The Park Course
The green staff have been busy through the month of July with the rise in temperature, hand watering has been a priority and around the clock monitoring of the irrigation system to help prevent dry patch. We have continued with our folia feeds to help with grass health and to aid heat stress. The cutting height is set at 3mm with the groomers set at 1mm below to discourage lateral growth and stand the plant up. We have also applied a light sand dusting to aid with trueness and speed with also rolling the greens 3 times a week the stimp meter reading has been on average 10ft – 10.6 ft We will be applying a granular feed to strengthen the plant. By using a granular the plant can feed off the nutrients for a longer period of time. I am pleased with how consistent the greens are performing.
We have Sprayed Sulphate of iron on tee tops and aprons which have darkened the leaf and has given these areas better definition. We have also Verti-Drained, using tines to the depth of 10” This task breaks up compaction to help improve drainage and creates channels for deeper stronger roots.
Regular brushing and a good maintenance management programme have seen these areas go from strength to strength the cutting height has been reduced so to improve the course definition. A more frequent cutting programme has produced carpet like playing surfaces.
We have had some Feedback about our rough being “brutal” We have strategically looked at each hole and tried to create the widest areas between 150 and 200 yards specifically to help the high handicap golfer. We feel we have a good balance at present. These natural areas will be treated in the autumn to discourage thicker grass species and allow finer, wispier grasses to be more dominant. In the spring all the rough will be cut, clippings collected and removed.
In preparation for the winter months, we have extended the path from the 8th tees to the 9th tees. In recent years this area has been one of the wettest areas on the course, which has effected buggy usage, with the path now in place it enables us to manage the course traffic through this hole.
In recent weeks there has been an increase in pitch mark damage on the greens. Can I please ask that you repair you pitch marks in the correct way?