The main focus for me this Autumn are the greens, more so than usual. Last year, as with many of my colleagues, I got caught out with a severe attack of Fusarium. This year I am focussing on early prevention, with a lot more mixed aeration, little and often balanced feeds and tonics, plus a preventative fungicide program. Obviously this comes at an extra cost, both in man hours and materials. However, the greens are where the majority of the resources should be targeted
The high winds of today (35km/h) is nature’s way of pruning and tidying up the last of the leaves. Together with drying the course, following last week’s rainfall. Overall, the low rainfall of this Autumn has allowed us to continue presenting the course to a high standard. We are now starting to see some recovery to the fairways, following the long dry period.
Following the unexpected hard frosts of last week, the growth has slowed down noticeably. This, together with us carrying a good surface on the greens, well into the Autumn, has meant faster than usual greens for this time of year. This is also following the height of cut being raised from 4mm to 4.5mm.
Today, the 7th Tee markers have been put on the winter mat, this is to allow the grass Tee chance to recover, as it is our highest wear Tee.
The low rainfall for October was a real bonus, not only for us, but for you the golfer too. The average rainfall for October is 105mm, we had only 47mm.
With the onset of Autumn and Winter, could i please ask you all to be mindful of your course care. Repairing pitchmarks, replacing divots, keeping trolleys off greens, tee’s and surrounds/aprons. Your cooperation in this would be most appreciated.
A View from the Shed
Since my last note on here, i have been to America. I joined the support team at the US PGA at Quail Hollow in North Carolina. As the only English greenkeeper represented, i felt honoured and privileged to be there. The alarm call was 3am each day, work starting at 4am. The teamwork and spirit between the 150 of us was impressive. I attach a short video, that will give you a small insight into our work and preparation for one of the Majors !