Blackwell Golf Club
Course Maintenance Report
September and October 2017
The greens have now fully recovered from the August renovation work. Minor aeration, slit tinning and solid tinning will continue on a fortnightly basis throughout September and October and additional dressing will be applied when needed. This work is not anticipated to be detrimental to playability of the greens.
A preventative programme of spraying against disease will be undertaken monthly during the autumn months. This will consist of turf hardener, potassium and iron.
All tees will be scarified and then fertilised in September and October and will be regularly divoted. It is intended that the 1st tee and 10th tee will be laser levelled and re-turfed in early November. Whilst this work is ongoing and, the new turf establishes itself, temporary tees close by will be in play and construction of these tees will be undertaken in September and October.
A light scarification of all fairways will be undertaken as and when weather conditions allow in the months of September and October.
Work to renovate and reshape the one remaining unrefurbished bunker on the 10th fairway will commence in September. Once completed, similar work will be undertaken in respect of all bunkers on the first hole and will continue through September and October. General maintenance, sand redistribution and weeding of all bunkers will continue during this time.
All areas of rough will be treated with a selective herbicide to treat weeds and clover during the autumn months.
A total of 5 new fir trees will be planted between the 1st and 2nd holes in the month of October.
Trees earmarked for removal during the forthcoming winter programme, will be marked with red crosses during the month of October.
Head Green Keeper
BLACKWELL GOLF CLUB
GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE
During the second half of May, vigorous grass growth and flowering seed heads from the annual meadow grass made it difficult to maintain adequate and consistent green speed. The mowers are now set at a cut height of 2.5mm and the greens will be cut and rolled daily in order to consistently achieve speeds of between 9 and 10 on the stimp meter.
The greens will receive an application of growth retardant along with soil conditioner and seaweed on a monthly basis. Top dressing of the greens will continue throughout June and July in order to maintain the firmness and trueness and where there are scalped areas on the perimeter of certain greens, these will be over seeded and hand watered until new grass has established.
All fairways (and semi-rough) will receive an application of iron, herbicide and growth retardant.
The newly seeded areas on the 2nd, 3rd and 15th holes are now well established and no longer marked as ground under repair. Where there are localised areas that remain bare or where new grass coverage is thin, these will be over seeded.
All tees will be divoted weekly and top dressed monthly.
The refurbishment of the fairway bunker of 15th hole will be completed shortly and, brought back into play as soon as the base has been installed and new sand added. The newly turfed areas surrounding the sand will remain as ground under repair until that turf has fully established itself.
Routine maintenance is ongoing on a daily basis and includes strimming, weeding and sand redistribution. Where bunkers require additional sand this will be added.
All tree bases will be strimmed, the gorse on the 3rd, 13th and 15th holes will be trimmed and the pathways on the 8th and 12th holes will be treated with weed killer and made more presentable until such time as new pathways can be constructed in the autumn.
Blackwell Golf Club
Course Maintenance Programme
April and May 2017
Aeration of the greens will continue through April and May involving verti-draining using 8mm tines to a depth of 250mm and micro-tining to a depth of 100mm with 10mm tines. Dressing will be regularly applied in order to improve the firmness and trueness of the putting surfaces.
Action has already been taken to treat localised areas of moss in shaded areas of the greens. A granular feed of spring fertiliser will now be applied in an effort to encourage new growth and will be followed by applications of liquid fertiliser thereafter.
Many tees have been badly affected by moss through the winter months. They have been treated with iron sulphate to kill off the moss and will be scarified, fertilised, weed treated, over seeded and top dressed in order to improve appearance and playability. Divoting of tees will continue on a weekly basis.
There are four sportscrete bunkers remaining on the golf course. Work will commence to remove the sportscrete, re-line and reshape the bunkers and bring them back into play as quickly as possible. Other bunkers will be strimmed, weeded, edged and topped up with sand.
The fairways will be sprayed using iron sulphate to kill off moss and then scarified to remove the dead moss. The exact timing of this work will be dependent upon weather (dry conditions are required) and members will be kept advised via the Club Manager’s weekly newsletter.
The areas on the 2nd, 3rd and 15th holes where the tree canopy has been lifted are to be seeded through April/May in order to encourage new grass growth. These areas will remain designated as ground under repair until the new grass seed has established itself. Similarly, where individual trees have been removed across the golf course, those areas will be made good and reseeded.
The bases of all ditches are to be cleared of debris and vegetation and then sprayed to prevent any regrowth.
All sprinklers will be tested, adjusted and lifted where required.
Blackwell Golf Club
Course Maintenance and Winter Programme Work
November 2016 to January 2017
During the forthcoming winter months, the green staff will be carrying out the usual day to day maintenance work to the golf course (weather permitting) as well as attending to other specific projects relating to bunker refurbishment, tree pruning and removal and infrastructure.
A summary of the main areas of activity is set out below:-
Greens & Surrounds
Cutting surfaces will be aerated on a fortnightly basis and regularly treated with a light top dressing. Surrounds and aprons will be solid tined monthly. Greens and surrounds will receive regularly applications of iron and turf hardener and will be treated with fungicide as often as necessary. Every effort will be made to keep the greens in play through the winter period although on occasions, weather conditions may necessitate the use of temporary greens for short periods.
All teeing areas are to be divoted on a fortnightly basis and treat it with monthly applications of iron. The tee markers on smaller teeing areas and those affected by the highest wear, will be placed in designated locations towards the front of the tees in order to allow the turf elsewhere to rest and recover.
The blowing and collecting of fallen leafs throughout the course will be prioritised over the course of the forthcoming months.
The bunker renovation programme will continue for as long as prevailing weather and ground conditions allow. Construction of the two new greenside bunkers on the second hole is complete although the bunkers themselves will remain out of play for a number of weeks in order to allow time for the new turf to bed in. Temporary edging has been installed next to the newly turfed areas in an attempt to give the roots a better chance of establishing themselves and hence preventing the new turf from dying at the periphery. Once the new turf is established these artificial edges will be removed and the bunkers brought into play immediately thereafter. If this trial proves successful, it will be utilised on all future bunker construction projects.
The two remaining sportscrete bunkers next to the 13th green will be refurbished next followed by the fairway bunker on the 15th and, the refurbishment of the two remaining sportscrete bunkers, one on the 12th hole and one on the 1st. If time allows, the final remaining sportscrete bunker (4th fairway) will also be refurbished and reshaped.
When weather conditions prevent the green staff from undertaking bunker refurbishment work, they will concentrate on the pruning and removal of those trees which have been marked with red crosses. Significant projects will involve the pruning and thinning of the plantation between the 1st and 2nd holes, the lifting of the canopy of the trees adjacent to the left hand side of the 15th fairway and, the left hand side of the 3rd (between the tee and the ditch). Individual trees and groups of trees will also be removed and or pruned/pollarded elsewhere on the golf course and those affected are all clearly marked with red crosses.
It is intended to upgrade the pedestrian walkways between the 7th green and 8th tee and, at the rear of 11th green during the forthcoming winter months.
Should you have any queries with regard to the aforementioned work programmes, please contact Steven Piercy, Chairman of Green or Rhys Thomas, Head Green Keeper.
BLACKWELL GOLF CLUB