A difficult week on the course, with persistent rain adding to softening ground conditions. I'm surprised how sticky the course has become in the last week, with evidence of buggy & trolley traffic damage already rearing their ugly heads. Things have been tight staff wise too, as I encourage the team to take holidays at the start and end of the playing season.
We didn't manage to scarify the rough and cut out the winter greens due to the wet weather, so I took the opportunity to spray many areas of the course with a worm control chemical. This may be the last year we are afforded this luxury, as legislation is on the horizon to restrict these products use. Like the recent ban on chemicals for Leatherjacket control, this will have a huge impact on playing conditions on the course.
The greens were also sprayed with a nutrient cocktail to ward off any disease outbreaks. This will continue thru the next few months.
Next week, should see us catch up with a few jobs prior to the proposed renovation work starting on Monday 10th October.
May I remind players to please repair their pitchmarks while the surfaces are soft and help us retain smooth surfaces into the Autumn.
Enjoy your golf and here's hoping that we retain the Ryder Cup!
Mark & the Greens team.