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September 2018 Courses Report

Golf courses September report 2018


The weather has been great for most of the month apart from a couple of days of high winds.

Balcomie course

Greens – With the growth slowing down we have reduced cutting and rolled instead to reduce stress to the plant. At the end of the month we carried out our yearly aeration program which consisted of deep spiking to 8”, mini-hollow coring, seeding, top-dressing and applied an Autumn fertiliser to aid recovery.

Craighead course

Greens – cutting has been reduced for the same reasons as the Balcomie course greens. We applied a sand top-dressing to help smooth the surfaces prior to the British Ladies Senior Championships and had to apply a fungicide as started to see signs of disease.

Both courses

Surrounds – We are now only cutting weekly at a height of 8mm and have been trying to cut in different directions to stop napping of the grass surface. The Craighead surrounds were hollow cored to relieve compaction and help replace the heavier soil with sand.

Tees – We are only cutting weekly now 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. The Balcomie course tees have been deep spiked to 8” to aid in drainage in the winter months and relieve the summer compaction.

Fairways – We are cutting when required now at a height of 14.5mm. We are changing the direction of cut to help stop any napping of the turf and cut out any long ends. We have applied seed to fairway 2 & 12 on the Balcomie course to aid recovery from the Summer drought.

Roughs – We have started to cut and collect deep rough areas to improve the playability.

Next month

Carry on with cutting & collecting of deep rough areas over both courses

Aeration work to tees, fairways and walkways

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Posted 01/10/2018

Robert Meikle

Golf Course Manager