Since last months’ meeting, rain fall amounts have been on the lower side which is good for the course and keeping play going.
Over the last few weeks the tee mats have been brought in and jet washed ready for the winter season.
Mat surrounds have been topped with path material for presentation and to stop any mud contamination. Leave are falling daily now and we are doing our best to keep play areas tidy. As mentioned last month mile traps are being set and we are having some success catching 9 in the last two weeks. Cutting has slowed right down now with only greens and aprons being cut this week. Fairway heights have been raised to 20mm to keep some grass on them through the winter months.
Work on the buggy path on B1 has been started with the base material and will be completed over the next couple of weeks.
A new shelter hut/shed is being installed on C4 to replace the old one which blew down in the wind.
Bunkers have all been strimmed and tidied and improvement work in the bunkers will be ongoing through the winter.
The autumn maintenance week all went very well with various aeration tasks being carried out on the greens.
We hired in the Air2g2 machine and this was used on 19 greens, blowing air into the sub structure of the soil to a depth of 12 inches.
We also used our verti drain and the pedestrian procore to aerate at different depths on the other greens.
B4 and B7 greens have had soil amendment material brushed into the holes to help the surfaces dry up quicker during wet spells.
Other applications to the greens over the last month were a fungicide to help prevent disease, Iron and turf hardeners to help strengthen the plant and a granular fertilizer to feed the roots.
Heights have been taken up to 5mm which they will remain through the winter.
Simon Justice – Head Greenkeeper