Its been a while since I last updated this due to the fact we have been really busy and we only have 5 green keepers including myself at the moment. The shortfall in staff equates to us being 100 man hours short every week so if there are some jobs not being done please bare with us, we know they need doing and will get to them as soon as we can.
I would like to say a big thank you to Jock Peebles and Hamish Brown for all their help with the drainage work that we have been doing and also thanks to wee Davey Hart and Willie the Sherriff for turning up every week to help out
With the help from Jock and Hamish we have fixed a number of wet areas on the course, the wet bits at the top of the 4th, the 14th fairway and the corner of the 13th.
The picture to the left is of Hamish's back side in the trench at the 13th, its not the best picture but if you look closely you can see how much water is running down the trench. The pipe we found here was 12" in diameter and was choked solid with tree roots so it just goes to show drains and trees are not a good combination!
This week we have dug an open ditch up the left hand side of the 13th to try and dry up that boggy area.
We are meant to be in the middle of summer but with temperatures in the single digits I think the couple of weeks of good weather we had in April was summer!
The low temperatures have meant that growth and winter recovery has been pretty slow so a few greens still showed evidence of disease scars up until a few weeks ago.
The whole course has been sprayed with fertilizer, iron and primo max growth regulator to try and push things on. The wee white blobs of foam that you have all been asking about is the line marker from the sprayer. Its kind of like the football referee's vanishing spray!
Over the last few weeks we have had very little rain, I'd tell you exactly how much but my rain gauge keeps getting stolen! To stop the greens drying out we have been watering by hand because the irrigation system is not up to scratch and needs a lot of time and money spent on it.
In the coming weeks we will be focusing on presentation and keeping the course tidy. I am also looking to overseed and top dress greens if the weather is suitable.
Thanks for reading this,