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Josh Thorley, Head Greenkeeper

Head Greenkeeper’s Blog | June 2019

It has been an extremely busy first few months of the golf season. April and May were some of the driest for a few years and then the beginning of June started with 80mm of rain within the first week. The greens have now fully recovered after the hot bank holiday Easter weekend and unexpected failure of our irrigation system. That was a testing time for all involved at the club, but the whole greenkeeping team worked very hard to ensure there was no long term damage to the greens. 

We quickly put a contingency plan in place, using a specialist supplier to provide a 100,000 litre ‘pillow’ tank, that is normally used for supplying drinking water for outdoor events. The emergency measures are holding up well while we work to resolve the failure.

Disease pressure has been fine, with the warm temperatures keeping the surfaces dry. I’m very pleased with how the greens are performing at the moment and we will continue to keep improving the playing surface. The important thing is the ball roll is true and the plant is healthy.

Greens

  • Slit to a depth of 4”
  • Sarrell rolled and verti-cut on weekly intervals
  • Penetrate wetting agent & seaweed applied every 4 weeks
  • Pencil tine to a depth of 7” to begin at monthly intervals
  • Organic fertiliser applied for maximum nutrient uptake
  • Height of cut lowered to 4mm
  • Animal damage continually being repaired 

Tees

  • Regular marker rotation
  • Overseeded & topdressed
  • Slow release autumn fertiliser applied
  • Height at 12mm
  • Kept clear of leaves and debris
  • Organic  fertiliser applied to aid wear recovery and seed germination

Approaches

  • Brushed to stand up grass and encourage regrowth
  • Organic fertiliser applied to help thicken sward 
  • Height raised to 12mm
  • Kept clear of leaves and debris

Fairways

  • Brushed to stand the grass up and encourage regrowth
  • Cut direction has changed to prevent lateral growth
  • Cross cutting to add fairway definition
  • Kept clear of leaves and debris

Roughs

  • All quicker growing areas cut regularly
  • Carries in front of tee’s being grown to add more definition and character to each hole
  • Unwanted vegetation and weeds being removed

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, firmer and reduce the thatch layer. 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 joshua.thorley@glendalegolf.co.uk

Best regards

Joshua Thorley

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