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May 2019 Courses Report

Golf courses - May report 2019



This month has turned wetter with 62mm of rain, which both courses really needed to help all the playing surfaces as the Spring was very dry.


Greens – We are now at full cutting with the flush in growth which means cutting daily at a height of 4mm and turf ironing/rolling if possible to help keep a smooth and fast surface, greens on both courses have had an application of wetting agent/seaweed to help keep a balanced nutrient level without adding to the growth, The Balcomie greens have been lightly brushed weekly before cutting. The Craighead greens received a low rate of fertiliser to aid in the recovery from the aeration work that was carried out on them.


Surrounds – We are cutting twice weekly at a height of 8mm to keep these areas neat and tidy and changing direction of cutting to help stop napping to the surface.


Tees – We are cutting twice 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.


Fairways – We are cutting twice weekly and collecting all the grass clippings to produce a cleaner finish. We have started to deep scarify the 12th fairway on the Balcomie course to aid in the recovery of the surface from last year’s drought.


Semi- roughs/3.5” roughs – We are cutting most of these areas weekly now. 




All sprinkler heads have been trimmed and cleaned

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

We have sprayed an herbicide to help reduce the rougher grasses in certain areas of deep roughs


Next month


All greens will receive their monthly spiking and wetting agent program

Divoting of landing areas

Keeping up with cutting to all areas

Spray selective herbicide on semi-rough areas etc


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Posted 31/05/2019

Robert Meikle

Golf Course Manager