Head Greenkeeper Updates

11 Oct

And so the work begins


9 Oct

You’ll all be pleased to hear there’s no sand going on the greens this week 😊
As the week progresses, you will see the start of our winter programme, the turf will be stripped from the 3rd medal tee and the 10th right hand side tee ready for levelling. 3 trees will be felled from around the 10th tee prior to levelling.

2 Oct

Due to the strong winds, and rain that’s expected later today, this weeks planned greens maintenance has been delayed till tomorrow. The plan is to micro tine the greens, over seed with another 5 bags and top dress, this dressing will top off last weeks coring as well as this weeks micro tine holes, once again your cooperation while this work is carried out will be greatly appreciated.

One or two pine needles to blow off the greens this morning!

28 Sep

Not looking too bad considering the work carried out this week

26 Sep


And so the dressing begins

25 Sep

Update on greens maintenance - not the best day to start hollow coring the greens, bigger tines, set deeper, meant the clearing up took longer than expected, so its 14 down 4 plus putting green to do. Coring will continue tomorrow, followed by top dressing. Thank you for your continued understanding while this essential work is carried out.

21 Sep

A test of our flail mower was carried out today. This will be used to cut the heavy rough areas, (ie. left and right of 9th and 4th fairways), in the coming weeks. Mowing and collecting the grass will, in the long term, encourage the finer grasses to establish in the rough, which will enhance the appearance and playing of these areas.

13 Sep

Mmmm what's different?

11 Sep

Following a successful (even tho little damp) bishop bowl, the height of cut has been raised back up to 4mm, the greens have been sarrel rolled this morning.
A note for your diary, Monday 25th September, we will be hollow coring the greens, this will be followed by over seeding and top dressing, the following week, a further over seeding will be carried out followed by a light top dressing. This work is essential to make the necessary improvements to the greens - thatch removal and grass species conversion.
Your cooperation while this work is being carried will be greatly appreciated.

1 Sep

Beautiful morning, but a definite autumnal feel to it!

29 Aug

Taking the opportunity of a calm day to apply an organic fertiliser today, it is essential that this is watered in immediately after application, before golfers walk on it.
While it is not a harmful product, it's advisable not to lick your balls, and to wash your hands and putter after playing.

21 August

It's good to be back after 2 weeks in Marmaris, it's actually nice to get back to cooler weather :-)
I must thank my greenstaff for holding the fort, and keeping up the course in excellent condition

2 August

Early start this morning, micro tining the greens, which will be followed up with a top dressing, then brushed in


27 July

In line with our strategy to promote the establishment of finer grasses on our greens, the height of cut has been lifted up to pre club championship levels, this will have slight impact on the greens speed, but it is essential to ensure we maintain a healthy sward coming into autumn when the risk of disease increases.

21 July

Preparations for Sunday have gone well, despite the weather, the greens units were sent away to be sharpened and new bottom blades fitted, the height of cut lowered to 3.5mm and after this morning's cut and iron the greens are running at 10ft. I just hope the weather for the weekend doesn't have a negative effect on the course conditions. Pin position sheets for Sunday will be available in the Pro-Shop when signing in. Good luck and fingers crossed for decent weather for the day.

July 17

Looking forward to this week, preparing for next weekends Club Championship.
Started this morning with a scarifying and cut, greens running at 9' (without the iron) and still not lowered the height of cut............yet

14 July

I thought I'd share this article with you all, it explains soil microbiology better than I can. So if your interested in the back ground of why we're using compost tea, or just need something to put yourself to sleep, give it a read RT @RECARE_EU: The Role of Microorganisms in Soil Health via @FDI_org https://t.co/ya1CLPIp52 #soilhealth #soilscience @Soil_Science

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3 July

Update for the week ahead - The greens will be micro tined, top dressed and the dressing brushed in, all as part of our monthly programme. Work will start in the morning and should be completed by midday, that will allow us the rest of the week to catch up on some much needed mowing, hopefully in the sunshine


Micro tined, dressed, brushed in, and cut.......

30 June

Bit of a strange week, shock horror, stop the press, I closed the course!! Thankfully we're open again today and I've been assured by Wincey Willis that the sun is going to shine again this year, although a definite day has yet to be confirmed.

