Monthly Report – September
The end of September surprised us with glorious weather, perfectly timed with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Two of our green-staff, Jon Methven and Steven Horsburgh, were volunteering at Kingsbarns for the event. Both lads had a very enjoyable week assisting with the preparation and set up of the course.
Our mechanic, Austen Cameron, has also been busy this month sharpening all the mowers to ensure the quality of cut remains high. That not only allows us to present the course well but also helps keep the grass healthy; a blunt mower can bruise the grass, potentially leading to disease outbreaks further more the grass will take longer to recover after mowing.
We have also just hosted The Sprint Series Finals, a Scottish PGA order of merit event, which was won in testing windy conditions by Paul McKechnie with a 36 hole total of 1 under par. You can see the final leader board at the following link-
The greens are now being mown at 4.5mm and have been treated twice for moss. We spray iron to knock any moss back so that it doesn’t encroach too much during the winter months. The aim is to get a healthy sward of grass on the greens going into winter. If the greens were weak with thin coverage they would be liable to allow moss to develop and spread. It can be a bit of a juggling act as if too much fertiliser was applied we would run the risk of an outbreak of disease, so the trick is to apply just enough which can be easier said than done.
TEES AND APPROACHES:
The rye grass patches which were treated on some of the approaches has died off which has dramatically improved these areas. We have overseeded where necessary and will extend this operation to other areas following on from this success.
Keeping on top of the growth following on from last months fertiliser application has been a priority. Due to the wet conditions it doesn’t take long for grass clippings to become an issue but we keep on top of this with our blower which disperses the clippings. The blower is now in use every day keeping the playing surfaces clear of leaves.
THE MONTH AHEAD:
This month will see us do our final greens hollow core aeration and overseeding of the year. We also to do some aeration work on tees and approaches before we start to lose our seasonal staff at the end of October.
On a final note I’m so pleased to let you know that we now have a dual green fee of £250.00 per person for those looking to play on both The Duke’s and Kingsbarns. Remember that Kingsbarns closes on 15th November for the year so you’d better get your golf shoes (better for a golf course than skates!!) on if you’re going to take advantage of this rate.