Greens Report – December 2015

09 December 2015

Greens

Despite massive amounts of rainfall over the last few weeks the greens are currently in fairly good condition for this time of year . Rainfall has been draining through the soil profile more efficiently than in the past which has resulted in much firmer greens that have allowed many more days play . This is due to the programme we have in place of regular aeration , frequent light top dressings as well as many other treatments applied throughout the year. There are some greens that require a little more protection than others during times of heavy rainfall however with the continuation of the programme this will become less of a problem over the coming years .

Winter rules

ALL GOLFERS are required to play from a mat on all tees and fairways . This is to help to protect the course through the winter months when recovery from any damage caused is minimal .This is allowing us to provide the members with a longer winter course while at the same time helping to protect the teeing ground through the winter months.

This rule will be strictly enforced and any member/visitor found not to be using a mat will be asked to leave the course immediately .

Any member/visitor who does not have a mat prior to play can purchase one from the professionals shop .

I would like to thank the members for their co-operation in using the mats .

To further help preserve the tees during the winter months where possible winter tees have been identified and cut and will be in operation at the discretion of the greenkeeping staff . When playing from these winter tees the use of mats are optional from them .

Could I ask ALL golfers to follow the instructions from the areas that have either have ropes/hoops or white lines on them . These are put in place to help to preserve the course as much as is possible over the winter months Thank you .

Worm Casts

All the tees , approaches and winter greens and have been sprayed with a worm cast suppressant . This keeps these areas clean and mud free throughout the winter and improves the putting surface of the winter greens .

Winter greens

These areas are to be treated as ground under repair and are to be used for putting only.

Pitch marks

Could I ask that all golfers please repair their pitch marks . We are fixing dozens every morning by which time lasting damage to the putting surface has already occurred . Thank you

Email address

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 :

greens@royalmusselburgh.co.uk

Alan Lawrie
Head Greenkeeper