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Duxbury Park Golf Course | Head Greenkeeper Report

Head Greenkeeper | Course Report November 2017

 

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Thank you for taking the time to read my latest golf course report. I would like to take this opportunity to update you all with works that have been happening over the previous couple of months and what we have planned for the remainder of the year.

Golf course maintenance of late has been extremely challenging due to prevailing weather conditions. We witnessed unprecedented rainfall in September & October with over 10 inches showing on the rain gauge each month, compared to only 2 inches the previous year. I am glad to say the course in now drying out nicely.

It is really pleasing to see that the work and investment into the drainage system over the previous year has paid off, particularly with areas that have previously been a problem such as the 6th fairway. Standing water drains more efficiently following prolonged rainfall and the clearing of ditches on a regular basis has further helped aid and accelerate drainage.

With the abundance of trees here at Duxbury Park, keeping the leaves at bay is a daily challenge. The tractor mounted blower and the backpack blowers are in use most days.

Throughout the summer months new tee markers were installed on all tees. We decided on a rustic look using locally sourced natural materials and I'm sure you'll agree that they look great.
 

The benches on the course were refurbished, old bins removed with new ones installed to generally freshen up the course. We also invested in vibrant new signage throughout the facility.

In terms of machinery we are investing in a new ride on mower, the Jacobson TR3. This will replace the Tri-King. You will have seen new approaches cut into the front of the greens this year. This new machine will improve these areas both visually and in terms of turf quality and playability.

 

The course did dry out last week which allowed us to fully cut the course, with greens, fairways, approaches, tees and rough all receiving attention. Mild weather conditions mean the grass is still growing at Summer rate. Ideally we would cut in the dry as this disperses the clippings, however, because of the weather, we have had no choice but to cut in the wet, which, frustratingly leaves some arising of grass. We are working daily to address this issue. We have also slit the fairways from tee to green which will help prevent surface water gathering and aids drainage.

Moving forward, we will be trying our utmost to keep the course on full greens and tees. To help us achieve this we will be hollow coring the greens in the next week weather permitting. We are going to use a 6mm tines (smaller than normal) so disturbance will be minimal, and then top dress with 20 tonnes of sand to aid drainage. This essential maintenance allows the greens to be playable all year round.

With the Winter approaching we are hoping for some cold dry weather. Your Greenkeeping staff will be doing their best to keep the course in the best possible condition. Winter golf can be enjoyable and keeps the swing going ready for the new season. So get your woolly hat and mitts on and get out there!

Regards,

Jonathan Wilson

Head Green Keeper.

 
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