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Head Greenkeeper’s Blog | October 2018

Another fantastic few months for golf, unfortunately I can’t say the same for growing grass as the summer drought has continued into Autumn. The long hot summer has seen turf loss to some areas which is out of our control, but we have done a lot of remedial work to the tees and approaches included overseeding, topdressing and fertilising. All we need now is a bit of rain and the temperatures to stay up to get the seed growing.

Disease pressure was very high through the middle of October (which is normal) but a timely preventive fungicide spray has got us through that period without any issues. I’m very pleased with how the greens are performing. Although a bit slow of pace, the most important thing is the ball roll is true and the plant itself is very healthy which is what we are looking for going into winter.

Greens

  • Solid tinned to 3” depth & topdressed
  • Sarrell rolled on 2 weekly intervals
  • Penetrate wetting agent applied every 4 weeks
  • Slitting started which will continue at 3 week intervals
  • Autumn fertiliser applied for disease resistance
  • Height of cut raised to 4.5mm

Tees

  • Regular marker rotation
  • Overseeded & topdressed
  • Slow release autumn fertiliser applied
  • Height raised to 15mm
  • Kept clear of leaves and debris

Approaches

  • Brushed to stand grass up and encourage regrowth
  • Overseeded & topdressed
  • Organic fertiliser applied to help seed germinate
  • Height raised to 15mm
  • Kept clear of leaves and debris

Fairways

  • Brushed to stand grass up and encourage regrowth
  • Cut direction has changed to prevent lateral growth
  • Kept clear of leaves and debris

Roughs

  • All quicker growing areas cut regularly

Bunkers

  • Raked twice a week
  • Edged & weeded monthly

Future plan

In addition to the regular maintenance of all surfaces and increased aeration methods on the greens, which will keep them drier and firmer throughout the winter, we will be completing the chipping green renovations which will see a smaller practise bunker and a large grass swale with easier/safer access from the rear of the dukes 1st tee. Also we will be renovating four bunkers (4th dukes & all 11th princes) so these will be GUR in the coming weeks.  

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 with me at ross.cook@glendalegolf.co.uk

Best regards

Ross Cook  – Head Greenkeeper

 

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