Greenkeeping Report September-October 2018

After the hottest summer on record it was very satisfying to come through it and move into autumn with high levels of grass cover across the golf course.   The new irrigation system certainly enabled us to consistanly deliver first class surfaces and feedback from many players has been very good.

The greens have been regularly stimping at 11 and over right through till mid October.

The greens staff have been busy cutting and collecting all areas of long grass as it is very important in order for the grass meadows and banks to remain fine next season.  A light scarify and collection will also take place before next season in order to remove more coarse grasses.

We have also been busy making new traffic management stakes that are in keeping with our 150 years posts.

On the wildlife front we have also been assisted by one of our members Fred Humphrey in making another 20 bird boxes and 5 mice houses.  Our commitment to  constantly improving our ecological footprint is very important to us all.

Our winter programme of work will also begin during November as we continue to remove invasive scrub and brash from the course.  It will also see us carry out lots of aeration works around the course with the aim of improving drainage capability as well as literally breathing new life into the ground.   These  works will provide us with the platform to deliver quality turf next season.