This Week On The Course
Monday 11th September
After the greens were cut, a liquid iron was applied to them; this not only acts as a green-up but also helps to harden the turf and also makes it less suseptible to disease. Holes were then changed. Tees, fairways, aprons were all cut and and the cutting of the semi-rough began also. Tee boxes were repaired and markers moved to new areas. Fairway divoting continued.
Tuesday 12th September
Bunkers were all raked first thing with sand being pushed away from the face and lip and dispersed in to the middle of the bunker. As the forecast predicted heavy rain from early evening in to Wednesday morning, it was decided to fully utilise the favourable weather conditions in order to achieve dry cuts on the tees, fairways, surrounds and semi-rough.
Wednesday 13th September
An inspection of the course was made early on which saw the course closed. As rain ceased and water logging began to dissipate, cutting of the greens began at 9am and the course was fully opened at 10am. The holes were all changed to dry areas of the putting surface, and bunkers were either raked or blue flagged where appropriate.
Thursday 14th September
Greens were cut first thing and holes were nipped up afterwards in readiness for past captains day. Bunkers were raked, with as many as possible being reinstated to general play where practical. Several bunkers remain blue flagged however. Once the course dried out slightly, tees, aprons, fairways, surrounds and semi-rough were all cut.
Friday 15th September
Greens, aprons, tees and fairways were all cut first thing. Holes were changed for the ladies competition and tee boxes divoted and tee markers moved in readiness for competition play. Bunkers received much attention throughout the day in order to bring as many back in play as possible. Also selected bunkers were pumped clear of water.
This Week On The Course
Tuesday 29th August
After an extended weekend break, today's priority was cutting; with greens, aprons, tees, green surrounds, fairway surrounds and semi-rough all being cut. Holes were changed first thing and tee boxes were repaired and moved.
Wednesday 30th August
In preparation for the Medal competition, greens were double cut and then ironed. Semi-rough continued to be cut as did some of the longer fairways and tees. The majority of bunkers were all flymo'd around the edge. As time became available, some of the fairways were divoted.
Thursday 31st August
After the greens were cut, a 'green up' spray containing a seaweed mix was applied; this among other benefits, acts a soil conditioner, encourages strong rooting and aids survival from stress caused by heavy usage.
Holes were changed, the rest of the bunkers were flymo'd and raked, and green and fairway surrounds were cut also.
Friday 1st September
The greens were cut first thing and then ironed afterwards. Green aprons, tees and fairways were all cut with longer areas of rough being cut for a second time in the week. Tees were repaired and markers set up for the weekends competition. Bunkers were also raked.
Beginning on Tuesday, all of the bunkers will receive some much needed attention, primarily being topped up with sand to help with bunker play. The process involves removing all sand from the face and front edge of the bunker and dispersing it in to the middle of the bunker and then adding new sand till it reaches a satisfactory depth and then raking level. Time has been taken to observe how the ball rolls and lands in to each bunker to ensure that it will find the playing surface of the bunker and not simply stay on the face or close to the edge. Hopefully all greenside bunkers will be complete by Friday of this week.
This Week On The Course
Monday 21 August
Greens were cut first thing this morning as normal and thereafter holes were changed. Tees, aprons and fairways were all cut, and the cutting of the semi-rough began. Tee boxes were repaired and markers moved.
Tuesday 22nd August
To achieve a better cut of the greens this morning, they were first brushed thus encouraging the grass sward to stand vertically prior to being double cut. Holes were then nipped up or changed where appropriate. All of the bunkers were raked with the majority of weeds removed by hand. Semi-rough cutting continued throughout day. All of the green surrounds and fairway surrounds were cut also. Strimming of the paths bagan later in the day.
Wednesday 23rd August
Greens were cut and then holes were changed in preparation for the Pro Sweep. Fairways, tees, aprons and semi-rough being cut also. As the day went on, tee banks were flymo'd, strimmed and then blowed. The remainder of the paths were strimmed, weeded and blowed.
Thursday 24th August
The greens were double sarrel rolled, cut, and then a light dressing was applied which was brushed in. Bunkers were all raked as well. The cutting of the semi-rough was completed and the green surrounds and fairway surrounds were cut also.
