Monday, 21 August 2017

 We have been really busy the last couple of weeks preparing the courses for the Scottish Boys & Girls under 14's Open championship

Our sprayer passed it's annual safety and operation tests

Friday, 11 August 2017

 The growth has not stopped this year with it being so wet the last 2 months, so it's been full cutting of all areas to try to keep up
 We have had to spray a selective herbicide at half-rate on the Balcomie greens and surrounds to help control a weed called pearlwort

 holes 5 & 6 of the Balcomie course
 holes 15,17 & 18 of the Balcomie course

 Clubhouse and Balcomie course 14th tee
 Our 7th medal tee on the Balcomie course has struggled this year, so we have been carrying out more seeding/divoting/fertilising and top-dressing to improve the surface
 weak tees on the Craighead course have had a 2nd application of fertiliser this season to help aid recovery from all the play
 We have made a couple of new signs to continue the theme of the use of Railway sleepers over both the courses

Friday, 28 July 2017

 Courses looking greener than usual at this time of year
 We have been cutting back the gorse at the corner of the 2nd fairway on the Craighead course to allow better sight for your shot to the green
 After the greens and surround on the Craighead course were cut we applied a Fungicide as we have had an out break of disease

 Work has started on extending our material storage bays from 2 to 4 outside our shed

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

 We have been out with the favourite machine of the members lol, cutting a couple of problem areas on the Balcomie course at hole 4
 We had a broken swing joint on a sprinkler on tee 8 on the Balcomie course

 We starting putting irrigation on last week when things were getting dry and very warm but things have turned wet again which is giving us problems of wet cuts and little bits of grass clippings left on our fairways and semi-roughs
 On the Craighead course we have managed to apply another top-dressing of sand on our greens and surrounds after they were cut on Monday
 Cracking day
 Sand going on
 Sand being rubbed in
The greens were then fertilised with 4.0.6 to help strengthen them up for the rest of the season

Friday, 14 July 2017

 Our Apprentice Graham being shown how to use the turf iron
 This week we have done some extra work to green 15 on the Balcomie course, we solid tined to 4" to relieve compaction and make holes for the seed, over seeded 2 ways, top-dressed with sand then rubbed in, this will will help us improve the grass species and surfaces, we are planning to target 1 green each month so not to interfere with play etc

 Sign to inform the golfers/visitors of the work that has just been completed to green 15
 Work is still ongoing at our dump area of building a perimeter bank and extending area
 It was our monthly cleaning and blowing of the car parks and road/roundabout to the Clubhouse
 Ongoing mowing to all playing surfaces
 We have been out hand weeding our Balcomie course greens for daises etc
 The Craighead greens have had an application of liquid fertiliser and iron to perk them up
 This week I was lucky enough to get a tour of Kingsbarns Links with other local Greenkeepers to find out all the prep work for holding the Women's Open next month

 After our course walk we had a tour of the local Kingsbarns Whiskey distillery