An absolutely superb week of weather which is to be expected for the Vets week of golf on with history showing one wet day in 14 years and the majority have been weeks such as this. The courses have been packed to the rafters with players and congratulations to the Vets organisers and volunteers who do so much to keep the fields moving. Also congratulations to the players on their care of the course. It's such a stark contrast when compared to the Twin Towns Open for example last Sunday when the greens were left peppered with unrepaired pitch marks and litter left all over the courses. I have toured the courses each evening after the Vets have finished and found 2 unrepaired pitch marks over all the greens and nothing left out of place. Even the sand buckets at 11 West tee carpark were neatly stacked!
It's amazing how quickly the courses have dried out now with quite substantial irrigation required on the greens in particular. All the recently turfed areas needed some water today and while it's nice to see the warmth it could make for a long irrigation season.
As mentioned last week soil samples have been taken from selected West greens to establish what amendments will be added at renovation. 13R green was also sampled to check on its progress. One of the goals of the autumn / winter maintenance program on the West greens has been the development of a strong root system and this will be further addressed at the renovation. The photo below shows some strong growth from a plug on 13W green which was one of the hardest hit greens last summer. This depth of about 6 inches is pretty representative across all the West greens which is very encouraging. It's a long way from my excitement when I had a paltry single one inch of root recovery in January in the other photo below!! As mentioned last summer when the soil temperatures reach extreme levels as they do here then the roots just can't keep going.
|Not so good roots in January!|