It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog due to being so busy and not having many days in the office. Even with the terrible weather we have had, I have still been working the lads pretty hard so a big well done to them!
We have had a couple of staff changes in the last few months as Jim Gowans and Ian Scott have moved on, so we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
David Cooper has come in as Deputy Head Greenkeeper. David is 27 and hails from Cupar and has been a greenkeeper for 11 years at Ladybank Golf Club where he started out as an apprentice and worked his way up to 1st Assistant. We wish him all the best and hope he has brought his wellies.
The golfing season has gone really well with the greens performing exceptionally considering the amount of rain that has fallen of late. We are in the process of solid tining them with 12mm solid tines down to 9” to help them drain better and get air into the soil profile. They will be rolled and cut afterwards to restore the high quality surface.
All of the main play areas on the course have had aereation work carried out on them. Greens were hollow cored with 12mm tines then top dressed with 55 ton of kiln dried sand at £60 a ton!
Tees, aprons and fairways have all been solid tined with 19mm solid tines.
We have rescued an old Sisis slitter that used to sit on the practice area by treating it to new tines and a bit grease and have run it over all fairways and walkways.
We will continue to solid tine and slit throughout the winter to help improve drainage and try to break up the hard pan that sits a couple of inches below the surface.
We have been doing small drainage jobs across the course over the last few months and we are in the process of doing a couple of drains on holes 13 and 14. We would like to do more but are restricted by our budget. However our new budget starts in January so expect to see us digging more holes on the 4th when we come back after the Christmas break.
During the high winds of late we have only lost 2 trees, 1 of which was dead and was due to be cut down and the other was on the left of the 8th. It goes to show all the tree work we have done in the past few years is now paying off and we are not losing large numbers every time we have strong winds.
On the run up to Christmas we will be tidying up loose ends and if the weather is suitable we will try cutting some of the main play areas.
Merry Christmas to all and good luck for the 2016 golf season.