Friday 11 October 2013

Greens Autumn Maintenance Programme Update

I am pleased to report that the greens autumn maintenance programme has now been completed.
The remaining greens have been hollow cored, top dressed and brushed.
This autumn we have applied 40 tonnes of sand, taking the total for the year to 65 tonnes.

Sunrise on Day 1 (Monday)

Hollow Coring - Green 16
Applying Sand - Green 4
Brushing Greens 
Aeration is an essential turf maintenance practice, it is not magic or rocket science, but it is extremely hard work.
Well done and a big thank you to all the green staff. 

Thursday 3 October 2013

Sweep & Fill

We have recently been evaluating a new type of top-dressing brush, called the Sweep and Fill.
Although the brush is relatively new to the UK market place, it has been used extensively in the States for a number of years.

The Sweep & Fill Brush

Unlike conventional drag brushes, this brush effectively places the top dressing sand down into the crown of the plant and the aeration hole.

The sweeping action places more sand directly into the aeration holes thus leaving putting surfaces cleaner and reducing recovering time.

Brushing in top dressing sand after hollow coring 7th green

The brush has been primarily designed to brush sand into aerification tine holes, but is also extremely effective when used to groom the putting surfaces prior to mowing.

Putting surface after brushing
Putting surface - Day 5
Putting surface - Day 9
By using this method of brushing, favourable weather and ideal soil temperatures the putting surface trueness was restored by day nine. 

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Greens Autumn Maintenance 2013

This year we commence our greens autumn maintenance programme on Monday 7th October.

Greens 1,2,4,6,8,12,13,14,15,16,17&18 will be hollow cored with 12mm diameter tines to a depth of 100mm and top-dressed.

Because of their location i.e. lack of sunlight, low soil temperatures and poor airflow, greens 9, 10 & 11 will not be hollow cored at this time.

It is our intention to hollow core these greens in late spring next year, when soil temperatures and light levels start to increase.

The required autumn maintenance on greens 3,5&7 has already been completed.

In late October the greens will then be verti-drained with 12mm diameter tines to a depth of 250mm and top-dressed with sand.

Members please note that there will be disruption to play and some temporary greens will be in play during this essential maintenance work.

Undoubtedly, there will be a period of recovery beyond the planned maintenance itself.

Whilst it is appreciated that this will cause inconvenience to members, please be assured that this work is entirely necessary to ensure continued, long-term improvement in our putting surfaces.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members for their support, tolerance and cooperation during this greens maintenance programme of works

Bill Lyon
Golf Course Manager
1st October 2013