Friday, 20 October 2017

 Last Saturday I did a talk/tour of the Greenkeeping department to our Club members to give them a insight in to how things run and managed on and off the courses

 We have started work on our new short game area on our driving range, which will consist of a new green and 3 new bunkers etc

 With the mild weather we are still carrying out a lot of cutting to keep on top of things over both the courses
 to help harden the greens and surrounds up we have applied a little liquid feed and iron
 we have been out hand weeding greens again to control daises
 The gorse management plan is working great with re growth at the area at the 2nd fairway already
We have replaced our old tines on our fairway spiker ready for next week to relieve compaction from all the summer play and cutting etc, the old tines lasted 4 years

Friday, 13 October 2017

 We took the chance with the good weather to apply more top-dressing sand to the Craighead course greens and surrounds after they were cut this week
 We carried out 16mm hollow coring, clean up, cut, over seed, heavy top-dress and rub in to the 1st & 17th tees on the Balcomie course to help improve these tees
 It's that time of year that the leaves are falling from the trees at the roadside behind green 3 of the Craighead course, we will be blowing and clearing them up every couple of days
Cutting and collecting of the deep roughs is still ongoing when the weather permits

Saturday, 7 October 2017

 This week we have been fixing any problems with our irrigation system on the Balcomie course

 We have been out deep tining the Craighead course tees to relieve compaction

 A problem area on our putting has been deep bored to 2' and then the heavy soil replaced with rootzone sand to improve the drainage
 with the drier weather we have started to cut and collect areas of deep rough again

 Great job by the guys getting the Craighead course set up for the Mid Amateur event on Friday and Saturday with it being a 2 tee start at 8.15am, which was tight time wise with the darker mornings
 the par 3 tees over both courses have had a heavy top-dressing to help smooth off the surface after a very busy season, this will be done again in about a months time before going onto winter tee mats on these holes
 With heading into the winter months and temperatures are starting to drop, we have raised the height of cut on both our greens mowers to help protect the plant, plus help the new seed that was planted last week on the Balcomie course greens etc

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Greens aeration program

 The Greenstaff have done a great job despite the weather this week to carry out our aeration program to the Balcomie course greens, surrounds and tees
 Greens and tees were deep tined to 8" to relieve compaction and help drainage going into the winter months

 Greens were then turf ironed to smooth the surface off before mini-coring, this process is to reduce organic matter (thatch) and make pots for overseeding to help promote the desired grasses

 The mini coring helps to close the top of the big deep tined holes
 Tees deep tined after the greens were completed

 Once the surfaces were verti-cut and cut we then overseeded to get as much seed into the holes as possible

 Surfaces were then slowly drag matted to help get more seed into the holes before top-dressing
 Then the surfaces were top-dressed with sand to help cover the new seed and smooth the playing surfaces
 sand drag matted in
 We will apply more sand next week to the surfaces
 This week seen some wet weather, so we took this chance to clean the car park and drive areas as with wet/damp weather we get more grass from trolleys and golf shoes left all over the car park areas
 Other tasks was to paint the floors in the hallways, toilets, mess room and drying room to improve these areas