Tuesday, 10 December 2013
We have carried on the clear up project from last week and the damage the winds caused. More areas have been blown off with the tornado and collected. The felled trees that were cut up and made safe were collected and branches from the 3rd wood thinning were collected and burnt.
Friday, 6 December 2013
Large branches were scattered everywhere, another two green staff have had over seven 2 tonne trailer loads cleared away.
Other larger trees that suffered damage have been made safe, cutting any damaged limbs off or felling cracked or split trees. These will be collected next week.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Christmas is just around the corner, trying to get in the spirit the green staff have put up the outdoor lights on the tree near the club house. Every year that passes makes it harder to get them to the top !
Other jobs have been to put out more traffic management aids ie hoops and ropes to help spread wear. More markers have been put on winter positions to give the tees and access routes a rest as there is no recovery at the moment.
The greens were cut this morning, current height of cut 4.5 mm. We started early to beat golfers, ideal conditions this morning, the course looking great for December. The greens have started to take up the fertiliser application showing green up and look and play well. Tees have also been divoted and hand hedge cutting continues.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Prize night tonight, well done to all the members that have won competitions/ trophies this year, a long season of golf comes to a close. As we head in to the winter golf season it can become a little more unpredictable, today the wind was howling across the course spreading leaf litter once more. It's a tireless job, on Wednesday the course was completely cleared now it looks like we haven't been out all week. On Monday we will start once more. Each week that passes is a step closer to the end of the leaf fall season. Yesterday we applied the 2-0-10 fertiliser to greens and surrounds, as this takes effect they will improve in colour, we tried to cut them today however the fertiliser hadn't broken down enough and caused blackening on the 9th so we will hold off until next week.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
We have been making good progress with tining of fairways. 1-9 fairways are complete, yesterday we blew the tined fairways off before cutting them to tidy the surface and smooth down any areas disturbed by tining.
Tomorrow a granular fertiliser (2-0-10) will be applied to the greens with 10% slow release iron to harden and give colour to the grass in cooler conditions.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Today with 1-9 closed we started routine tining of greens and fairways. The greens were micro tined with 8mm tines to a depth of 100mm they will be rolled once we have finished to smooth the surface and shouldn't effect play. Tonight is forecast a severe frost so we might have to delay continuation of micro tining in the morning.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
This will be finished tomorrow.
An open drain has been installed to the left of the 10th green in a wet spot
- Richard Jacques
- Im the Head Greenkeeper at Malton and Norton Golf Club. I began my greenkeeping career at Malton and Norton Golf Club straight from school as an Assistant Greenkeeper. Wanting to climb the greenkeeping ladder I gained my NVQ level 2 and 3 at Askham Bryan College. I continued with my education gaining a HNC in golf course management and took the position of Deputy Head Greenkeeper at Malton and Norton Golf Club in 2005.In 2008 I was promoted to the position of Head Greenkeeper, leading a team of 6 hard working and dedicated Greenkeepers. Our aim is to continue to improve the condition of the course year on year maintaining our high reputation within the area.