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Greenkeepers Update                31st October 2019

 

Since the last update we have had lots of rain and with temperatures still being above average this has helped the course greatly. The fairways have recovered well over the last few weeks from another dry summer. Worms are now very active in the soil causing many casts on the surface. There are now very few effective products on the market to help control worm casts, so this is something that has to be accepted. Keeping to trolley paths, keeping trolleys away from greens and surrounds and avoiding roped off areas will help us reduce damage and protect the course for the spring.


Greens are preforming extremely well especially considering the amount of rainfall we have had over the last few weeks. They were spiked on the 28th October to help drain water from the surface. A preventative fungicide has been applied to help with disease control. With the greens now being softer than usual pitchmarks are easy to spot, please help us keep the greens in good condition by repairing any pitchmarks you see.

Tees once again are becoming worn in areas and mats will be used on some to avoid excessive damage. The worst tees have divot boxes on them. These are for golfers to use to repair the damage caused. Please fill the divots then smooth the area with your foot.

Work on the new 9th bunker is nearing completion. This will be open for Easter. Gorse removal is now complete on the 8th by the horse pond. This area will now be left for grass to grow and a decision will be made by the golf group in the spring about how this will be maintained. The horse pond will be cleared and tidied when ground conditions improve.

Gorse removal and trimming will continue around the course in the coming weeks. Other projects are on schedule to be completed for the spring.

The practice ground is now closed for the winter however you can still use and collect your own balls.

Scheduled work on course: Greens will be spiked as and when conditions allow

Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

 

 

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                11th September  2019

 

 

With the cooler nights and lack of rain, grass growth around the course has slowed down. Greens are playing very well and the work we completed in the spring has helped to produce these great putting surfaces.


The green ropes and posts you will have seen around the course are used to help spread wear from golfers and their trollies. Without these measures worn areas of turf close to the playing area would soon become a problem. More ropes are used in the winter as there is no grass growth to help these areas recover.


Some of the tee boxes have become very worn this summer due to the amount of play they have received and some golfers not repairing divots. Divots can be replaced on tees if they are a large enough size to regrow. Divot boxes are provided on some of the tees for members to use to repair their damage. This greatly helps the tees recovery and will reduce the amount of mats we have to use through the winter.


Work has now started on the bunkers on the 9th the first bunker will become a small grass hollow and the second 2 bunkers becoming one larger bunker. This area will remain ground under repair until the spring when work is complete.


Gorse removal in front of the 8th tees is planned to start on the 7th and 8th of October, this will mean there will be a temporary tee on the 8th fairway while this work is being completed.

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Scheduled work on course
23rd September- Greens will be spiked and top-dressed. There may be some temporary greens in use.
7th+ 8th October – temporary tee on 8th fairway.

Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                11th July 2019  
 


With summer months now here the course is playing well with some rain to keep grass growing. Fairways are recovering well from last years drought but preferred lies will remain in use.


The cutting of the long rough is now complete for the summer, all the rough areas will now be monitored in line with our rough management plan and cut again in the winter.


All fairways have been treated with a selective herbicide to kill any broadleaf weeds that were present. This may leave some scarring until the grass plant can recover and infill the areas. Fertiliser was also applied to help with recovery.


The gorse in front of the 8th tee is due to be removed this winter to give a better view of the horse pond. The pond will also be dug out at the same time. This decision has been made by the golf group.


Could I remind members to please use sand boxes on tees for repairing their divots this helps the areas recover and may stop the need for using artificial mats in the winter.


Scheduled work on course

15th July- work on greens day
29th July- work on greens day

Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

Greenkeepers Update                       11th June 2019

 


With the summer now here the course is starting to recover well from winter and last summer’s drought. Some areas still need time to recover and this may take several months depending on weather conditions. Fertiliser and seed have been applied to the worse areas of the course.


The recent rain has now meant grass growth has increased around the course helping with course definition.


You may have noticed the red and orange colours around the course, this is a plant called Sorrel which produces these colours when it seeds. It’s a native weed to the East Coast and likes the heathland soils that we have. The Sorrel will be monitored for excessive spread and controlled if necessary.


The work that was done to the greens in April has been hugely successful. The fescue seed that was applied has germinated very well and in time will produce a finer more sustainable putting surface. The topdressing has also worked well at firming the surface and giving a true ball roll.


The long rough around the course has improved once again this year by thinning out the denser grasses and encouraging the finer native grasses. These areas are being monitored and when necessary will be cut and collected.


The practice ground is now open and balls are available from the pro shop.

Scheduled work on course
13th June- work on greens day, some temporary greens may be in use.
15th July- work on greens day
The greens will be spiked when weather conditions allow.

Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                        1st May 2019

 

With spring feeling like it's here, grass around the course has started to grow and recover from the winter wear. Fairways are showing good signs of recovery having been treated for moss and fertiliser applied. Some of the more damaged areas will be seeded in the coming weeks to help with recovery from last summer’s drought.


Greens are also in very good condition for the time of year. They were spiked on the 25th March to encourage root development. They are also now being cut at their summer height.

 

Could I remind all golfers, particularly those playing over the weekend to repair pitchmarks and use the divot boxes provided to repair your and other peoples damage. This will greatly help the condition of the greens and should avoid using tee mats next winter.


On the 22nd March we had some volunteers help with repairing divots and filling in rabbit holes around the course. This was a very productive day and thank you to the 12 members who spared their time to help.


As I am sure you will have seen, the new bunkers on the 3rd and 5th are now open for play.


The practice ground is now back in use as a driving range with balls available from the pro shop.


On the 8th and 9th of April we completed our annual work on the greens. This involved deep scarifying to remove organic matter followed by overseeding to help encourage the finer leaved grass which are more drought tolerant and create a better putting surface. The greens are then top-dressed to improve trueness and firmness.

Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

 

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                  28th February 2019

 

Since my last update the weather has turned very mild for the time of year. This has brought on a bit of growth around the course and helped with recovery of some worn areas.


Turf hardener has been applied on the greens at the beginning of the month to help toughen the grass going into spring. The greens were then spiked on the 18th to relieve some compaction. (Could I remind all golfers to repair any pitchmarks that they see, this will have a huge benefit to the trueness of the greens and help prevent diseases).
 

On the 20th February we had a group of volunteers come and help with clearing the burnt gorse along the left of 1st fairway and beside the putting green. This was another very successful day and thank you to the 12 people who came and helped. These areas will now be left to regenerate, some new gorse growth is already coming through. Trees will also be planted in the autumn to replace the ones that were lost in the fire.


You may have noticed some trees have been planted behind the 4th tee. The idea of these is to give some protection from errant golf balls from the 3rd fairway. This area will remain G.U.R until the trees become established.


On Friday 22nd March I plan to ask a group of members to go around the course filling divots and rabbit holes. Any members who would be willing to help please could you write your name on the list outside Gareth’s office.

Scheduled work on course:
7th 8th March the fairways will be verti-drained. There may be some disruption on one hole at a time while this work is carried out.
8th-9th April - Scarifying, over-seeding and top dressing of greens. Temporary greens will be in use while this work is carried out
The greens will be spiked when weather conditions allow.

Sam Nunn

Head Greenkeeper

 

Greenkeepers Update                  1st February 2019

 

 

Since the last update the weather has finally turned colder with several frosty mornings. This has helped to slow grass growth and discourage diseases.


The greens have been sprayed with an application of iron to help toughen the turf and dry the surface. Iron does leave a temporary blackening of the turf surface but this is nothing to worry about and it will soon recover.


On the 23rd of January we asked for volunteers to help with clearing burnt gorse around the 1st tee. We had 10 helpers arrive and had a very productive day and I’m sure you will agree that the area looks much tidier. The gorse is showing good signs of recovery and now the area has been cleared this will encourage regrowth in the spring. Thank you to everyone who came and helped with this project.


On the 20th February I’m planning to do some more gorse clearing along the bottom of the putting green and up the side of the 1st. Any volunteers that would be willing to help would be appreciated, there is a list outside the office to put your names down.


Due to the high wear the men’s 7th tee is receiving a mat will now be used to protect the tee until the spring. Also, could I please remind all golfers to replace or fill in their divots on tees. This will help to keep the tees in good condition and may stop the need to use artificial mats.


Unfortunately, due to weather conditions and some other jobs being delayed we now don’t have time to complete the bunker refurbishments on the 9th. The bunkers will however be tidied up for the summer and plans will be made to complete the refurbishment work in the autumn.


Scheduled work on course:
7th and 8th March the fairways will be verti-drained. There may be some disruption on one hole at a time while this work is carried out.
8th-9th April - Scarifying, overseeding and top dressing of greens. Temporary greens will be in use while this work is carried out
The greens will be spiked when weather conditions allow.

Sam Nunn

Head Greenkeeper

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                  3rd January 2019

 


The winter so far has been very mild with an above average amount of rainfall, this has made the ideal conditions for turf diseases to spread on the greens. Greenkeepers now have very few chemicals left on the market to stop or slow down disease establishment therefore some scaring and dead patches will be inevitable. Once spring arrives these areas can be re seeded and levelled with topdressing to bring them back to a good standard.


