Work for week commencing Monday 6th August 2018
In accordance with the recommended greens maintenance plan produced by the agronomist, we will hollow core, scarify and heavy topdress of the greens. The forecast is good and hopefully it will remain that way for the whole of the week.
We are going to core to a depth of 50 mm, with 65 mm spacing and 16 mm tines. This will remove the majority of the remaining buried thatch. Once the cores have been collected the greens will scarified to a depth of around 20 mm. The front six greens along with the 8th, 10th and 13th will have a single pass, the rest will get a minimum of a double pass. If the grass is holding up well we will try to do 3 or 4 passes over these greens to remove as much of the surface thatch as possible.
The hollow coring and scarification will be followed with lots of heavy topdressing, we hope to get a minimum of 60 tons of straight sand into the holes and scarifying slits.
After the first topdressing, the greens will be over seeded with a Fescue/Bent mix using the disc seeder.
Finally another 30 tons of straight sand will be spread.
There is a huge amount of work to do and we are hoping to complete within the week, but it could be that some extra topdressing needs to be done the following week.
As you know, we planned back in January to carry out this work in August to allow the greens to quickly recover. We therefore scheduled a Texas Scramble and 4 Man Team Stableford for next weekend to minimise disruption to singles competitions.
I hope you all continue to enjoy the golf during the work, I will update you soon with the plans for the autumn and winter.
The spring is rapidly approaching, and the season will soon start.
Happy new year to you all.
I would just like to update you all on the reasons as to why the course status has been changed as often as it has recently.
As you are all aware, we are built on a clay base and a clay loam topsoil. This soil type is very slow to drain and can become increasingly soft in prolonged wet periods as we are currently experiencing.
From the 22nd of June to 17th of Jan we have had a grand total of 898 mm of rain, this is equivalent to 13 months of average rainfall for the area in just under 7 months.
At this level of rainfall, the ground requires 4 or 5 days of no rain to get dry enough to allow buggies on the course, we just haven’t had a break in the weather this winter.
The shortened course from 7 to 18 cannot be used on a regular basis at the moment due to the 7th being one of the wettest areas on the course. We are working to rectify this so we can put the shortened course back into play. Many of the drains have been cleared and are flowing more freely, and there are plans in place to install a new drain at the wet area between the two fairway bunkers to prevent that issue from happening again.
Other drain lines will require extra work involving lifting the turf, cleaning the stone, and then replacing the turf. This work is currently being held up with the weather.
Please be patient as we are working hard to open up as much of the course to as many of the members as possible.
The tees have now been scarified to a depth of between 10 & 15 mm.
From Monday 9/10/17 I will start to hollow core and verti drain all of the tees, once this is complete we will topdress and seed them. When the seeding is complete we will need to bring play off the tees and on to the winter mats to allow safe germination.
As you are all aware we have had an awful spell of weather, with all the work that has been done to the greens they are now very soft. The rain has made it difficult to get the work completed, but the last of the heavy dressings was carried out this week. All the greens have now had at least 4 tonnes of sand, with 7 greens having 5 tonnes of dressing. Now we just need some dry weather to allow them to firm up again.
- Scarify as many of the heavily worn tees as possible.
- Hollow core the heavily worn tees.
- Topdress and seed these tees.
- Verti drain all other tees.
- Topdress and seed these tees.
- Leaf litter to be moved as and when the ground conditions allow.
All the cutting when the ground conditions allow.
The heavy and intensive work on the greens has now been completed.
This week we have carried out our deep decompaction relief with 19mm tines used to a depth of 9 inches, 10 degrees of heave was used. The weather was not all that great even though it was dry during the working days on Monday and Tuesday. The damp ground and morning fog caused more problems as the sand did not dry once on the ground.
I can now confirm that the deep compaction relief work will be carried out on Monday 18th September. This work will then be followed up with topdressing with straight medium/fine sand. We will be trying to fill all remaining holes on the greens by using the sweep and fill brush and the vibrating rollers. The use of the rollers will also help to get the greens true again after all the work that has been done in the last week. If the weather holds out for us this work will be completed by Tuesday afternoon.