Another good week of weather and lots of play. The main playing areas are holding up really well so far, particularly the fairways. We will start some liquid fertiliser on them next week to assist with colour retention as there is not too much growth left in them. The tees have still been growing and covering in quite well but the cooler overnight temperatures are starting to slow them down. The bunker crews have nearly finished what has been an enormous task of re-sanding and facing the bunkers. If only the old irrigation system would be as good as the rest of the place!! Three pretty major breaks this week which couldn't be isolated so the whole system gets shut down and drained which means a slow re-pressurising of the lines to prevent further damage. We quite often have problems at this time of year as the ground not only cools down but it is actually also drying out as well which can mean some pipe movement. A few sprinklers have stuck on overnight as well which has caused some localised flooding and wet patches around some greens in particular.
I have mentioned the last couple of years of a resistant strain of Poa annua that we have in various areas and the struggles to control it. Some of it actually survived the summer which is really unusual for such a shallow rooted grass but i guess just shows how much rain we had. We are battling it again and have tried several different methods. There is some in the roughs but it's the patches in 3 and 10R greens and the Tif PPG collar that are the most frustrating and are proving nigh on impossible to eradicate.