Wed October 11, 2017, by Secretary

October's Greenkeeping Report

Greens Report October 2017
Welcome to my October Greens Report.
As those of you who have been playing our course over the last couple of weeks will have seen, Gordon and his team are now well into the Winter Maintenance programme which is already paying dividends.
All greens, tees and surrounds have now been cored, seeded, dressed and sprayed, (against weeds and worms).
All greens have also been sprayed with a ‘full brew’ of seaweed and mycorrhizal spores to promote the establishment of fine turf and healthy, strong root structure. The response has been fairly immediate and already you may have noticed the grass taking on a richer, darker colour.
You may have had a few concerns a week or two ago when several of the greens suffered an unavoidable Anthracnose, (disease), attack. This was due to a combination of stress, (heavy usage), and the onset of the wetter Autumn weather, resulting in the Poa meadow grasses in the greens dying off leaving some brown, bare patches. Already though, after reseeding with finer fescue grasses, the greens are virtually recovered and will soon fully recover to an even higher standard than before.
Gordon has identified which of our greens, (3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 and the practice putting green), have more than desirable organic, (rotted), matter in them. These surfaces will be cored to remove the excess thatch a further 2 or 3 times over the Winter.
Please refer back to my September report if you wish to see the full list of maintenance work that will be carried out over the Winter months. Of note, all the rough will now be ‘Lazer’ sprayed, (thinned out as previously explained), in the Spring, ready for the start of the 2018 season.
If you have questions or concerns about anything to do with our course please feel free to discuss any issues with Gordon, his staff or myself at any time.
Best regards and enjoy your Winter golf,
Mike Pamphilon