I have not posted for a while so I thought I would give a wee update of some of the work we have been doing through the winter months.
It has been quite a decent winter on a whole with mild temperatures for the time of year and very little rain up until the last few weeks!
I am pleased to say the course has been on full greens most of the winter unless there has been a frost. The rest of the course has held up really well with us rotating tees between winter tees and main play tees to spread the wear and give the golfers a longer course.
The use of the fairway mats from 150 yards seems to have been a success and we will see the benefits of this once the season starts
A lot of my budget this winter has gone on drainage work, installing new piped drainage systems on the 8th men's tee, the ladies 16th tee and a new main drain across the 4th, 5th and 7th fairway. The work on this main drain is nearly complete now with all trenches dug out, pipe laid and back filled with gravel and rootzone. We have had over 50mm of rain in the last couple of weeks so we are leaving the surrounding area to dry out before we re-lay the turf.
We have done a lot of tree work again this winter with the biggest job being the felling of the trees to the left of the second green to allow the early morning light to hit the green. We are already seeing the benefits of this on frosty mornings as with the sun hitting the green it is no longer the last green to be switched over.
The small bunker to the left of the 15th fairway has also been filled in although you might not have noticed as I don't think anyone ever goes in it which is the reason it was filled in!
We have done a lot of aereation this winter too with the fairway slitter and spiker out as much as possible.
On rainy days we have been painting tee markers and hazard posts as well as servicing machines and tidying up the shed.
With the recent mild weather we have decided to start applying lawn sand to the tees and aprons as this will harden the turf, weaken the moss and green them up after the winter.
Next week we will apply a granular fertiliser to the greens and walkways.
We will also be applying a penetrant wetting agent to greens tees and aprons next week.
Before the start of the season we will be looking to have all the bunkers flymoed and edged, the drainage lines all turfed and as much aereation work done as time will allow us. In addition we aim to fill in the bunker at the back of the 6th green, crown raise and thin out some more trees and complete a few more small drainage jobs around the 8th green, 14th green and the 16th green.
That's is all for tonight, I will post my next update quicker than it took me to post this one.