On the Course in November
Welcome to the November 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 past month.
November received above average levels of rainfall including 3 days of over 40mm of rain per day but despite the wet weather work continued throughout the month on some vital areas of the course.
We are now well into our winter cutting programme with the greens being cut to 4.5mm every other day on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. To help the greens stress levels during winter, and also assist the aestethics, we have been trialing a Jacobsen Eclipse2 Walking Hand Mower (headline photo at top of page) from local supplier PA Turney Limited and so far the trial has shown some fantastic improvements. By using a walking hand mower we are able to reduce the stress levels of the grass caused by the tyres from our standard Greens Mowers. These mowers also give a fantastic cut quality from the customised settings which are one of the may features on these machines. The other essential cutting which was completed during the month was reducing and thinning out the long rough throughout the course to around 4".
All 18 greens were also sprayed during November with the turf fungicide Instrata to treat the patches of Fusarium which have appeared. This product has a unique three-way mode of action giving powerful protection from disease infection, plus essential curative and eradicate activity on disease symptoms that have already broken out. It also benefits from two further active ingredients which significantly reduce the risk of fungicide resistance developing.
We also carried out a routine spray of all tee boxes and approaches for worms using Worm Off which is a non-pesticidal nutrient that increases turf health and suppresses worm activity thus eliminating work casts at the same time.
One of the major projects undertaken this month was on the 3rd where we completed the drainage work on the greenside bunker and also improved the greenside pathway. We removed the sand from the bunker before reshaping the base area and installing a brand new drain to stop the flooding which this bunker has suffered with following heavy rainfall. The pathway renovation has been completed simply by scraping back to the original material and then compacting and levelling out to create a smoother pathway for golfers to use.
NEW PUTTING GREEN UPDATE:
During October, and in between the renovations, work continued on our new putting green with drainage being installed and the cores, taken from the main greens, being used to fill. The green is taking shape and in next month's Blog we'll give a further update on our progress on this exciting addition to our golf facilities.
AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE & HOTEL:
Estate Gardener, Jonny, continued with his work out on the course with general tidying and clearing along with improvements to the 5th walkway avenue. He also spent time clearing the rockeries around the putting green.
Shaun and the Green Keeper Team would request that all on course directions, signage and line markings are all adhered to until further notice when playing. These are all visible and are in place to help keep the course in a presentable and enjoyable condition for all golfers. It is also requested that due to the reduced light in the mornings that the Green Keepers are given right of way at all times, and can all golfers please wait to be called up before playing shots.
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