Moss on the fairways is also a big problem this year. Due to the very dry summer we lost some of the grass on the fairways. This then leaves bare areas of ground creating ideal conditions for moss and weeds to establish. Moss is now quite difficult to control with the loss of more products that were once used to help control it. In the last month all the fairways have been sprayed with iron sulphate which will have a short-term effect on slowing the growth of the moss. Unfortunately spraying too much iron onto turf can have some negatives so can only be used a few times a year. The weeds that have encroached will be sprayed off in the spring once there is sufficient grass growth to fill in the gaps where the weeds were.


The men’s 16th tee is now closed for the winter due to the high wear it receives. This will reopen in the spring.
The greens have been aerated to help drain surface water away.

 


Scheduled work on course
4th,7th 8th March the fairways will be verti-drained. There may be some disruption on one hole at a time while this work is carried out.
8th-9th April - Scarifying, overseeding and top dressing of greens. Temporary greens will be in use while this work is carried out
The greens will also be spiked when weather conditions allow.


Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

 

 

 

Greenkeepers Update              5th December 2018


We are now well into Winter with many wet and windy days. The course has held up well to the bad weather and is in good condition for the time of year. You may have noticed the bunker to the right of the 5th green has been rebuilt. This will provide a much fairer hazard as well as looking far better than the previous bunker which had deteriorated greatly. We have also finished renovating the three bunkers in front of the 3rd green. They have been given new edges and the slopes have been graded more gradually in to the bunker. I expect these bunkers to be open for early April next year, but this will depend on the weather between now and then.  Discussions are carrying on about how best to improve the bunkers to the left of the 9th. Hopefully a decision will be reached and then I plan to do this work in February.


The greens were spiked on October 14th and November 13th. They will be spiked again in early December. The tees as well as some high wear areas around the course have also been spiked.


The practice ground is now closed due to being waterlogged. This makes it impossible to use the equipment to collect the balls as we do in the Summer. However, it can still be used with your own golf balls and collected by yourself.


Flailing of the long rough has now been completed for this year. The progress and improvement of these areas has been very successful and will continue to improve each year. Next year I am going to reduce some of the weeds as well as harrowing out some of the coarser grasses to further help the native fescues establish.


The greens have unfortunately had some disease develop on them. This has been brought on by the wet and very mild conditions we have had recently. Over the last few years the turf care industry has lost many different products that we previously used to control diseases. There are now very few fungicides that can be applied to help control disease therefore we need to look at different ways to strengthen the greens and make them more resistant to disease attack.


Worms are very active this year due to the wet and mild weather. This makes them very active in the higher levels of the soil profile and unfortunately results in casts being left on the surface of the turf. Worms are hugely beneficial to soil in many ways including providing food for other wildlife. In 2016 we lost the chemical Carbendazim which was used to deter worms from the surface, and therefore they wouldn’t leave a cast on the surface. There are now no products on the market to deal with earthworms, however once the colder weather arrives their activity will be greatly reduced.


VOLUNTEERS PLEASE…!!!
On January 23rd we are planning to cut down some of the burnt gorse from around the 1st tee. We are looking for volunteers to help with this work. So if anyway could spare a few hours please write your name on the poster outside the office so we know how many people to expect. Thank you in advance!

 

 

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                4th October 2018


The weather is now feeling more Autumnal and grass growth is slowing down due to the cooler temperatures and the first frosts of the season.


This month we have installed new golf course warning signs on the busier foot-paths to warn the public they are entering a golf course.


The greens have been spiked and an application of fertiliser has also been applied to encourage healthy turf going into the colder months. Please could I remind all golfers to repair their pitch marks. Pitch marks create an uneven playing surface as well as providing ideal conditions for disease development.


Our hedge cutting contractor was here a few weeks ago and has now completed his work on the course for the year. This just leaves us with areas to cut that are inaccessible to the contractor and his machinery. We have cleared some gorse around the men’s 9th tee where it was encroaching and damaging the teeing area.


All the bunker banks have now been cut and cleared. This will help with our rough management plan and allow the finer grasses to become established. Work on the bunker to the right of the 5th green is due to start on the 8th of October. A temporary green will be in use when work is taking place on this bunker to allow us to complete the job safely. The bunker will remain as ground under repair (G.U.R.) until the turf is fully established, which will be well into the Spring next year.


Some of the long rough areas have been flailed again in accordance with our rough management plan. Our new second hand rough mower has arrived and is now in full use.


Preferred lies are now in use on the course.
 

