January 2023 Greens Report
Course renovations were completed this month and after only two weeks, the greens are in full recovery! This is a great sign as we prepare to move towards cooler conditions in a couple of months.
We have also completed the first section of the 7th path with 80m, with this project continuing another 230 meters towards the tees. With the very hilly layout to our course, whenever we receive large rainfall, this hole is a massive issue with getting our carts around safely due to the wet, and this will not only fix the issue but will also protect the club’s and members’ carts.
The path works will continue in April pending weather, and the section we have just done is fully completed and ready for use.
The 7th drainage project around the green has been completed, and a massive thanks to Ron Newton and Peter Hughes who helped with putting in new drainage around the side, front and back of the green while we were undergoing renovations. Was a much needed job done to help with the water issue with the green, and after last week’s storm it has definitely showed good signs already, with moving the water. Thanks again guys and very much appreciated!
The narrow leaf carpet grass showing on our fairways has been more aggressive this summer and this has not been ignored. For us to keep this under control with height of cut, we must run our rough mowers at 1 inch of height to cut this type of grass and also with a product I use, if the course is very dry, I have to be careful of when I use this product. However, we will still use the rough mowers to control this when we are not using them for our rough areas as we only have two rough mowers.
This will be all under control within the next month and will not be an issue moving into cooler conditions.
Small bare patch areas on the greens will also be attended to this month now that the greens are recovering from renovations.
The staff have also started snipping the bases of the trees. Bunkers will have fresh sand added soon. The hand rails on the 9th have been completed. More projects are planned for this year that we will commence once the growth slows down.
ANDY BOSWELL – COURSE SUPERINTENDENT