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April Course Report

Golf courses - April report 2017

Weather

This month has been very dry and consequently, the  irrigation system has been used daily to water greens, tees and the newly turfed areas.

Greens – Cut when required and rolled in between cuts to help keep a smooth surface. At the start of the month both sets of greens had their spring fertiliser applied plus all greens have had an application of wetting agent and seaweed. The Craighead greens had minor aeration work carried out on them at the end of the month, this is to improve drainage, remove thatch and firm up the surfaces, and hopefully the greens will be back to normal playing conditions in a few days.

Surrounds – Cut weekly at a height of 8mm to keep these areas neat and tidy and brushing the grass before cutting to improve the surface by lifting lateral growth.

Tees – Cut weekly at a height of 10mm and at the same time all tees are being divoted, bins emptied, ball washers topped up and broken tees etc picked up to help keep these areas tidy. All tees and walkways have been fertilised.

Fairways – Cut weekly at a height of 14.5mm and the landing areas are being divoted when possible. We are changing the direction of cut to help stop any napping of the turf and cut out any long ends. Fairways 2, 3 & drainage area at 18th on Craighead have been fertilised to aid recovery.

Semi- roughs/3.5” roughs – Cut weekly.  

A.O.B.

The seasonal staff have now started.

Most bunkers have been topped up with fresh sand but this will continue to complete all bunkers.

The junior course on the driving range is set up for the season which will be used on Tuesdays which means the driving range will be closed from 10.30am till 7.30pm.

All sprinkler heads have been trimmed and cleaned.

Hand watering to new turf has taken place to stop the turf drying out.

All drainage lines on the 2nd Craighead have been seeded and topped up.

Tee paths have all been edged/weeded and topped up with whindust.

Next month 

All greens will receive their monthly spiking and wetting agent program

Divoting of landing areas

Increasing the cutting program on all areas over both courses

Start to spray selective herbicide on tees & fairways etc

For more course information check out the blog at www.crailgreenkeepersblog.blogspot.com/

Posted 01/05/2017

Robert Meikle

Golf Course Manager