We have lowered the height of cut to 5 mm and have also started to verti-cut in the last couple of weeks . We have solid tinned the greens last week this is essential to maintain free air and water exchange from the surface down into the soil profile . Currently the greens are in fairly good condition and I will be seeking to further improve their condition by applying fertiliser in the next seven days . Other work that will be carried out in the coming weeks when the correct weather and climatic conditions allow include:
- Slit tinning
- Over seeding
- Top dressing
The 5th green was severely damaged by the record amounts of rainfall last summer/autumn . Due to the work we have carried out the green is slowly improving but progress has been hampered by the cold spring we have so far had . Scarifying and over seeding will be carried out on the green in the next few days and I would hope the green will be back on permanently within the next week or two.
The first few weeks the tees are back in play are always extremely hard on them . This is because it takes a month to six weeks before any fill in growth ( from divots ) can take place due to the cool temperatures . It is for this reason that mats are left on the tees that would be hammered the most . I know this is not universally popular and I do understand how the members feel , however it is for the members benefit that we take this precaution in order to avoid tees with no where to place the markers come the start of the main playing season.
All other areas of the golf course
All other areas are now being cut regularly . This pro-active approach to cutting has allowed the golf course to presented to a high standard much earlier in the season than in the past.
The remaining areas to be turfed to finish of our winter program will be completed in the next two weeks . It has been an extremely busy winter and we have carried out many course improvements . From clearing , removing and limbing up hundreds of trees to lifting , renovating and returfing dozens of areas around the course . This has been carried out by a squad of greenkeepers two less in number and many many years less in experience . I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank my squad for all there hard work in what has at times being truly awful weather conditions . I would also like to thank club member Mr Davie Hastie for all his help throughout the winter it was greatly appreciated.
Other work outstanding
I will be improving the area around the sundial on the 3rd hole shortly . This will include sculpting mounds of soil around the sundial and over seeding it with grass . Also I will be improving the end of the path at the 1st tee . I aim to extend the slabbed area to allow for a easier gradient to navigate rather than the current drop the members have to endure .
An email account has been set up so the members can have direct access to the head greenkeeper . I would invite all members to use this service if you have any questions regarding the course . Could I ask that any member wishing to ask questions please leave their name and membership number so I know who it is I’m talking to . The email address is : firstname.lastname@example.org