Greenkeeping Report March 2019

March has seen us complete our biggest job for the winter, the clearance of the front edge of the 18th woods. We have planted some wild flowers on the edge of the woods ( these were donated by our member Fred Humphrey)and have also seeded the area with fescue grass seed. We are hoping that over the next few years this once eyesore will look stunning and encourage more wildlife to the area. We have moved on to clearing the left side of 3A. This is to help improve the hole through allowing more sunlight to the green and making the hole more playable for when it’s in use. As we clear areas like this we are always thoughtful of the wildlife and thanks to our member Fred Humphrey again we have been putting out bird boxes which he makes all over the course as well as mouse houses and hedgehog boxes. Moving away from these winter jobs we have also been busy this month with aerating the tees, surrounds and greens. We have done our greens renovations which were done over a Sunday afternoon and a Monday. All greens were solid tined, topped dressed, brushed in, ironed, holes changed and fertilised. They have recovered well and are now looking great. As well as all this work we have been busy getting the course in top condition for the start of the season. Bunkers are being edged, stoned, weeded and sand moved. Paths are in the process of being edged, raked over and topped up with path dressing. All the long rough areas that are left alone all season have had a cut and collect with scarifying blades over them. This is to help thin these areas out so that they are still playable areas as well as stopping any invasive weeds/plants growing in them. You will also notice that the course is starting to be striped up, we go from the block cut in the winter months to the strips in the summer for presentation purposes. It’s also a nice way of defining the playing season and it helps us in the winter to reduce wear on the ground through less turning and to reduce the wear on the machines as it’s quicker to block cut areas. Lastly you all will know that Matt won greenkeeper of the year from the 59 club, himself and the team are elated from this win and strive to improve on our scores over the coming season.

Melissa Winkworth
Assistant greenkeeper