With the first renovation week of 2017 creeping up on us, we felt we should take an opportunity to explain to the membership our plans and goals for the week.

We will be planning to close 9 holes at a time throughout the week, to give us the opportunity to complete this work quickly and safely in a productive manner so we can get the course fully back in play as soon as realistically possible. This will be broadcast on the Twitter feed daily before play.

The reasoning behind moving this renovation week to March was for several reasons:

  1. To increase the golfing season window with less disruption at peak times.
  2. Golfing pressure and expectations are lower in March.
  3. Doing this type of work during warm weather in May, is very costly with irrigation use.

The only downfall with this decision can be the weather, it can either be with us, or against us and is very unpredictable.

Poor weather does not make this process impossible, just more time consuming and more challenging.

If you would like to see any of this process being completed, please feel free to visit us on the course and ask the team any questions. We will continue this email below with our schedule for the week.

After our first successful winter period “spiking half sections” of the greens each time, we have gone from greens that puddle up extremely quickly during any rainfall, to greens that stay playable during rainfall periods.

Continuing this aeration progress into renovation week, we will be doing the following processes. All of which have a picture of a similar operation to give you an idea of what is involved.

  • Scarify the greens to remove some organic matter and clean out some disease scars we have from the winter period.

  • Top dress greens with around 3.5/4 tonnes per green (70-80 tonnes overall)

  • Spiking over the sand with larger tines to generate holes around ¾ inch (19mm) wide and down to a depth of 6 inches (150mm). The reason we are Spiking over the sand, is this spiking operation leaves the greens in an unstable state, so large machines like a top dresser following would cause unnecessary wheel rutting and uneven areas.

  • Following the spiking, it is a game of patience to get the sand as dry as possible before brushing. This is so the holes do not get capped over with wet sand which would result in the work being unbeneficial. When the sand is dry, the green is brushed until 99% of the sand has fallen deep into the holes.

  • The below picture is the desired result, with a sand channel diluting the anaerobic black layer in the green and linking the surface with the sub surface to help drain/firm the greens.

This will be a process we complete for the next few seasons, to gradually improve the profile of the greens.

 

Thank you in advance for your patience while we complete this disruptive but necessary work.

Kindest regards,

Windlesham Agronomy Team