June Course News

Dear Members,

We are now near the end of May, and I think it is safe to say it has been one of the most difficult and frustrating springs I have experienced in over twenty years of green keeping.

Now the soil and air temperatures are becoming more consistent the greens are starting to grow – two weeks ago we were taking under one box of grass off all the greens and cutting every other day ,now we are mowing daily (sometimes double cutting) and taking five boxes off!  This is good news but can make the greens a little inconsistent, because if you play at 7 am in the morning the greens are fast but come the afternoon they can be a bit slower.

Every Tuesday and Friday we are doing stimpmeter readings to help you better access the green speed – They are posted on the top of the online tee booking sheet.

We have now dropped the height of cut from 4.5mm to 3.5mm and over the next month, we plan to verticut the greens and top dress with a tonne of sand per green which will help the greens health and keep them true. The annual meadow grass seeding is coming to an end and with the other grass species starting to catch up I am very confident the greens will soon be at their best.

As you all know, through the winter we did a lot of aeration on the greens which was done to reduce the black layer and the thatch layer and  to increase root depth – as you can see from the pictures below it is starting to work.


I completely understand that this work, combined with the unseasonably slow start to the growing season has not helped with the trueness of the greens but the long-term health of the greens has to be a priority and I do believe we will have healthier more sustainable greens going forward.

I know this is a common problem but would you all mind keeping an eye out anyone not repairing pitch-marks and asking them to do so – we seem to be going through a really bad spell with them at the moment.

If you see me out on the course, please don’t hesitate to come over and have a chat and will try to explain what we are doing in more depth.  Let’s hope that summer is at last here and we can all enjoy the course at its best.

Simon Hardman

Head Greenkeeper

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