Now that the growing season has commenced, areas throughout the course, practice areas and clubhouse environs are finally exhibiting a surge of growth. This means that the main focus of groundstaff is in maintaining and presenting the course to our best ability.
Routine maintenance each week includes:
- Continuous mowing of all playing surfaces from tee to green, including semi-roughs, rough and practice range.
- Bunker raking, marker placement, hole changing, divot repairs, bin emptying, divot bag filling, spray applications, topdressing, verticutting and grooming are all carried out.
Greens, greens collars and aprons:
Greens are cut daily, weekends inclusive and are treated bi-weekly with a combination of nutrients, growth regulators, wetting agents and seaweed. Verticutting and grooming are carried out regularly and light treatments of sand topdressing are applied and watered in.
The approaches are also responding well to the treatment program and being cut three times weekly.
Tees are growing well following a fertiliser application and are cut three times weekly, the new Toro mower is due to be delivered this week and will enhance the quality of cut and presentation.
On the fairways, regular foliar applications of Iron and Ammonia, which allows for minimal amounts of nitrogen inputs, are producing good results in regard to sward density and presentation, fairways are currently being cut twice weekly. Weeds on fairways and semi-roughs have been controlled.
Coming month: the main focus is on maintaining all playing surfaces to the correct heights and presenting the course to the best standard possible. Along with the routine maintenance program as detailed above, the course is assessed weekly and any outstanding tasks highlighted and prioritised. Also, biweekly data collection, in regard to greens performance, allows us to tailor our agronomic program to respond effectively.