Fri December 15, 2017, by Secretary

December's Greenkeeping Report

Greens Report December 2017
Welcome to my December Greens Report.
Gordon, Craig and Jamie are continuing with the publicised Winter maintenance program.
More verti draining will take place over the next couple of months. Only small holes are formed and this decompaction of the putting surface not only allows for better drainage but also allows more oxygen to reach the roots, encouraging better growth. Interesting fact: All greens will have undergone this process 3 times in total over the Winter months resulting in over 1,500,000 drainage/aeration holes punched into each and every green!!
I hope you will all agree that the continuous work carried out on our greens over the last 12 months has already yielded excellent results. Even now, in mid December, with the greens only able to be cut 2 or 3 times a week they putt as well and as true as they look. With a new electric mower soon to be purchased, giving more, cleaner cuts per square yard, innovative maintenance techniques and an improved dressing mix, next Summer’s greens will be firmer, faster and truer than ever.
As well as cutting and defining the fairways and rough whenever the weather allows, Gordon and the team are also in the process of verti draining every fairway.
The new drainage system already seems to be providing us with a drier course. Further improvements, in the form of a further 200 yards of new and connecting drainage channels, will be carried out on the 15th.
This week’s Seniors organized ‘Greenkeepers Christmas Box’ event was a great success. For the first time it was opened up to all members, as will be the case in future years. It was great to see such a good turn out from the Ladies Section in particular on this occasion and I expect this competition to go from strength to strength over the next few years. Played over the 11 ‘top’ holes the highlight was undoubtedly inviting Gordon, Craig and Jamie up to the clubhouse for lunchtime drinks and an excellent chance to chat with the team, hear their thoughts, pick their brains and generally show our appreciation for all the fabulous work they do throughout the year.
There will be no Greens Report in January as I will be spending the month in T shirts, shorts and flip flops, (thongs!!), in Australia. Mainly visiting my daughter and her family – but with a little Ashes cricket and golf thrown in!!
I shall return with details of Gordon’s Spring and Summer plans for the course in February. In the meantime, a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to all our members and staff.
Enjoy your Winter golf,
Mike Pamphilon