A Fine Summer at The Duke’s
For the first time in three years we have had a great spell of weather. Although going from cold and dry in April/May to warm and dry in June/July/Aug is not ideal it beats the alternative, and what felt like the norm of constant rainfall in previous years has been great for being able to present the course as we know it should be.
We have been extremely busy keeping on top of everything and able to carry out tasks like scarifying approaches which was planned for last year but due to the wet weather was never done.
The tees are an area where we have seen a vast improvement this year. We have adopted a similar approach to the tees as is used on the greens by liquid feeding every three weeks with some nitrogen/primo/iron mix which along with a monthly wetting agent application has really improved the surfaces as well as see an improvement in the time for divots to fill in. It has definitely been a success and something we will look to continue and possibly expand to the approaches. As part of our preparation for next year’s European Amateur Championship we have been putting some additional work into the tees, especially the back tees which, as they do not receive a huge amount of play, can become quite soft and thatchy. We had already hollow cored them earlier in the year so over the past few weeks we have been deep scarifying with a graden. This has really helped in firming up the surfaces which should also help in the winter as they can become quite mossy.
Earlier in the summer three of the team were volunteering at The Open de France at Golf National in Paris (John Reid, Craig Snowdon and Duncan Laing). They were carrying out a number of tasks including mowing greens and fairways and had a great experience of tournament preparation. I also spent a week up at Castle Stuart assisting at The Scottish Open which was a far easier experience than the last time I was there two years ago! We’ll be doing a more in-depth report of our travels in the next post which will also include the guys that are assisting in Crans Montana for the European Masters and Turin for the Italian Open, so check back for that.
In the next few weeks we will be aiming to keep on top of all the growth in the rough, so the strimmers will be doing overtime getting the bunker edges into shape. Also we will be attacking our approaches again with the scarifyer, hollow coring and top dressing.
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 under Course Maintenance, European Amateur Championship 2014, Golf Championships, Open de France, Scottish Open, The Open, US Open.
Tags: Castle Stuart, Derek Robson, Duke's Golf Course, Duke's Greenkeeping, golf course maintenance, Golf course management., Greenkeeping, Merion, Muirfield, overseeding, The Open, The Open de France, The Scottish Open, The US Open