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.