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June 2018 Courses Report

Golf courses June report 2018

Weather

The dry spell has continued and is looking like it’s here to stay, so both courses are really playing like true Links courses. The greens and tees are being kept alive by watering every night and hand watering, which will continue until there is a break in the weather.

Balcomie course

Greens – Cut daily at a height of 4mm and rolled when possible. Spiking and spray wetting agent continue to be applied monthly. Some hand weeding has taken place along with some verti-cutting to help smooth off the surfaces and cut out any lateral growth.

 

Craighead course

Greens – Cut daily at a height of 4mm and rolled when possible.  Some verti-cutting has taken place to smooth off the surfaces and cut lateral growth out and we continue to top-dress weekly with sand at very low rates, to limit interference with play. This process is working well and will produce better surfaces in the long run.

Both courses

Surrounds – Cut twice weekly at a height of 8mm, with every second cut is in a different direction to stop napping of the surface.

Tees – Cut twice a week at a height of 10mm and at the same time, all divots are filled, bins emptied, ball washers topped up and litter picked up to keep these areas neat and tidy.

Fairways – Cut weekly at a height of 14.5mm with the divots on landing areas being filled when possible. The direction of cut is changed regularly to help stop any napping of the turf and cut out any long ends.

Semi- roughs/3.5” roughs – Cut weekly at a height of 57mm.  Certain areas of deep rough have been cut and collected to help play.  I feel we are now seeing the benefit of our rough management plan over certain areas on both courses of cutting and collecting the grass then spraying to help starve these areas out.

 

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Posted 02/07/2018

Robert Meikle

Golf Course Manager