Friday, 21 April 2017

 This week we have been setting the Craighead course up for the Battle trophy this weekend
 Greens being hand cut at 5mm
 Craighead course 1st tee
 with the continued dry spell we have been out hand watering high spots etc
to gain slightly more pace on the putting surfaces we have been turf ironing behind cutting when required

Friday, 14 April 2017

 With the dry conditions continuing we have been applying water to greens and tees to help keep the grasses ticking over plus helps to water in the fertilisers that were applied
 Any new turf has been hand watered to stop the turf drying out. not far away from full cutting programs
 Courses starting to get more definition from the cutting
 We have been using the brush before cutting to help lift any long ends and get a better cut on greens, surrounds and tees
Any weeds in the greens have been hand picked to reduce chemical usage on these areas, fairways will be sprayed  with a selective herbicide to control daises once the temperature raises slightly

Monday, 10 April 2017

 Spring fertiliser (5.0.0 +2fe) has been applied to the greens and then watered in

 Repairing a couple of bursts on the irrigation system on the Balcomie course
 Starters hut getting it's annual paint
 We have added more new fencing around the new path at the toilets on the Balcomie course

 10th medal tee on the Balcomie course
 6th tee being cut on the Balcomie course with the 5th hole in the back ground
 we a have started our monthly application of wetting agent and seaweed to the greens which allows water to penetrate and hold into the soil profile
Last week seen our old JD tractor of 14 years being replaced with a new Kubota tractor, hopefully this tractor services us well

Friday, 31 March 2017

 With the dry spell, we have primed up our irrigation system over both the courses ready for the season
 We have been busy screening sand for the newly built bunkers and any bunker that's needing fresh sand
 Work continues on the tee paths on the Balcomie course once we have completed the daily courses set up
 We are now not far away from our full cutting program of all areas
 We have re-positioned the 7th bin and ball washer on the Balcomie course slightly lower down the path to reduce it being hit from balls off the back medal tee and incorporated railway sleepers on the surrounding area

 7th path being edged, weeded then topped up with whindust

 We have now started our wetting agent program on the greens & surrounds plus we applied liquid iron to add colour to the surfaces before we apply our spring fertiliser next week weather pending
 The bridge over to the 2nd tee has been repaired by re-turfing the worn areas plus added matting for grip in wet conditions, which means all the railway sleepers bridges over the burn have been completed
 Another task we completed this week was to replace the damaged drains in the car park

Friday, 24 March 2017

The new season has arrived

 All tees on both courses have been brushed and cut
 All tees have been fertilised with a 12.5.20 spring/summer fertiliser
 To keep the greens true and smooth we have been rolling or cutting when required
 The newly raised 10th medal tee on the Balcomie course has had it's first cut and is now in play
 The Craighead course greens have been deep spiked to 10" to help aid drainage and relieve compaction

 Then the greens and surrounds were top-dressed to help true the surfaces and dilute thatch
 Work at the 13th tee path on the Balcomie course is on going

 We have replaced the old steps at the 8th tee on the Balcomie course and Incorporated a new bin and ballwasher

 This gives us an additional bin and ballwasher on the course
We have started to edge,weed and repair tee paths on the Balcomie course