Head Greenkeeper’s Blog | June 2018

Hi all, what a difference a month makes! At the beginning of April we were thinking winter would never end but now its safe to say summer is here at last. April was a month of 2 halves; the start was very wintry and the end very much like spring. There was plenty of moisture in the ground and nice summer-like daytime temperatures, which put grass growth into overdrive.

We then entered what I call ‘silly season’ – a two week period where grass grows quicker than we can cut it. At one stage we cut fairways four times in a week!

Thankfully May was a very dry month which has let us get growth under control and start shaping the golf course into how we would like it to be presented through the season. I must say I’m proud of what the team has already achieved.

Greens

  • All greens verti-drained to 7 inch depth with a 12mm tine
  • All greens scarified 4mm below canopy level
  • 30 tons of topdressing applied to level surface
  • Regular liquid fertiliser applied to keep growth slow and constantly under control
  • All greens sarrell rolled and wetting agent applied behind
  • All greens brushed and double cut behind
  • All sprinklers checked and 2 faulty valves replaced
  • New flags, pins and cups introduced
  • Current stimpmeter reading is 8’3”

Tees

  • Regular tee marker rotation & divoting of par 3 holes
  • Spring fertiliser applied
  • Selective herbicide applied to keep tees weed free
  • New tee markers and divot boxes introduced
  • Regular strimming maintained around tee bin stations & signage
  • Irrigation heads checked and changed where needed

Approaches

  • All re-shaped to flow & contour into the green better
  • Liquid fertiliser applied to keep growth under control

Fairways

  • Cut direction changed to a diamond cut to improve presentation and create definition
  • Re-shaped key areas to be wider and more flowing

Roughs

  • Some out of play areas, around and in between teeing grounds grown in as long rough to add definition and encourage wildlife and ecology
  • The brook running through the duke’s course has been strimmed to allow better access to retrieve balls

Bunkers

  • All edged, strimmed, weeded and topped up with sand where needed
  • Raked & de-stoned once a week

Plans for June

More sand has arrived so bunkers will be topped up again and the 14th princes bunker will be fully reinstated. Bunkers will also get an application of selective herbicide and plant growth regulator. Approaches and greens surrounds will be sprayed with selective herbicide. Fws will be continued to be cut in a diamond pattern until they burn off, then we will revert back to block cutting. Greens will be constantly monitored for firmness, trueness and density with cultural processes such as brushing and topdressing performed on a as needed basis dictated by the results of our data collecting.

If anyone wants to get in touch with me or my team regarding course conditions, recommendations or just to say hello please don’t hesitate to approach us out on the course or get in touch me.

Best regards

Ross Cook – Head Greenkeeper

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