Well the weather just doesn’t seem to want to give us a break, at least the temperature is starting to rise which will help massively.
As you are all aware we are planning to carry out some very invasive spring renovations on the greens, this work will now start before we run out of time to do it. The first phase will be to scarify to a depth of 20mm on a single pass, on some of the greens we will try to do a double pass if the green holds up. Once the scarifying has been carried out we will topdress with between 0.5 and 0.75 of a ton per green of straight sand, this may take two passes to achieve. This work was carried out on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th of April.
The second Phase will be to Hollow core to a depth of 50mm with 12mm micro tines, the spacing will be around 30-40mm. This will then be followed up with further topdressing of around 1 ton per green of straight sand, again this may take 2 passes over two days to achieve. This work is planned for Thursday 19th April. Friday will be dress, brush and roll all day to achieve a true surface for the weekend’s play.
We have found through this winter that most of the greens have been in reasonable condition and played quite well. However we also found that the 12,14,15,16,17th and 18th greens have been very soft and holding an awful lot of water. As an attempt to stop this from happening next winter and improve the playing quality of these greens as the season unfolds, we are planning to scarify these green once a month through the year to a depth of between 8mm and 15mm. This work should be relatively unnoticeable apart from seeing the lines in the grass.
It has been decided in the last greens meeting that the drainage lines that are currently GUR on the 7th fairway, these will be rotavated and sand mixed in to raise the low levels to match the rest of the area this will then be seeded. As we now have the drains underneath working correctly this work will prevent this mess from happening again.
With regard to the rest of the course we are trying to finish the last bits of tidying up while the ground conditions are not allowing us to perform all of our cutting work. Please could I ask for some patience with regard to this as we will be out cutting the grass as soon as we can without making more mess than we need too.
Until the next update I hope we don’t cause too much disruption to play and that you can all see some improvements to the playing quality of the course.