With just over two weeks into June and 83mm of rainfall. This compared to 1mm for the whole of last June. Making it the forth wettest June in 21 years. The only real negative from this high rainfall, is an outbreak of Red Thread. It is a disease that develops, due to the leaching of available nutrients from the soil, therefore not making them available for the grass plant. It is currently a nationwide issue, having spoken to colleagues around the country.
It was interesting to note that the greens at Pebble Beach are predominately Poa. It is very unusual nowadays for a Major venue to have Poa based greens. Congratulations must be given to the Superintendant for producing such good surfaces.
A timely and welcomed drop of rain this week, 1.5″ so far. Thankfully, a drop in temperature too. The ground temperature has also dropped 4c too, which is quite a drop in a week. This too is very welcome, meaning no flush of growth to control.
To clarify a point that has been raised many times over the last few weeks. I thank you all for your concern, however, the black marks on some greens, are the result of goose droppings and NOT oil or grease from our machinery.
The Barnacle Geese have, quite frankly, outstayed their welcome.
With the greens currently being cut at 3.5mm, we are averaging 9 on the stimpmeter. A speed that I am happy with and is sustainable.
A View from the Shed
Today and last night saw a welcome fall of rain. The greens have been solid tined, top dressed, over seeded and fed, therefore the rain is perfect timing. It has been an interesting Spring and a challenging one. The low rainfall, the vast differences in temperature, is making consistent growth, that little more testing. That said, i am pleased with the early presentation and definition, we are producing.
I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break. Can you believe it was wall to wall sunshine, for a British Bank Holiday!
This week the greens have been micro tined, to allow much needed air into the surface. This operation causes little or no disruption to the surface. However, weather permitting, a light top dressing will be applied next week.
This week has seen the return of the Barnacle Geese. Some would say, its the only birdie some of you will see on a golf course!
They obviously like vacating here at Westridge that much, they have brought a couple of friends with them this year.
Next week brings the first Major of the season, The Masters. However, with the course presentation and definition ahead of schedule, due to the relatively mild dry winter. The usual pressure of the “Augusta Syndrome”, is not a concern this year.
Going by the old farmers saying, “Oak before the Ash, we are due a splash”, we are in for a dry summer. As the Oak trees are budding long before the Ash trees.
Although i am pleased with the condition of the greens for this time of year, a planned light top dressing, within the next couple of weeks, will true the surface and increase the pace a little.
At this time, all news is good news. We had a short cold/wet spell, but the forecast is set fair, warm and dry, for the foreseeable future.
The greens continue to remain healthy, with a good sward covering for the time of year. I have left the height of cut at 4.5mm throughout the winter. Our Poa/Bent greens have responded well to this decision, helped by the relatively mild Winter.
I have just received the results from my soil samples i sent off. I am pleased and encouraged by the results. Please see an overview below.