Greenkeeping Update with Greg 12/12/16

Greenkeeping Update with Greg 12/12/16

As we approach Christmas, the course is coping well with the winter and we should see significant benefits come spring.

A couple more bunkers have seen improvements completed and we hope to complete 1 or 2 more this week.

Some of the greens on the course are suffering a little currently though and we are going to carry out some work on all the greens in response to this.

The greens that are more exposed, such as Jaws, Walker’s Gully and Trillo’s Torment, are quite thin with the leaf blade looking almost bleached. This could be down to a number of factors, so we are going to be carrying out some maintenance a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Starting this week we will be deep spiking using 12 mm tines to a depth of 200 mm and we should have all completed by the weekend.

This will cause disruption to the surface and make the greens a little bumpy for a short period. However, this is vital to the long-term health of the greens and is an absolutely necessary part of our maintenance regime. The pictures below demonstrate the need for and the benefit of deep aeration.

The big advantage to carrying out the work at this time, is this is the quietest time in the calendar year, meaning we don’t need to interfere with the surfaces during the spring, summer and autumn.

Please accept our apologies though, as we are aware that this isn’t ideal. We do appreciate your patience during this time and look forward to continuing to offer you the best playing conditions possible.

Thanks

Greg

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