This Week On The Course
Monday 24th July
As we anticipate the club championship at the weekend, much of this weeks work will be to prepare the course for this event. As usual the greens were cut, as were the tees, aprons and some of the semi-rough. Tee boxes were also divoted. Work on the bunkers also began, with the inside edge strimmed, weeds and debris removed, sand moved around and then raked.
Tuesday 25th July
Immediately following the cutting of the greens, a liquid oxygen formula was applied to the greens; this works to complement any aeration practises carried out but also helps benefit the soil.
Green surrounds, the first cut around the fairway and more semi-rough were cut. The work on the bunkers continued.
Wednesday 26th July
Greens were double cut first thing and a preventative fungicide was then applied to certain greens that showed early signs of disease. Bunkers were raked for the monthly medal. Tees were cut and also tidied to make them more presentable.
As the weather deteriorated throughout the morning, this freed up time for machine maintenance and cleaning. This also afforded us the opportunity to apply a granular fertiliser to worn areas, walk off areas and other selected places; using the rain to wash it in.
As the wet weather ceased, greens were checked, with any lying water being pushed off, and bunkers were checked also to see if any needed to be blue flagged.
This week has seen a rise in vandalism on the course; with tee markers, pins and signs damaged. The greens have also been affected. The course is being inspected every morning first thing, with any defects being rectified as soon as possible. The police are notified of any incidents.
This Week On The Course
Monday 17th July
This morning greens were cut, as were fairways, tees & aprons and semi-rough. The tees were repaired and markers moved. A little attention was given to bunkers also; weeding them to help with their appearance and also raking them, with sand moved to the middle of the bunkers where possible. 150 yard markers were also strimmed around and cleaned. With the summer temperatures set to continue this week the irrigation system has been set to come on for 3 minutes a side on every green from later on in the evening.
Tuesday 18th July
As part of our rotating greens work this summer, and following on from the sand injection work, today the greens were double sarel rolled. This process, using little spikes, is primarily an aerator. This was then followed by the greens being cut, and then a light dressing applied that was then brushed in using a rubber drag mat. Holes were then changed.
Semi-rough continued to be cut, as well as green surrounds and around the fairways. Taking advantage of the dry and warm conditions, fairways were cut again. This gives a cleaner cut, is more aesthetically pleasing and also helps to remove and clumps of grass left from previous wet cuts.
Additionally today, paths were strimmed, weeded and then cleaned using a blower.
Wednesday 19th July
Greens were cut first thing this morning and holes were trimmmed up in readiness for the Pro Sweep. Bunkers were also raked. Due to the hot and dry weather conditions, the bunkers have rapidly become crusty giving the appearance that there is very little sand in them. In order to counteract this sand was raked in to the middle of the bunker where possible. The cutting of the semi-rough was completed today.
Included in today's tasks was divoting/ soil & seeding selected areas, such as winter greens, worn areas, drain lines and areas heavily affected through heavy traffic. Some of these areas have been white-lined thus becoming GUR. Fairway divoting also begain again today, with landing zones and 150 yards in recieving the most attention.
Thursday 20th July
Due to heavy rainfall over night, holes had to be changed and bunkers blue flagged where necessary. Greens were cut, as well as green surrounds and fairway surrounds. The burn across the 1st and 18th was strimmed, raked out and then flushed clear.
Friday 21st July
This morning greens, tees and fairways were all cut. Bunkers were all raked, with much needed rain helping to bring them back to life. Tees were also divoted and markers moved, with competition markers set up for Presidents Day on Sunday. Soil and seeding of worn areas continued later on in the day. Also, longer semi-rough received a second cut as time was available.
This Week On The Course
Monday 10th July
Today was predominately a cutting day, with greens, tees, aprons, surrounds, fairways and semi-rough all cut. Additionally, tees were repaired with tee markers moved to fresh areas. Also, the process of flymoing and strumming the bunkers began.
Tuesday 11th July
In preparation for the Ladies Presidents day, the greens were cut then rolled, whilst simultaneously the holes were changed and the bunkers raked. Now that the fertiliser is fully active, all of the greens had to be double cut this morning and then cleared of any remaining cuttings before being ironed. This slowed down this mornings work, meaning the cutting of the greens wasnt complete until after 12pm.
As a team match against Whitley Bay is commencing at 4:30, greens were cut for a third time in the early afternoon. This is to help speed up the playing surface, giving a truer roll.
All bunkers have now been strimmed inside, flymo'd around, and had weeds removed.
