Another busy week at the office. Lots going on around the course, finally I have chance to catch up. The weather has been up and down. Initially the week started colder with a couple of grass frosts. The frost didn't penetrate into the ground so went after around 9am each day. The picture below highlights why the front putting green is prone to disease.
Other reasons we find problematic greens on the course is shade. Whilst working around the 5th green it was an ideal oppertunity to show the problems we face. At just past midday this is as much sun this green gets at it's highest point.
The green is surrounded by trees and is on a north facing slope. The worst combination for shade and air circulation. This often leads to prolonged surface wetness and poor grass quality over the winter months. When we have snow cover these shaded greens can be covered in snow and ice weeks after the rest of the course is clear.