Friday, 25 October 2013

Improvements to path ends

Several of the pathway ends have suffered from excessive wear and compaction resulting in loss of grass growth. Year long foot and vehicular traffic at several pinch points around the course has resulted in this loss of growth and presentation.
A new plastic honey comb ground reinforcement material "Hexapath is to be installed in these areas. The honey comb structure is set into the path end and partly backfilled with a rootzone growing medium and then seeded. The result will be a grass covered surface that will not wear as the down force from foot and vehicles is absorbed by the hexapath structure. Wear to the grass plant is not possible as the growing point is protected by the structure of the hexapath.
Below is a photo showing an installed section of Hexapath at the beginning of the pathway leading from the 6th Green to the 7th Tee.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Winter work programme

An outlined proposal of winter work for the golf course has been compiled into a small report. Following a recent Green's meeting the report is now available to view on the Green's management notice board situated on the link corridor in the clubhouse. The report will also be published in the members section of the club website.
The report highlights the main proposals for the larger tasks and does not mention day to day maintenance tasks.

Repairing pitchmarks in the Greens

Please follow the link above, an interesting demonstration on the right and wrong ways to repair a pitchmark on a golf Green.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Hole changing

Below is a photograph of the tools used when moving the hole on a Green. There seems to be a lack of under standing with some members who think that a board is not used when changing the hole.
The board used is actually a metal plate and is used to eliminate any lifting of the green in the area around the hole cutter.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Rescue herbicide applied to Apron

As well as the Tees an application of "Rescue" herbicide has been carried out to the 9th and 12th Aprons. As with the Tees the Aprons contain varying amounts of Perennial Rye and Yorkshire Fog grasses . The removal of these grasses will greatly improve the presentation and aesthetics of these playing areas.

The 9th Apron after solid tine aeration, seeding and top dressing with root zone.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Maintenance work on the Tees following the application of "Rescue" herbicide

Following the application of Rescue herbicide for the removal of Perennial Rye and Yorkshire Fog grasses the weakened areas have now been over seeded and dressed with a root zone. Further seeding will be employed towards the end of the month before the onset of winter.

The photograph is of the 1st Tee following scratch raking of the surface, seeding and dressing with a rootzone.
The 1st, 4th, 7th and 13th contained the most amount of Rye grass and therefore suffered the most disruption.

Results from over seeding the Greens

It has now been three weeks since the Greens were over seeded using two varieties of Fescue during aeration week.
The photograph below shows lines of the germinated seed developing into young fescue grass plants.

Difficult to photograph but the young established plants are shown in the dark lines.
From early establishment some week ago the mowing frequency was reduced to every other day, with the height of cut lifted up to 5mm. This obviously had an effect on green speed and roll of the ball.
As from this Monday (7th) daily mowing has been carried out. The sward texture has tightened up again although Green speed will be slower from lifting the height of cut.
Daily mowing during the week will continue until temperatures drop down to around 10*c and growth slows down. As from this Friday hand mowing will be carried out more regularly, with the heavier triple mower being rested during the wetter winter months.