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SPRING COURSE UPDATE

Winter works are now drawing to a close as we make the transgression in to spring. We have cleared the bank alongside the 9th and behind the 7th green. This work is carried out once a year to keep the growth thinned out while maintaining course definition and challenge.

The bank along the left of the 14th has been cleared with just the overhanging boughs around the green to be removed. These trees ideally need removing as they shadow the green but unfortunately tree surgeon costs make this unattainable at present. Unless we have a friendly tree surgeon member??

Time permitting, we shall be carrying out some scrub removal to the left of 6 prior to the proper arrival of spring.

We had to carry out some remedial irrigation work by the 6th tee making a degree of mess. This area has been seeded with wild flowers that were left over from a kind donation from one of our lady members.

We have filled the first 2 bunkers on the driving range. This is the start of an ongoing project to improve the aesthetics of the range.

It may have not seemed so but this winter has been in general dry and mild. As a result, we have managed through the winter without the use of temporary tees. We have taken the opportunity to aerate the greens several times and have already hollow cored the tees.

We have applied the fertilizers to the fairways and rough already. This is early but with the milder conditions we don’t want to miss the opportunity to maximise further recovery from grass cover lost from the drought we experienced last summer. We have used a slow release fertilizer that will release its nutrients in accordance with soil temperature and moisture and so will remain available and not leach out with rainfall.

The mens 16th tee is slowly subsiding due to poor construction. We are going to start to stock pile soil waste alongside this tee with a view to creating a larger, level, tee complex in the future. This may look a little unsightly in the short term but will be worth it in the long term.

On April the 23rd we have scheduled our course renovation day. The course will be closed for play all day! The aim will be to hollow tine, verti-drain and top dress the greens in that one day. We will be inviting members to help the greenkeepers clear the cores, litter pick and generally help tidy the course. All volunteers will be given lunch and afterwards a thank you drink. Please keep an eye out for sign up sheets on the main noticeboard soon. Your help will make a huge difference

GREENKEEPERS TIPS OF THE WEEK

Now is a good time to plan some aeration of your lawn. Grass is beginning to grow and will recover form a bit of disruption. Hollow tining, if you have the budget or equipment will relieve compaction, reduce thatch in your lawn and encourage root development.

If you have a moss problem which is very likely after the drought last year an iron-based product such as lawn sand can now be applied. Now is also a good time to be planning a spring feed for your lawn.


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