Head Greenkeepers Progress report
I feel confident that anyone who has read our 2017 Winter Plan can see that we are well on our way to achieving our aims – and we have just received a soil analysis of our greens, which show us that they are in good order.
•The committee have just agreed a new fertiliser programme to carry us towards the spring and beyond which this year includes wetting agents. These will improve root growth, help with good drainage and eradicate “dry patch” which has caused us problems on some greens and fringes last year.
•Hollow-coring will commence late. February/March dependent upon weather conditions.
•A 50/50 mix of sand and compost has been ordered along with grass seed – meaning that work to improve the tees will start at the beginning of February.
•Turf is to be purchased to repair/re-shape some bunkers, and sand ordered to replenish where necessary.
•Selective weed-killers are in place to treat tees and fairways
•All ditches will be strimmed and sprayed for weeds
•A mixture of crushed rubble has been delivered in order for us to start repairing paths
•We have exchanged sleepers for astro-turf with Alfreton Golf Club and hope to use it throughout the year in areas yet to be determined
•Machines are currently in the process of being serviced before we commence cutting in the spring. This includes oil filter changes and sharpening/replacing of blades.
•Holes are being concreted in the road leading to the clubhouse. (The metal sheets you will encounter are simply to allow the concrete to dry)
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the members and to the committee. I am looking forward to producing a good quality course for the year ahead and thank you in anticipation of your continued support.