Saturday 17th November 2012

Well it has been a busy two weeks.

With the course being shut the last two weeks (Mon-Fri) we have been able to get on with some verti-drain work on greens and fairways.

1/2 inch tines going down about 9 inches and with no heave - straight in straight out.  

All greens were completed by the Thursday and all the fairways were completed by yesterday.

Once the greens were verti-drained they were: double rolled, top-dressed, brushed in and double rolled again for golf at the weekend. We are trying to get as much sand in to the profile as possible. 14 tonnes of sand put on the greens that takes us to just under 200 tonnes of top-dressing applied this year.

Holes filled up.

Another area to get some top-dressing was the fairways.

Great to get some sand in when the weather is on your side.

Last week the main job was lifting the fairway turf from the 17th fairway. This turf was put down at one of the new holes on the Buddon course. All turf saved.

Big area 3000 sqm of turf

A start was then made this week to scraping the top soil to one side.

We will now drive in sand from an area of rough between 10th and 11th. We are trying to raise the fairway up and shape the land so that anymore water that comes from the burn flooding will go back into the Barry Burn rather than sitting on the fairway.

Another job on the go is at the 9th, a bad area for flooding after heavy rain.

Again scraping the topsoil which is not that bad and adding more sand underneath

then adding a scattering of topsoil back on top of the sand.

As you can see the topsoil is too thick and too rich. It is not allowing water through. Most of the topsoil saved from this job will be mixed with sand and used on other jobs on all three courses.

Job half completed and we hopefully finish turfing this next week.

The road at the right hand side of the 6th green has been turfed.

One of the mounds between the 1st green and 2nd tee has been lowered.

A mound created between the 18th green and 1st tee to stop golfers coming off the course this way.

Braids bunker on the 2nd fairway has been lowered. We can now cut the head of this with the fairway mower giving a much better appearance.