The course is in great condition for the time of year, there’s more grass than most senior members have ever seen at this time of year. The greens are being cut 5 days a week and rolled twice keeping a true if not a overly fast surface, height of cut is 5mm.
They are being slit every other Monday, this helps reduce compaction, removes thatch and allows oxygen into the soil. I would expect the greens to stay in this healthy condition for the rest of the winter subject to any horrendous weather. All members could help by repairing pitch marks.
The bunker renovation is continuing at a pace with some being brought back into play – this is a long term project which will take many years to complete but the rewards should be worth waiting for. Any major re-design will be put to the 2016 A.G.M for member’s feedback and approval.
The fairways are holding up well despite all the rain, these have been slit and will be verti-drained during December/January; this relieves compaction and releases nitrogen in the soil.
Filling in the divots with sand and seed will continue throughout the year.
Brambles on 10th & 11th holes will be strimmed over the next three months and debris collected, any new growth will be sprayed next spring. This again is a very long term project but the trial area to the right of the 11th hole has worked well.
We intend to play from the main tees all winter, except the 14th which is to be levelled, new turf will be laid in January with the tee brought back into play by late March.
Future concerns are the removal of all pesticides from amenity turf use. EU Directive. This will mean more crows and possibly badger damage as they search for leather jackets, chafer grubs and worms. This is causing great concern within the green keeping industry with little sign of anything new being developed.
When construction work is taking place either a temporary tee or green will be in use this is to protect the Green staff and enable the work to be carried out without interference.