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October Greenkeeper Report 2018

Golf courses October report 2018

Balcomie course

Greens – The aeration program which entailed verti-draining to a depth of 8”, mini hollow coring, and double verti-cutting, seeding then top-dressing was completed early in the month. This process allows us to relieve the compaction, remove thatch and add finer grasses which will help us gain firmer and smoother playing surfaces for the next playing season after the aeration work we applied a 5.2.8 granular Autumn/winter feed to help aid recovery and we have only been able to cut or roll greens when dry as not to lift any top-dressing or seed.  We have raised our height of cut to 6mm from 5mm to reduce stress on the new seedlings coming through.


Craighead course

Greens We have reduced our cutting now with the lower temperatures and reduced growth but we are continuing to roll or turf iron to keep a smooth surface, we have raised our height of cut from 4.5mm to 6mm for the winter also we have applied a liquid iron to help add colour and strengthen the grass plant going into the winter. Light scarifying and top-dressing were completed earlier this month to help reduce thatch levels this operation is minimal disturbance to the surface.

Both courses

Surrounds We are now only cutting every second week and have been trying to cut in different directions to stop napping of the grass surface.

Tees – We are now only cutting when required but still divoting, emptying bins, topping up ball washers and picking up broken tees etc on a weekly basis to help keep these areas tidy. Then Craighead tees were all deep spiked to reduce compaction and help with drainage

Fairways – We are cutting every second week. The Craighead fairways have been slit tined 2 ways to reduce compaction and an application of iron was applied to harden up the grass plant going into the winter.

Semi- roughs/3.5” roughs – We are cutting only when required and are continuing to cut, collect and rake deep rough areas to help starve these areas to hopefully thin them out. 


Preferred lies and winter tee mats have been in play since Monday 29th October

Winter work plans are now started as so the mid-week winter course closures

18th ladies’ tee on Craighead has bee re-levelled

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Posted 06/11/2018

Robert Meikle

Golf Course Manager