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This Week On The Course

This Week On The Course 

Monday 3rd September 

The greens, aprons, surrounds, tees, fairways and semi-rough were all cut. The bunkers were raked and the tee boxes were repaired with markers moved to new positions. Additionally, the back of the second green which is prone to severe dry patch was sarel rolled and then over seeded. A granular fertiliser was then applied to the green in order to help stimulate growth and to input needed nutrients.

Tuesday 4th September 

After the greens were cut they were sprayed with a liquid wetter. This mixture improves water penetration and distribution, helps prevent dry patch and also encourages healthy root growth. The holes were then changed. Elsewhere on the course, the cutting of the semi-rough continued and the burn across the first and eighteenth holes was strimmed and then raked clear.

Wednesday 5th September

The greens were cut and then ironed afterwards to produce a true and fast surface. The aprons were cut and the bunkers were raked.

Thursday 6th September

The greens were tined in the morning to a penetrative depth of 75mm. This aeration allows for gas exchange and also improves rooting and the increase of desired grasses. A sand top dressing was applied to the greens after they were tined. The aeration helps the top dressing integrate in to the root-zone which helps to improve the soil structure. This was brushed in using a drag mat. Later in the day, all of the paths were edged and weeded with any debris removed.

Friday 7th September

In preparation for ladies invitation day, the greens were double cut, the holes were changed and the bunkers were raked. Elsewhere on the course; the aprons, surrounds, tees, fairways and long semi-rough were all cut.

Created: 08-Sep-18 15:02

This Week On The Course

This Week On The Course 

Tuesday 28th August

After a three day weekend, the priority of the day was cutting; with greens, aprons, surrounds, tees, tee banks, fairways, semi-rough and copse all cut. The bunkers were raked and the tee boxes were divoted later in the day. Holes were also changed in the morning.

Wednesday 29th August

In preparation for the August medal, the greens were cut and then ironed immediately afterwards in order to produce a smoother, faster playing surface. The aprons were cut and all of the bunkers were raked. 

Thursday 30th August 

A light top dressing was applied to the greens which was then matted in using a drag mat. This dressing will help stimulate new root and shoot growth, and also increase the water holding capacity of the soil; which is especially needed in the summer months. The greens were then cleared of any remaining debris. The bunkers were all strimmed, weeded, and raked; with sand being redistributed in to the middle of the trap.

Friday 31st August 

Greens, aprons, surrounds, tees and fairways were all cut. Holes were changed in the morning, bunkers were all raked and the tees were repaired with markers moved to new locations.

Created: 02-Sep-18 05:16

This Week On The Course

This Week On The Course 

Monday 13th August 

Greens, aprons, surrounds, tees and fairways were all cut. Later in the day as the rain ceased, a granular fertiliser was applied to the bib aprons. This is to encourage a consistent growth and also improve the aesthetics of the turf. Tees were divoted with markers moved to new areas. Additionally, selected worn areas in front of and around the greens were repaired with soil and seed and marked as ground under repair. Fairways were divoted throughout the day.

Tuesday 14th August 

After the greens were cut, an application of fertiliser mixed with iron was sprayed on to the greens. This is to aid recovery from the sand injection last week. Holes were changed and bunkers were raked. The cutting of the semi-rough also began.

Wednesday 15th August 

The greens were double cut and then ironed afterwards to help improve the trueness of the putting surface. The bunkers were raked. Aprons and tees were also cut.

Thursday 16th August

The bunkers were all strimmed, flymo'd, weeded with any debris removed. They were raked, with sand taken off the face and edge and redistributed to the centre of the trap. Also today, paths and tee box steps were edged and tidied.

Friday 17th August

The greens were double cut in the morning. It's of note that prior to the sand injection work, the cut of the greens was lifted to 4mm from 3.5mm. We have now returned to a cut of 3.5mm, thus the speed of the greens should increase. Aprons, surrounds, tees and fairways were all cut today. Holes were changed, tee boxes were repaired, and bunkers were raked also.

Created: 18-Aug-18 11:56

This Week On The Course

This Week On The Course 

Monday 6th August 

Prior to the major greens work, they were first tinned and then cut. The sand filler machine uses scarifying blades which can remove thatch to up to 40mm. On this occasion they were set to a penetrative depth of 25mm. Once the organic spoil has been collected the trench is immediately filled with sand and bent grass seed. The sand used is kiln dried; this maximises the likelihood of all the grooves being completely filled, will help with the breakdown of remaining thatch and will also allow water to percolate in to the lower layer of root zone. The greens are then cleared of any residual spoil and debris, firstly by hand and then with the use of a blower. A drag mat attachment is then used, helping to incorporate any remaining sand through the sward and restoring the playing surface. Today we completed the injection of fourteen greens. 

Tuesday 7th August 

The remaining four greens and putting green were injected with sand and seed with thatch removed. The process was completed by 11am with all eighteen holes in play. In total, 14 tonnes of sand has been injected in to the greens. Full restoration of the greens is approximated at seven to ten days (with weather that is conducive) so whilst the inconveniences are temporary the benefits will be long lasting.

Wednesday 8th August 

A top dressing was applied to the greens this morning for the purpose of topping up any grooves that hadn't been fully filled with sand filling machine. The dressing also helping to level the putting surface. Surrounds were cut and bunkers were raked.

Thursday 9th August 

The greens were ironed first thing in order to improve the roll of the greens. Any excess sand that had been lifted was cleared from the green and the hole was changed to a new location. Semi-rough and tee banks were cut and tees were divoted with markers moved to fresh areas.

Friday 9th August 

The greens were cut, as were the aprons, surrounds, tees, fairways and semi-rough. Bunkers were raked also. Since the greens work was carried out we are endeavouring to ensure that they are correctly irrigated so as to not dry out as a result of the large quantity of sand that was added to them. 

 

Created: 11-Aug-18 11:38

This Week On The Course

This Week On The Course 

Monday 30th July

The greens were cut and then sprayed with a mix of preventative fungicide and iron. With the sand injection scheduled for next week much of this weeks work is to ensure the greens are of the highest possible standard prior to this intensive operation taking place. Aprons, surrounds, tees, tee banks, fairways and semi-rough were all cut today as well. Bunkers were raked and tees were repaired. Cracked areas that have appeared on the fairways and bib aprons have been filled with a soil and seed mixture and marked as ground under repair.

Tuesday 31st July

The greens were sarel rolled and then cut. The array of closely spaced tines provides a high volume of essential surface aeration which in turn allows fresh air and water to reach the roots, loosening the soil, allowing roots to grow more freely and vital soil biology to thrive. The greens were cut and then ironed to maintain the trueness of the putting surface. Aprons were cut, the cutting of the semi-rough was completed and bunkers were raked.

Wednesday 1st August

Greens were double cut and then ironed to create a fast, true roll. Tees and aprons were cut and bunkers raked.

Thursday 2nd August

The greens were verti-cut in the morning. This operation is designed to prevent thatch build up and also to control lateral growth, promoting an upright tight grass surface. The greens were then double cut, with any residual debris removed. The bunkers were all flymo'd, strimmed, weeded and raked; with sand removed from the face and front edge of the bunker and redistributed to the centre of the trap. The burn was also strimmed and then raked clear afterwards. In preparation for league match at home to Morpeth, the holes were changed and the aprons were cut.

Friday 3rd August 

A spray was applied to the greens after they had been cut. The purpose of this mixture is to produce a more compact dense sward, improving the playing surface. The aprons, surrounds, tees, and fairways were all cut. Bunkers were raked and tee boxes repaired with markers moved to new positions.

 

Created: 04-Aug-18 13:09
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