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Head Greenkeepers Golf Course Update

June 2019

Welcome to the latest Tilgate Greenkeepers Report.

The temperature has been our main battle in the past couple of months, from the freezing frosts and cold starts to the warm afternoons. Due to the low night time temperatures growth and recovery has been a real struggle.

Only in recent weeks has there been over night warmth allowing the greens to recover and grass coverage pick up. All of our greens have improved and the 7th, which has always been a challenge, is now one of the best!

We have changed to a liquid feed program rather than granular, and increased the applications., this will give us more control and flexibility moving forward.

We will be top dressing greens regularly to smooth the surface and repair any remaining scars.

We have invested a great deal of time and cost into replacing all sprinklers on the main course greens. This will allow us to have a better, more consistent and more economical coverage and use of valuable water. All of the new heads are adjustable and will be checked and tweaked on a regular basis.

The course has been sprayed for weeds, from greens, tees and aprons to fairways and areas of rough. This application has worked well and there is not many daisies left out there. We have also purchased a large amount of liquid feed that we will start to spray onto the fairways and areas of rough in the coming weeks.

In other areas of the course we have started the revamp of the tee signage with the introduction of little border of cockleshell which really helps them to stand out. We have also revamped the bridges on the 18th using cockleshell to ensure they stay looking great for years to come.

As always feel free to email me your thoughts on the course to john.holcroft@glendalegolf

John Holcroft
Head Greenkeeper, Tilgate Forest G.C.

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