Last week myself and Ian traveled to Holland to visit the Everris fertilizer factory. It was a great trip for us to see how they take the raw materials and turn them into the products we use on the golf course.
On Tuesday we battled through the snow to get to Dunfermline to the Bigga Scottish Conference. There we heard talks from Richard Windows of STRI, Robert Patterson talking about the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, Steve Chappell reviewing the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and Gordon Irvine giving us a great presentation on the work he has done at Askernish golf course on the Outer Hebrides. If you ever feel brave enough to battle the elements there it looks like it will be a great challenge to your game.
Today we cut the greens at 5mm and started spiking them with the weidenmann with 8mm solid tines to a depth of 6 inches. This is done to help relieve compaction, help with drainage and let air into the soil profile. This is a fairly slow process that will be finished early next week. Once a green has been completed we roll it with the turf iron to smooth off the surface and minimise disruption to the putting surface.
Tomorrow we will get all the bunkers raked and holes changed in the hope that we can get out on the main greens over the weekend.