COURSE UPDATE WEEK ENDING 24 TH MAY 2019:
A lot of work has gone into the greens the past few weeks and they have improved dramatically, the feedback from our members and visiting parties has been very positive. We as a team are very proud of the improvements, we have made specifically to the quality of the putting surfaces, and throughout the course in general.
The back of the 11th green is now in play after a long period of time, which is a huge positive as I am sure you will agree.
The hole was cut at the back of the 12th green last weekend, something we have not been able to achieve for a long time. This has improved dramatically in recent weeks, as has the rest of the green. We do know it’s not yet 100%, but we are confident it will continue to improve with the maintenance plan we have in place.
The slope on the middle of the 3rd green is also recovering well. It unfortunately isn’t as advanced as the others, this however was our biggest problem area on any green, and again we are confident it will continue to improve dramatically with the planned maintenance.
There will be continued work on the problem areas in relation to each of the greens, which will consist of coring, seeding and dressing every three weeks, and this will be repeated throughout the season until we are happy that we are achieving the standards required.
Continued maintenance to all of the greens will consist of them being sarrel rolled weekly, verti cut every ten days, cut every day (double cut on a Friday every week, and double cut on a Saturday for major comps), they will also be ironed twice a week and top dressed on a monthly basis.
At present we are working on restoring the greens to their original size as they have crept in a fair bit over the years. It may be that you will notice areas around the edge of some greens looking discoloured, please don’t worry about this, when reducing the height that grass is cut at dramatically the grass presents itself as discoloured as the plant becomes stunned. These areas will green up in time as we fertilise and water them.
As we head into the summer season, we are experiencing a huge surge in grass growth, especially on the fairways and in the rough areas. We are and will continue to present the course to utmost standard and to enhance this we have this week upped the cutting frequency on the fairways from twice to three times per week, and also in a bid to keep on top of the rough we have reduced the speed of the mowers that manage the rough, this will create a tighter fresher cut, which will should last longer so it doesn’t become untidy between cuts.
The greens team are still currently a man down after Andy Smith leaving for pastures new. We are seeking to recruit a trainee/apprentice at present and if any of our members know a young person ready to leave school or has just left, and think they may be interested in a turf industry career then please ask them to contact Stuart Carnie (Managing Secretary) or myself for further details.
We are excited to have scheduled a devoting evening for Monday 17th June. It would be great to see as many members as possible in attendance to assist with the maintenance of our golf course, the greater the numbers the greater the impact will be. There will be complimentary pie & peas and a beverage for all. Further details will be communicated closer to the time; provisional start time will be 6pm.
Finally, it is a club “Major” competition this weekend, and we wish all who play the best of luck and hope you enjoy the course.