Friday, 9 February 2018

 It was another great success holding a talk/tour of the Greenkeeping department to the members to give them an insight to what we all do etc
 Showing the members what is involved each day in setting up our cutting units etc
 They all even got a shot of using the turf iron

 The large greenside bunker on hole 17 on the Craighead course is now complete, we just need to add sand going into the season then it will be back in play

 Another great job by our staff
 We have been working away at our new short game area with installing the irrigation
 Digging out the area for the short game area new green to get the levels before adding in drains etc
 Before the adverse weather on Tuesday and Wednesday we did manage to cut greens & surrounds, top-dress and rub in on the Craighead course

 The wall area rear of the 14th green which was rebuilt on the Craighead course has been tidied up and levelled, soil added then re-turfed so we can cut right up to wall so it can be on show instead of allowing the deep rough to grow again

 We have rebuilt the 1st greenside bunker on the Craighead course

 The Balcomie course on Tuesday after the snow
We have taken samples from the Craighead course greens to measure our organic matter levels to see if we are going in the right direction with our aeration and top-dressing programs

Friday, 2 February 2018

 The Balcomie course is on it's mid week winter closure to give the course a rest and allow the Greenstaff to carry out winter projects safely, the greenside bunker at 15 was rebuilt to complete all bunkers on this hole being rebuilt

 These will be G.U.R until start of the season then we will add fresh sand to raise the sand levels
 We have started work on levelling the 7th medal tee and to fix the railway sleeper sides as the old bolts have rotten, which has meant the sleepers have moved over time
 New posts being concreted in before driving bolts through both the posts and sleepers, which we will do in the next couple of weeks

 The 6th tee path has been lifted and the area levelled and new turf and matting laid, hopefully this will wear better with being level coming down the new path

 The new sign on the roundabout has been re-painted and is now concreted in with bolts to stop any high winds blowing it over
 I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit the John Deere factory in Germany this week

Some interesting talks on how the Company operates etc

Friday, 26 January 2018

 When we have had the chance because of the adverse weather we have been carrying out cutting to keep the surfaces tidy
 The 17th Greenside bunker on the Craighead course being rebuilt, we have left the rebuilding for a week to allow the bottom part of the new face to settle
 We have been really lucky as we have missed most of the snow that has fallen, but have just suffered with the frosts and more rain/sleet most of January

 The wall rear of the 14th green on the Craighead course is now rebuilt and looking great, we will tidy up the surrounding area, add soil and re-turf the length of the dyke
 We have managed to apply a light top-dressing of sand to greens and surrounds on both courses
 Rubbing in of the top-dressing
 The fairway bunker on hole 15 of the Balcomie course has been rebuilt

 We have carried out deep tining to the Balcomie course tees
 Also we have aerated above all the recent drainage areas on both courses to allow the water to drain quicker off the surfaces into our new drains
 We have made a start to painting the tee markers and tee posts for the Balcomie course in adverse weather
Digging the new irrigation trenches for the new short game is ongoing