Summer is nearly upon us and the course is shaping up well. We have fertilised some of the weaker fairways, taking advantage of the wetter spell of weather. The tees and approaches have been fed and all turf surfaces are now growing well.
The greens continue to have regular spiking and light dressings and the old disease scares are now healing well. We are cutting at the summer height and will continue the regular maintenance programme of spoon feed, spiking and dressing and light scarification with monthly application of wetting agent throughout the summer season.
The laurel hedge row has been weeded with the help of a number of the senior section. This will have a wood chip layer applied in the next few days to help suppress the weeds in the future. The help we get from the seniors doesn’t go unnoticed and is appreciated by me and the green staff.
The river has now been flailed and tidied and has opened the holes up where it comes into play.
Moving forward into June, it will be cut, cut, and cut again until we get the hotter summer temperatures, when our focus will move to hand watering hot spots on the greens and collars.
Please be vigilant on repairing pitch marks and replace divots. The greens are becoming very pitted with pitch marks and as we improve the roll of the greens this will certainly spoil your enjoyment of the course.