunday, 25 June 2017

  A very hot last few weeks.  Irrigation weakness within the system always gets found out when the temperature goes above 25.  Our system is poor and will always struggle in extremes of temperature.  We will concentrate water on greens and tees will have limited amounts when we can.  As the week came to an end half the course irrigation failed.  This is evident with half the greens on each course being very dry.  In itself it's not a major problem if we could find the leak. So the bowser is watering some greens to keep them alive until we can find the problem. 


1st Tee Lower
New tee back in play on the 16th Lower.  All feedback welcome.

16th Tee Lower

16th Tee Lower

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Well it's wet now.  As always in this job the weather is never just right.   Seedheads on greens have now exploded creating horrible grainy surfaces that refuse to run well.  Overall the greens have now filled in and are moving in the right direction we need to move past this phase which should be just a few weeks.  Once the growth slows a little greens will again receive some form of aeration, dressing and maybe a v-cut if the weather behaves.
 The 14th Upper Tee will be in play by the end of the week but will be kept slightly longer to protect sward from wear.  The mat will be moved forward off the back Tee and the back Tee will be renovated this winter.  The winter Tee position will be moved back down the slope and the whole area will be protected so we can play on grass in the main season and not on a mat.

Looking better
 The entrance is slowly improving.  Next, more bark, paint the metal fencing and moving the large sign around the base of the large trees.

16th Lower
View from the back 16th Tee Lower.  We are now maintaining this as a proper Tee.  The fairway has been moved nearer the Tee, rough widened to the left of the hole and the tree on the right of the photo will be trimmed and shaped before the Tee is in play.  The rough to the right of the 3rd is now long to stop the ball rolling through and I anticipate this hole will be in play by the end of June.

6th Lower
Although we don't have many ponds they do create a great feature when visible so this winter will see a concerted effort to clear and keep clear trees around the pond perimeter.  At the moment we are clearing small areas of willow tree and chipping for material at the entrance.

Not so green now

A close up of the 12th Green Upper.  You can see how even though the green appears one colour it is both dying, growing and living in a small 50 pence area.  The tips of each blade are cut with a sharp 11 bladed cylinder but you can see how ragged they are close up.  This rough surface is a good entry for disease and highlights why blade sharpness is so important.