Course Management – Winter Programme 2017/2018

Winter Programme 2017/18
Autumn has arrived and it is nearly time for the winter programme to commence. The successful aeration done in August means that only limited work to the greens will be carried out this winter. The head greenkeeper will continue to needle & use air injection to the greens when drier ground allows, to keep the greens as dry as possible. The winter work schedule is set out in broad terms below. You will notice that the emphasis this year will be to look at the course hole by hole and fo-cus on its detailed maintenance and presentation. However, some tasks on the programme may rely on finances & will be weather permitting
Greens
Weather permitting, verti-cutting will continue until mid-late November. Whilst still mild, greens will be cut by ride-on machine at 4mm, 4-5 times a week. When growth slows down, greens will be hand-cut twice a week. Greens will be sprayed for leather jackets. Greens will be pencil-tined at least once and the Air2G2 will be used once also.
Tees
All the tees to be solid tined, followed by over seeding and a light top dressing. Any winter growth will be topped at a height of 20mm. If possible, uneven tees will be levelled out.
Rough
In early November, all the rough will be cut to 25mm to ensure good playability during the winter months and for the grass not to maintain moisture. In late December/early January, all long rough will be cut to ensure even growth next spring.
Bunkers
All the bunkers will be deep raked, edged and weeded. Any ones low on sand, will be topped up with new sand. As you will see later in the programme, a number of unnecessary bunkers will be filled in and seeded/turfed.
Fairways
Fairways will continue to be cut at a height of 18mm until a stop in growth. Fairways will be sprayed for weeds just in time for spring. Fairways to be cut as detailed on the Course Architects Drawing and as per Chairman of Greens instructions.

Start February/March time
Pathways
A programme of maintenance will be carried out on the above, to ensure health and safety policies are met. These will be edged, weeded and topped with new gravel. Any pot holes will be filled in.

Woodland & Coastal Path
During the winter it is intended to continue the programme of clearing scrub areas around the course. This allows light and air flow to these areas which in turn encourages the natural flora to return and flourish. The fence on the coastal path will be checked and repaired to reduce the risk of people getting onto the course and cause vandalism.
Complete action of spraying Herbicide at the base of all trees in close proximity of the fairway. Complete by December.
Tee Furniture & Course Signage
All hole information stones to be removed and disposed of. New tee signage will be applied in the New Year. Tee furniture will be refurbished, cleaned and painted.
Irrigation System
The irrigation system has been drained and turned off for winter months.

Hole By Hole Programme
Hole 1
· Remove scrubs by 1st Tee Done
· Fill in front right bunker and seed Done
· Fill in front left bunker and seed Done
· Renovate posts around 1st Tee (Replace Broken Chain) March 2018
Hole 2
· Replace fence between 2nd Tee & the road March 2018
· Place directional Sign to second Tee (once across the road)
· Clear back hedge overhanging pathway up to 2nd fairway December 2017
· Clear hedge/bank along right hand side of hole November 2017
· Remove dropped hanging branches from Fir Trees on the left mid-way up the fairway Done
· Remove rough from base of trees to left of the green.
Hole 3
· Renovate winter teeing area (rubber matting) November 2017
· Clear hedge along 3rd tee Done
· Replace rubber matting behind green December 2017
· Clear bank behind green and right hand entrance to 4th Tee (improve condition of the path too uneven, remove large stone located at immediate exist from the 3rd) Novem-ber/December 2017

Hole 4
· Reinstate pathway beside tees. (Add sleepers beside mens tee) March 2018
· Clear rough in front of Tees December 2017
· Clear hedge/bank along right hand side of hole. From Tee-Green December 2017
· Repair and return left hand bunker March 2018
· Add hand rail to the Ladies Tee Nov 2017

Hole 5
· Clear scrub overhanging pathway to left of tee December 2017
· Edge and tidy pathway December 2017
· Clear along wall (Remove any overhanging branches) January 2018
· Clear scrub left hand side of 5th green November 2017
Hole 6
· Clear scrub right of ladies tee and along wall February 2018
· Clear scrub along wall of tee in the field February 2018
· Fill in 1st bunker on right hand side and seed November 2017
· Clear long grass to right hand side of 6th green and leave short November 2017
· Remove long rough around the two small trees copses in-between large firs on the left. November 2017
Hole 7
· Repair pathway adjacent to tee March 2018
· Reshape fairway to right hand side March 2018
· Add new sand to both greenside bunkers January 2018
Hole 8
· Renovate winter teeing area (Rubber matting) November 2017
· Renovate summer tees (Aerate, sand, seed) and keep golfers off March 2018
· Clear scrub in front of ladies tee January 2018
· Clear scrub behind green and to right of green February 2018
· Raise floor level of back left hand Bunker December 2017
Hole 9
· Reduce height of gorse in front of tees January 2018
· Remove 2 yew trees in front right of ladies tee January 2018
· Clear wall and remove any overhanging branches December 2017
· Clear and tidy around bin/shelter December 2017
· Remove long rough up left of fairway Done
· Add soil to base of trees right and short of Green. Reshape path to 10th Tee. End Novem-ber/Early December
Hole 10
· Clear scrub next to tee December 2017
· Clear wall and remove any overhanging branches December 2017
· Clear scrub behind green and to right of green December 2017
· Clear scrub left hand side of fairway February 2018
Hole 11
· Clear scrub right hand side of tee January 2018
· Continue to clear scrub right hand side of hole Tee-Green March 2018
· Fill in left hand fairway bunker and seed February 2018

Hole 12
· Clear scrub left of green November 2017
· Green Drainage November 2017
Hole 13
· Clear scrub right hand side of hole and remove overhanging branches January 2018
· Lower face of right hand fairway bunker and reshape January 2018
· Clear scrub behind green and left hand side of green November 2017
· Remove old ball wash pole Done
· Clear Scrub around large tree on left hand to improve access to left temporary green End November
· Reduce length of rough to area left of left side fairway bunker. November
· Green Drainage November 2017
· Renovate path leading to 14th Tee March 2018
Hole 14
· Renovate pathway January 2018
· Clear long rough in front of ladies tee (all Tees) and leave short March 2018
· Clear along wall and remove any overhanging branches December 2017
· Move fairway further right March 2018
· Green Drainage November 2017

Hole 15
· Clear bank public footpath November 2017
· Reshape 1st fairway bunker (lower face) and fill with new sand January 2018
· Trim up fir trees left hand side March 2018
· Reshape greenside bunker (lower face) January 2018
Hole 16
· Fill in 1st fairway bunker on left and seed March 2018
· Clear hedge on right hand side of hole Done
· Repair edge of greenside bunkers March 2018
Hole 17
· Remove sapling in front of ladies tee January 2018
· Remove scrub to right of mens tee January 2018
· Repair greenside right bunkers March 2018
Hole 18
· Clear scrub along left hand side of hole. (especially where winter tee is placed) January 2018
· Widen entrance to Tee from the road. (should be able to walk through with umbrella up!) January

Kelvin Millar
Head Greenkeeper

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