Exactly 15 days after the seed was drilled into the greens there are some very positive signs of new growth. In the dew, the lines are clearly visible. Tees have also popped and fairways are starting to show signs of new growth also. Now the focus is on nursing the new feelings on with some light applications of Nitrogen and seaweed. The cutting heights have been raised a little and cutting frequencies reduced whilst rolling increases.
Although fescue drilling has been successful for the last 3 years there is still a long way to go to achieve a desirable fescue/bent mix. This is a fantastic outcome as drilling this late can sometimes be a lottery with the chance of frost.
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One area in particular that lets the course down are some of the walk ways A big effort has been made over the past few years to fix this. There are quite a few areas that still remain to be repaired and this winter. Below is the large area to the left of the ladies tee that has been used by golfers and Greenstaff. The Greenstaff route has now been diverted and this area has been triple hollow cored, seeded with pure fescue and tracked. The area has been roped off and will be left to grow as uncut rough.
Some of the paths that cross this area have been closed off as they are no longer required. On every hole there will be a main traffic path and a foursomes path. The key to achieving successful growth is keeping traffic off these areas so we would be grateful if everyone kept to designated traffic routes and please do not jump across any fencing.
Most of the bunkers situated in the uncut roughs are currently surrounded by a 3″ cut. A good example would be the left hand side bunkers on the 7th. In order to create a more rustic natural look the tops will be left to grow. There is a lot of course grasses surrounding the bunker tops at the moment so they have now been trimmed down to prepare them for a Rescue treatment that will clean out the course grasses and allow the fescues to grow.
Below is a picture of the right hand side bunker on the 3rd. a different style of revetting was trialled here a year ago with the last layer of turf cut rugged and laid down the face to blend in with the uncut rough. The look has proved popular and will be used on a few more bunkers this winter.
For a number of years now the Artisan section have spent Monday evenings with a member of the Greenstaff divotting the course. This week 18 piles, situated well out of play were dug, lined and filled with divot mix. All piles are white lined Ground Under Repair and will be topped up on a regular basis. This will be trialled for a season to see how efficient the system is.
As part of the winter programme there are a number of tired bunker tops and rims needing re turfed. Ideally all of the turfing work should be completed before the new year in order to give the turf the best chance to grow in before a potentially dry spring. Areas with specific targeted irrigation like walkways can be re turfed after new year. Before the turf is laid a granular wetting agent is added to a rootzone mix to help retain moisture.
While the weather is still warm and especially with a lot of seed around, we need to take the opportunity to spray off the revetted faces for any weed or grass growth. This is as much a preventative control as an eradication. It is important that this is carried out when there is no wind whatsoever as we are essentially killing grass. When the faces contain no grass, the revetting work can be shown off. We are very proud of the craftsmanship of our bunkers and aim for consistency right through the course.
Below is a fantastic photo that shows the work of the Vredo. The fescue seed has been planted around 10mm deep. These lines will heal up after a topdress and a roll and then with correct moisture, soil temperatures and nutrition the seedling will start to push through. When there is a heavy dew the lines of new growth are clearly visible.