Friday, 29 April 2016
Since then we have had hail and more rain and the course is once again pretty wet.
We have managed to get all the course cut again although growth is minimal. It does however tidy all the areas up. The fairways have been brushed against the grain before they were cut, this helps stand the grass up which can get laid in the direction golfers travel when they are cut infrequently. next week we are going start grooming the greens, this spring has been virtually impossible to get on to the greens to do any type of work to them, by now we would have hoped to have scarified, topdressed aerated and be grooming regularly, however we have done none of the above and the weather has been very frustrating and a limiting factor to what we have been able to achieve. Grooming at least will remove some of the lateral growth which for us can be a real problem, as we tend to have some coarse older bents in the greens. These a more of an issue in spring as they grow faster than any other grasses at low temperatures.
The greens have been sprayed with iron to increase colour as the cold winds turn the grasses paler.
The bunker faces, ditches and copses have all been cut.
We have also divoted the tees. The divot night unfortunately had to be postponed due to the poor weather and will be rearranged if a date is available between fixtures.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
This wont help growth as soil temperatures will be knocked back down again and we need consistent soil temperatures of around 6 degrees to maintain steady growth. Overall though given the winter we experienced the course is looking good and we are happy with how its recovering going into the summer playing season.
Last week the greens were given an application of fertiliser and bio stimulants which help perk the grass up during these poor conditions, they will receive another application this week as well.
After application its washed into the soil so its an ideal time to test the sprinkler heads and check for arc, application and coverage. Any damaged sprinklers have been replaced this week. We have reduced height of cut on tees and surrounds now growth is improving. Greens height will also be lowered slightly in the next few days.
We have started to brush greens much more to stand laid grass up before they are cut, as growth is not strong and temperatures are cool I feel it is too early to start deep scarifying or grooming heavily as this would just set them back further. Hopefully as things improve we can carry this out and get an application of sand on to them which will help smooth them out, especially the pitchmarks which seem to be evident on every green following the wet winter.
On the course we have put out new flags cups and ferrules, we have also a new hole cutter for the season.
We have done a little more tree pruning, this is not the most ideal time of the year as the trees are soon to be in leaf however we need to get some areas complete so the machines can cut the areas of grass without risk of damage. This will be continued as and when we can. All dead trees have been removed and we will be getting a stump grinder in soon to remove the remaining stumps.
The irrigation has been opened up and we have a couple of electrical issues on the system we believe there are 2 breaks in the cable that sends information around the course to turn sprinklers on and off via the computer. This needs to be fixed by our irrigation contractor. A new cable needs to be moleploughed into the ground to rectify the issue.
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
We have started to cut surrounds, approaches, tees and semi rough. Most of them are OK to do however there are still a number of wet areas we need to avoid. Other areas of the course will be cut over the next day or so.
The greens are now being rolled as and when we can. We are due to put on a liquid feed/ seaweed to help boost health and recovery of winter wear.
This oh is is an organic product which mostly is taken up by the roots of the grass.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
The rest of the course has been cut, the fairways given a full cut at 16mm. Some had more grass on than others as it has been over 3 weeks since they were last cut. The tornado leaf blower was used to remove sticks and excess grass from the playing surfaces. They are still very soft in places so preferred lies will remain on until they start to dry out.
The tees and surrounds have been cut with the designated mower for these areas. The first time we have been out with the toro 3100 as up to now the conditions haven't been suitable. They look good considering the recent conditions. They have been cut at 14mm and the stripes were cut in to each area. The greens were cut on Monday but they are very soft due to play and the wet surface conditions. Again we have not been able to get any vehicles on to the greens to aerate or relieve compaction. The pro am is fast approaching so we are limited to the disruption we can do to the greens as any damage now will take a few weeks to recover at this time of the year.
The range has been cut, although it was very wet, the growth was quite thick in places so we needed to get this done. The gang mowers have just been serviced and ready for the year.
WE now have all new cups and flags ready to go out in the next couple of weeks.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
The area at the rear of the 19th green was always a wet area so the drainage we have installed should help dry it up, now the new 20th tee is in play it is vital it is not a problem as it is a main route to the new tee.
Please could I ask all golfers to stay away from hooped and roped areas as these are restricted to prevent further damage of the turf.
Saturday, 2 April 2016
The day after was a very sharp frost which as you can imagine is not a great combination. Frozen and icy surfaces everywhere, surprisingly after the sun rose the course was drier than expected and we managed to get play going with the exception of a few areas closed due to standing water
We have now finished the drainage at the 9th which has been gur'd and the green is back in play.
The area where the soil was tipped from the drainage has all been levelled and tidied and will be seeded in the spring
We have now installed the junior markers, these are going to be used on the derwent course, they are to encourage younger players to get onto the course. The discs indicate where juniors can tee off from given there ability. The holes are shorter and the idea is they can reach the green in the same number of shots as any one else would with a lower handicap.
The summer tees are all back in position apart from a couple due to wet conditions around the tees which would create damage before the season gets underway.
The new tee on the 20th hole is now back in play and the bunker to the right of the green has been edged and is back in play. Please give feedback to the new angle of attack so we can make the hole better in the future if needed.
We have applied some more lawn sand to the 19-27 greens to help deter moss, the moss turns black as the iron content scorches the plant. This helps the grass dominate and outcompete the moss. We are continually trying to improve the surfaces which is reducing thatch and compaction which is one of the reasons the moss is there in the first place.
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
The end of last week have us the chance to get all the cutting finished and we started on the 9th drainage. This area was similar to the 13th. A couple of low areas to the front right of the green always remained wet after rain. We have put an open drain into an existing drain previously however this was not directly connected to an outlet so overtime filled with silt and grass which slowed water movement. The new drain and outlets are now directly connected to the ditch to the left of the first hole.
The drains we have installed are shallower to ensure they run to the ditch.
Today the drains were finished with them just to pipe and fill.
Over the bank holiday weekend storm Katie took us back to wet and wild conditions. 26mm of rain fell on Monday.
All hedge cutting is now finished. A great job done by Will and Rich.
- 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.