Friday, 13 October 2017

 We took the chance with the good weather to apply more top-dressing sand to the Craighead course greens and surrounds after they were cut this week
 We carried out 16mm hollow coring, clean up, cut, over seed, heavy top-dress and rub in to the 1st & 17th tees on the Balcomie course to help improve these tees
 It's that time of year that the leaves are falling from the trees at the roadside behind green 3 of the Craighead course, we will be blowing and clearing them up every couple of days
Cutting and collecting of the deep roughs is still ongoing when the weather permits

Saturday, 7 October 2017

 This week we have been fixing any problems with our irrigation system on the Balcomie course

 We have been out deep tining the Craighead course tees to relieve compaction

 A problem area on our putting has been deep bored to 2' and then the heavy soil replaced with rootzone sand to improve the drainage
 with the drier weather we have started to cut and collect areas of deep rough again

 Great job by the guys getting the Craighead course set up for the Mid Amateur event on Friday and Saturday with it being a 2 tee start at 8.15am, which was tight time wise with the darker mornings
 the par 3 tees over both courses have had a heavy top-dressing to help smooth off the surface after a very busy season, this will be done again in about a months time before going onto winter tee mats on these holes
 With heading into the winter months and temperatures are starting to drop, we have raised the height of cut on both our greens mowers to help protect the plant, plus help the new seed that was planted last week on the Balcomie course greens etc

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Greens aeration program

 The Greenstaff have done a great job despite the weather this week to carry out our aeration program to the Balcomie course greens, surrounds and tees
 Greens and tees were deep tined to 8" to relieve compaction and help drainage going into the winter months

 Greens were then turf ironed to smooth the surface off before mini-coring, this process is to reduce organic matter (thatch) and make pots for overseeding to help promote the desired grasses

 The mini coring helps to close the top of the big deep tined holes
 Tees deep tined after the greens were completed

 Once the surfaces were verti-cut and cut we then overseeded to get as much seed into the holes as possible

 Surfaces were then slowly drag matted to help get more seed into the holes before top-dressing
 Then the surfaces were top-dressed with sand to help cover the new seed and smooth the playing surfaces
 sand drag matted in
 We will apply more sand next week to the surfaces
 This week seen some wet weather, so we took this chance to clean the car park and drive areas as with wet/damp weather we get more grass from trolleys and golf shoes left all over the car park areas
 Other tasks was to paint the floors in the hallways, toilets, mess room and drying room to improve these areas

Thursday, 21 September 2017

 Last week we carried out minor aeration work to the Craighead course greens, Mini-coring, cleaning up, double verti-cut, clean up, cut, top-dressed then rubbed in. this will allow more air into the soil profile, improve drainage and reduce thatch levels

 Once this work was completed we applied our Autumn fertiliser to the greens then watered in

 The hollow coring to the Craighead course surrounds has been completed this week and these will be top-dressed  through the winter months to help fill the core holes
We have applied a liquid fert and iron to the Balcomie course greens and surrounds this week to strengthen the plant up as we will be carrying out aeration work next week to these areas

Monday, 4 September 2017

 That's reached September already, so our main plans for this month is to 16mm hollow core any problem tees over both courses and all the fronts of the Craighead surrounds, the reason for this is to reduce compaction and thatch, replace the heavy soil in the surrounds and replace with good sand top-dressing to make the areas firmer and dryer

 Our new wildflower area that was seeded this year on the end of our driving range has been a great success and will hopefully be a real benefit to the birds and bees in the area
 With it coming to the end of the golfing season it's that time to start cutting and collecting the problem areas of deep roughs over both the courses to help make these areas thinner and more playable for next season, this is an ongoing task but we are starting to see the benefits
 We are still getting a fair bit of growth still so it's still the full cutting program over both the courses etc

 Anytime we get the chance we will be out hand weeding the greens to reduce chemical applications plus less stress on the plant as it's under enough stress with play and mowing at 4mm
 For H&S we decided to move and build a new petrol store next to our diesel tank and recycling wash pad plus add 2 more fire extinguishers at this area
 Holes 5 & 6 on the Balcomie course
 4th Fairway/carry on the Balcomie course
 5th fairway/carry on the Balcomie course
 2nd green on the Balcomie course looking back at the Clubhouse
 Green 9 on the Balcomie course
Green 1 on the Balcomie course looking across to the new course toilets