15/06 – 03/07
On the course
The past few weeks have been difficult for us in the Course Maintenance department but wonderful for play. The drought has bought with it issues with the irrigation system which unfortunately only presents itself when there is a prolonged period of drought. Our Irrigation Technician has been working tirelessly to rectify the numerous problems across the course with the greens being the main priority.
As for the performance of the greens, they have been sitting in our daily green speed aim for a number of weeks now and have been performing well, the continual fortnightly verticutting and light sand topdressing has improved the trueness of the surfaces the consistency of the day to day speeds. Tees and approaches are now also on the fortnightly verticutting programme, I am looking to improve both these surfaces to green sward standard within the next golfing season.
Our 3rd solid tine aeration went extremely well and once again was completed within a day and greens back open and in play the following day, this process will be completed a further three times this year to help with the application of our target sand topdressing for the year.
I am pleased to announce a new addition to the team through the Queen Elisabeth Foundation, Phil will be with us as work experience for 11 weeks and so far a started extremely well and can be seen in the morning preparing the course for play on course check.
We are now into the holiday season so the team are two short most weeks but are performing well and going above and beyond to make sure the quality of the course is not affected.
The fortnight ahead
The next fortnight will start with the build up to Captains day where the team will bring everything together on the course to present Temple at its best, this will then be continued through the following two weeks during the Oppenheimer Bowl, lets hope for some kind weather so that Temple can really shine during this period.