Well last week was bitter/sweet. Nice to have an abundance of staff. 8 for last week as we still have dave divoting the tees again. However with Sam starting, Matty to continually train and we started 19-27 greens maintenance it was busy to say the least. We only have dave for one more full week then we will be reduced back to 7 staff.
Monday, 31 August 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
This week we are trying to catch up on all those jobs which are needing doing. Firstly dave sawdon has been busy weeding and edging all the clubhouse borders, these have been neglected for a while as we have not had the time or staff to carry out the work needed. It's nice to see them looking good again.
Greens on 10-18 that were tined last week are slowly filling in. They are being cut at the normal height and have had there first application of growth regulator today. The cut quality isn't great at the moment as one of the mowers has been severely blunted by the abrasive sand. The other greens mower has had new blades fitted and that is cutting great. As not to blunt both mowers we do not want to take this on to the newly sanded greens.
Once 19-27 greens have been completed then both mowers will be sharpened.
Matty the apprentice is getting stuck into most jobs now. Teesides his latest new job. He is already cutting greens, fairways and moving holes.
A dead tree showing no fibrous roots which are vital for water uptake.
Monday, 17 August 2015
This week we aren't tining any greens so we call it a rest week but it is far from that. Firstly there is a lot of recovery maintenance that had to continue on the greens that were intensively tined over the last few weeks. The initial greens are now looking good, smoothness is returning and speed is not too far behind. The greens done last week are being cut at 4 mm still due to delays last week with the rain on Monday and Friday. Hopefully tomorrow they will be cut at the normal Summer height of 3.5 mm.
It's incredible to think that after 14mm of rain on Monday that when I put a winter cup into the 24th fairway this is what I found.
The rest of this week we will be catching up on all cutting jobs. Dave sawdon is still with us and has made a start on the heather borders around the clubhouse.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Another busy week on the course. This week we have been working on holes 10-18.
30 mins later it had stopped but left a lot of standing water and washed sand from bunkers and deposited debris everywhere.
The greens we worked on last week got there first cut on Thursday then a following dry cut on sat night. The sand had settled nicely and a cut at 4 mm left them looking tidy.
Thursday, 6 August 2015
Firstly sorry for the delayed post this week, it's been a busy one and finding the time to get all things done had been difficult.
On Monday Matty Turnbull our new apprentice greenkeeper started at the club. I'm sure he will settle in well. He will be starting at Askham BryanCollege at the end of September to get trained and receive a qualification. His on course training started straight away putting him into the thick of the action.
This is the practice green which was cored and double tined last Wednesday.
If anyone questions if it's all necessary then here is what is all about. Soil improvement= grass improvement.
10-18 starts Monday. Updates will follow next week.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Now we near august we are gearing up for our annual greens maintenance program. To get all equipment prepared and correctly set up we first do the practice green. This is the size of around three greens and is also a good area to experiment and try new things if we so wish.
The ends of this green are soil based however the middle is of root zone construction. So we hollow tined the whole green also we verti drained the soil based areas to relive compaction.
Next week we will be starting on 1-9, let's hope the weather is ok.
We have one of the members, Dave sawdon helping us for a month whilst we are a little short staffed. After a morning of collecting cores he knows that being a greenkeeper isn't just sitting on a mower :)
Whilst I was moving holes I was checking soil profiles and thought it would be interesting to show what we face regarding drainage. On Tuesday we had a good amount of rain first thing, as many are aware some greens drain better than others. This isn't down to the top soil profile but what's deeper. Often greens that are built up are made from inferior soil that inevitably drains poorly.
Below are 4 soil samples from 4 greens, 2 drain fantastically and 2 very poorly. Can you tell which are which?
By the way the poor draining ones were 2 and 3, firstly the soil is much more heavy, indicated by it sticking to the blade as the profile is removed and the black layer that is evident shows lack of oxygen within the soil causing little rooting, which can be seen from the bottom of the good samples.
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Well it's all hands on deck this week as we head towards our maintenance weeks. We concentrating on the lower priority jobs that don't need doing as often, the reason being these won't need to be done again until our rest week on the 17th aug. This allows us to concentrate on the maintenance that needs to be done to the greens and the high priority weekly cutting jobs on the 18 holes that will be open during maintenance.
Sam Holtby is joining us at the end of august from ganton golf club where he has been during some major competitions over the last 10 years.
- 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.