12 June

Last week's rain has certainly thickened the grass sward of the greens, not alot of top growth though, we're still averaging 2 boxes per 18 greens. This sward thickening can have a negative effect on the greens speed, to help combat this, we have scarified and cut the greens this morning, taking off 42 boxes! The greens were then sarrel rolled, around 6 tonne of dressing sand applied and brushed in. :-)

Another mow after all that work and it's like it never happened :-)


8 June

Course update - despite the weather- which one of you kept asking for rain ;-) - the greens have been holding up really well - all areas due to be mown this week have been completed (well done to the lads for that) - the weather has been good for wetting agent application and also a compost tea application today (the 4th of the year) , both of which benefit from being washed down into the profile - unfortunately the bunkers have suffered this week, but fingers crossed, this rain will clear up and we're forecast a dry day tomorrow, all should be well for the weekend :-)

30 May

I had the pleasure of being the caddy for one of our team players on friday night as we played host to Consett in the Clark Cup. I enjoyed watching the match, but I did have to cringe as both players fell foul to the poor bunker raking of other members, we rake the bunkers regularly during the week, but it is also up to our members to smooth out any footprints to a standard you would expect to find in the bunker. Please take more care when raking the bunkers, as another golfer may have to play from that same position and sometimes in a match situation. Thank you in advance of your cooperation in this matter

22 May

Busy week ahead, early start today preparing for the Ladies open, 2 home team matches this week as well, hope it all goes well, especially Friday

19 May

The greens have been ironed this morning, green speed is currently 9ft, hopefully this rain won't have too much of an adverse effect on pace

17 May

Notice to members - we have received information from DCGU, that the hole stabilising rings are not allowed to be used in competitions, these have now been removed.

15 May

Early start this morning, spiking the greens with quarter inch tines, top dressing will also be carried out this week. :-)

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An update from this mornings post, spiking completed, the greens were then top dressed, brushed in, then kindly washed in by that drop rain this afternoon, it was a pleasant change to see golfers with brollies up ;-) first substantial rain since I started



12 May

New Holecutter

8 May

Normal maintenance activities on the course this week. The Irrigation system is currently on every other night, with moisture levels monitored to ensure we maintain plant health

5 May

Another beautiful start to the day, just a shame it's so cold overnight. The air temperature is still only averaging 5°c overnight, while the soil temperatures is 8.5°c early morning, we're looking for a minimum 10°c before we start to see any real signs of growth.
The greens have been ironed again this morning and are still running at 9ft

3 May

Attention - please be aware that new pins and flags will be in use from tomorrow, with the colour of the flag indicating the pin position, red front, yellow middle, white back. Please spread the word.

2 May

Normal activities on the course this week.
Reminder - tonight is meet the Head Greenkeeper, I'll be available in the lounge bar from 6.30 to give you all an insight into compost tea, our work programmes and answer any questions you may have.

28 April

Greens cut and ironed this morning, running at 9, all good for the weekend


24 April

Hollow coring of the run off areas around the 1st, 3rd, 15th and 16th greens will be carried out today, they will then be over seeded, and top dressed, this should help increase the grass cover on those areas. No sand on the greens this week ;-) and let's hope it doesn't get too cold

21 April

Greens cut, ironed this morning and not running too bad

Speed After mowing this morning 8ft, after ironing 9ft.

18 April

A short but busy week ahead, it was good to see a drop rain at the weekend, it was much needed, just a shame it's still cold.
Another compost tea will be applied this week, overseeding of the new greens as well as any with disease scars will also be carried out, this will help speed up recovery, and improve the sward on the newly constructed greens.

To help monitor the water content of the greens, we recently purchased a soil moisture meter. This will help determine the correct amount of water needed per green required to keep a consistent level of moisture across all the greens. This reading was taken on the 17th green, following the rain at the weekend, at 46% this is higher than we would like, 15%-25% is our target range, by comparison the newer greens, 1st/3rd/15th averaged 30%-35%.
Constant monitoring is essential to help us provide consistent surfaces, encourage the finer grasses and avoid over watering.

13 April

Another productive week nearly over, the course is starting to take shape nicely. Hope you all enjoy the extended easter weekend, have fun and play well

10 April

The week ahead - you'll be pleased to hear were having a sand free week :-) - the greens will be sarrel rolled today and thatch eater applied.

Meet Joe Gibson, Joe is joining our greenstaff, having previously worked at Consett Golf Club. Im sure you'll all make Joe feel at home.

5 April

First brew underway, let the magic begin