September was mostly dominated by bi-annual renovations of greens and tee's and by October we believe we had the course in a great condition and I thank my greens staff for their tireless effort throughout this period. All my staff worked 7 days a week for 4 weeks throughout the club championships to ensure the course was kept to a high standard.
16th green looking great throughout October
My staff are now taking small breaks at different intervals prior to our busiest time of the year through December, January and February when golfing increases, temperatures sore, humidity and rainfall intensifies which makes it a critical time on the golf course for our greens especially.
Over the past couple of months we have been aiming to improve the firmness and smoothness of greens by regularly grooming greens which cut vertically into the greens to promote horizontal growth and also reduce organic material buildup to prevent undesirable levels of thatch. Growth regulators have also been used to reduce overall growth of plant on greens all aimed to promote smooth and even surfaces. There is minimal surface disruption during these events.
On November 7th, all greens were solid-tined with 8mm tines with a depth of 10cm. The process basically involves spiking of the green surface where no soil and/or plant matter is removed whatsoever. We immediately mow after coring and within a few days nearly all evidence of coring has disappeared.
This is a process that will be carried out monthly throughout the stressful summer period. Before the questions/complaints come rolling in regarding why I have touched the surface here are some reasons why:
- Allows air into soil and improves gas exchange. It alleviates compaction and allows efficient gas exchange between soil and the atmosphere.
- Allows increased infiltration/percolation of water to rootzone where it is needed most in summer.
- Minimises turf damage and downtime as no cores are removed and can mow immediately after.
- Minimises overall turf stress so its well suited for high summer temperatures.
- Improves surface drainage.
Its important to note that all maintenance tasks are completed purely for the sustainability of our turf surfaces so they can continue to thrive throughout stressful periods.
Some other work undertaken of late includes the grading of the 3rd fairway bark area as well as wasteland area left of 7th tee. The bark area at 3 is now in play and 7th is still GUR for now until we get some solid grass growth after seeding.
Before at 7th tee
After at 7th tee
Construction of resurfacing/extension of 15th social tee has commenced with more areas due to be renovated in the near future.
15th social tee