Following on from the email issued on 26 March 2017 regarding Greens, I can now provide this update.
At the General Committee meeting on Monday 10 April 2017, I am pleased to report that proposals made by the Greens sub-committee in conjunction with course consultant Steve Cram were approved.
It is recommended that we carry out significant work on the greens in the coming summer months, with the aim of reducing the organic matter (thatch) levels, improving drainage, increasing playability, firming up the greens turf and producing a truer roll.
In order to achieve this we will be carrying out sand banding (a process which removes thatch from the greens and simultaneously injects sand and seed), regular tining (a process which punctures holes in the greens, and on occasion a process which removes cores from the greens), verti cutting (which directly targets thatch in a less intrusive way), dressing (which helps reduce the moisture in the greens and improve the trueness of the putting surfaces). The greens will also be rolled to assist with both speed and trueness.
We are advised that carrying out this work is essential to bring the greens up to the required standard.
The first sand banding exercise is planned for Tuesday 18 April 2017 (weather permitting) and will be completed within one day. The greens will be in use immediately following the completion of these works, full recovery is expected within 7 to 10 days.
We will be planning a minimum of 2 further sand banding exercises during the remainder of the calendar year, with the option of considering an additional exercise. By carrying out this work during the playing season, there will be some disruption to the members, however the recovery rate will be quicker than in previous years.
The tining (using smaller tines than in previous years), dressing, verti cutting and rolling of the greens will be carried out on a 3 weekly cycle, with light dressings being applied, with all processes not affecting the playability of the greens.
It is accepted that following the initial sand banding exercise that the greens will not be at their usual standard for a short period, we apologise in advance for this. We are however fully confident that by following the recommendations of Steve Cram we will see much improved greens during the 2017 season and beyond.