February Monthly Report
Preparations are fully underway for the start of the golf season, the lack of snow compared to the past 2 years combined with the mild weather is really kicking the grass into action probably around a month earlier than normal. Getting the bunkers back into good condition has been a priority this month. The windy conditions are blowing the sand around in the bunkers, which has meant we have been busy moving it back to where it should be.
We have refrained from using any fertiliser as yet this year on the greens, the application in October of a slow release fertilizer (12-0-44) has continued to keep the grass ticking along over the winter months and along with a couple of applications of liquid seaweed in February they continue to appear healthy for the time of year. They are now being mown twice per week which is unusual for February but the sun is shining so I am not complaining. They have had the first light top dressing of the year, we will continue to light top dress every 2-3 weeks. The greens have also had the first application of wetting agent for the season, this will continue once per month till the end of September.
TEES AND APPROACHES:
The tees have been mown this month and are due to be hollow cored/top dressed and overseeded in march as well as an application of mosskiller fertiliser. Also we have been working our way around the tees, cleaning up the yardage markers as they can get pretty grubby.
The fairways have been mown and have applied a mix of iron and nitrogen to give them a better colour and a small amount of fertiliser until we apply a granular fertilser in April. We have also fixed a few more drainage problems on 10 and 11 fairways.
Other activities on the golf course -
We have been transplanting a few sapling Scots Pines, Gorse and Broom down at the left of the 7th green which will bulk up in time to provide additional cover with the mature Scots Pines that we have planted over the winter.
We also received some great news this week from Club 59 who awarded the Duke’s Best Greens in the UK at their annual awards. The team are delighted!
That’s all for now, look forward to catching up next time.