Golf Course Update - in order to keep members fully updated of developments on the golf course, we will be distributing a course update following every Committee Meeting.
Course Update - May 2018
Course conditions continue to slowly improve weekly despite very poor and cold growing conditions over recent weeks. Ground has dried out significantly in last few days and some growth has returned to some areas. Approximately 450 mm rain fallen from start of year until end of April which is a third of our annual average.
Growth has been extremely slow over recent weeks and spring fertiliser and iron have been applied to improve colour and encourage growth.
Work has continued recently to dry out and firm up surfaces as per last month’s report, 12 greens have been hollow-cored and have been top-dressed with sand and brushed. Further work to 2nd 14th and 16th will be done asap between competitions .This work has been disruptive but absolutely necessary to try and firm greens up and remove excessive wet thatch.
All greens will be deep tined with pencil sized tines shortly and further sand added to improve firmness and increase surface water removal.
Seaweed and zeolite have been applied to sand based greens at 7, 8, 10 and 12 to help improve very weak root development and improve nutrient holding capabilities.
All greens have been cut and rolled as required, mainly with pedestrian hand mowers due to soft wet surfaces. This has been extremely time consuming but has reduced wheel marking and tracking with triplex machines.
Liquid fertiliser, seaweed, iron and soil amendments will be sprayed soon to increase growth and improve grass coverage.
Work on damaged areas on greens caused by hydraulic burst will be done as and when conditions improve and seeding can be attempted, this will be a slow process to get germination and areas to fill in properly.
Tees and approaches -
All areas have been deep tined and sanded then fertilised. Tees have been divoted regularly to level out damaged areas but little germination of seed so far.
All areas cut as growth dictates at 8mm with triple mower.
New tees at 7th have been cut recently at 10mm with pedestrian mower to reduce grass height and improve surface levels.
Medal tee is a few weeks ahead of yellow forward area as it was turfed before poorer weather hit us in February. Top-dressing will be done frequently to firm up soft growth and allow height to be reduced. We will bring into play as soon as possible but is nowhere near ready yet.
Wetter fairways and landing areas recently deep spiked to improve surface drainage and compaction.
Fairways, intermediate and roughs have recently been cut and this has improved presentation greatly.
Fairways will be sprayed with iron and liquid fertiliser soon to improve colour and control moss invasion.
Fairways will be divoted as time permits.
Bunkers have recently been edged and bases rotovated to soften up, some sand will be added to low areas in greenside bunkers.
Some work has been done to path edges and further red blaize will be added to fill in pot holes and improve levels.
Road around rear of 12th green to be dug out and hard-core added to improve machinery access. Dump site in woods at 12th will be tidied up at same time with excavator.
Hollow-cores taken from greens have been levelled out in woods around course where gorse has been removed and these areas will be seeded out to gain some grass cover in poorer areas.
Grass cutting will continue on tee and bunker banks to reduce growth and improve presentation.
Still awaiting contractors to grind down cut tree stumps and work to clean out ponds at 12th and 9th holes.
Awaiting permission from Scottish water for toilet connection, toilets have been returned to original location at present.
Completion of fence painting at compound and car park will be done as time permits.
New sign, walling and fencing installed at club entrance and finished planting to form heather bed will be done soon.
New Tee and sponsor signs recently installed on all tees and around clubhouse, awaiting further improvements from supplier for new play markers which will be installed when complete.
Grass dump bins around course to be emptied and re-furbished to improve look.Archie DunnCourse Manager