Monday, 17 October 2016

More Aeration on Greens

Following on from the maintenance work carried out in September, which included verti-draining and solid tining, further aeration in the form of micro hollow coring is being carried out on the greens.

This form of aeration (hollow coring), removes 6mm diameter plugs to a depth of 100mm. The coring is carried out to relieve  surface compaction  caused by foot and maintenance traffic. Other benefits of coring include air exchange, improvement to surface drainage and increased root development. Another  benefit is the removal of dead and decaying organic plant material, (thatch) found in the upper profile, which if left unmanaged could cause problems. Organic matter levels in the greens are now down at a healthy level of 5%. More information on this can be found in the current STRI report.
The nature of the small diameter tines causes minimal disruption with large benefits.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Greens Management Notice Board

The winter works programme for the golf course is now available to view on the Greens management notice board which is situated in the link corridor in the clubhouse.
The document outlines winter projects that will be carried out on the golf course, commencing in October and running through to the end of March 2017.

Other pieces of information available to view include monthly course bulletin reports which the Course Manager submits to the board of directors. These bullet reports highlight the work carried out during the current month and the proposed work for the following month. As well as the run of the mill maintenance operations any other unusual operations or occurrences are highlighted eg the recent outbreak of Anthracnose leaf blight on the greens.

The yearly STRI agronomic report is displayed on the noticeboard along with the Chairman of green annual report, which he prepares prior to the AGM.  


Monday, 15 February 2016

Catching up with winter projects

The high rainfall over the winter period has delayed winter project works at the golf club, especially work involving earth moving.
The green-staff have been busy over the last couple of weeks now that the soil profile has dried out a little. A 3.5 tonne excavator has been hired in and put to work on the following projects.

The pond in front of the 9th Tee has been re-profiled to allow easier access and maintenance of the surrounding grass land. 
The old 9th winter Tee which was sited at the side of the pond has been removed with the surrounding area re-contoured, again, to allow easier access with mowers. 
Some of the spoil from the Tee area was used to build a base for the last practice Green being constructed on the bottom practice ground.

Re-shaping the ground around the pond

Construction of a 200 sq m base for the last pitching Green

The three fairway bunkers situated on the 1st hole have now been removed and the landing area re-contoured to encourage golfers to target the 1st fairway instead of bailing out onto the 18th hole.

The three bunkers before removal, bland round holes in the ground which did not replicate the original course architects ethos and discouraged golfers from playing down there own fairway. 

Ongoing work

The first area ready for turfing

The hired in excavator was also put to work clearing and tidying our main material dumping ground to the left of the 2nd Green/hole.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

development of three practice pitching Greens

The main project on the golf course this winter has been the development of three practice pitching Greens on the short practice ground. The project was originally planned to be completed by Christmas but the heavy rainfall this winter has delayed work. At this present time two of the Greens have been completed with the third commencing asap. We have been fortunate that the practice ground is one of the freer draining areas of the course and is situated near to the hard standing of the maintenance building allowing easy access.
All three Greens are designed with different shapes and contours allowing a wide range of practice pitch and chip shots.
Green 1 is relatively long and flat with a few undulations running through it. This will allow long running shots.
Green two is built into a ridge with two bunkers surrounding the Green. The bunkers have been surrounded with polypropylene grass carpet. This will aid easy maintenance and retain original levels following sand splash.
Green three is a target Green for longer pitching up to one hundred yards in length.
Four 4m x 2m high standard polypropylene mats are to be installed allowing various shot lengths to the three Greens. Shorter chip shots will be played from mown out fairway sections immediately surrounding each Green.

Above photo  of Green 1 during construction shows the shaped and consolidated base with the first rootzone layer being added.

One of the bunkers on Green 2, fitted with bunker mat liner and polypropylene grass to collect sand splash and retain levels.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Cut and collection of rough land areas

The photograph above shows the rough land area around the pond situated in front of the 9th Tee. The grass land has been mown and the arisings collected up. As part of the winter work other rough land areas around the golf course will have the same treatment. The larger accessible areas are mown with the tractor mounted "Amazone" which cuts and collects the grass.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Development of new short game practice area

Work has now commenced on the development of a three Green short game practice area on the bottom practice ground.
The main goal is to build three Greens, one at 200 sq m and two at 150 sq m in size. The contouring of the Greens will create a wide range of shots with the middle Green 2 having two bunkers built into the Green surround.

Early stages,turf clearing and levelling the old bunker on the 200 sq m Green 1

Green 1 will be set up for longer chip and run shots. The photo above shows the base of the Green built. There are some undulations in the base that do not show up in the photograph.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Maintenance work to Greens 3, 4 and 6

In an attempt to improve the drainage rates on Greens 3, 4 and 6 extra aeration and sand dressing has been carried out.
The profile of these Greens is made up of a finer soil texture than others on the course and do not naturally drain as fast. For example the 7th, 9th and 18th Greens are constructed from a sandier material and with the help of their elevation naturally drain well.
Following discussions with the STRI it was decided to try and create vertical drainage channels which will help surface water percolate through the profile quicker. In achieving this the growing environment will improve and surface water following heavy rainfall will not sit on the Green surface for as long.
The work carried out involved verti-draining using 19mm diameter solid tines to a depth of 250mm. Dressing sand was then applied to the Green which was then brushed into the holes using a mechanical contra-rotating brush.
The Green was then hollow cored using 12mm diameter hollow tines to a depth of 63mm. Further dressing sand was  applied following overseeding with Brown top bent seed. The brush was again used to fill the holes full of sand. Altogether approximately 13 tonnes of sand was applied to the three Greens.

Verti-draining on a sanded Green

Hollow coring following verti-draining and sanding

The contra-rotating brush used to move the sand down the aeration holes