Course Updates - February 2018

13 Feb 2018

Posted by: Sarah Cross

Subjects: Course updates

The greens are holding up reasonably well considering the recent weather we’ve had. Some disease scarring is evident but, overall, I’m happy with their appearance. The use of half rate fungicides, tank mixed with chelated iron, has been successful in high disease pressure periods and also reduces the spray applications required. We are now in a low-pressure period for disease, but I have purchased a contact mix in case anything starts to come through. Verti-draining has recently been completed to the greens with a light roll shortly after to restore the surface, this will carried out again towards the end of this month.

The tee boxes have been verti-drained and a 5-5-10 plus iron fertiliser will be applied to harden the plant and reduce moss invasion.

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Aprons have been verti-drained. Some high traffic areas have become quite thin but we have introduced extra ropes and hoops to keep this to a minimum.  

We have now started to verti-drain the fairways for the second time. The carries and walkways will also be treated as we move around the course. This is a reasonably slow process so some patience will be required whilst this is being done. A treatment of sulphate of iron will be applied over the next 2/3 weeks and together with the verti-draining it should deter any worm casting and reduce further moss invasion although this is minimal at present. 

All bunkers have been edged and 29 tons of Buck Bricks sand has been delivered. There are some bunkers that will require lining before the new sand is introduced, so some will need to be ground under repair whilst this is being done.

Tree works:

The raising of the canopies is well underway. We have been held back by the recent storm damage but with such great support from our members in clearing the debris littering the course, we could have been much further behind.

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Training:

The team have all passed their brush cutter training to the required NPTC standard and James Brown has passed his Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue course.

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Recent machinery purchases:

A brush cutter has been purchased to remove bramble and bracken.

Demonstrations:

In March we will be trialling greens, tees and rough cutters.

Practice Nets:

Quotations have been obtained for replacement practice nets and it is currently hoped that new nets will be in place this spring. 

 

Rob Ransome
Course Manager
Eaton Golf Club

13.02.2018.