Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A poor few weeks on the course.  Tining went well on both courses with the weather allowing Upper tees and aprons to be tined.
Yet more holes

Recovery from drought stress and the poor irrigation system has meant patchy growth, with some parts of the green responding well to feeds and tining and other parts lagging far behind.  

This has meant uneven, slow, bumpy surfaces compounded by greens mowers leaving a poor finish.

More sand

Improvements are coming quickly with the lower receiving 10 ton of extra sand this week and seeded areas on greens are beginning to fill in.

Seed starting to pop
Also this week a flail collector.  This machine cuts and collects long rough  allowing us to thin out grass.  This will be an ongoing process helping to create finer, fairer rough.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Lots of maintenance on the course over the next few weeks.
Hollow-tine down to 65mm with 10mm inner tines across Lower greens.  Greens have been brushed, seeded, brushed, cut and finally rolled.  The following day fertilised and heavily watered.


Over Seeded

Brush, cut and rolled

Areas on greens are now beginning to die due to extended dry spell.  These patches have struggled due to high humidity and as greens recover from tining we will get a better idea of the scale of these patches.  To help with this recovery more Nitrogen has been applied and greens have been raised to 5mm.  If sward recovery is good, we may lower height back down after a few weeks.
Dead or just dormant?
we will have a better idea in a week
probably a bit of both on this one