Welcome to the April 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.
The April weather was a mix bag with temperatures ranging from 8 degrees all the way up to a staggering high of 27 degrees with full sun for a couple of days mid to late April. The high temperatures were immediately followed by heavy rainfall resulting in incredible growth rates, the benefit of which were we were able to cut the fairways and approaches to give some great definition to the golf course and increase the aesthetics. Thankfully the month wasn't as wet as March and with only showers throughout we managed to complete all the scheduled works without any real disruptions.
Following the verti-cutting and hollow coring programme to remove the winter moss on the greens in March, the greens were treated with an application of Throttle which is a highly effective curative and preventative treatment for Fusarium patch. This will help protect the greens for up to 10 weeks before it requires another application. The tee boxes were treated with a selective weedkiller, Relay Turf, which gives outstanding control of turf weed in times of high growth rates.
The greens were also fertilised with Uno Ultralight Granular Fertiliser and Libfer FE Folia Mix which contains humor enhancer and Prosper Plus (phosphorus) to increase recovery following the renovation works and improve strength, thickness and colour of the grass. Spraying of the weedkiller and granular fertiliser was also completed on all tee boxes and approaches.
With the fresh growth on the fairways the team also started cutting and stepping the grass levels to increase the aesthetics of the course and improve playability.
Other work also undertaken during April included continuing the minor repairs and updates on our irrigation system to provide us with an active water system which can be used throughout the night.
Another project which commenced during April was the creation of the new buggy parking area outside the Pro Shop. The area had previously been prone to getting waterlogged and very muddy with the heavy buggy traffic coming off the 18th, so it was decided that a solution was required. The newly created area is fully drained with a stone top to, not only assist drainage, but also to be more presentable. We also installed a new sign to inform guests and members of the conditions and also to ensure players know where any course maintenance has been done or in progress including spraying and top dressing etc. When the area is completed it will direct all buggy users to the pathway to the 1st tee or from the 18th green.
Our Gardener, Johnny, had another busy month preparing and planting areas with bulbs around the clubhouse and the terrace overlooking the 18th green, as well as general tidying work on the communal areas. He also started the vital work around the Pro Shop entrance and all his hard work is really starting to show and improve the look and aesthetics for all our members and guests as they arrive.
Green Keepers Charity Golf Day, Friday 4th May 2018
Only a few days now until Friday's Charity Golf Day and we still have some spaces available for individuals or teams who would like to take part in this very special day.
The event has been organised by Shaun and his team to raise valuable funds for our Green Keeper Graham Hazleton's partner Sarah Day who is currently battling breast cancer having being diagnosed back in October 2016, and having to self-fund her vital treatment in a specialised clinic in Turkey.
The sign up sheet is up on the noticeboard or you can call the Pro Shop on 01844 239700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. Cost is £40.00 per person and all proceeds will go directly to Sarah.
We hope to see many of you on the day!
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