Greenkeeping Update with Greg 17/7/2017

Greenkeeping Update with Greg 17/7/2017

Firstly, I hope you all had a great Captain’s day and that you enjoyed the course and its condition. Through the week we cut all areas, with fairways, tees, aprons and semi receiving an extra cut due to increased levels of growth at the moment.
All bunkers on the Morgan’s course were tidied up with strimmer and flymo, as well as being weeded and topped up with fresh sand where necessary.
Most of the golfing rough received a further cut and collect, which continues the process of thinning the coarse grasses and reducing the vigour of its growth.
All areas cut and collected recently have also been followed by applications of selective herbicide to clean up the various weeds, but in particular the clover which is most problematic.
Away from Hunley, it has been very pleasing to see some proper golf courses in use on the European Tour and I love this time of year. Both Portstewart and Dundonald showcased golf at its very best, with much more traditional style golf courses demonstrating a real natural beauty despite the significant difference in their ages, with Portstewart founded way back in 1894 and Dundonald only opening in 2003. These courses are of a similar style to what we have at Hunley, with golf course and nature working in harmony together unlike the more artificial courses that have become more common place on the Professional circuit in the modern era.
This week sees the start of the Open which is to be played at Royal Birkdale, another fantastic course in a very natural setting.
Portstewart is a classic, rugged links course.
Dundonald was designed and created by Kyle Phillips at the start of this century, but demonstrates how even modern course can present in a very natural way.
 
Royal Birkdale, this years host of the Open.
 
Recognise this one?
Whilst the venues mentioned are the top courses in the UK and even of the world, it won’t deter us for trying to emulate them one day. One thing is for certain though, we will never stop striving to achieve the best we can for you to enjoy!

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