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Friday, 19 December 2014

Winter Project Update 8

We have completed all turfing at the 16th. 

All greenside bunkers on the 9th have been completed , extra drainage works on the approach have also been installed.

After the Chrismas break all resources will be put in to turfing and fairway bunker construction on the 9th. 
All the Greenstaff wish our members and blog followers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year !  :  )

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Winter Project Update 7

Works have been progressing well over the last week.
Turfing on the 16th is going down nicely.
Drainage being installed on the 9th Approach.
Irrigation works are now complete.
Nice view from the new tees on the 9th.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Winter Project Update 6

Works the last week have been concentrated on Bunker Revetting at the 9th Greenside and Turfing on the 16th Approach. 
The 16th Approach being shaped.
Old irrigation pipes ! Lead , PVC and MDPE .
View from the new 10th Tees.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Winter Project Update 5

The weather this week gave us a break and we have started revetting the greenside bunkers on the 9th . 
Our Shaper Marcus Terry has been working on the 16th approach.
We have now started turfing at 16 :  )

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Winter Project Update 4

Well the last week or so has only got tougher to get materials up the hill to Hawklaw ! But perseverance has been the key !
The green has now been turfed and rolled , surrounds are being shaped .
Drainage is also being installed in through lower shaped areas on the approach.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Winter Project Update 3

Things have been progressing steadily considering the weather conditions are wet wet wet! Lol
Drainage has been installed as well as the 
sub base of sand for the 9th green .Our Architect has cross checked levels ect and is happy .

Friday, 31 October 2014

Winter Project Update 2

Stripping and Rough Shaping work on the 16th Approch is done and Ready for our shaper to come in , we will strip off the front off the green to get the tie in perfect .
View to the 16th

Easy to see why the 9th Green did not drain ! Clay Fest ! 
The sub base of sand is starting to be taken in ! : )
The New pathway to the 10th Faiway looking Bonnie ! 
The hill is being cut/ shaped away to view the 10th fairway .

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Works Begin on Improving the 9th,10th &16th

Over the next few weeks works will be in full swing and I shall post regular updates. 
Turf has been stripped from the 16th approach .
Root zone is also being stripped and layed aside to be reused.
Ground clearance is in progress on the site of the new 9th Tees .

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Work Shop Lift

This week we have had a new Lift installed which will help our Mechanic George to continue to maintain our extensive fleet to the highest standards .

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fish,Blood & Bone a Summer Feed

Last week we applied fish,blood & bone to our greens . During the month of July we have several tournaments and this organic feed will help promote strength and vigour in the plant during our tournament weeks when we have increased cutting and rolling going on. 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Rough Management

Over the last month we have had exceptional growing conditions lots of Heat,Light and Moisture. During the last six years at Cruden Bay we have done a lot of work to the Roughs on the course Flailing ,Strimming and Spraying to thin out and break the cycle of the previous years thatch/fibre feeding up the next years heavy growth ,this is done yearly in the Autumn but with recent conditions forcing up heavy growth we have been out Cutting ,Collecting,Blowing,Strimming and then Spraying Off these areas with a Chemical to thin them out.
                                                Strimming At The 5th.
            We Have also been out Spraying Off any Rank Grasses on our Surrounds.
                          It was lovely when the sun made an appearance !  :  )

Thursday, 5 June 2014

More Rainy Days !

Another rainy day ! So we are out doing some aeration on the greens ,we are also taking the opertunity to spray the Tees and Fairway Peaks with Aquatrols 50/90 surfactant.
Jimmy Spiking the Greens

Jim out spraying the Tees.
Paul out spraying the peaks on fairways.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The Rainy Day Forecast

The weather forecast was for Rain today ,we have been out and Brushed,Handcut,Top Dressed and Sprayed The Greens with Wetting Agent/Surfactant.
The Rain did arrive later and was very helpfull in watering in the sand dressing and Wetting Agent/Surfactant.
    Sandy and Allan have been out this week doing some repairs to the Bench around the Toilets at the 8th/16th. I am pleased to report all fingers and thumbs have been accounted for ! : )

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Watering Last Winters Turfed Areas

Last winters Turfed areas have not had enough time to lay down deep roots yet so are more susceptible to drought stress , we water these areas as required.
                          My son Angus is a grafter and loves links greenkeeping !! : )

Monday, 26 May 2014

Rabbit Control

There is a lot more to presenting a golf course than just cutting grass , one such thing is Rabbit control where if numbers are not kept under control they can make one hell of a mess scraping and digging in bunkers and fine turf areas making the course look scruffy /unkept.
If neglected the old saying rings true  "breeding like rabbits "