Friday, 23 September 2016

 This week we continued our aeration work to the surrounds with a 16mm hollow tine to relive compaction and help replace the heavy soil with sand on the Craighead course
 The 4th fairway on the Balcomie course has been cut back 10yards to help reduce the carry from the back medal tee, as this hole usually plays into the prevailing wind
 The Balcomie greens are recovering well from the dry spell

 This year we had 2 members of staff leave to progress with their careers, so we now have John Bowers who worked at Elie GC
and Steven Harris who worked at the Dukes GC joining our team, both have fitted in well

Monday, 19 September 2016

 After completing the aeration work to the greens on the Craighead course, we applied a 5.0.27 fertiliser to aid recovery
 We have started to deep aerate the Craighead tees to help relieve compaction and improve drainage
 That's the new benches out at the Craighead starters hut
 We applied a liquid Seaweed to the Balcomie greens
 It's that time of year to mark out, cut and top-dress etc our winter greens to allow any divots to repair before being in use

 That's our sprayer had it's MOT, which it passed with no problems. This is a new law that has came out to keep our power sprayer in tip top condition
 Another tow for us on Friday afternoon, a golfer managed to drive off the edge of the 16th tee path into the bell and bin
Finishing off our winter work plans etc for the Greens meeting this week

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

 Aeration work is now completed to the Craighead greens. We have in a demo deep aerator to try while carrying out aeration as our aerator is due for replacement after 13 years of service

 12mm solid tine down to a depth of 9"
 The greens were then mini-cored
 Cleaned up, verti-cut and blown to clean up all debris

 Then rolled and cut
 Over seeded
 Top-dressed with sand to help smooth the surface and to cover the new seed
then rubbed in and watered. The greens should be back to normal in a few days after rolling

Monday, 12 September 2016

 With the growth slowing down slightly, we took the chance to extend and tidy up the path going to the 9th tees on the Craighead course

 We have seen a slight disease attack on the Craighead greens, so we sprayed a preventative fungicide to control the attack, which should see use through the winter
 That's us starting our aeration work to the Craighead greens of deep tining to 8" to help aid drainage going into the winter months

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

 All the Craighead greens have now been solid tined to relieve surface compaction. At the same time we have been demoing different Companies tractors as our old tractor at 14 years old is due for replacement the start of next season.

 The mornings are now getting darker coming to the end of the season
 The 5th greens & surround on the Balcomie course has had some TLC, solid tined, double over seeded, top-dressed, rubbed in then watered as its our weakest green
Our first cut on our recently seeded turf nursery

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

 We have set up our corer with 8mm solid tines to carry out aeration work to the Craighead greens to a depth of 4" then a turf iron with no disturbance to the playing surfaces

 The Balcomie course fairways are getting a cross cut to help cut out any nap from the usual direction of cut of 2 halves
 The new Craighead starters benches have been painted ready to be installed
 With the dry/windy conditions we have been using the irrigation system more which has resulted in the mains pipe at the 8th tee on the Balcomie course springing a leak

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

 Great day to get a little liquid feed out on the Balcomie course greens

 Courses starting to dry up a little
 Another verti-cut and cut on the Balcomie course tees to help reduce thatch levels etc
 The usual Tuesday  of collecting balls, cutting, cutting junior greens etc and setting up junior course on the driving range for the junior coaching
Our new benches have arrived for outside our Craighead course starters hut which will be painted and fitted in the next couple of weeks