Greens Report September 2016

12 October 2016

Greens
The greens are currently in very good condition and have recently had an application of fertiliser and will be verti cut and top dressed next week. Unfortunately as we head towards October essential maintenance has to be carried out in the coming weeks . Weather permitting we intend to start this work the week beginning Monday the 10th of October . All the greens will be Hollow cored , Scarified and top dressed as part of this maintenance This is for the long term benefit of the greens to maintain water and air flowing through the soil profile .
Tees
The course has been extremely busy all summer and as the weather starts to turn colder with shorter daylight hours the effects of this traffic is starting to show on some of the tees . Initially we are targeting the tees that are showing the greatest signs of wear and tear particularly the par 3’s and the shorter par 4’s where damage to teeing ground is much harsher . We will be hollow coring , scarifying , over seeding , top dressing and feeding all the tees in the next 2 to 3 weeks .
New Machines
We take delivery of a new Greens machine and rough cutting machine this Wednesday (28th of September) and have taken delivery of a new sprayer in the last couple of weeks . This will help greatly to maintain and improve the golf course appearance and playability and I would like to thank the committee for their support and finding the funds to make these purchases possible .
Winter Greens
The winter greens will be marked out this week and will shortly be solid tined , top dressed and have fertiliser applied to them to get them in the best possible condition for play . Once the greens are marked out they are to be considered Ground Under Repair and to be used for putting only .
Twitter Account
I have set up a twitter account to keep members updated with photos and information of what’s going on around the golf course . The account name is @RMGCGREENS1 and I would invite all members to follow it . Thanks .
Driving Range
Could I appeal to all members that when playing from the tee box on the driving range that you play from in between the markers ONLY . This is essential in order to allow the rest of the tee box to recover fully . Also could members please STOP chipping off and taking divots from the practice green . Thank You
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
A new email account has been set up as the previous account had become unreliable . 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 : royalgreens@aol.com
Alan Lawrie
Head Greenkeeper