Castle Point | Course Report

Now we are heading into October and out of the main golfing season we have completed the first stage of our annual greens renovations. Originally this work was planned for March but due to the Beast from the East we had to alter our plans for the year.

The aim of this years works was to control the thatch layer that has built up in the greens over the years. Excessive thatch can cause increased disease and insect problems, localised dry spots, soft and spongy surfaces, and decreased heat, cold and drought tolerances. Due to the mass of our thatch layer we used a deep scarifying process that is a brilliant linear aerator that removes 3 times the amount of thatch as hollow coring.  

We started off the process with a deep scarifying of the greens with the Graden. The Graden cuts into the green and throws out the material in the thatch layer and beyond, allowing new deeper roots to grow. Next all of the material was blown out of the channels with hand and PTO mounted blowers, we then overseeded and top dressed the greens to finish the process.

This type of thatch removal is quite disruptive to the top surface of the greens but after a couple of weeks you will see the greens return to normal. This is essential work and we appreciate that it does disrupt play, at the same time it is essential to the improvements of the golf course.

In October we will start on stage 2 of the greens renovations which will involve deep tine aeration. This process is less disruptive to the course and has great benefits to the greens for the winter months. As well as deep aeration the process also breaks up the soil under the surface to reduce compaction that has occurred over the summer months.  Again this process promotes deep root growth and will benefit the greens over the next 12 months.  

Our Head Greenkeeper Michael would like to thank all our members and guests for their patients during this process.  

 

See you on the fairways soon.

Paul Day
Centre Manager

 

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