Wednesday 12th July
The greens were once again double cut today to keep on top of the growth and the hole was trimmed up where necessary in readiness for the Pro Sweep. Tees were also double cut, as were surrounds, fairway surrounds and semi-rough. The process of strimming around single treee and cutting in copses also began.
Thursday 13th July
After the greens were cut this morning, they were over seeded in places and the holes were changed. The fairways were cut, and then some were cut again later in the day in order to achieve a better cut once the dew had lifted. Maintenance was carried out on all of the tee boxes, which includes; cleaning the tee markers, strumming around the signs and washing them down, trimming around the measuring discs and removing any long grasses. Additionally today, semi rough was cut, copses continued to be cut and single trees were strimmed around.
Friday 14th July
Immediately following the cutting of the greens, they were ironed to improve playability. Simultaneousl, the bunkers were raked. Tees were cut, repaired and markers moved in readiness for the weekends competiton. The cutting of the copses was completed. Surrounds were cut, and selected fairways were re-cut. Also the hedge in front of the 2nd medal tee and on the left side of the 11th fairway was trimmed.
This Week On The Course
Monday 3rd July
To compliment the intensive work being carried out on the greens, they were all tinned prior to the contractors starting. This was done from 5am to keep well ahead of the sand graden injection process. Greens were also cut prior to the work beginning.
In order to take full advantage of the course closure, the greenkeepers worked an extended day. This allowed extra time to be spent on cutting jobs in particular, cutting at lower speeds to achieve a better result and double cutting where possible. Also, by delaying the cutting till after the dew had lifted, meant that few or no clumps of grass were left behind.
Following the sand injection, the greens were all brushed to help the sand and seed mix fall into the grooves and to smooth the playing surface.
Tuesday 4th July
Prior to cutting the greens, any residual debris from Monday was removed, either by hand or with a blower. This was again repeated after the greens had been cut to improve playability. Holes were also changed, with cups cleaned where necessary.
All 19 mounds of thatch and organic matter from yesterday that were left behind the greens were loaded on to a trailer and disposed of accordingly.
Although the course was initially reopened this morning, due to heavy persistent rain it was closed shortly thereafter.
Wednesday 5th July
Prolonged rain on Tuesday and throughout the night left the course water logged in parts and the greens saturated, thus the course closure remained in place. Efforts were made to rid the greens of any puddles where possible but they were still too wet to cut. Attempts were also made to cut some of the dryer tees. Approximately fifty bunkers were out of play.
Thursday 6th July
Allowing the course to drain yesterday meant the course could reopen first thing this morning. Greens were cut, followed by removing any residual debris left from the sand injection work. The greens were then rolled to improve ball roll and playability and then once again were checked for any debris. A fungicide was also applied to the greens this morning. The holes were changed in readiness for the league match in the evening.
Semi-rough and surrounds were also cut, and bunkers raked where possible, however, many bunkers remain blue flagged.
Friday 7th July
This morning, as usual, greens were cut first thing and, once again, any residual debris removed by hand. Following this, a fertiliser was applied; with the purpose of making the turf greener, denser and more resilient. These results are evident almost instantly and will continue to take effect over the weekend as the warmer weather continues.
The bunkers were raked again this morning, although around 25 remain blue flagged this will hopefully decrease rapidly over Friday and Saturday as weather conditions stay dry. Fairways were cut, as were tees and tee banks. The 13th bank running down to the burn was also cut.
Today, for the second time this year, the process of sand injection was carried out on the greens. This intensive process aerates and scarifies the turf, whilst tearing in to the organic matter content, removing a large percentage of thatch. This is then back filled with kiln dried sand and seed. The machines run in a different direction from the first time so as not to remove what was injected previously.
Problems Caused by Excessive Thatch
- Reduction in air order exchange
- Reduced water infiltration
- Poor seed germination
- Severe dry patch
- Inability to cope with drought and high temperatures
- Increased disease and insect problems
- Soft spongy playing surfaces
- Shallow rooting system
Hence the need for thatch removal!
Sand injection using the Graden Contour machine impacts more surface area than other processes, disrupts ball roll less and can instantly improve the firmness of the surface whilst at the same time removing far more biomass and thatch than standard coring or tinning.
We were pleased with the results from earlier in the year and we are hoping the results will be equally as good on this occasion with the added bonus of a speedier recovery. Generally, dependant on weather, full recovery can be achieved in 7-10 days. Playing of the greens however can resume immediately after the process is complete.