June and July have certainly been hot and sticky months with soaring temperatures reaching early 30 degree C week after week which has taken its toll on the course in a lot of areas. As you have probably noticed, the fairways and approaches have burnt off with a yellowing colour which doesn’t look pleasing to the eye but will come back with a few showers and a bit of TLC.
As you may have seen most of our time has been taken up with watering and hand watering greens, trying to keep them green so thank you for giving us leeway with sprinklers and hoses.
By all accounts the Club Championships were a success with the greens running a bit slower on the Saturday due to the rainfall overnight but were running a lot quicker on the Sunday as they dried out and the turfing iron did a great job to help the greens run really true and with an extra foot of roll.
The feedback about the course and its presentation was gratefully received by all the greens staff so thank you!
In August we will be carrying on with the summer programme to the greens to help keep them in a really heathy position with more verticutting and a light topdress to help keep the surface smooth and true. If the weather continues there will be a lot of hand watering so, please be patient and give way to greens staff with hose pipes on the greens.
As for the rest of the course, we will be looking to give the tees and approaches a weed and feed but again it is weather dependent as we need some moisture in the ground. Trees have been strimmed and will be sprayed and we will also weed spray the bunkers to help stop weeds coming through the sand.
The trees on the 3rd are still an ongoing process but as we get information and any progress, we will communicate with this with you.
As we get into September, we will be looking to solid tine the greens to relieve compaction to help the greens permeate the winter rainfall going forward. I will update you all as this may change if the weather dictates otherwise.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.