Course Update – 2/10/19
With the autumn now upon us we are looking to reconstruct our first green which still causes problems from time to time. We also intend to reconstruct both gents tees at the 2nd whilst doing the first green. We are also looking at creating additional teeing grounds for ladies and juniors at the 10th & 18th. We will publish a programme of works for the winter and spring of next year very soon.
The last two months (Aug/Sept) were challenging given the high rain fall of 12.43 inches in August and 8.3 inches in September, with high humidity and temperatures growth was excessive and course maintenance at times has been a real struggle. The main area of contention being fairway cutting and in particular semi rough cutting. Growth levels and sward density has been extreme and measures are being implemented to reduce the severity of growth.
We are about to undertake greens aeration through the month of October and this important work will be carried out with as minimum disruption as possible. We have already started by micro slitting greens and this is an ongoing part of our maintenance programme. We appreciate members support through the next month – 2 months on this subject.
2018/19Winter Work Plan
Here are a few highlights :
Tree works at 1st , 2nd , 7th , 8th , 9th ,10th , 11th, 14th , 16th and 17th have been successfully completed. The attached picture shows felling of the wind-blown trees at the right hand side of 14th.
The 17th green construction is now complete. In parallel the astro turf path running from the 16th to the 18th fairway has also been completed. The attached pictures show different stages of the construction.
We have removed a large soft area immediately behind the 14th green which has been drained and re-turfed.
Our ongoing programme of thatch reduction on fairways has been tackled in a number of ways – (a) the changing of soil PH level by applying lime, (b) deep scarification using our new Trilo machine, (c) applying the new thatch ‘eating’ product (d) applying sand dressings and (e ) the natural decomposition of thatch as result of the good summer weather. Independent measurements have shown that the cumulative effect of all these factors has resulted in a 16% reduction in our thatch levels over the last 12 months. This is a significant improvement and we will continue to take these proven steps to further improve the fairway surfaces.
Failed drains between the 1st and 18th are currently being repaired with some new drainage being installed. This area will also be deep scarified and sanded to improve play-ability.
Over seeding 2nd fairway
Top dressing 8th fairway
Scarifying 10th fairway
Scarifying 14th fairway
Sand banding 18th fairway