Sunday, 7 June 2015

May 2015

Another cold month! With temperatures staying 3-4 degrees below the average for this time of year, it has been very challenging trying to encourage growth on the greens, and this has been hugely publicised recently in the case of the PGA championship at Wentworth. Top Pro’s  were very critical of the greens on the West Course, showing that even with a huge budget it is very difficult to achieve good surfaces in these conditions!
Nonetheless, growth in other areas of the course has been good and we are busy cutting and strimming all areas to maintain good definition and presentation.
We have recently purchased some new flags, pins and cups and I’m sure you’ll all agree that they are certainly an improvement on what we had before as they now stand vertically from the green!
The steps on the ladies 18th tee have been removed as they were deemed unsafe, and after inspection, unnecessary as the slope is quite small and there is flat access from the front of the tee. We have filled and seeded this area and it is establishing quickly.

Aeration of the greens is ongoing with the ‘pencil tines’ to a depth of 4-5 inches, and we are due to aerate again in the week beginning Monday 15th June. This operation has so far been successful and has caused very little surface disruption, with many members commenting that you cannot even tell it has been done, which was our intention.
We are in the process of organising a greens forum/open evening for sometime in July where members can come to meet the greens staff and find out more about who we are, and what we do, so please keep an eye on the noticeboards and on here for dates and times etc.
You may see us out and about on a sprayer from time to time, but following a couple of worrying comments please be assured that we do not regularly use any hazardous chemicals. If we are using any chemicals that you need to be aware of then we will write any guidelines on the boards outside the clubhouse and by the 1st tee.
On a disappointing note, we have found a few ‘divots’ taken out of some greens recently (pictured below). If anybody sees someone doing this then please report it to us so that we can deal with it. 

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the course and also a ‘speckled wood’ butterfly that was recently spotted.

9th Green

7th Hole

'Speckled Wood' Butterfly