Friday, 22 July 2016

Weekend Update.

What a great week on the course. It's weeks like this that really re-charge  a greenkeepers batteries!

We managed to attack some more rough with the scarifier, especially the L/H side of the 14th. As the Captain said in his blog, the rough and fairways has never been so wide and well managed. The cut and thinned areas have expanded year on year. I know the rough is blamed for slow play, but I think you'll find that in April/May when the grass was not growing there were plenty of complaints about slow play. 

We have managed to keep on top of the divotting recently, which bodes well for festival week. On this point, there are a number of divot boxes on the tees which are for your use after play. Please use them and help speed up recovery.


Following the recent storms the surfaces of the greens can soften, with this in mind, can you please repair any pitchmarks you see as these are the only blemishes on the putting surface at the moment. 

We are hoping to put the scarifiers over the greens next week, followed by a very light sand dressing and an application of liquid nutrient. The bunkers will get another trim as well.  This should be the finishing touches to our festival week preparation. 

Enjoy the sunshine.

Mark & the Greens team.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Weekend Update.

A busy week which has been badly affected by the weather. 
The usual full bunker maintenance was completed, but some of the bunkers will need more work due to the wet conditions. The greens have been top-dressed, but again this was impacted on by the wet conditions. 
We have scarified the R/H side of the 15th & 17th holes to extend the semi-rough. The areas have been cut, but it will take a few weeks for them to blend in.
The greens have once again had the Air2G2 machine over them, and hopefully this will prevent the surfaces softening over the coming weeks.
We will continue to scarify areas of rough to keep these areas under control.
Next week, we hope to scarify the tees as some have developed stalky growth.  The tee banks will also receive a full cut & tidy.

Enjoy your golf this weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Weekend Update

Another busy week on the course.

For the 1st time in a while we managed to aerate the greens using the Air2G2 machine. This is a very labour intensive operation, with each green taking up to an hour to complete. The recent staff shortages have meant it was one of those jobs which kept being put off. It will certainly help the movement of rain water thru the profile.
We have also completed the tractor mounted spraying of weeds on fairway, aprons, semi-rough & rough areas. The remaining weeds will be treated by knapsack sprayer when the weather allows.
The rough is still proving a challenge as it is difficult to get a clean cut in wet conditions. Hopefully a dry spell will allow us to use the Amazone to scarify and collect the cuttings.
We have some work planned for Monday, but this will only involve a light sand dressing and brush in. Next week will also see another round of bunker maintenance taking place.

Enjoy the weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Weekend update.

I hate going on about the weather, but the last 9 months have seen some truly horrible conditions at Hopwood and every time we have a weather "event", it reflects on the course condition.

This week has been no exception and due to this, the surfaces are softening all over the course and cutting is becoming more difficult and less effective. Brian has decided to close the range for the weekend, due to difficulty in ball collection and the length of the grass. A dry weekend may allow us to get a machine on there early next week. Fingers crossed.

Despite this, we have continued to make some progress around the course. The greens were saturated this morning, but the surfaces are holding up following the micro-tining last week. 
The rough is now down to summer height, but can sometimes appear thicker depending on cutting conditions at the time. As you can imagine this is a full time job during active growing periods. If we do get a dry spell, we will put the Amazone scarifier/collector over the thicker areas.

Have a good weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Weekend Update.

Well what a fantastic spell of weather, much better than the week I had in Italy!! But on my return (Wednesday) the predicted thunder storms arrived and devastated the course. At its peak, rain was falling at an hourly rate of 138.8mm/hr!!
The course apart from the paths and bunkers stood up to it amazingly well, with hardly any standing water 4 hours after the rain. 
Aside from the storm, the course has come on very well. The greens have still suffered from the seasonal seeding of the meadow grass, but hopefully, this will soon be less of a problem. To further combat this the height of cut has been reduced to help remove the uneven growth.
Extra areas of rough have been cut back to speed up play and lots of other areas have been tidied. 
There are still some outstanding jobs, but due to running 2 staff light at the moment, it may take some time to fully catch up. 
Next week will see us preparing for the Hulbert Trophy, with a light scarification and top-dressing to fine tune the surfaces. 
Fingers crossed for a quiet weather weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Weekend update.

Bit of a mixed bag weather wise this week, but it's not stopped us completing our planned works.
Monday saw us giving the greens a light verti-cut, followed by another light sand dressing. After this was brushed in, the surfaces looked significantly smoother, despite the seeding of the meadow grass. Due to a damp Tuesday morning, we ran the iron over the greens, as the cutters were picking up too much sand in the dew.
On Wednesday, they were cut and then given a light application of soil amendment (Calcium, magnesium & manganese). These trace elements are a vital part of the soil profile and keep the rootzone in balance.
The bunkers have had another round of fly-mowing and edging. The sand has also been moved around following the heavy rain over the weekend.
Building up to this weekend, it's mainly cutting to prepare everywhere for a busy Bank Holiday.
The next few weeks will be spent tidying and trying to catch up with some unfinished jobs. This has been made harder by the fact we are 2 greenstaff down at the moment, due to people moving on to pastures new.

Have a great weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Weekend Update.

Make hay while the sun shines the saying goes. Well the sun has put in a few appearances, but we've certainly been making hay. The scarifying of the deep rough on the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th & 17th holes has produced some large mounds of debris, which we've tried to hide around the course. The idea is to thin out these areas so balls can be found and play is not slowed up.
The greens have received another light application of nitrogen, just to tickle things along. Liquid seaweed & iron were also applied to give more colour. The meadow grass on the greens is still behind the bent grass, which is noticable by its pale colour. The newly germinated Velvet bent grass is clearly visible on every green. This will blend into the surfaces over the next few weeks.
The course is now being cut constantly, but growth is still slow following some early morning frosts.
Next week we plan another light verti-cut & top-dress on the greens (Monday am), we also plan to start spraying any weeds across the playing surfaces. The bunkers will also get another round of cutting & tidying.

Have a great weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.