Scheduled work on course
October 8th and 9th – Work will start on bunker to the left of 5th. Temporary green will be in use.
October 14th – Greens will be spiked

 

 

 

Greenkeepers Update                6th September 2018

Since the last update we have finally received some rain putting an end to the very long dry spell. The greens and tees have recovered very well from the drought with few bare areas and minimal grass loss. The fairways did however suffer from the heatwave with some of the turf dying due to lack of rainfall. These areas will hopefully recover with time and some more rain but may need to be re-seeded to give better grass coverage. Weeds may become a problem as they could soon germinate on the areas where the grass has died. I am continuing to keep a close eye on the fairways and monitor this situation.


On Monday the 20th August we scarified the greens and surrounds. We do this to remove excess thatch and help stand the grass plants up resulting in healthier turf and subsequently a better putting surface. This is an essential piece of work and due to the extremely dry conditions we have missed the last few opportunities to complete this. Some of the greens have struggled with the extreme weather and various patches of disease can be seen. However, this is only minor and is being treated to combat the problem.


Our mower used for cutting the first cut of rough has unfortunately come to the end of its life a little sooner than predicted. In the short term, this leaves us with no way of cutting the semi rough or the practice ground. I have found a replacement mower but this is a few weeks away from arriving. Please bear with us whilst we await our new machine.


The wetter conditions have softened up the greens and this will inevitably result in more pitch marks. Pitch marks will have a huge detrimental effect on our greens if unrepaired especially going into Winter when the likelihood of turf disease is high. Could I please ask that all members repair any pitch marks that may be found on the greens. Thank you for your help in keeping our course in its best possible condition.
 

Scheduled work on course
10th September- greens will be spiked

Greenkeepers Update                31st July 2018

 

This month has brought some extremely hot weather with several days of over 30 degree temperatures. The fairways have really changed colour to a nice golden brown showing a real links style effect. The dry conditions have helped with our rough management plan by stressing the courser grasses and encouraging the finer fescues, which can tolerate the dryer conditions better.


Due to the dry conditions and slower grass growth there has been more time to concentrate on other tasks around the course. Several major leaks on the irriga-tion system have now been repaired. This is part of the constant battle to try to keep on top of the ageing system. A few more sprinklers have also been replaced to give a more even coverage of water on both tees and greens.


Hand watering the greens has also been a big job during this time to keep on top of any dry areas that have developed.


Another job we have been doing is to remove some of the old polythene from bunkers. This was originally put in to stop stones mixing with the sand but over time holes appear in the polyethene. This is when parts of the polyethene start to come up through the sand. After the polyethene is removed more sand was add-ed to raise the depth of sand to the correct level. The new sand does take a few weeks to settle and bed in so please be patient with this as this is the same sand we have been using for the last 5 years.


On the July 16th the greens were spiked to help allow water to get to the roots and keep the grass healthy. On this occasion I decided not to topdress the greens as this would have stressed the turf and possibly done more harm than good in these weather conditions.


With the festival of golf week approaching we have some plans in place to make the course as good as it can be.
Scheduled work on course


20th August- greens will be spiked and top dressed

 


Sam Nunn

Greenkeepers Update                    13th July 2018

Since the last update the weather has stayed very dry with many windy days. This has caused the grass to burn off leaving a true links look to our golf course. Greens and tees are being irrigated overnight to keep them in a good playable condition.


On the 7th June we scarified, top-dressed and brushed the greens. This is done to encourage the grass to stand up and reduce lateral growth. It also helps remove thatch from the turf. Topdressing is applied to help smooth and firm the surface leaving a truer and more consistent ball roll.


The flailing is now complete for the summer, and all the rough areas will now be monitored in line with our rough management plan.
 

Our irrigation system is now over 30 years old and requires constant maintenance to keep it working efficiently, and the very dry conditions that we are experienc-ing is also putting a huge amount of pressure on the system. It is therefore im-portant to stay on top of any damage, leaks or old elements of the system. For this reason, we have spent a lot of time replacing old sprinklers, and most recent-ly we have replaced some sprinklers on the tee boxes. Even with the irrigation system working overnight it is still necessary at this time to hand water many of the greens to keep them healthy and playable.


With the conditions on the course being so dry and the high risk of a fire we re-quest that you extinguish cigarettes using water, not just by standing on them. This will help keep the course and its members safe.


Some of you may be aware that the practice ground isn’t being cut as regularly as it should be. This is due to the age and unreliability or our semi rough mower. We are doing our best to keep this machine going but it is now 25 years old and is nearing the end of its life!
 

Scheduled work on course:

16th- 17th July- Greens will be spiked and top-dressed. There may be some tempo-rary greens in use.

Sam Nunn

Greenkeepers Update                    1st June 2018

 

Following a very long winter, the Spring has finally arrived and with that there has been lots of grass growth helping greatly with definition and increasing grass coverage across the whole course. This has kept us extremely busy, with tees and fairways needing to be cut up to three times a week. Greens are now at their Summer height of cut and being cut daily. This will help maintain a consistent ball roll. We have also changed some of the surround cuts to visually improve the look of the approaches to the greens and to help improve the turf quality.
 

Our new greens mower has arrived and is now in full use. The old greens mower is now cutting tees and surrounds. The greens and surrounds have recently been scarified to help remove thatch and stand up grass leaving a better quality of turf.


All the winter projects are now complete and in play. Areas around the 5th and 7th tees have been seeded and are now looking better, please be patient with this as the new grass will take time to establish. We have also planted a selection of bulbs in these areas, thanks to generous donations from members. Thanks to Duncans, the practice net is also finally open for use again.


The practice ground is now open again and balls are available to purchase from the pro shop. Please could I ask that no one collects balls and that balls are only hit from the left-hand side where the mats are. This is a health and safety concern and will keep users and the general public safe.


The rough has now become long again although I am very happy with the progress of the work that has been done. It is important to remember that the flailing of this rough is a 5 year project and drastic results will not be evident. However, the thinning out of the tall dense grasses and encour-aging the native fine wispy grasses has made balls far easier to find. We will start flail cutting and collecting of these areas again next week in line with my rough management plan.


Scheduled work on course
7th- 8th June – Greens will be scarified and top-dressed. There may be some temporary greens in use.
16th- 17th July- Greens will be spiked and top-dressed. There may be some temporary greens in use.

 

Sam Nunn

Greenkeepers Update                          March 2018


With February over, it has brought us several inches of snow and freezing weath-er closing the course for several days. This has given us time to do some jobs in the shed like painting tee markers and servicing machines for the year ahead.


With the weather due to turn wet and with all the snow melt the course will inevitably become muddy in some areas. Please help us by keeping clear of these are-as and not crossing white lines and roped off sections of the course. We use these methods to help spread wear and keep your course in better condition for the summer.


Work is almost complete on the new bunker to the left of the 5th green. Sand will be added once the new turf has settled and rooted in. Work on the bunker to the right has now been postponed until the autumn.


The new tees on the 5th and 7th are doing well and have had there first cut and roll. I’m hoping to open these tees for Easter, but this will depend on weather conditions.


The greens are holding up well despite the poor weather conditions. We applied a fungicide to help deter any diseases that may be present.


We have now vertidrained the fairways and also spiked the greens. Both process-es will assist in draining away any surface water as well as improving the grass.
 

Scheduled work on course:

9th-10th April - Scarifying, over-seeding and top dressing of greens. Temporary flags will be in use while this work is carried out.
The greens will be spiked when weather conditions allow.

Sam Nunn

Head Greenkeeper

Greenkeepers Update            26th January 2018


January has been quite an unsettled month with lots of rain and wind. This has meant that the course had to be closed on a couple of occasions for safety reasons to avoid anyone getting injured. The greens have held up very well considering the amount of rainfall we have had.


The greens have recently been spiked and this has many benefits. One of the most important things at this time of year is to allow rain water to penetrate through the ground and drain away. This in turn will allow the surface of the greens to dry out resulting in a healthier plant and better putting conditions. The tees have also been spiked to allow water to penetrate and roots to grow deeper resulting in a better teeing ground. The greens also had an application of lawn sand which will help toughen the plant against disease attack and discourage the growth of moss.


All the fairways have had an application of iron. This was done to help slow the moss growth, toughen the grass and deter earthworms from the surface preventing casts. You may have noticed the fairways have gone slightly black, this is from the iron that was ap-plied. The fairways are also due to be vertidrained at the end of February to help relieve compaction. This work is carried out once a year and is essential to keep our fairways in good condition for the summer.


The new fence around the pit on the 5th is now complete and I’m sure you will agree it looks a lot better. The fence was replaced for safety reasons and was not installed to stop golf balls. Please do not climb on this fence.
The bunker on the 5th which was due to be rebuilt at the start of January was put on hold due to wet weather which would have created a lot of mud and mess. This work is now well underway with the riveting process starting next week.


The bank in front of the 9th green has been tidied. The brambles have been removed, and any weaker gorse trimmed to help in the search for errant golf balls.


Scheduled work on course:
26th -28th February – fairway vertidraining. There may be some disruption on one fairway at a time while this work is carried out.


Sam Nunn
Head Greenkeeper

 

 

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