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
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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.
Monday, 27 October 2014
The clocks have been changed feeling like winter is well and truely here.
Elsewhere verti draining of fairways has started, concentrating on 10-18 fairways to begin with.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Friday, 10 October 2014
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.
- 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.