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.