Greenkeeper Report Dec 2017

Greenkeeper’s Monthly Report

Dear member,

December is upon us and it is officially winter. This past month’s weather has been kind to us and the course is looking and playing fantastically for the time of year. The report below details some of the projects undertaken by the Greens Team in what was a very productive November.

With cooling temperatures and slowing growth, we are now cutting the greens once or twice a week at a height of 4mm. The Greens are also ironed once a week to keep the surfaces rolling smoothly.
Last month I notified you about the disease we had on the greens, well this has mostly grown out however on some of the greens it did return as the temperatures got a bit warmer in the middle of the month. This isn’t a problem as it is dead and with time will grow out.
You will have noticed that on the 20th November contractors installed a new drainage system into our ‘wet’ greens (12,13,14,18). Favourable weather ensured all work was completed by the Wednesday afternoon just in time for a massive downpour to test out our new drainage. On Thursday morning I was intrigued to whether the new drainage system had worked. I walked onto the 12th green and it was as dry as a bone with water running freely out of the pipe. After so much rain, there was no puddle on the green and the drainage was working perfectly. The contractor’s equipment left little damage to the putting surfaces and the slits should grow out in a couple weeks or so. We have received many positive comments from members genuinely excited with the improvements to the drainage. The 12th and 13th greens look slightly rippled due to the installation process but worry not, over time these will flatten out. Shortly we will use a piece of equipment called a verti drain to help flatten down the lumps and ensure that the surfaces return to their former levels.
I am very pleased with the work that was carried out and certain it will solve the flooding problems on these 4 greens.
The air2g2 was hired to help relieve compaction and improve the drainage in the greens. This machine drills holes into the greens and injects them with air to help break up compacted soil.
Winter Programme
The winter programme has been drawn up and is available on the website. We have begun the programme and hope that kind weather will allow us to complete all works by the end of March.
Winter Tees
It is now only a couple of weeks before we move onto the winter course. The new winter cards are in so when we do move onto the course please note that some of the stroke indexes and yardage’s have altered. Winter grass tees will be cut to a height of 30mm. The seed under the rubber matting on the 3rd winter tee has grown exceptionally well and looks very neat and tidy. In the next couple of weeks we will begin the same procedure on the 8th winter tee. When we move on to the winter course we would like to inform members that the blue tees may only be used for The Manning Trophy knockout competition and not general play. Thank you for your co-operation.
When we move onto the winter course, in general play, the 10th will be played as a par 3 from the beginning of the fairway.
15th bunker
You may have observed that work has started on the reshaping of the short left fairway bunker. This is being carried out in line with a golf course architect and will improve the aesthetics of the hole whilst providing a far better surface from which to hit.
6th Bunker
The pot bunker on the 6th has been filled with soil which was removed from the trenches on 12,13,14. This will be levelled and turfed asap.
Tree overhanging 11th Tee
There were a few reports of a number of large branches overhanging the 11th teeing ground. These have been removed and cleared away.
Clearing of scrub in front of clubhouse
At the start of the month, we began clearing the scrub next to the entrance to the clubhouse. Healthy trees were left untouched. Now finished the wow factor has been returned to the front of the clubhouse and projects a great image to the passing traffic. Many thanks to Richard and my staff for the completion of this.
Sponsor Signs
Two of our brand new sponsorship signs have arrived and will sited shortly.

Finally please remember to always repair your pitch marks, replace divots and rake bunkers after use.

Thank you very much.

That’s all for now folks, from all of your Green Staff here at Churston we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a brilliant new year.

Kelvin Millar
Head Greenkeeper

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