This week we have verti-drained and top dressed the greens. We hope (weather permitting) to continue with this ‘little and often’ procedure throughout the season.
This week we will also be applying a granular feed to all the greens, tees and green surrounds.
Last week we double scarified the tees as they have become soft over the winter. The scarfing will help to remove thatch and moss build up from the wet winter.
Also from last week, we have been able to resurface the path through the wood behind the 9th green.
Lastly please note, preferred lies will no longer be in play as of Sunday 1st May.
The newly refurbished bunkers on the 11th hole are now finished and back in play. Everything went to plan with this project apart from a drain becoming ‘capped’ during the crumb installation, which meant we had to cut out the hardened rubber layer and then install a soakaway and clean out the existing drain. Fortunately, due to the versatility of the crumb the removed section was glued back in and within a day sand was being put in on top!
Due temperatures being slightly above the average for this time of year (warmest winter on record!) we are able to bring our cutting height down a bit earlier. At present we are mowing the greens at a height of 3.5mm whereas last year we didn’t get the Height of Cut below 4mm before June!
However, we are planning to carry out some aeration and topdressing to the greens in the next month, nothing hugely disruptive, but we will make sure everyone is informed well in advance of any work being carried out!
We have now finished the revetting and turfing work on the greenside bunkers on 11 and we have also had to install a soakaway in the small back bunker as a drain became blocked during the laying of the crumb. The slab of rubber we removed will soon be glued back in and then we can start the sand infill.
We have also recently dug a soakaway at the back of the 9th green and re-turfed the surrounding area, this area had always laid wet and was long overdue some tlc.
At this time of year we also give our machinery an overhaul. This includes oils and filters changed, bearings and seals and bushings checked and/or replaced and mowing cylinders reground ready for a sharp start to the season!