The greens are presently in a fairly good condition . Although certain areas of the greens have been slow to fill in due to the extremely cold start to the year we are now seeing signs of real improvement . Scarification of the greens have been carried out recently this is done to remove thatch from below the greens surface . This in turn improves air and water exchange throughout the soil profile . We have recently lowered the height of cut to 4.5mm . The greens have been fed with a suitable spring fertiliser and next week shall be getting their first top dressing of the year . Top dressing is essential in helping to produce a true fast putting surface it also dilutes thatch levels and improves soil structure . The 5th green has been back in play for many weeks now is improving on a daily basis.
The tees are all back in play and have been since the start of may . In the last few weeks we have solid tined , verti-cut , fed and over seeded the tees . As the weather improves the grass seed is starting to germinate and the surface of the tees are starting to fill in . As I said in a previous greens report the first few weeks of playing season are extremely hard on the tees. This years cold spring being worse than most as grass seed won’t germinate until until soil temperatures reach a certain level . The 4th tee has been double scarified , fed and over seeded in the last couple of weeks . This and other treatments I will be carrying out shortly will see a vast improvement in it’s condition .
All other areas of the golf course
We are regularly cutting all other areas of the course . Myself and my staff are working extremely hard to present the course to a level we can hopefully all be proud of . All turfing work has been finished off in the last couple of weeks. All areas that have been repaired over the winter months are progressing very well .
The repaired bunker at the 11th green will be back in play this weekend (1st & 2nd June) . Currently our work is dominated by cutting and keeping on top of early season growth . As the growth slows down over the coming weeks this will free up more time to allow us to go around the course and top up the bunkers that require sand .
The two areas of work still outstanding are the sundial and the 1st tee path . We are looking presently at relocating the sundial to over near the back steps of the clubhouse . The area left behind I intend to sculpt with mounds of soil and make a floral display with the letters RMGC pointing back over towards the clubhouse. Hopefully I will find the time to fix the first tee path in the next couple of weeks .
Golf course etiquette
Could I please ask all members both new and old to use the bins provided around the course to deposit any litter as there is unfortunately quite an amount left lying about on the course . Could I also ask all members to please repair any pitch made on the greens . THANKS
Pin placement markers
We have fitted yellow golf ball markers to all the pins on the greens . These are to help golfers know where the location of the pins are on each green . This will vary from the ball being at the top near the flag to signify the pin being at the back of the green , to the ball being near the bottom of the pin to signify a location near the front of the green .
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 :