This week we have been forging ahead with one of our winter projects, Jon and Steven have been constructing a mound behind the 17th green and planting some gorse on and around it. For a change the weather decided to be good to us, with the frosty days being ideal for moving soil without causing too much mess. We have some Scots Pine trees being delivered this week which are around 4 metres tall, so I should have some interesting photos for the next post of them being installed.
Craig have also been continuing to work on various drainage problems this week by extending a drain in the 10th fairway. He assures me this will solve the problem we had, where the start of the approach was sitting quite wet.
This week, the largest gathering of greenkeepers in Europe is taking place at Harrogate for BTME (BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition). As well as a trade show there is lots of education opportunities to take in. As mentioned in previous posts Craig is going for 3 days, after receiving the patrons award from the BIGGA central section. Austen and I are also nipping down for a day to see what new technology is available as well as attending some seminars and also interviewing some potential seasonal greenkeeping candidates.
We also welcomed back a seasonal greenkeeper back this week. Mark Methven rejoined us to assist while we have some extra work to complete during the tree planting etc. Its a bit colder than it was when he was last with us during the summer but I am sure he will cope.
We also got some good news last week when The Duke’s was included in Golfweeks Best Courses in Great Britain & Ireland 2012!
Until next time, don’t forget to check out the latest in Ayden’s series of golf lessons on our YouTube page.