A View from the Shed
Nature has a way of getting its own back, with only 100mm of rainfall in the last 3 months, gave us the opportunity to cut and present the course, well into early December. However, in the last 3 weeks, mother nature has delivered storm force winds, heavy rain, snow and frosts.
I often get asked, when the white frost goes from the surface of the leaf, why are we sometimes still on temporary greens ? It is at this point, that most damage can occur. If the surface is thawing and just below is still frozen, the surface can move under the pressure of feet. This in turn can cause root break, by shearing of any frozen roots. At this time of year, the ability for the grass plant to recover, is severely reduced.
However, it must be reiterated that our policy here at Westridge, is to never close the course, use main greens in all but exceptional circumstances, and permit the use of trolleys for most days of the year.
We are currently in the middle of our machinery maintenance and cylinder grinding.
We on the greenstaff, look forward to seeing you on the course, throughout the up and coming season. It only remains for my staff and myself, to wish you all A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR.