Over the past two weeks, you will have seen a lot of work has been carried out on the greens. Each green has been micro tined, verti-cut, scarified and rolled to present a smooth playing surface. We have slightly raised the height of cut on the greens to accommodate the changing temperatures – we need to be sensible and reduce the volumes of stress on the greens.
During October, disease management must be carefully considered as fusarium can be very aggressive and if disease attacks the sward, our options are purchasing very expensive chemicals or waiting until May for the greens to recover naturally.
Our approach of little and often has been quite successful, with only a handful of comments regarding disruption to the playing surface. Having said that, we are entering the phase where the greens need to be hollow cored using the wider tines. We plan to start at 11:30am on Wednesday 14th October. We aim to complete the first four greens, weather permitting. On Thursday 15th October, we will start at 7am on the 5th green and work in hole order for the duration of the day. Our plans for Friday 16th October will consist of preparing the course for the weekend; we will complete the remaining greens on Monday 19th October. I am aware some competitions will be impacted; however, this is a task that needs completing.
These dates have been considered due to the weather conditions and the falling ground temperatures. We have tried our best to prolong the procedure; with autumn settling in, we cannot afford to lose the ground conditions where the greens will take longer to recover.
The growth around the course is finally slowing and it has given us the opportunity to catch up on several maintenance tasks. The leaves are steadily dropping, and we will be spending hours every week to keep the course clear of leaves. With ground condition becoming softer we ask buggy users to take care on the course. We are seeing a number of buggies being parked right next to the greens and on tees, but we would ask – where possible – to park slightly further away to reduce the tyre marks around the greens. We will try and allow buggies to use the course as much as possible, but we really need your help on this. If you feel you can walk please do so – this will allow the essential users the opportunity to play more. If ground conditions become too wet or considered dangerous, we will be left with no option but to prohibit their use until conditions improve. From Monday 12th October, our daily course updates will be available. Please phone the club and press option 5 for the latest course update, alternatively you can ring us on 07368641356 – this is the direct number for the course update. That phone number only has an answer machine service – no text messages or phone calls are received.