This Week On The Course
Monday 14th May
Today the greens were verti-cut. This process removes excess leaf growth, dislodges and removes unwanted seed heads and weeds. It also produces an upright grass prior to cutting to give a cleaner more consistent cut. After cutting any residual debris is cleared by hand. Additionally today, bunkers were raked, tee boxes were repaired with some winter tees hand dressed and the cutting of the semi-rough cutting began.
Tuesday 15th May
A light dressing was applied to the greens after they had been cut. The verti-cutting yesterday opens grooves in the turf canopy which allows for the incorporation of sand topdressing. After the dressing was spread, it gets matted in using a drag mat and then watered in using the irrigation sprinklers. Later in the day, a gap in play was created at midday, allowing for dry cuts of the aprons, surrounds, tees and fairways. Also the greens were re-cut to help improve playability after the dressing.
Wednesday 16th May
As the green staff worked late on Tuesday, a shortened day today was about setting up the course for the Pro Sweep. Greens were cut and ironed afterwards. Holes were changed and bunkers raked. Some machine maintenance also took place.
Thursday 17th May
All green staff focused on the bunkers today; flymoing, weeding, blowing to remove debris, moving sand around and raking. The greens committee has chosen the best way for the bunkers to be raked to improve ball lie and also playability: with a compacted face and edge and fluffed up sand in the middle. Efforts are made on a Thursday and at other times when they are raked to ensure this is maintained. Bunkers were topped up with sand where necessary. Also today, tees were divoted and tee markers moved to new areas.
Friday 18th May
Greens, aprons, surrounds, tees and fairways were all cut and also some longer semi-rough was re-cut. Cutting was delayed by almost an hour this morning as a heavy unpredicted frost lingered. Bunkers were raked too.
Whilst the automation fault was corrected, a further ongoing fault continues. A suspected leak has meant that the sprinklers on the 8th, 12th and 15th greens are out of action. The only solution is to hand water the greens daily, especially as we have seen such little rain in the past few weeks and not much more forecast. This also means that an extra member of staff is required for each day over the weekend to carry out this task.