As the summer season fades into the autumnal weather of October, Joe and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on what has been a hugely successful summer whilst presenting the 2021 Winter Maintenance Program.
Throughout the season, the club has continued to invest in machinery and resources, both of which have had an immediate impact. The feedback continuously received by members, guests, and agronomy experts has continued to echo the improvements seen, particularly in the playing surfaces.
Winter maintenance - 2021
The winter maintenance program has been constructed on the foundations of the agronomy recommendations from both the R&A and the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). The program has been broken down into four key areas which will shape this year's winter works:
- Aeration and Verti-Draining
- Arboricultural & Active Ecology Management
- Bunker Maintenance
- Essential Tee Repairs
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This winter, the team is aiming to re-build very many bunkers whilst repairing several to ensure their quality for the next golfing season.
Situated around the grounds, we have many areas that have can only be described as excellent revetment turf, which usually contains a higher organic matter level.
The four main areas which will be used to source the revetment turf will be:
- The Practice Ground.
- The Approach Area to the 2nd Green.
- The Approach Area to the 8th Green.
- The right-hand side of the 12th hole.
As is viewable from the aerial images provided, each of these areas often carried a much green colour composition compared to the surrounding areas. This is a very prominent sign that organic matter levels in these areas is high. This has been found in recent soil samples also.
When looking at the playing areas, these have been identified for the following reasons:
The Approaches to the 2nd and 8th holes:
These approaches in particular carry a very soft texture in comparison to most of the course, again reaffirming they are built of the desired organic material.
The 8th in particular is an area of concern due to the continuous drainage struggles. The sourcing of turf from this area, coupled with investigation works on the surrounding drainage system will enable us to understand the issues in greater detail in a cost-effective way.
The right-hand side of the 12th hole:
This area has been discussed on multiple occasions this year. The grass species remain a challenge and heavy work is required to get the desired fescues to germinate in this area.
The turf is of the desired standard for revetment turf, so this will be lifted and works carried out to renovate this area to encourage the germination of fescue and other desired rough species.
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