Winter Course Report (Feb)
Two months on from the last meeting the general weather situation is still good for this time of year. Winter is on our side at present with only a handful of closures and some of these have been caused by the fog,
During the milder spells we are noticing some growth so Tees and Aprons are being cut once a week along with Fairways.
The main focus this month has been bunker work, the first stage is to edge and tidy the bunker and then we are adding new sand where needed.
I have also had a mini digger on hire this week and have been targeting the bunkers that seem to hold water after rainfall.
A1 left hand side has now got an internal trench leading to a soakaway and will have new sand all over, A4 front bunker has got a small soakaway in and will have new sand.
A8 right hand side fairway bunker has had a pipe and soakaway installed, B9 green side has got a small soakaway with existing drainage being checked, B3 back bunker and C1 fairway bunker have had soakaways put in.
During the colder weather we have been doing tree work behind B2 green, in the copse to the right of A7 carry and alongside B1 Tee.
The greens are still looking very good for this time of the year with only Four greens suffering from disease scars and my only conclusion is that these areas have come under stress during the summer months possibly in very warm temperatures so we need to be applying more water to these greens.
The sarell rollers have been used again this month for some surface aeration.
Applications this month are Iron and Fungicide and Seaweed andsoil penetrant.
A big thank you to all the members who put some money in the greenkeepers box, the lads and I went out for a nice meal and some drinks which was great for a bit of team bonding.