Friday, 22 June 2018

 Great definition on both courses

 Watering in of top-dressing sand
 We are still out with hoses and sprinklers to dry areas
 The Craighead course greens were verti-cut/cut then a light top-dressing of sand which we are trying to do once a week
 The old Well at hole 16th on the Balcomie course getting some TLC

 The new short game area is coming on well, with the green getting it's first roll
 We are starting to shape the cutting around the new green and bunkers
 Heavy top-dressings of sand will continue to improve all the surrounding areas and merge the new area in with the existing area
 We have been brushing the greens before cutting to help lift lateral growth to give a better cut, especially on the Balcomie course as these are old traditional greens
 Thanks to Les Rae for having us up to look at the Environment projects etc they carryout and coastal erosion issues they face at Montrose Links

Monday, 11 June 2018

True Links

 With no rain in the last month, both our courses are really drying out and playing like true Links

 We are making sure we keep applying our wetting agent program to make sure we reduce water run off and get the water where we want it in this dry spell
 The last few days we have been out hand watering areas that really struggle or don't have sprinklers etc over both courses
 With the irrigation system running 24/7 just now we are continuing to fire fight issues with our Balcomie course system with old sprinklers and bursts

 Hand watering high spots
 We have been also brushing our greens before cutting to give us a better cut by brushing the grass more upright
 We have been able to keep up with our weekly top-dressing program of sand to the Craighead courses greens with the good dry weather
 That's us at last managed to seed our new short game area green on our Driving range and all the surrounds have been turfed, the next job is too screen sand for the new bunkers over the next few weeks and hopefully have it in play for the end of August weather pending
 Our new irrigation at our short game area will help establish all the areas etc
Short game areas first cut on all the surrounding areas

Friday, 25 May 2018

 The Craighead course greens have recovered well from the major aeration work 4 weeks ago to reduce our thatch levels and to improving our surfaces
 We applied another top-dressing of sand to aid the recovery of the Craighead course greens this week
 We are at our full cutting program over both courses due to the dry warm weather
 Staff busy trying to keep up with the growth of all areas
 We have been having our irrigation system on every night due to the dry weather for the last 3 weeks, which operates from 10pm to about 5.30am so it wont interfere with play plus lower temperatures at night so not too scorch the grass plant

 We have applied our wetting agent and seaweed to the Balcomie course greens this week
 An application of selective herbicide was applied to the Craighead course tees to reduce daises
We have been noticing slight damage and hatching from leather jackets which turn into daddy long legs, I'm sure most courses are having the same issue as we have no insecticides to spray to control them now on the market

Monday, 14 May 2018

 May this weather continue
 The Craighead course greens are recovering well from the major aeration work that was carried out to reduce thatch levels, improve drainage and air movement through the soil structure, which will result in firmer surfaces
 We are hoping the greens will be fully recovered in another 2 weeks
 It's that time of year that we spray for weeds, mostly daises we suffer from so we applied a selective herbicide to all the fairways on both courses
 With us using the irrigation systems more with irrigating to keep the plant moisture levels up, watering in fert and washing in sand, we have been having bursts on the old Balcomie course system
 The old PVC pipe work coming to the end of it's life expectancy plus the glued joints

 Another issue we are having is the old electric cabling for the irrigation system needing repairs
It's great to see all the wildflowers in bloom round both our courses

Friday, 4 May 2018

 The courses are really taking shape now and going into the season in good condition despite the bad winter
 We have completed our wildflower area on the driving range, which consisted of cutting and collecting the area
 rotovate the area 2 ways to prepare the surface and bury the left over vegetation
 light rake and firmed up then seeded
 light rake and firmed up again to bury the seed
 We have levelled and seeded the old drain line at the 15th semi-rough on the Balcomie course
The guys did a great job cutting back the flowerbed at the Clubhouse putting green area