Course Manager’s Report ——October/November 2019
As Winter approaches, growth has slowed, resulting in less cutting of greens, aprons or fairways.
Height of cut on greens has gone up to 5 mm and will soon go to 5.5 mm. Recent over seeding has worked out well, with plenty of young shoots visible. This has been followed up with a light top dressing. Greens had been verti-cut prior to previous top dressing. A full verti drain spike will be carried as soon as possible. Hand mowing of greens will begin soon. Iron and seaweed applications will be administered during the Winter months.
Aprons will be cut to a height of 8mm during the Winter. They were over seeded in September and have plenty of young shoots. Aprons have received a light enrich top dressing and will receive iron and seaweed applications during the Winter with an added Autumn/Winter liquid feed. A full verti drain will be carried out in conjunction with the greens.
As growth is now slowing, cutting will stop soon. Regular devoting is still being carried out but will cease as soon as the growing season ends. Winter tees will be in use for the par 3’s and the 6th hole. Tees were seeded and top dressed recently and given their final feed until Spring. A full verti drain will be carried out.
Fairways are being cut once a week/fortnight depending on growing condition. Regular feed and seaweed will be applied into the Winter to assist with fairway recovery. A second over seeding was carried out in September and the semi rough.
Semi rough was over seeded along with the fairways and was given a similar feed and seaweed application.
Greens and aprons are in good condition going into the Winter. They will receive seaweed and iron applications throughout the winter. Greens and aprons have received a full verti drain. Tees will be verti drained as soon as possible.
Course Manager’s Report : September 2019
Greens are being cut daily to a height of 4 mm. They have received a full verti cut, final application of wetting agent, and monthly seaweed application. After the Pro Am, greens were fed, over seeded and are due to receive another two medium top dressings.
Aprons are being cut 2 or 3 times per week to a height of 8 mm. They have been top dressed and will receive another two medium top dressings. Final feed, wetting agent application and seaweed application will occur in the three weeks from the Pro Am to the end of September.
Tees are cut once or twice per week, depending on growth patterns. Regular divoting is still being carried out. They have been fed and will be top dressed. Winter tees have been spiked, seeded and top dressed.
Fairways are being cut once or twice per week. Fairways have been over seeded and will be given a second over seeding in the last week of September. They are due to be fed and to receive a seaweed application. They will be given a herbicide treatment to counteract daisy growth.
Semi rough is cut once every two weeks due to very low growth patterns. They are due to be over seeded in the final week of September.
We suffered a number of major bursts in the last 6-8 weeks. Fairway watering is continuing each morning and evening, depending on water levels.
Greens, aprons and tees have been fed. Additional feed will be applied later in the month. Two top dressings will be applied before the end of the month. Irrigation bursts are occurring on the Burrow Course also. Fairways are still in a very unsatisfactory state. They will be cut and weeds will be sprayed in the final week of September.
Among the projects being earmarked for next Winter are:
- Bunker re-building using the eco bunker method;
- New tee on 3rd hole of Burrow Course;
- Re-turfing of areas near the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 17th greens ;
- Enriching of soil on right hand sides of the 4th and 5th fairways;
These works will be carried out along with the usual work on pathways, verti draining of greens, aprons and approaches, on both courses and on the fairways of the Old Course, and all the other aspects of Winter work which happens on the course
Course Manager’s/Greenkeeper’s Blog, July 2019
Greens: Greens are running well with smooth and true surfaces. They were fed in first week of July and also received their next treatment of wetting agents, together with another seaweed application to assist rooting system. Top dressing was applied to greens and aprons in first week of July and will be regularly applied to keep surfaces firm and true. Greens are now being cut daily.
Aprons/Approaches: Top dressing and over seeding has taken place along. An additional light sanding will be applied in 2nd week of July. Aprons are cut 3-4 times a week, dependent on growth conditions. They have received a further fertilizer application, with the next application due before Open Week. Herbicide treatment has also been applied to aprons and surrounds.
Tees/Surrounds: These continue to be divoted each Monday, checked every Wednesday and set up for weekend play on Fridays. Herbicide and fertilizer treatments have been applied.
Fairways: Divoted each week, concentrating on landing areas mainly but also covering other areas of wear. All fairways have been fertilised and sprayed with herbicide to prevent weed contamination. Fairways are cut 2-3 times per week. There has been a considerable fall in white line painting and GUR areas, although we still have a number of areas needing protection.
Semi Rough: Semi rough has not been over seeded due to cost constraints. It is being cut at just under two inches high to gain definition. From end June, it is being given a mild fertilizer and seaweed application to encourage some Summer growth.
Bunkers: Have been topped up with sand. Bunkers are raked each Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Irrigation: Fairways, greens, tees, aprons and surrounds ar being maintained within the required moisture levels. Fairways are showing the benefit of regular watering by staff and by volunteer members. Six leaks have had to be fixed in the last week of June.
Greens, aprons, tees have been treated as on Old Course but with a higher nitrogen content fertilizer and are being irrigated. Greens and aprons were over seeded in first week of July, with top dressing in second week. Divoting occurs every Monday. Fairways are still very poor. Irrigation on fairways is not working properly and because of this, fairways have not been over seeded.
Course Manager’s Report: July/August 2019
Course is presenting well.
Greens are rolling well at present.
Greens are being cut seven days a week to a height of 4.25 mm.
In July they were treated with wetting agent as normal, were fed in line with the approved nutritional programme (granular feed plus seaweed application) and were top dressed early in the month.
Regular grooming is ongoing.
Aprons are cut three times per week or more often if growth dictates.
In July, they have been treated for disease, fed with a granular feed and were top dressed.
Tees: Tees are cut at least twice per week.
They were verticut at the start of July. The wetting agent programe and devoting are ongoing.
Fairways are being monitored constantly and cut when needed.
They have not been fed in July due to weather conditions but will be fed when more suitable weather conditions arise. They are being divoted weekly. Use of divot bags by players is a vital part of maintaining the fairways, especially at this time of the year.
Fairways are due to be over seeded in mid-September. Initial light preparatory work for the over seeding will be done after the Open Weeks, with the heavier preparatory work occurring after the Pro Am.
Semi rough is being cut weekly
Greens and Aprons: Are cut six times a week. They were over seeded and top dressed in July and a granular feed and wetting agent were applied.
Tees: Are cut regularly.
There were two major leaks in July. These have been fixed.
Water supply is somewhat low at present, with the extraction system being checked each day
The assistance of the volunteers in evening watering is of major help in keeping the fairway grass alive..
The Greens Committee strive to maintain and improve the two courses as best we can with the usual finance and weather restrictions. We are on a program of getting our grasses to traditional “links” types. We started with the greens, which now are a testimony to this move. We continue to the aprons, & as with most change, sometimes there will be a time when the surface may look poor, but it will come right in time.
We also have been “re-doing” our bunkers. We have decided to use Eco Bunker material to give longer life and so far the feedback has been positive, some tweaks may be needed, but during his recent (2018) visit, Martin Ebert endorsed the Eco Bunker idea. Ebert’s report has left us with a great programme of recommendations, which will guide the committee in the way forward, while dealing with the day to day issues that keep occurring.
Currently the course is as “linksy” as you will see anywhere, and providing an enjoyable challenge to all golfers.