Friday, 28 April 2017

Green Over seeding results

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

Rough management update

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

5th green Update

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.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Course Information

A new temporary green has been cut at the 5th hole 40 yds short of the new green This will make the hole a par 4 again and allow counting medals to be played from 1st April. The new green will be brought into play at the end of April 17. The new green has been marked as GUR with a drop zone marked at the side.
We have started to punch tine the greens to allow new seed to be dropped into the holes. The holes are 25mm deep, with new seed brushed in and dressed with sand to fill the hole. There will be no more over seeding on green during the playing season. This will be done again in October when the course is closed for 4 days.
Directional sleeper signs have been placed at certain holes to help speed up play for visitors and guests. Old sleepers were used to maintain the theme used in other areas round the course.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sand Stripping

As part of the 5 year ecology report recently submitted by the STRI work has begun on stripping the rank vegetation from areas in the rough. The plan here is to scrape away the grasses and underlying soil to reveal clean sand. The soil/grasses are buried deep in the hole and covered with clean sand to a depth of 750mm. The bare sand area is then left as it is for the natural plants and fine grasses to colonise it over the next 7-10 years. Weed seeds will not germinate in the sand which will allow the finer Fescue grassses to establish over the coming years. This has been trialled at several courses and has proved very succesful. These areas are now integral parts of the course and a ball should be played as it lies from the sandy area. These areas at 7/8 and the 12th holes are the first to be done and we will monitor how they develop over the coming months. The area at the left of the 12th fairway was covered in rushes and very penal if a ball landed in them but now a ball will be found and can be played from the sandy area.

Gorse Clearance

We have started the removal programme on the gorse area between the 1st hole on Balgownie and the 4th hole on the Silverburn Course. This is a large area that will be removed over a period of 4-5 years. The plan is to cut an area then allow it to recover before clearing the next plot. This will reduce the negative visual impact there is when we clear the gorse. By the time we reach the 1st tee the area behind will have healed and regeneration will have started.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Rough management- Replacing pop-ups

To progress further with the rough management programme we are replacing the fairway pop-ups that sit in the semi rough with part circle heads. At present the old heads rotate 360 degrees and water 20mts into the rough behind them. This is not helping progress with thinning the rough areas so these heads are being replaced with new part circle pop-ups that are set to irrigate the fairway only. We have permanently removed 11 heads that were in the rough at the 6,9,15th holes. We will replace 44 old heads with the new ones. There will be a considerable saving in water and run time for the fairways when they are on during the summer months. In the next few years the fairway system will be replaced but we can re-use these new heads on other areas in the future.