Friday 12th March

A change in the weather this week, with temperatures getting up to as high as 10 c. Just a slight touch of frost on Monday but apart from that very warm at times. This week we had a visit from Richard Windows from the S.T.R.I, who took soil samples from 3 of our greens for analysis, and there was a meeting with the organisers of The British Seniors Open.

Jobs this week included :

Re-levelling the 6th white tee.

The turf is lifted from the tee and set on polythene at the side of the job, the ground is rotovated and the earth is levelled out using the lute.

We check for any low or high areas on the tee using the aluminium bar and spirit level. We push the soil about with rakes, adding compost(mixed sand and peat) here and there until level.

Once the area is level the turf goes back down.

As the irrigation is not up and running yet, we give the turf a good soaking with the help of the sprayer.

Taking all the grow sheets off of the bunkers.

As you can see from the picture below, the grow sheet gives the turf that extra help in the colder months.

Spraying the greens.

The sprayer was out twice this week. Monday we sprayed Dew Clear on the greens and on Thursday we sprayed a Floratine mix.

All the roughs were brushed from green to tee.

The bridge and wall at 18th green was repaired after all the flood damage.

A teeing area, half-way down the left side of the 3rd fairway was prepared and turfed. This will be used in the last few weeks before The British Seniors Open to give the fairway a rest.

We also made a start to rubbing compost into the joins of newly turfed areas. This helps the turf knit together and stops any joins drying out.
This week we said goodbye to Stuart Griffiths, who is leaving to takeover as Head Greenkeeper at Blair Atholl Golf Club, Perthshire.

Stuart leaves with all our best wishes.