Friday 25th August
Greens were all double cut followed by the holes being nipped up. Aprons, tees and fairways were all cut. Tee boxes were divoted and tee markers were moved in readiness for Saturdays competition. With an extended weekend, longer areas of semi-rough were once again cut to maintain the height at 2.5 inches. Dry areas around selected greens were also watered in by hand using a a wetting agent to help aid with absorbtion.
This Week On The Course
Monday 14th August
Prior to the greens being cut they were brushed in order to help the grass sward stand upright to help achieve a better cut. The greens were then double cut and holes were nipped up. Tees, fairways, aprons and semi-rough were also cut. Tee boxes were repaired and markers then moved. The burn was also strimmed and then raked out and flushed.
Tuesday 15th August
Greens were cut first thing as normal and holes were all changed. Green/ fairway surrounds were cut and the cutting of the semi-rough continued. All of the bib aprons, some tees and other selected areas were tinned throughout the day. Later on in the day, some of the copses were cut, as were some of the longer tees.
Wednesday 16th August
Today, greens were cut and then ironed in order to speed up and improve the playability of the playing surface for the monthly medal. Aprons, tees and fairways were cut. Semi-rough cutting continued and all of the copse were completed.
It was noted today that, due to the heavy morning dew, the fairways were left covered in grass cuttings more than what is normal; this is being monitored and will be reviewed at the greenkeepers meeting at the end of the week. Where appropriate, selected fairways were given an extra 'clean up' cut later in the day in order to try to disperse grass clippings.
Thursday 17th August
Following the cutting of the greens, holes were changed. Green surrounds and the first cut around the fairways were cut also. The remaining semi-rough was completed with selected longer areas around the course recieving a second cut for the week in preperation for the weekend. Bunkers were strimmed, around the outside and the inside edge, then cleared of debris and weeds and finally raked. Tees were also divoted and the markers moved.
Friday 18th August
Greens were cut first thing this morning, as were tees, aprons and fairways. Bunkers were raked and holes trimmed up. 150 yard markers were all strimmed and cleaned. As time became available, longer semi-rough was cut again in preparation for the weekend.
This Week On The Course
Monday 7th August
With an England Golf ladies open teeing off at 9:30, an early start was required by the greenkeepers. Greens, aprons, tees and fairways all being cut. Bunkers were raked, tee boxes repaired and holes were changed to pre-selected areas. As the day progressed, some semi-rough was cut on the higher holes, fairway divoting took place and tee maintenance was also performed.
Tuesday 8th August
This week will see much tinning being carried out on the course, with today focusing exclusively on the tees. Regular and seasonal aeration is essential to ensure turf-grass quality is maintained throughout the playing season.
Additionally today, semi-rough was cut, as were green and fairway surrounds, and also tee banks and around the bunkers. Fairway divoting continued.
Wednesday 9th August
Todays primary focus was once again on tinning, this time to the greens. It was agreed, in order to minimise disruption to golfers, that the tinning would take place over two days; with the aim of tinning and then top dressing 9 per shift. This meant a member of staff starting before 5am.
The aim of tinning is to provide firm, dry and level surfaces with sufficient cover of a tight knit grass sward. When conditions are favourable, windows of opportunity should be taken to achieve this objective by aerating at varying depths and then lightly sanding afterwards to maintain a firm and dry surface.
Greens, tees, aprons, semi-rough and long fairways were all cut today as well. Holes were also changed first thing for the Pro Sweep.
Thursday 10th August
After another early start by a member staff, the tinning of the remaining greens was completed. Thereafter, they were top dressed and brushed in. This process will be repeated in a fortnights time.
Elsewhere on the course, fairways were cut, as were surrounds and semi-rough. Also bunkers were raked and weeded.
Friday 11th August
Anticipating the Club Championship playoff round tonight, and the weekly ladies competition, much of this mornings work involved setting the course up. Holes were changed, with an even balance of easier, medium and harder pin positions. Tees were repaired, with the whites markers moved as close to the measuring disc as was practical. Greens were cut in the morning: we did plan to iron the greens later in the day to improve playability of the surface, but with inclement weather it was decided to re-cut the greens early in the afternoon.
Tees were cut, areas of longer semi-rough were re-cut and longer fairways cut again. Also an inspection was made of the boundary perimeter fence, with repairs carried out as necessary.