The Duke’s does farming…
Its been a very busy few weeks getting lots of small jobs tied up before we get properly into the daily summer maintenance routine.
The drainage on the range has now been installed, the whole process was reasonably without drama! but did create a mess on some very wet areas where it was very difficult to get in and out from. Taking advantage of Austen’s agricultural knowledge, the entire range area has now been sprayed with total herbicide, mounds removed, ploughed, power harrowed, rotovated, rolled and seeded. Fingers crossed with some warm weather to encourage a quick grow in, it will be back in operation sooner rather than later. I have to admit it was strange seeing a plough on a golf course but the end result will be worth it.
Jon has now arrived back from New Zealand and has been thrust straight into completing the repair/drainage of the last few bunkers which had problems with wash outs. I am sure it wont take too long to get back into the swing of things and it definitely wont be too long to reinstate his Scottish milky white sun tan.
The greens are now being mown daily at 4.5mm and are starting to show some good signs of growth thanks to an application on 19-5-19 fertiliser, followed by 18mm of rain on Friday and now some warm weather. They are in much better condition compared to this time last year as they have less disease scarring and better grass coverage. At this time of year the different species of grass grow at different rates coming out of winter semi dormancy, the purple tinge to some areas is the sign that the Poa Annua(the stuff that produces seeds that annoy golfers for the non grass geeks) is starting to grow. Also this past few weeks we have applied fertiliser to the tees, approaches and fairways to encourage some growth when the warmer weather eventually comes to Scotland for its 2 week holiday!.
A new acquisition has been put to work this week, the Weidenmann Terrafloat which is a spiker/overseeder. We have overseeded the greens with straight browntop bentgrass at 5 grams per square metre. The plan is to do this 3-4 times throughout the season.
We have now welcomed 3 new seasonal staff with, Chris Dickson, John Reid and Craig Snowdon joining us, along with Carmen Neives Busto, Steven Harris and Graeme Curran starting next week for the summer season.
That’s all for now.