On the Course in March
Welcome to the March edition of our monthly Course Blogs keeping you updated on the general condition of the golf course plus details of all the work Head Green Keeper, Shaun Kench, and his team have been doing throughout the month.
March ended up being a very testing month with the weather! As well as two snowfalls, resulting in 4 days of course closure, frosts and heavy rainfall throughout the month, we did manage to have a few days of sunshine. Despite the general conditions underfoot, not to mention the lost days, the delayed course maintenance projects were completed.
The verti-cutting on the greens continued in March to remove the winter moss. This process was then followed by hollow coring to a depth of 4 inches which removed further traces of moss and reduced the thatch levels below the playing surface.
Once all greens had been cleared of cores and debris they were then overseeded with a Bent Fescue green seed and Dwarf Ryegrass seed. Once seeding had been completed the greens were then top-dressed with sand, dragged to smooth the surface and then brushed to finish.
This vital work has been done to further remove moss and thatch and also reduce compaction below the surface and will assist the roots to grow and strengthen the leaf of the grass.
The Dwarf Ryegrass seed will also assist with keeping grass on the bank surfaces that struggled with the high temperatures experienced last season.
Other work also undertaken during March included starting repairs and updates on the irrigation system, beginning with the holes on the clubhouse side of the course. This work will continue into April and once complete will provide us with an active water system which can be used throughout the night.
Our Gardener, John, braved the poor conditions during March and continued to tidy up all the garden areas surrounding the main entrance, clubhouse and hotel. Following the preparation of the borders last month he has now been planting bulbs to further enhance the aesthetics of the club.
Green Keepers Charity Golf Day, Friday 4th May 2018 - UPDATE
Further to last month's Blog an email will be going out shortly regarding this Charity Golf Day in aid of green keeper Graham Hazleton's partner Sarah who is currently undergoing extensive treatment for Breast Cancer. Please keep an eye out for the details and the sign up sheet is now in the Pro Shop for those wishing to take part and help Graham and Sarah as they self-fund her treatment in Turkey
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Please can all golfers follow any on-course instructions and directions. These are in place in an effort to maintain the condition of the course for the months ahead.