On the Course in September
Welcome to the September edition of our Course Blog aimed at 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.
September's weather brought us high temperatures touching nearly 26 degrees at times, along with plenty of much needed heavy rainfall. With this weather the golf course has started to recover really well from the hot summer, however, some areas are still slow to recover and we are monitoring those regularly and treating them to try and speed up the recovery.
Throughout September we fertilised the tee boxes and then washed in with Ultralight K-Two 7-0-14 fertiliser which is an Autumn feed to help with recovery and establish grass strength before the cold months ahead.
The greens were sprayed as per our monthly works programme to keep them healthy and playable, but also to strengthen them ahead of the course renovation work which commences on Monday 1st October.
From Monday 1st October we will be carrying out our verticut and hollow coring on the greens before overseeding and top dressing. We expect a decent level of recovery over approximately two weeks but this could take a while longer depending on the weather conditions and temperature. We appreciate your continued patience whilst we carry out this essential work.
This vital work is carried out as a result of the ground hardening and compacting due to the course traffic throughout the summer months. The result of the traffic on the greens is the drainage becomes less efficient and the grass root are prevented from absorbing oxygen. Hollow coring allows the compacted turf to expand and air and moisture to be more easily absorbed. The other benefit is that it also addresses the problem of thatch and moss which builds up in the surface areas from the previous 6-8 months. It is believed that this process reduces the thatch by up to 70% each calendar year so this work is imperative for us to maintain the playing surfaces true for the winter season ahead.
NEW PUTTING GREEN:
During September we started work on a potentially exciting new project, a new putting green and short game area. We have started by cutting out and landscaping the area and will be trialing some turf to ensure it takes before we continue with the project. Work will continue on this over the coming weeks and months and a further update will be available in next month's blog.
AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE & HOTEL:
Estate Gardener, Jonny, once again continued his usual tidy, clear up and weeding programme in the communal and public areas throughout September and is now busy preparing all the flower beds for winter flower planting.
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Please can all golfers follow all on-course instructions and directions. These are in place in an effort to maintain the condition of the course for the months ahead.