Friday, June 9, 2017

Well not the greatest forecast for the long week end and the rain is starting to fall as I write this.  We have had quite a dry spell though which is normal for this time of year but then again the opposite can be said as over the years as the Ladies Champs have endured some pretty ordinary weather over the years.

A bit more preparation on the temporary greens this week with more to come over the coming weeks in readiness for seed sowing in July.  The goal is to have a little more couchgrass to come through than last year as the greens were starting to stress towards the end.  For several months there are 50 putting greens under care so the less stress the better.

I start leave today and am heading to the US of A and first port of call is Florida where I will be visiting golf courses to look at their TifEagle management techniques, much to Michelle's horror!!   It is renovation time over there as summer has just started and that is just what I want to see.  I will be visiting the Naples area and West Palm Beach and speaking of weather, they have had between 8 and 14 inches of rain this week so hopefully it will all be gone by the time I get there.  Both areas have a very similar climate to ours and TifEagle is the dominant choice of grass on greens there.  One course I will visit replaced their 14 year old TifEagle greens this time last year with TifEagle again and another course has greens that are 18 years old.  I am most interested in the one year old greens to see how they are performing compared to Coolie Tweed's.

The courses are left in the very capable hands of assistant Simon who has been in that role for 16 years so knows the courses exceptionally well.

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