Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Bunker dig/ 16 tee

Today the dig of the 10th bunker was
nearly complete and is looking great. Just the face to turf and some extra drainage to install. 
All the topsoil that was excavated was taken to be used on the new 16th tee. This was levelled out and compacted ready for some root zone and final levels before irrigation is installed

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Bunker dig day 2

Another beautiful morning and we were straight back on with verti draining fairways and digging out the bunker on the 10th fairway. We made a good start yesterday with all the top soil removed and the face shaped roughly. 
Once the shape was established the subsoil could be removed maintaining the correct base level. Whilst digging out the base the edges could be beveled off to ensure the bunker blends naturally into the contours of the fairway. Then turf could be returned around the edge. 
Tomorrow we will finish removing the subsoil and shape the remaining edges. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

A week of changes

The clocks have been changed feeling like winter is well and truely here. 
This week we are busy making some course changes of our own. First up is a new bunker on the 10th fairway. This is on the right hand side just short of the road. First job was to mark out the intended shape and remove the turf to be reused. 
Once lifted excavation began. More updates on progress will follow. The soil we are removing will be used to make a new 16 th white tee. 
Here the site for the new tee was marked out and turf removed. This tee will be around 25 yards further back. Soil will be shaped and a extension to the irrigation line will be added before turf is laid. Again updates on progress here will be posted in due course. 
Elsewhere verti draining of fairways has started, concentrating on 10-18 fairways to begin with. 
Using 12 mm tines and around 10 % heave will relieve compaction and improve growth for the upcoming winter. A slow process but well worth doing to continually improve the condition of the course. Tees and surrounds will also be done in the near future. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Turfing continues

This week we laid another 150sqm on the ditch banks at the new ditch on the driving range. This is progressing nicely, another couple of trailer loads of turf should see the majority of the ditch complete. 
The weather has been mild still for the time of year. This has meant disease pressure is high. Fusarium the most likely disease to effect turf at this time of year, using a preventative approach we try to predict this higher pressure circumstances and apply a fungicide before disease effects the turf to badly. 
Winds have also been strong, bringing down a lot of leaves. It took a full day just to make a dent into the covering across the course. 
Once cleared the course looking great again. 
Today we applied an application of slow release fertiliser and iron on to the greens. Also an application of slow release nitrogen on to the tees. This should stand them in good health when temperatures start to tumble. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Bad weekend

As the title suggests the weekend just past was not one of the best. Firstly the leaves are falling thick and fast from the trees with the high winds, these covered the course. On a weekend we only have time on a morning to blow off greens and some of the worst tees. Through the week we are able to spend more time and more men blowing leaves.
The scene on the 12th this morning before blowing. This was cleared yesterday but the wind blowing leaves across the green constantly was causing problems for golfers. A tractor mounted blower and two back pack blowers went out to tackle the leaves. 
A great job done, once cleared tees and surrounds were cut. Growth is still going, especially as the air temperature was 18 degrees at the weekend. This is causing issues trying to cut grass with soft ground conditions and leaves, creates a lot of mess. 
With ground conditions softening preferred lies are now on and the grass section of the range tee is now closed until spring. 
Disappointingly the badger retuned to the course at the weekend ripping up a lot of turf at the start of the 6th fairway. This will have to be repaired in the spring. Anything repaired now will be ripped straight back up. Very frustrating to see, this may not be the end of the damage either. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Bunker renovations

This week we have been concentrating on bunkers. All the green side bunkers have been washed down. This is simply using the irrigation hose to jet water onto the face to remove all the sand from within the turf. It is amazing how much sand builds up, in places up to 6 inches. Along with the sand it also removes moss and any other debris which is then removed the following day. The faces have also been cut. 
After a season of play they are in need of some attention. There are a few repairs needed but most are in good shape.
Although temperatures are set to rise according to the forecast, we have raised height of cut on the greens to 4.5mm. This is the bench setting measurement. This equates to around 3.5-4mm actual height of cut. To measure the height we use a prism gauge. As seen below. 
We have applied a 15-5-24 fertiliser to 10,14,15,16,18 and the 27 fairway as a trial to see wether an autumn application would boost spring growth. An application of fertiliser will be put on the greens next week and also some slow release fertiliser on the tees and approaches.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Turf down on first section.

A really quick update on the progress of the new ditch. Turf gone down on the first section, which takes us up to the front of the 20 th tee. The team have done a fantastic job, the ditch looking good and even has water in already. We will continue turfing when we get caught up on a few jobs next week. 
Leaves will be our main priority, also grass cutting will be done in certain areas. Temperatures are dropping however growth continues slowly. Some areas will get a final topdress with sand before winter arrives. Also we will continue applying worm suppressant to fairways. 

About Me

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.