Monday, 16 January 2017

 The green staff finishing off work to the 16th tee path today as we were delayed because of the adverse weather on Friday
 This week we are carrying out aeration work to the Craighead course tees to help surface drainage
The high winds with the high tides through the night on Thursday brought seaweed up on to the course at holes 4 & 5 on the Balcomie course, which will all be raked and cleaned up back down onto the beach

Friday, 13 January 2017

 We have moved the tee bin and ball washer at tee 12 on the Craighead course to help protect it from the high winds and give more room for golfers plus tried to give it a link's feel with using old Railway sleepers

 The 16th tee path on the Craighead course is getting edged and cut out to make it wider for golf buggies etc
 We caught up with any irrigation issues we had on the Balcomie course
 Bunker at 6th green on the Craighead course finished
 We have replaced our airlines and nozzles on our shoe cleaner with heavy duty parts to be more hard wearing in our climate
 We have been lucky today and escaped the heavy snow, with only a very light dusting through the night

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Welcome to 2017

 It's all go with the good weather. The Craighead course is on it's mid week closure to allow us to carry out solid tining to the greens to a depth of 3.5"

 8mm solid tine used
 All greens and surrounds were cut then a medium top-dressing of sand applied to help dilute thatch and firm the surfaces up, Steven is being trained on the use of our top-dresser
 The top-dressing sand is left for at least an hour to fully dry before rubbing in
 All our areas of deep rough that has been cut and collected over both courses has been raked again to help thin the grass sward right to the base of the plant
 With the Craighead course closed, we are rebuilding the first green side bunker at 6
Work at the new toilets on the Balcomie course is still ongoing with another trench being dug to supply the building with electric, hopefully the cable will be laid at the end of this week

Saturday, 31 December 2016

 Another great year at Crail Golfing Society,All the best for 2017
 10th green on the Craighead course
 Holes 1 & 14 on the Balcomie course
 15th on the Craighead course
13th tee and the old lifeboat shed on the Balcomie course

Friday, 23 December 2016

 Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from the Greenstaff

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

 Greens on both courses looking really well and playing well for this time of year

 We are in the process of fixing, adding heavy weights to the lids and painting the tee bins, hopefully this reduce wind damage
 The 5th fairway bunker rebuilt on the Balcomie course, sand will be added at the start of the season to reduce sand blow until then
The 17th fairway bunker rebuilt on the Balcomie course. Other tasks have been a full cut of all playing surfaces ready for the busy Christmas period.

Friday, 9 December 2016

 Monday was a frosty morning
 With the Balcomie course being on it's mid week winter closure we took the opportunity to spray the greens, surrounds, tees & fairways with soluble iron to help harden up the plant cells, which should help reduce disease pressure
 Playing areas darkening up with the iron application
 Before we sprayed the greens and surrounds, we gave them another top-dressing of sand to continue to help produce firmer and drier surfaces
 The 5th fairway bunker on the Balcomie course being rebuilt

 Water pipe trench work ongoing
This week I attended a seminar on bio pesticides, as this is a hot topic in Greenkeeping at present with so many chemicals coming off the market