This summer’s maintenance week, commencing 1st August, will involve a heavy schedule for the team, who will be working hard to complete the projects in time for the course to fully reopen before the weekend. The intention is to close the required holes on a daily basis, which has been very successful in previous years. Details of course restrictions will be communicated through the website and the Golf Operations team on a daily basis. The weather during and after the maintenance will affect how much we achieve, and the recovery time. Folia feeds will be applied immediately after works to aid recovery and have the course ready for the key golfing months of September and October. These works continue the programme towards improved year round playability.
All greens will be scarified to a depth of 15mm to remove organic material followed by a top dressing and deep tinning to 200mm with a 20mm tine, more top dressing and a 2nd deep tine to 200mm with 20mm tine. During this process a large amount of top dressing will be worked down into the soil profile. This will be followed by a micro core to a depth of 22mm with 6mm tines as a process of removing organic matter from the surface, this will be followed with a lighter dressing and verti-cut into the canopy. The intention is to apply in excess of 50 tonnes of dressing on the greens during the week.
Following on from Spring, this programme is a major step forward from previous years with a much more intense approach. The results of this programme going forwards will be improved drainage and consistency of playing surface during the season.
Deep scarification will take place to a depth of 25mm in two directions followed by heavy top dressing. Deep tinning with a 19mm tine to 300mm will again be followed by a heavy top dressing and verti-cut into the canopy. The intention is to apply in excess of 40 tonnes of dressing to the aprons during the week.
We will be installing new drainage networks to problem areas on the 7th fairway and roughs. This work will leave open drains from the surface to the pipe network and top dressing of the fairway in the coming months and years will ensure this continues. We will also undertake deep tinning and scarification of the low lying fairways which tend to produce a greater amount of organic material during the year, the deep tine work will commence the Autumn/Winter aeration programme with the intent to ensure the surface remains open and water can move freely through the profile. The first top dressing of the 7th fairway will follow this work.
All hard surfaces will be treated with a total herbicide as required. All immediate areas of definition roughs will be cut and collected, the progress in this area in 2016 has been fantastic and this next phase of works will ensure the course set-up continues to be fair and well defined.
We will keep you updated on progress throughout the week through Twitter on @WindleshamAGR
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