Thursday, 16 March 2017

 Not long till the start of the season, so we have been cracking on with tidying up jobs ie edging, weeding and cleaning off any moss on the 14th path on the Balcomie course
 Tee paths and walkways over the Historic Danes dyke on the Craighead course have been edged, weeded and topped up with fresh whin dust

 All bunkers have now been completed by edging, weeding, reshaping and topping up with fresh sand, our newly built bunkers should be in play by mid April depending on weather
 The outfield areas surrounding the new Balcomie course toilets were raked, seeded then heavily top-dressed as the temperature is starting to rise for the seed the germinate
 The Craighead course greens and surrounds have had a full application of iron to help check any moss going into the season, we will be another 2 weeks before we apply our spring fertiliser to both sets of greens
 A couple of our weaker tees have been hollow cored, seeded and top-dressed to aid recover from the winter
On Tuesday night I attended a seminar from Dr Paul Miller at Elmwood College on the subject of Nitrogen and soils

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Spring is here

 It's been a great week to get all the playing surfaces over both courses ready for the up and coming season this week
 We are carrying out all the edging/tidying up jobs round about the car parks etc
 We sprayed a moss killer on the edges of the car parks about 3 weeks ago and now we are clean these areas up
 This week I attended the BIGGA Scottish Conference at Perth Concert hall, talks were from the STRI on the environment, Alan Hogg from Kingsbarns on customer service, Martin Ebert on course architect and Allan Paterson, Course manager at Trump Turnberry on all the changes to the courses and Hotel
 Work is on-going at the path rear of the 13th tee etc on the Balcomie course

Friday, 3 March 2017

New course toilets

 Work is still on-going at the pathway to the new course toilets
 On the path we have laid 2" of recycled road planings to make a real firm base then 2" of grey whin dust for the surface of the path to match the rest of the tee paths etc over both courses

 Cementing for the new fencing at the toilets, these posts can be taken out for cutting etc
 The astroturf has been laid at side of the toilets to finish off this area, where we will place a bench and flower pots
 We are repairing the road that is at the rear of the 13th tee to fit in with the new toilet path
 Repairs to the path to the 16th green on the Balcomie course
 Walkway to the 1st fairway on the Balcomie course completed
 With storm Doris last week we carried on with repairing and painting our tee bins
 All the bunkers on the Balcomie course have been edged, weeded and sand reshaped for going into the new season, we just need to add fresh sand to certain bunkers
 With the nice weather we took the chance to apply more sand to the Balcomie course greens after they were turf ironed to remove the morning dew

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

 The Balcomie course greens have been sprayed with a worm irritant to help reduce the worm casts on the playing surfaces
 The surrounding areas of the new toilets are nearly completed
 We are working away from the new toilets along the new pathway
 Ongoing work at new pathway to toilets from the 11th medal tee and access road for the greenkeeping team plus the tanker for emptying the septic tank for the new toilets

 We have applied another top-dressing of sand to the greens and surrounds on the Balcomie course after they were slit tined
 With the Balcomie course closed this week, we took this chance to paint the 14th railway sleeper bunker and any other sleeper areas round the course before the start of the season

 Another job this week was to dig up the walkway to the 1st fairway and replace with turf and rubber matting, this will save any wash outs which used to happen with the material that was used on the path surface

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

 It's the last mid week winter closure for the Craighead course, so we have taken this chance to apply more sand to the greens & surrounds
 The Craighead course tee and walkways have been deep verti-drained to help drainage

 Top soil added then turfing to the surrounding area of the new toilets

Friday, 10 February 2017

 Landscaping at the new toilets on the Balcomie course is slowly coming on but have been held up with the wet weather this week

 one side of the new path from the 11th medal tee is being built
 We have been finishing off cementing etc at the new septic tank for the toilets
 Great week with the wet weather to make a start to rubbing down and painting the Craighead course tee markers and posts for the new toilets

 All the Craighead course green side bunkers have been edged, weeded and sand re shaped for up and coming season
 We have edged, weeded and laid rubber matting at the 11th tee path on the Balcomie course and tee paths at 14 & 16 on the Craighead course
It was an honour to be asked to be the feature in the February Greenkeeping magazine about how we operate at Crail etc