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Head Greenkeepers Golf Course Update

October 2018

As I write this, all I can see is the beautiful autumn colours on the course, certainly making the course look pretty but unfortunately this means one thing.. leaves! The bain of every greenkeepers life. We blow greens everyday, tees and fairways as much as we can physically do. To aid us this year we have purchased two brand new back-pack blowers, these make the task a lot faster and have been put to good use already.

The greens are in good shape going into winter, great grass coverage now and a healthy shade of green. We have a few disease scars on a couple of greens that we are working hard to repair as quickly as we can. We have a preventative spray programme planned to keep disease at bay during the winter months.

Last week the greens were treated with a full pass of a machine called an air2g2. This machine injected a high pressure shot of air into the soil which exploded the compaction beneath the playing surface. The machine had 3 tines which shattered at least a meter either side. This extreme aeration has helped with allowing the green to breath, which helps the roots. It has certainly helped with drainage already as even after Sundays 35mm of rain, the greens were still playable and we still were able to get a greens mower across them without damage. Something that would of taken a few days before. This expensive but essential aeration work will continue to help the long term development of the greens.

As always feel free to email comments about the course, enjoy the mild October and these great autumn playing days.

John Holcroft
Head Greenkeeper

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