Spring has definitely sprung, the trees are showing signs of life, there is some growth in the grass, the birds are nesting and the temperature is now in double figures. The new golfing season is upon us!
By April 1st, the course will be handed back to you, the golfers. All protective measures will be removed, mats, rope, stakes, hoops etc.
The Spring feed was applied to the greens, surrounds and tee’s this week. This is accounting for the blackening of the greens.
With no rain forecast for the rest of the month, this will allow the course to be cut and well presented, for the 1st April and for the first Alliance of the year.
2019 Presentation Night Held at Ryde Castle. What a great Night had by all !!!!!
The last couple of weeks have thrown up most weather conditions (apart from frost & snow) Here on the course, we have experienced a second growth spurt, which now seems to have abated now.
The reason for the slower pace of the greens, over the last week is three fold. Firstly, the Poa is seeding more profusely than i can remember. Secondly, i have treated the greens with a selective weedkiller, which by its nature makes the grass plant bolt. Thirdly, i applied a feed together with the selective weedkiller, therefore that has encouraged the growth too.
The long grass bordering the 5th - 9th holes is clearly having the desired effect.
It has tightened those holes up nicely, looks good and encourages biodiversity in those areas. I have received comments regarding the length of the grass. However, it is a hazard, as would a lake, river, cliff etc be. Therefore the golfer’s course management and decision making, should take that into consideration, when playing those holes.