Course Updates - March 2017

01 Mar 2017

Posted by: Chris Cooper

Subjects: Course updates

As our weather slowly warms up there will be a lot of activity on the course as we prepare for the forthcoming golf season.  The aim of this blog, which will be updated monthly, is to inform members of planned green staff activity so they are better informed as to what is going on and also appreciate why and when there will be some impact on their enjoyment of the course. While we will aim to be as accurate as possible with timings the vagaries of our weather will inevitably lead to some rescheduling of tasks as appropriate.

The fairways had their first cut last week to 22 millimeters and the greens will now be cut twice a week. 

From the beginning of March spiking of all greens and aprons will commence as will the application of fertilizer.  All tees will be treated with sulphate of iron this week then scarified.  Following work on the tees, all greens and aprons will be similarly treated.

We will take delivery of our new sprayer in mid March and spraying of fairways will start in late march.  The new sprayer will cover 4 times the area of the old 200-litre sprayer thus reducing refilling stops and improving efficiency. On 27th March we will hire in a Sand Slitter machine for a week; this will be used for the deep scarification of the greens. The machine works by taking out the thatch while simultaneously adding a sand and seed mix.

Everyone is aware of the problems we have with fallen leaves every autumn and the impact they have on play. Some members will have noticed that we were undertaking a trial of a new leaf vacuum sweeper/collector last week as a possible replacement for our 15-year-old machine. The new machine performed extremely well and the Board will now consider the options. 

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Whatever, the outcome of this particular trial, we are committed to improving the collection of leaves next autumn.

Finally, the staff are aware of members concerns over the state of the ball washers and the need to disinfect them on a regular basis. Some of our washers are in a very poor condition and we are looking at options for replacements.

Chris Cooper