The West greens renovation was completed earlier this week and two fine and sunny days certainly helped until the severe electrical storm that rolled in at 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon which was just two hours early and has meant not all the sand has been rubbed in properly. It also delayed the opportunity to fertilise the greens so the recovery will be a bit slower than normal.
|The radar on Tuesday at 2.30pm showing the approaching storm.|
|The approaching storm|
Even though the greens are renovated it is still just as important to repair pitch marks on them to assist in the surface returning to normal.
In conjunction with the greens works the tees were also aerated and we were able to get over the fairways as well which was a huge effort by the staff and the task is made so much easier by having two full days to complete the works. I realise it is not the most popular activity we carry out but is one of the most necessary for the health of the turf.
Next week the front of the West greens will be aerated and the holes left open to try and assist firming up these areas. The greens need a bit more water and unfortunately the irrigation system isn't the most uniform so a lot of water finishes up where you don't really want it to go and the fronts of the greens are the worst for this.
The playing corridor from 3, 10 and 13 West tees were also widened while there was no play on the course. All three had grown in severely making the options for tee shots more difficult. 15 and 16 on the River course will be done next week weather permitting. There were also several other large low hanging limbs removed whilst the contractors were on site.