With the first Renovation Week of 2018 due to start next week, we felt we should take an opportunity to explain to the Membership our plans and Goals for the Week.

The process will be the same as the last few successful Renovation weeks here at Windlesham.

  • Scarify the Greens to remove 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 resulting 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.

As a trial, we have completed the chipping Green early to use as a gauge on recovery time, please feel free to take a look.

We have now completed this process several times to gradually improve the profile of the greens and will continue to do so until they are in a more desirable condition, then adjust our approach to maintain a desired profile.

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.

As we have all found this winter, a large issue 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.

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

Kindest regards,

Windlesham Agronomy Team