May Greenkeepers Report
The grass has started to grow and the course is looking stunning, and after a very slow start to the year we are now in full cutting mode on all areas of the course. The semi rough seems to be growing about half an inch a day.
Currently we are cutting the greens at 5mm, the greens are running at 7.2 on the stimp meter. By the end of May we will be cutting a 3mm for the duration of the summer. The video below will explain how and why we use the Stimpmeter.
On the 14th May we plan to carry out our spring renovations on the greens. We will be spiking all the putting greens. On holes 2, 9, 16 and 18 we will spike the greens twice instead of once. Two tonne of sand will be applied to each green and then gently brushed in. This work is essential to provide a smooth fast and dry putting surface all year round. Please bear with us on Monday the 14th and Tuesday the 15th May, we hope to complete the work by the Tuesday afternoon.
18th Green After 9 inch solid tyne.
Some fairways have been fertilised this week, as you read this I am out on the fairways spraying for weeds. I hope you notice the improvement over the coming weeks on our fairways.
All tee boxes have been fertilised, top dressed and over seeded. The growth of grass is very pleasing and we have had some rain to help this process this week. All tee boxes are divoted weekly to help improve the grass sword.
We have started edging all 100 bunkers at Hill Barn. Sadly we are slightly behind due to the wet weather but we plan to catch up soon. All the bunkers will be topped up with sand.