Last weekend saw the opening match of the season between the captain and vice captain in which the vice captain's team won 16.5 to 9.5. The season opener saw us revert back to the full summer course and an end to the use of the dreaded fairway mat.
It was also last weekend that the clocks spring forward to BST but I think the weather didn't get the memo to change as we have had really low temperatures this past week with frost on 4 occasions meaning our spring aereation has gone a little slower than expected.
This year we decided to scarify the greens using the graden sand injection machine as this process can remove 3 times as much thatch as hollow coring and it back fills the the lines with kiln dried sand. Due to the frost we have not been able to start these aereation works until 8.30 am meaning we have only completed 11 greens so far.
We have put on 30 tonnes of sand on the completed greens which has emptied the storage silo and with it being the Easter weekend we can't get anymore delivered until Tuesday at the earliest so when it arrives we will finish the remaining greens.
The picture on the right is the 1st green after it had firstly been spiked with 13 mm tines to a depth of 12 inches to help with the drainage then had the graden run over it to remove thatch. 3 tonnes of sand was put down on green to fill the tine holes and scarifyer lines before we dragged it in and blew off the thatch and debris.
Next week once all the greens have been completed we will spray them with a pigment called Green Lawnger TR and then apply our Everris cold start spring feed to help the recovery process.
Over the past few weeks we have been doing some smaller jobs for the coming season such as priming the irrigation system, topping up the bunkers with sand, cutting and tidying the wind blown trees, trimming sprinklers and doing machinery maintenance. We have given the tees, aprons and some of the fairways a cut to tidy them up as well.
In the coming weeks we will be tidying up paths, prepping and seeding the area between the 3rd and 4th tees, cutting the bushes and hedges around the clubhouse and applying fertiliser to tees and aprons. If I get a chance I will try to dig sumps at the wet areas to the right of the 6th green and on the 4th fairway.