Friday 8th June 2012

Well here is The Godfathers last report before he retires - emotional



May continued where April left off, generally cloudy and cool with a wet spell in the middle of the month.  A dry spell ensued from the 19th and temperatures improved gradually with 21 ° C reached on the 27th, until 20 mm of rain fell in the last 2 days!  Winds were variable in the first half whilst the second half was dominated by an easterly flow.  Total rainfall was 64 mm and average noon temperature was 11.5 ° C. 




The greens were lightly fed early in the month with a spray mix of Sulphate of Ammonia, Seaweed and Iron.  They were given their main spring feed later in the month witrh a homemade mix of organic nitrogen and seaweed.   

Cutting and rolling were alternated for the first half of the month whilst growth was slow but after the hot week experienced from the 21st along with the reaction to the spring feed, cutting and rolling was intensified, sometimes double cutting, to produce suitable smoothness and pace.  The growth regulator programme of Primo Maxx was also commenced to help maintain speeds whilst also benefitting the plant roots. 

Greens were lightly top dressed on 2 occasions, received their monthly application of wetting agent and were Hydro-jected during the last week with seaweed being added. 

Approaches / Surrounds

Approaches were fed with the same granular mix as the greens. 


Tees were top dressed and were treated with a selective herbicide for the control of weeds.


Bumps and weak areas were fed with an organic liquid feed; fairway extensions from recent years were hollow tined and top dressed.  Similar areas were also Hydro-jected with water and wetting agent. 

All areas containing the weed Pearlwort were aprayed with a selective herbicide. 

After discussion with our agronomist, Richard Windows, the height of cut on the fairways has been raised to 10 mm from 9 mm.  It is our aim to produce a slightly denser sward which will limit the ingression of Pearlwort and reduce the amount of extremely tight lies without affecting ball reaction. 


Weak walkways were fed with a 12:0:9 compound fertiliser. 


Areas of rogue, unwanted grasses were sprayed with Rescue; the rough over the ditch at the left of the 4th was sprayed with Glyphosate so that it can be prepared for the Wild Flower seed mix. 

2 – 4 yards of rough outwith the semi-rough was cut at 4” with isolated pockets of thick growth also being strimmed. 

Weeds were spot sprayed in roughs around greens and tees. 


General Work

  • Public Putting Green was opened at the beginning of the month.
  • Ditch bank was repaired at the 3rd green along with any rabbit scrapes that were noticed around the course.
  • An irrigation pipe was replaced that crosses the burn at the 18th green.
  • Plastic “Grass-Crete” was inserted alongside path on topside of putting green to help prevent damage to the turf from delivery vehicles.  


Richard Windows made his spring visit on the 16th of the month.



Hydroject aeration involved greens, fairways and green walk-offs.  Mini hollow-tining was carried out on the new turf on the 3rd green rear perimeter, on newly turfed bunker heads and several repair patches as required.  This work was followed with top dressing.

Top Dressing

Greens and approaches were top dressed twice during the month along with the re-built 14th tees. 

Primo Maxx

The top growth retardant, Primo Maxx was applied twice to greens during May as part of the routine summer programme. 

Wetting Agent

The monthly application of Revolution was carried out in the middle of the month.  Approaches were treated with the inclusion of liquid iron and liquid nitrogen. 


A nitrogen / potash fertiliser was applied to tees (12:0:11) and a similar material was spread on the re-seeded area to the right of the 10th hole.  A nitrogenous fertiliser was applied around the 5th green to encourage growth. 

Weedkilling:  Selective:

Selective weedkiller was applied around greens, on tees and locally on fairways. 

Total Weedkiller

Total weedkiller was applied to the usual areas involving: around the Starters’ Box, Public Putting Green border, car park and around the maintenance buildings. 

Bunker Maintenance

The usual bunker maintenance was carried out during the month including sand shaping. 

Irrigation : Hand Watering

Some hand watering was required to local areas on greens as well as new turf in the second half of the month.  Sprinklers on greens and tees were trimmed round during the month. 


Greens mowing was intensified through the month and regular weekend mowing was established from the beginning of May.  Greens were verti cut in the middle of the month to control prostrate growth and a cutting height of 4 mm was established by the end of May.  Greens were rolled as required following brushing and top dressing.  Strimming was underway generally round the course and roughs were mown as required.  Lower lying fairway areas were mown at 7 mm using Triplex mowers near the end of the month.   



Green surrounds and tees received solid tine aeration using 8 mm tines as did the 14th fairway, early in the month. 

Wetting Agent

The monthly treatment with Revolution was applied to greens in the first half of the month.

Top Dressing

Greens and approaches were top dressed twice during the month in the usual manner.  The dragmat was used to work in the second dressing to minimise seed head disturbance. 


The 2nd tee was again seeded and top dressed along with the 18th walkway and 3rd tee bank.  Worn areas and flood damaged sections on the 10th and 14th holes were verti seeded.  The turf removed section in the junior area was prepared for seed. 

Turf Conditioner Spray

Greens were sprayed with a tank mix comprising liquid seaweed and liquid iron early in the month. 


A Spring / Summer fertiliser (14:0:9) was applied around greens, as well as the 7th and 11th fairways and 2nd, 4th and 10th walkways. 


Selective weedkilling was carried out on the 2nd and 18th fairways as well as the “tented village” area beside the 1st hole. 

Contractor’s Area

The “Open” contractors compound was levelled to fill low areas especially in the southernmost section in preparation for the construction company 1st Golf. 

Turf Repairs

Turf repairs during the month involved narrowing the service road in front of the 15th tee and stripping the poor turf from the 1st tee.  


Greens were mown more regularly during the month as well as rolled and brushed as needed.  Debris was blown from greens as necessary and the temporary green on the 12th fairway was prepared.  A ditch crossing was formed for future player movement to the 13th tee round the new 10th construction works. 

The area within the trees either side of the 7th hole was cut as were ditch and tee banks. Strimming was carried out generally round the course. 


Marcus Terry arrived to set up his base at the “Open” Contractors’ site on the 22nd of the month.  Consultations were held with Douglas Shearer and Richard Stuttard (S T R I ecology) thereafter to establish health and safety and construction boundary requirements.  Vegetarian stripping was underway as soon as machinery arrived and the wetland area front right of the new 12th teeing area was excavated and shaped to act as a trial area for soft rush transplanting when the specially designed translocation machine arrives.  The north – south ditch was excavated and stumps removed.  A fresh water supply to the compound was established from the Buddon toilet block behind the 8th green. 


Marram was planted in the rough to the left of the 5th hole of the Championship Course and on the mound surrounding the Golf Centre.  Young broom and gorse growing in the heather on the 8th hole was strimmed.  

Young broom regrowth, particularly in heather was cut back early in the month on the Burnside Course.  Tidying up following further stump grinding was carried out on the

6 – 7 – 16 triangle and a soil and seed mix applied at relevant sites.  The burn was cleared of weed at the 5th and 17th holes. 

On the Buddon Course trees and scrub felled in the new 12th green site and surrounding area were cut up and removed, smaller cuttings being chipped.  Further gorse clearance was carried out to the right of the new 12th hole in particular, followed by chipping.  Vegetation was cut away in the line of the new core path route to the left of the 12th hole through the pine tree block, branches again being chipped.  The spoil heap was tidied up. 


John S. Philp

Links Superintendent