In the lead up to the renovation I do some soil testing to see just how the greens have fared over the past 12 months and also to see if any extra amendments to the soil profile are required.
You may have noticed some small holes on West greens 5,13 and 17 over the past few weeks as shown in the photo below. Around 25 such plugs are taken from the all over the green to a depth of 100mm and sent to a laboratory for analysis. In total the sample weighs about 500 grams which is only a small representative sample of the green given that on a 500 square metre green there is around 45 tonne of sand in the top 100 mm. The same three greens are sampled each year and I now have a long term record for these greens for comparison. The greens were selected as the 5th is representative of the newer greens, the 13th because it represents the older greens and 17 because it is the bogey green!
|Soil test hole|
|Soil test result 5 West green|
|Soil test result 17th West|
The greens will be hollow tine aerated using 16mm tines, then have fertiliser and a soil amendment added prior to being sanded. We will sneak in a start on the Sunday afternoon and then most of the work should be completed on the Monday given fine weather with the course closed to play again on the Tuesday following the ladies to allow us do the final touch ups. Please bear with us through this necessary operation.