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August Greens Work
As you will have noted from the Diary, next week is the week planned for working on the Green’s. Following the comments received earlier in the year
the committee decided that we would not do any very intrusive work on the Greens this summer.
It is necessary to do some work and on Monday next, weather permitting, all 18 Greens will be aerated with very thin tines (8mm). Greens 3 & 5 that we drained last October will be top dressed and over seeded to try and level them out and improve them on what they are now.
This work should be done in the one day and hopefully by the following weekend you will hardly notice that they have been worked on.
Some will no doubt ask why do you need to do anything at all? Throughout the spring and summer all we have done to the Greens is Mow & Roll them, this compacts the Greens and then when it rains or we irrigate, the water does not penetrate into the soil but either runs off or dissolves in the warm air, consequently, the water does not get to the roots and that is where the water is needed to keep the Greens green and help healthy growth.
As usual I apologise for any inconvenience that this necessary work causes.
Latest Greens Work Update - 16th March 2016
To All Members
After some very difficult and trying weather the Greens Team together with a very hardy group of volunteers have completed the Spring Greens work.
Over the 10 days 60 tons of Dressing has been spread onto or into the Greens. This for the next couple of weeks will take time to blend in but in the long term should enable us to have great Greens throughout the summer. This work is tremendously beneficial to the continued maintenance of our course even though inconvenient for a short period of time.
We will undertake some work in August but not Graden the Greens again this year. The August work will be just adding another top dressing; this is to help us achieve our target set by the STRI of getting a minimum of 100 ton’s put on each year. This should be only mildly obtrusive for a very few days.
I would like to sincerely thank Bruce, The Staff & the Volunteers that have put many hours in helping with this work.
Update (10th March 2016)
Over Sunday and Monday Bruce managed to get the Greens Vert-Drained and on Tuesday he then Top Dressed. At this stage all was going to plan. What happened next?
1 to 1/2 inches of rain on Wednesday.
We all thought that this had messed the job up. Tim and Bruce said that they had never seen water stood so much for a long while.
Anyway, Thursday was a nice morning and although the Fairways are still very flooded Bruce decided to see if the Graden would go.
It did and during the day 7 of us managed to get 5 Greens completed.
The work will continue on Friday and into Monday and Tuesday next week. Weather permitting of course. Then hopefully on Wednesday the work will be completed by a final top dressing.
As I write this on Thursday night it is highly likely due to fairway flooding that the course will be closed until Monday but that is not my decision and Bruce will decide on Saturday.
Please make sure you check the "Course Conditions" on the website after 8am on Saturday before setting off for the golf club.
The video below shows the work undertaken today (10th March 2016)
PLANNED GREENS WORK UPDATE Sat 5th March 2016
Due to the adverse weather conditions the Greens Work planned for this week will have to be adjusted as at present ground conditions are too wet to Graden.
This may alter over the weekend but the forecasts do not look very promising.
Bruce will as planned start Vert-Draining the Greens tomorrow Sunday 6th PM.. Will finish them on Monday and get the Greens top dressed.
At the moment it is unlikely that the conditions will be good enough to Graden on Tuesday but if he can pick out a couple of drier Greens he will make a start.
The Wednesday weather forecast is very poor at the moment so it is unlikely that he will do any on this day.
If he can he will try and deal with 2 or 3 greens a day. This of course will result in the work carrying on into the following week weather permitting.
He is well aware that the Ladies have their first open event on Thursday 17th and he will work around this. However the Greens that have been Graden’d during the early part of that week
Will not be at their best.
For those that have volunteered help. I will keep in contact with Bruce over the next few days and if he sees a spot and can do some work then I will make contact with you to see if you are available.
We apologies for inconvenience that this causes you our members but it is essential that this work is completed as soon as the weather allows us to do so.
Greens work to Commence 7th March
Week commencing 7th March the Greens team will be commencing the Spring Greens work programme.
This is very dependent on the weather which we all know can be very changeable at this time of the year.
Sunday 6th PM. Verti-draining of Greens will commence.
Monday 7th - Verti-draining will be completed.
Tuesday 8th - The Gradening of the Greens will commence.
Wednesday 9th - The remaining Greens will be Gradened.
Thursday 10th - Top dressing will be applied to all Greens.
The speed that we complete the work in is dependent on receiving help from Volunteers. On Tuesday and Wednesday we require about 5 volunteers each day.
This work will be to rake and sweep the spoilage from the Graden of the Greens.
If you are able to give us a day or even half days help it would be much appreciated.
Please ring me on 07957443163 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We delayed this work last August for several reasons but it is essential that we do it this spring to enable us to continue with our Greens improvement programme.
New Apprentice Green Keeper
On 10th December we interviewed and appointed an apprentice to our Green staff team.
After having an interview list of 8 people out of nearly 30 applicants, 3 of the interview list being members of the club we decided on offering the position to Freddie Mitchel.
Freddie will start with us on the 30th December and we welcome him to the team and hope that he settles in well.
During his apprenticeship he will attend Risholme College once every two weeks on a Friday and will be assessed on course by a tutor from the college.
I would ask that if members bump into him on the course they welcome him and wish him well in moving his new career forward.
I would add that we had some very good applicants and it was a close decision at the end on our choice, in addition the 3 junior members that we interviewed came over to us very well at the interviews and I hope that those that were not successful manage to find suitable alternative employment.
If you require any further information, please drop me an email.
Drainage Work to 3rd and 5th Greens - October 2015
Work has already begun to the 3rd and 5th greens and as a result temporary greens are currently in use. The work should be finished week commencing 5th October and it is anticipated that the normal greens will be back in use in around 3 weeks time.
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