The last few weeks have been a bit of a mixed bag weather wise - we have seen sun, rain, frost and more snow again on Tuesday! Thankfully all the tree work we have done over the past few years means we don't have the same shade problems so the sun is getting through as is the wind to melt the snow.
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.
For security reasons they wouldn't let us take pictures inside the factory but we did get this cracking picture of Ian in his hi-vis and hard hat.
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.
Back on the course we have been clearing some of the old drains at the 13th, 15th and 16th, edging bunkers and then topping them up with sand and doing some woodland management whilst the course was under snow.
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.