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.
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.