18/05 – 05/06
On the course
It has been a good three weeks on the course with the greens developing and moving into the main summer playing period perfectly. We have reached our green speed sweet spot and it is now far easier to maintain this speed on a daily basis as the continual verticutting and topdressing has cut 90% of all Bent grass lateral growth.
The general condition of the golf course is ever increasing and with the summer period truly upon us we are now able to increase daily presentation. I am extremely happy with how the course has developed over the last month and that is in no small part down to the effort the greenkeeping team have and continue to put in.
We have a new member of staff joining our team from the Queen Elizabeth Foundation starting June 15th for a 13 week period, this addition to the team will have a significant effect on daily presentation and condition of daily play.
The STRI visit went extremely well and confirming my thoughts on how we are progressing as a golf course.
This weeks build up for Ladies Captains Day, Captains Day and Artisan Captains day could not have gone much better, the greens are rolling true and smooth and are well within our target green speed. The weather has been extremely kind to us and has allowed the course to shine.
There will be a lot of minor improvements during the next few weeks, namely improving the green surfaces once more with specific target plugging on particular greens as well as continued verticutting and topdressing on both the greens and approaches. Divotting and overseeding on small bare areas around the green banks and repair work to bunker edges and sand quality.