Course Update - February 2019

Course Update for February

Hopefully in this edition to the blog we will enlighten you all, on what has been happening in the life of the greenkeepers here at Dunstanburgh over the last few weeks. Firstly lets all get our sun lotion & deck chairs out its looking like summer is coming early, haha now i have said that it will probably rain solid for a month.

Course Update

Short Course Report generated for the Course Forum

Greens -  The Greens are progressing extremely well over the last 4 weeks, Top Dressing has been applied along with the bi weekly feeding programme. Greens are currently being cut at 4.5mm slightly lower since last time, and this is taking place 2/3 times a week. We don’t anticipate to much cold weather from now until the start of spring but if we do heights and speeds may change.

Tees – Condition of the tees is something we have had to work hard at all through the winter months. Top dressing and regular feeding has been applied throughout the last few weeks, and the tees are looking great for it. We have a few tees that need attention and you should see out of the golf course some grow mats on the worst areas.

Approaches - The approaches still require some work, They have all been fertilised and parts have been overseeded, we will be looking to hollow core and further overseed bad areas, we may also use grow mats around heavily worn areas.

Fairways – Probably the biggest surprise of all, during the last couple of weeks we have gained a great amount of recovery with temperatures on the rise, but we are still no where near were we need to be. We will still be carrying out the recovery programme until the beginning of the season.

Walkways - Not a great lot has changed since last time, the paths have taking a slight step back during the winter, we have a programme in place and you should see work being carried out during the next few weeks.

Rough - Further rough management will be carried out before the end of March

Project Work – All projects will be completed from winter 2019 by the end of February. Hopefully giving everything a good chance of being in play for Steve’s drive in. Further work will be carried out to the 17th Bunker.

 

Grow mats over the 8th Tee - your going to see a few of these out on the golf course to help try and promote some new grow on heavily worn areas.

Grow mats over the 8th Tee - your going to see a few of these out on the golf course to help try and promote some new grow on heavily worn areas.

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The Interesting Pictures side!

Terra raking fairways, this removes all the dead organic material from last years drought to allow new grass to grow. It never looks pretty but trust us it will make a huge difference in the road to recovery.

Terra raking fairways, this removes all the dead organic material from last years drought to allow new grass to grow. It never looks pretty but trust us it will make a huge difference in the road to recovery.

The new 11th medal receiving its first cut, we are pushing for this tee to be in play for the Texas Scramble in March but it will all depend upon the weather behaving itself.

The new 11th medal receiving its first cut, we are pushing for this tee to be in play for the Texas Scramble in March but it will all depend upon the weather behaving itself.

The new Bunkers on 14 have all received a cut this week and have settled in extremely well.

The new Bunkers on 14 have all received a cut this week and have settled in extremely well.

Alex out spraying the greens making sure we make the most of the weather!

Alex out spraying the greens making sure we make the most of the weather!

Here at Dunstanburgh we have our own Grinding facility’s and this has played a huge part in our success over the last couple of years. You can see to your right a picture of a greens mower unit being sharpened.

Grinding regular keeps greens true-er and more healthy, study’s have shown that sharp cutting units help prevent or create resistance to Drought Stress, Disease Pressure and Promote a healthier environment for turf life.

We have had a few questions recently regarding our ongoing work out on the golf course. I hope the following helps answer or clarify any of your questions or understandings of the work on the golf course.

  • 11th Medal Tee - We anticipate this will be open for Captains Drive in

  • 14th Hole Bunker - All bunkers Remain G.U.R until they are brought into play. (Anticipated - Captains Drive in)

  • Project work - All our project work is due to be completed next week to allow the greens staff a couple of weeks to rectify any ongoing problems from last season.

 

I hope this has all been helpful and a good insight into what is happening out on the links, we have an important few months ahead of us to get the course into shape for the summer. We ask all members and visitors to respect the course whether that could be walk where the ropes direct you or simply repair a pitch mark, small things can make a huge difference .

For everyone interested in the Greenkeeping & Golf Course news, we will be putting on a course walk in the spring giving you an opportunity to walk the course with Myself and the greens team.

Until next time,

Best Wishes

Stuart Imeson

Golf Course Manager