On the Course in April

Welcome to the April edition of our Course Blog 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.

April was generally a very warm month, given the time of year, with temperatures hitting an incredible high of 23 degrees and an average of 14 degrees. Only 10mm of rain was recorded up to the last weekend of the month. We are expecting very heavy rainfall as a result of Storm Hannah hitting the UK on Friday 26th April as well as much lower temperatures and high gusting wind.

We finally got the greens hollow cored to a depth of 4 inches during the month. They were also verti-cut to 8mm and we removed over 4 tonnes of moss, thatch layer and organic matter from the surfaces! The greens were then overseeded with Bent Fescue Greens Mix, top dressed and fertilised with 12-3-10 Ultralight Uno.

Many people have asked, in regards to the top dressing process, why we don't fill the holes completely. There are several reasons behind this and hopefully the following explains why:

  • Hollow coring reduces compaction, so filling the holes almost reverses the whole process.

  • Too much sand would encourage the greens to dry out much quicker throughout the summer months.

  • 29 tonnes of sand was applied to the greens as per the recommendation by the agronomist we are working with.