A Month in the Life of Greens: October 2018

It's Busy Season

As part of an initiative to give members more information as to what is happening to their course I shall be writing a blog as and when required.

As is always the case, work has been ongoing. Here's a quick review of some of the works carried out this month to maintain and improve the course.

You will have noticed that for a few days there were tine marks in the greens. These pencil tines were to a depth of 80-100mm in order to encourage new root growth. This was required following the Graden sand injection works  (grass seed also added) carried out by the Greens staff  and a number of members at the end of September. (Thank you to all involved)

Graden works on the 14th

Graden works on the 14th

As you can see this was pretty invasive works and highlights some of the problems faced with the depth of the root zone on some of the greens. So the fact is that while they're not perfect at present, the greens are recovering well.

Resources have been involved in renovating the bunker to the right of the 16th green following its partial collapse earlier this month.

16th bunker bfore

16th bunker before

16th bunker after

16th bunker after

If you play during the week you will have witnessed the large clean up operation that has been ongoing regarding the fallen leaves. If you only play on a weekend and you see areas of leaves covering the general playing area, unfortunately there is nothing the Greens staff can do if Mother Nature decides to blow through on a Friday or Saturday night!

You may or may not have noticed that Andrew Cawood our Head Greenkeeper has been busy felling a number of trees. This is ongoing course improvement work. Most of these will not be obvious as Andrew has been adept in felling only what is necessary. This includes 19 trees that  have been removed from around the right hand side of the eighteenth (18th) green alone to allow more light into this area and to improve the quality of the putting surface.

Right of 18th green

Right of 18th green

However, I'm sure you can't fail to have noticed the line of trees that are currently being felled along the right side of the fourth in a line from the men's white tee up to the oak tree on the ridge.  This work is necessary to improve the options from the tee in preparation for the new bunkering on this hole-something I'm sure you drawers (rh) and faders( lh) of the golf ball will  no doubt appreciate.

Stop press.... This work is currently on hold due to more pressing matters- if you've been down to the course this week you'll know why!

Plus we have had an outbreak of fusarium which has needed to be brought under control. Apparently, research shows, October is fungus month in the golfing world. The team have had to clear all the debris off of the greens- leaves,pine needles etc before someone following on behind can then spray them. This appears to be under control control at present

Lastly, initial  work has been carried out this past week, led by our deputy Head Greenkeeper Neil Jarrett, to renovate the right green side bunker on eight (8) as the build up of sand on the top edge caused it to  disintegrate.

8th bunker

8th bunker

More next month

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