Duxbury Park September Greenkeeper’s Report
Autumn has arrived, and it won`t be long before the trees are resplendent in autumnal colours. There is nothing better than playing a beautiful parkland golf course at this time of year, particularly one with as many trees as Duxbury Park! So don`t put the clubs away just yet, come and enjoy yourselves before the winter kicks in.
This month we have carried out our greens maintenance programme, which is essential for the ongoing good health of the greens. Works carried out included;
- Scarifying – removal of thatch which can cause water retention and spongy greens.
- Hollow coring – allows the green to breath and absorb moisture, also helps with thatch.
- Top dressing – improves drainage, soil quality and grass growth.
The maintenance went really well and disruption was kept to a minimum. I think you will agree the greens have improved considerably this year, which augers well for winter and the 2020 season. Thank-you for your patience during these works.
For the remainder of the week we managed to get out on the course and do some cutting. The striped fairways look great and there is good definition in the golf course.
Our drainage system has really been put to the test over the past 2 months. I have to say that the course has taken the weather really well and we have not had to close once. We have restricted buggy usage when absolutely necessary which has helped considerably in maintaining the condition of the golf course. The greens have coped particularly well with the rain with very little pooling. Over the coming weeks we will be strimming the ditches to help keep the water moving.
Please feel free to have a chat with myself about the golf course. Good or bad points are gratefully received, and we are always looking for ways to improve your experience on the course.
See you on the fairways soon.
Jon Wilson | Head Greenkeeper