Course Report August 2011

Published: 5th September 2011, Updated: 16th September 2011

Church Course Report
Present cutting heights: Greens- 3mm, Surrounds- 8 mm, Tees- 8 mm, Fairways- 12 mm
This month on the greens my focus has been on maintaining a good quality surface now that we have had the consistency in growth. So to achieve this, greens were sprayed with a conditioner (seaweed, iron and potassium) a total of 3 times. A growth regulator was applied. The greens were then tined with an 8mm tine, rolled and top-dressed, each receiving 0.5 ton of pure sand. The second dressing was accompanied with a verti cut and an over seeding. This time of year requires an application of insecticide to combat the ingress of insects such as Leather Jackets and worms.

The tees had to reciprocate the maintenance that was performed on the greens. Therefore they also had a growth regulator and conditioners applied. They have been constantly divoted throughout. All tees are now due for a hollow tining, top-dressing and overseeding.
The fairways have been sprayed twice with conditioners to help with the wear and tear they receive. They also have been divoted regularly. Some heavy wear areas (8th and 9th surrounds) were hollow tined, top-dressed and over-seeded.

Holywell Course Report
Present cutting heights: Greens- 4.5mm, Surrounds- 8mm, Tees- 11mm, Fairways- 13mm.
The greens were sprayed this month with 2 conditioners which has the same composition as that used on the Church course. All greens received an 8mm tine and were rolled. An insecticide was also applied to the greens and some fairways in the hope to discourage bird activity. The greens are now due for a hollow tine programme which hopefully will be completed this coming month (weather pending.

Scott Gibson
Course Manager