This Week On The Course
Tuesday 8th May
With a shortened week due to the bank holiday weekend the priority was cutting; greens, aprons, tees, surrounds, fairways and semi-rough. Tees were repaired and moved to new areas. Holes were also changed for the league match.
It is of note, in order to maximise efficiency and productivity on the course, from the beginning of the current season the green staff now work longer hours on certain days. On these days, the first tee will be blocked off at a selected time creating 'a gap' amongst play. This means staff can work uninterrupted and also allows us to cut later in the day; achieving a dry and better cut. At peak times through the week, green staff won't be working on the course.
Wednesday 9th May
Greens were cut first thing and sprayed with a blend of iron, seaweed and other organic ingredients. This increases rooting, acts as a soil conditioner and increases drought and disease resistance. This application compliments the wetting agent that was sprayed to the greens last week which helps with the penetration and spreading of water. Also today, the bunkers were raked and the greens and some of the tees were hand watered.
Thursday 10th May
The main job of Thursdays this season is the bunkers; strimming, flymoing, weeding, moving sand around and raking. In April, all of the bunkers on the course were topped up with sand. On Thursdays we will check each bunker to see if it has the correct amount of sand in and adjust if necessary. Already to date, some bunkers have been topped again with one or two being topped up more than once. In addition to the bunkers, greens were cut and tees were repaired and moved.
Friday 11th May
Greens, aprons, tees, surrounds and fairways were cut and the cutting of the semi-rough was completed. After the greens were cut another spray was applied. This mixture is a vertical growth retardant which produces a more compact, dense sward which improves the playing surface but also the colour and visual appearance of the turf. The bunkers were raked today, and the hedge in front of the 2nd medal tee was reduced slightly.
A fault on the irrigation system meant that the automation wasn't working correctly. As the weather was so hot and no rain was forecast, this meant extra green staff had to come in at the weekend to hand water all of the greens. The fault has now been rectified.