Course Manager's Report

Course Managers Report October 2017

Despite a relatively wet end to the summer, the autumn has turned out so far to be amazingly dry and relatively warm at times as well. We now seem to getting more unsettled weather, but it’s only to be expected. Due to the dry spell the course has dried out remarkably, and I have held off with the stakes and ropes, but they will go out as needed. We have started to mark out white lines now for trolleys, but the lines are being constantly ignored.

We had both greens and tees renovation weeks in October, which went well. The greens were spiked to 250mm with 12mm tines and 10° of kick, just to heave the ground a little more. We then followed with the application of 20 tonnes of sand. This was brushed and drag matted in. The following week we vertidrained all the tees with 19mm tines to 250mm with 15° of kick. We followed with the overseeder then a dressing. The dressing was damp and didn’t brush in well, so we left it for the weekend and it went in well afterwards.

The greens have had two applications of fungicide, the second a little earlier than I’d hoped to do as we had an attack of Fusarium. This is the prime time of year for disease so we are constantly looking for it at the moment. It thrives in the relatively warm and damp conditions of the autumn.

Since the maintenance weeks we have tidied and finished the path reinstatement on the 7th hill, this is now seeded. We are about to start the 10th bunker next week, although leaves have now taken over as probably our main work. We have someone out now nearly constantly blowing of vacuuming leaves. The grass is still growing relatively strongly for the time of year, so we are still cutting most areas regularly. Last week we did lower the height on the rough mower which was set at 3”, so now is about 2¾”, which does look shorter. We have also cut a little more semi rough in some peak areas to try and help people find balls.

Irrigation update

We are now week 3 of the irrigation project. And the dry spell of weather has made such a difference to this. ¾ of the 90mm water main is now installed. This is how the water will get to the different areas of the course. When the main is in, we will start to install the rings of pipe around the greens, approaches and tees themselves. This work should start next week hopefully, and will involve individual tees and greens being taken out of play for the work to be done safely. John Shepherd is here Tuesday to mark up about 6 greens and tees for the exact sprinkler positions, something that is critical to the accuracy of the system. I will agree these positions with him. I have spent some time with the irrigation company, this way I have learnt quite a bit about how it is installed, which will allow us to add or change some areas in the future. When they get to around greens and tees I want to let our guys get involved as well, so they will see how the individual sprinklers are installed.

Works schedule over the next few weeks, this has to be flexible now with the weather ground conditions.

23/10/2017

 

LEAVES FUNGICIDE APPLICATION

BUNKER WORK 10TH

   

30/10/2017

 

LEAVES shockwave greens

BUNKER WORK 10TH

   

06/11/2017

 

LEAVES shockwave tees

BUNKER WORK 10/18th

   

13/11/2017

 

LEAVES Spike approaches 13mm x 150mm deep

BUNKER WORK 10/18th

   

20/11/2017

 

LEAVES FUNGICIDE APPLICATION

BUNKER WORK 10/18th

   

27/11/2017

 

LEAVES

BUNKER WORK 18TH FAIRWAY

   

04/12/2017

 

LEAVES

BUNKER WORK 18TH FAIRWAY

   

 

 

B Neville

Course Manager