Tue August 21, 2018, by Secretary

May/June's Greenkeeping Report

Hi All,

Hope you find May/June’s Greens Report informative and gives you the answers to most comments raised this month.

The end of May and beginning of June was a very hot and humid three weeks, which produced a lot of new growth. As a consequence of these conditions we have had a few negative comments, amongst the positive ones, on the length of the rough and the speed of the greens. I have had a sit-down meeting with Craig; he tells me that they are struggling with the speed of growth particularly at the end of May, due to the two Bank Holidays and a large competition in between and only having two of the three staff available. He is trying to prioritise the work, with tee to green being top of his list and some parts of the rough having to take a back seat. Until Gordon’s return to work, Craig would welcome anyone to rake bunkers, particularly on Fridays to prepare the sand for weekend play. Anyone with a strimmer would also be welcome (Ray is looking into the insurance issues).

I have spoken to Gordon about the pace of the greens, particularly last weekend, during the Halloween Hounds. This again is down to the humid weather, producing a bumper time for seed head growth and Mullion not being the only club with this problem. This week there will be another V cut reduced to 4mm for Golf Week, which should deal with the majority of the seed heads, speed up the greens and hopefully satisfy most of our members.

Thanks, Ray, for organising divot parties and I see from my emails this week that bunker raking is being organised. Thanks to Justin, for dealing with and organising the manufacture of rake stands, which should all be in the bunkers by the beginning of Golf Week. The warning signs and car park sign are all ready for collection and I will deal with them when I return at the weekend. They too will be in place for Golf Week.

Craig has asked for a skip at the beginning of Golf Week, so that he and James can fill it with unwanted equipment and clear the flat roof over their Tea room, as work on the course will be limited.

Thank you to the Seniors for their positive comments on the course condition. I think more comments of this kind would be appreciated by the Green Staff at this most difficult time. Hopefully, in around three weeks, Gordon will be returning to work.

See you all during Golf Week,