Monday, 19 November 2018

7th fairway drainage project. 

Work is underway to lay a new drainage system under this fairway. A new main drain was installed with several laterals across the fairway at 5.5mt centres. There is a seam of thick gray clay about 800mm below the surface  that impedes natural drainage. The new drains have been laid to collect water before it hits the clay layer taking it into the main and natural ditch on the right of the fairway. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Putting green re- build

Work is on going to remove the old root zone from the putting green. The soil was very compacted in the top 400mm which was inhibiting drainage and grass growth. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

Greens hollow coring. 

This week the course is closed for maintenance to allow us to hollow core the greens using 16mm tines. This has removed lots of material from the profile. The holes will be filled with a medium/ coarse sand which will further dilute organic matter in the root zone. Several dressings will be laid over the next few weeks and worked into the holes. Additional aeration over the next few months will push the clean sand deeper into the profile. 

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Fairway renovation work. 

The dry summer has taken its toll on the fairways on the Silverburn course. We dont have fairway irrigation on this course so we lost a lot of grass cover during the summer drought. We need to overseed the fairways but there is no point putting seed into the dead thatch layer. Scarifying work with the super 500 machine is removing the dead material and will allow better access to the soil layer below for seeding. They will be done in two directions to remove as much material as possible. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Autumn coring work

The recovery process starts with some hollow coring work to remove thatchy material from the approaches on the Silverburn course. After the dry summer there are lots of areas that need renovated. Too dressing will be applied and then new seed laid to improve turf conditions. 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Preparation work. 

A very light verti cut to refine some old highland bent grass in the sward.  A worthwhile exercise to improve dwarf density. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Pitch Marks

It was very disappointing this morning to see the amount of un-repaired pitch marks on the greens. The course was very busy at the weekend with the first two counting medals being played but it seems that golfers are not interested in repairing their pitch marks. It has been a long cold winter and early spring so far and this does not help us. We are struggling for growth as it is but these pitch marks will  now become dead spots which further increases the time it will take to gain a smooth surface for the coming season.