The spring is rapidly approaching, and the season will soon start.
Due to the very wet and very cold weather just recently we were unable to carry out the planned hollow coring and topdressing. The greens were just about fit to carry out the work but, unfortunately, the rest of the course wasn’t.
This work will take place as soon as I can be confident that we will not make too much mess in the process, it looks as though it will be the first week in April.
The last few weeks haven’t been very good with regard to the playing of the course, restrictions that have had to be implemented to protect several areas, however those who have played have been enjoying the greens. We have been trying to cut them by hand at least once per week and this has resulted in a truer and faster playing surface. They are currently being cut at 6mm, the last stimp meter reading was 23/02/2018 and the speed was at 8.2 ft. To put that into some sort of context, on the day of the Victory Trophy last year the greens were rolling at 8.7 ft. So looking forward, this summer I will be aiming for an average of around 9 – 9.6 ft.
You will see that over the next few weeks we will be working on the clearing of any messy or scruffy areas, Weeding and edging the paths, attempting to get some grass cut when we won’t cause any longer term damage. I will be trying to get the tees prep’d for the start of the season, sprinklers and yardage markers to be trimmed and painted, and any bits of turfing that we may need to do will also be carried out.
The tree stumps on the 12th /16th will be ground down, we had planned to transplant 18 different trees into this area but a machinery breakdown has resulted in this work being delayed until the Autumn.
We will be working hard and get the hedges trimmed before we get into the nesting season which then prevents us from touching the hedges.
Until the next update all the best and I hope you enjoy the first few comps of the season.