St. Enodoc Golf Club - Course Manager's Report April 2017

Course Manager's Report April 2017

Church Course

Cutting Heights Greens 2.7mm, Tees 8 mm, Fairways 12mm

This month was dominated with the preparation of the P.G.A. Cornish Festival which was a great success with many positive comments. Its was echoed from Bob Martin P.G.A. Tournament Controller in his email:

“Hi Scott

 Just wanted to say thanks to you, your green staff, and the course marshals for the hard work during the Festival, you and your team prepared a superb golf course which was mentioned by many players, and during the event your team couldn’t have been more helpful.

The marshals were a great help by making play safe for golfers, and the public, and the event couldn’t really have run any smoother.

Please thank everyone involved for making the three days a great success

 Kind Regards

 Bob Martin
Tournament Controller”

Prior to the competition the fairways were sprayed with a weed and feed to combat the daisy infestation, they will continue being divoted and maintained. Areas on the fairways that have excessive traffic have been identified and the process to relieve compaction and encourage new growth has started with the 16th being the first tackled.

The greens and surrounds have had their Spring maintenance, consisting of each one being aerated with a half inch tine, verti-cut in two directions, over-seeded and top-dressed.Once the sand had been worked into the surface we applied a base feed consisting of a 8-0-16 analysis. This product contains a high percentage of humid acids which aides root production and promotes seed germination.Tees have had their first plant growth regulator applied with a soil conditioner followed by a weed killer. They are now awaiting a verti-cut, over-seeding and a top-dress.

Continuing with the rough management, all areas have been verti-cut, collected and cut back. The next process is to reduce the moss and encourage the finer grasses. This is achieved initially by applying a ferrous sulphate (Iron) which as a moss killer helps to acidify alkaline soils to provide ideal conditions for a range of ericaceous plants. It is also effective and cost efficient means of controlling moss and algae. Iron causes moss to go black. In fact, causes a burn effect on the moss so that the plant becomes fragile and eventually dies. Since iron sulphate is good for use as a fertiliser, it will benefit the grass plant and make it greener. Essentially, it has a selective mechanism that only targets moss.

Holywell Course

Cutting Heights Greens 2.7mm, Tees 8mm, Fairways 12mm

This month the greens were sprayed with a weed and feed to clean the turf surface, followed by a wetting agent application. They will now receive their monthly 8mm tine, over-seed and top-dress.

The rough management has been continued on the Holywell with all areas having been verti-cut, collected and cut back. It will also be sprayed with a ferrous sulphate.

The bunker on the 10th of the Holywell Course has now been completed with Dura-bunker and a new drain system installed.

Scott Gibson
Course Manager