Welcome to the May 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 May weather followed on from April with a high of 27 degrees and a low of 13 degrees with lots of sunshine filled dry days. The rainfall we did have, however, was extremely heavy at times with over 30mm of rain in one three day period alone, and a total of over 180mm for the month. Despite the range of weather conditions and continued increase in growth rates, the course has stood up really well to the tests.
Throughout the month we had the tractor sprayer out treating the clover and weeds on all areas of rough and the fairways on the course. They were treated with Relay Turf Selective Weedkiller which gives outstanding control of turf weed in the high growth rate season. We also used Compitox Penetrant to assist this process as it increases the surface area of the droplet, increases the rate of uptake and, on hard-to-wet weeds, increases the amount of herbicide entering the plant.
As a result of the hot spell we enjoyed during May, all greens and tee boxes were irrigated throughout the period and this process has shown great results with improved playing surfaces for members and visitors to enjoy.
The tee's were also sprayed with a Retain Wetting Agent as we continue to prevent and cure dry patch areas and also move any water through the soil surface and into the root zones. This process also improves water conservation as well as turf health and quality to enhance the playing experience.
Our cutting programme on the fairways and approaches continued again during May with the team stepping the grass levels to increase the aesthetics of the course and improve playability.
Finally, as the season is now in full swing, we also replaced all the tee markers, flags, pins and hole cups.
Our Gardener, Johnny, was very busy throughout May completing his bulb planting programme around the clubhouse and the terrace overlooking the 18th green, as well as general tidying work on the communal areas. He also completed his work on the Pro Shop entrance area with the fencing and has now started planting the beds in this area, along with adding some outdoor finishing touches with the stone planters. White posts and chains have been added along the pathway from the Pro Shop past the 18th green up to the 1st tee box and as we move into June Johnny will now be moving to the Halfway Hut, just off the 11th green, to tidy up the garden areas there.