Tue February 20, 2018, by Secretary

February's Greenkeeping Report

Greens Report February 2018
Welcome to my February Greens Report.
That was a wet 6 weeks that was!
Time was utilized as best as possible and all of our greenkeeping machinery has been thoroughly maintained! Out on the course the boys have persevered, often in horrendous conditions, and, bar losing up to half a dozen holes for relatively short periods, done a fantastic job maintaining the course in excellent condition.
The entire course has been vertidrained, (17 inch, 19mm spikes on the tees, walkways and fairways and 8 inch, 8mm spikes in the greens). All greens have also been sprayed, as conditions allowed, with biology mix to promote root growth and aid disease resistance. Gordon is confident that this year we will see noticeable improvement in all the greens with regard to fescue growth, firmness and pace. A Toro 3420 electric green cutter will be purchased this Spring giving a faster, more efficient and far better cut to all the surfaces. Again, wait to see and experience the improvements on your greens.
175 metres of turf has been purchased to repair bare and worn areas around the course whilst also improving well used walkways with black rubber matting. You will notice the areas of improvement during your upcoming rounds over the next few weeks. Maintenance is also almost complete on tidying and improving many bunkers around the course and the white picket fence at the front of the clubhouse will be repaired shortly!
The back bunker on the 8th hole has been converted to a grass bunker, this is due to health and safety concerns in maintaining this as a normal bunker. It will be monitored once in play to ensure that there is not overdue wear with balls coming to rest and being played at the lowest point.
Upcoming works include micro coring and dressing the greens next month and improving, (promoting fescue growth whilst removing the unwanted meadow and rye grasses), the rough between the 2nd and 18th, 3rd and 14th, 4th and 15th and 5th and 13th fairways. Again, we are promised noticeable improvements in the playability and definition of these areas.
All fairways, tees and greens will be sprayed against weeds – look out for any warning notices that will be deployed.
All fairway and greens marker posts and discs will be replaced and new cups, flags and longer ferules, (to aid the flag stick sitting vertically in the hole), have been purchased.
Two requests from Gordon:
Please ONLY take your dog out on the course, on a lead and pick up any mess, if you are out PLAYING GOLF. The fact that we now allow dogs on the course is not an excuse to have them using it as a convenient recreation space, running around, chasing tennis balls on any fairways and greens!! Please let common sense prevail.
Continue to repair as many pitch marks as you can whilst stalking and waiting for your putt and replace all divots using the divot anchors provided.
Enjoy your golf this Spring and let’s all look forward to a beautiful Summer on The Links whilst respecting both the hard work that is put into the course and your fellow members.
Best regards
Mike Pamphilon