Sunday, 7 August 2016

Three men went to mow

It has been a summer of growth. Lots of it. A perfect analogy would be comparing our mowing to painting the Forth Road bridge. I think you get the picture!

Greens were recently fertilised following some anthracnose disease showing on the poa (meadow grass). This usually occurs at the end of July following lots of close mowing and compaction. 

We have overseeded with bent grass to help fill in any areas where the poa dies off. The fertiliser just gives the greens a push to counter any thinning caused by the anthracnose attacking the poa. 

This may cause a slight slowing of greens speed in the short term. However, with all the rain this summer, it has hardly been a vintage year for getting any real greens speed. The poor weather has been something of a bugbear in that respect. 

We are doing our best to keep bunkers and other areas tidy. With less hours at our disposal compared to last summer, it is difficult, particularly when we are mowing more than one might expect in the summer.

Some great volunteer work helped to transform the approach into the 5th green. The pond rushes were removed, trees removed and suddenly the bunker is visible! Well done to all members who volunteered their time!

We have also continued some small project work near the 5th tee. Scrub had been removed and this creates a more open vista from the 4th green. We will do what we can in various areas to continue with course development.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your golf!