Tuesday, 20 June 2017
We have started to rake through the rough areas with the Terra Rake. Over the past few weeks the rough has grown to a height of approximately 350mm. The condition of the rough is good with a wispy thin sward in most areas, signs that we have made real progress over the last few years. To keep these areas thin we are now raking through the wispy grass and removing some material from the base. This work will continue throughout the summer months.
Friday, 2 June 2017
In the last few days the annual meadow grass in the greens has started to produce seed. This is common at this time of year but it impacts on the green surface with a slightly bumpier / slower ball roll. Unfortunately it is always going to happen in late May early June just when we are trying to develop good surfaces. We have reduced the quantity considerably over the past few years with reduced nutritional inputs and an aggressive fescue over seeding programme but it is something we have to live with for a few weeks at this time of year.The greens at 2,3,4 & putting green have a mottled appearance at the moment due to the higher percentage of annual meadow grass. Nutrition levels have been kept low in the past few weeks to keep the annual meadow grass as weak as possible and allow the better grasses to compete.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Top dressing using pure sand was applied to all fairways to further build up the sand layer in the turf surface. Around 90 ton was applied and dragged in using a rubber drag mat. This work is part of a long term top dressing programme to maintain firm, tight turf conditions on the fairways. It is also part of the build up to the Scottish Ladies Championship in early June.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
The area of gorse that was recently cut to the right of the 4th hole on the Silverburn course has been marked with blue steel pegs. This area is to be treated as GUR for the next few months, with relief taken at the nearest point without penalty. It is only the area that has been cut that is marked as GUR.
Friday, 28 April 2017
The results from the recent over seeding off greens has been fantastic. We punch tined the greens using blunt 10mm solid tines to create a 20mm deep hole. 20kgs of Bar fescue was broadcast onto the green and brushed into the holes. Sand dressing filled the holes to the top. We seeded on the 27/28th March and the seed has come through in little over 3 weeks which is a very good strike rate for the north east at this time of year. These young seedlings will be encouraged to develop over the next few weeks using seaweed products.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
All rough areas are being cut with the Super 500 flail machine. Over the past 5 years we have cut/ raked and collected grass from these areas to thin the sward and return the rough to a thin wispy condition. It is noticeable this spring that the amount of grass collected has greatly reduced from previous years. This shows we are making real progress now with this programme of work. These areas will be left to grow now for the summer months with some thinning work carried out using the terra rake in mid summer. The natural fescue grasses will grow and give us wispy type conditions to frame each hole. These pictures were taken at the 1st hole near the landing area below the green.
Friday, 14 April 2017
The new green at the 5th was opened for full play today. The existing greens turf has knitted well into the root zone. There are still some visible turf lines on the green which will fade as growth increases in the next few weeks and it is dressed further with sand. The new turf on the surrounds is well established and will improve further as we get more growth.