A very busy week with the West greens renovation taking place on Monday and Tuesday and a very good result evident on the greens. All the greens were scarified and de-thatched numerous times depending on their condition and then a very small hollow tine which is only 4mm in diameter was put over them with virtually no sign of the holes now. Some fertiliser was put down and then a very light sanding over the top to finish. The tees renovation on the West course has been completed and a start made on the River course which will be completed next week.
A pretty frustrating time trying to present the courses over the past few weeks with the constant wind blowing leaves and bark down also making finding balls very difficult. Our out front rough mowers are fitted with "mulching blades" and they do just that to the leaves. Below is a before and after mowing photo of an area of rough on the LHS 9W at the front of the course shed. This area of trees took 1 hour and 10 minutes to mow which gives an idea of just what a huge job the mowing of rough is and why at times of peak growth like the moment it is literally never ending.
|Before the mow.|
|After the mow.|
|11W fairway is somewhere under there too!!|
9W green had the cover removed to reveal an excellent strike and very good even cover. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 all received another sanding today and 1, 5 and 7 aren't far from being playable with very close to 100% cover having been achieved which is only 8 weeks from planting for 1 and 7 weeks for 5 and 7. Just shows the value of rainfall for the growth of plants.