October Greenkeeper Report 2019
Golf courses October report 2019
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 and we have only been able to cut or roll greens when dry as not to lift any top-dressing or seed. We have applied a liquid fert/iron etc to help aid recovery and we will continue to top-dress the surfaces throughout the winter months.
Greens – We have reducing our cutting now with the lower temperatures and reduced growth but we are continuing to roll or turf iron to keep a smooth surface, also we have applied a liquid iron to help add colour and strengthen the grass plant going into the winter.
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 brushing/cutting once a week 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. All par 3 tees now are off winter mats to help these areas to recovery from the seasons play.
Fairways – We are cutting every second week; we have been brushing to help disperse the worm casts which will help reduce cutting.
Semi- roughs/3.5” roughs – We are cutting only when required
Preferred lies started from 1st November over both courses
Winter work plans are now started
We have nearly completed the digging out of the old irrigation sprinklers & boxes etc
The demolition of the driving range shed & tanks is completed
The new irrigation system for the Balcomie course has started
The new shed build and surrounding areas is nearing completion
The dyke between holes 15 & 16 has now been rebuilt
New driving range mats are now in place
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Golf Course Manager