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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Drainage @ the 3rd

We have been very busy over the last week with drainage works to the hollow in front of the 3rd green . 
We are also taking the opertunity to reshape the green side bunker and the hollow to the rear of the green. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Monday, 28 September 2015

Air2G2 Aeration

This week we have Chris Pearson in Aerating the big course greens , the machine has 3 tines whitch penetrate into the soil and then blow a compressed jet of air out of the base of each tine . The compressed air releaves compaction fracturing any compacted layers , allowing roots to go deeper into a healthier oxygenated root zone . 


Thursday, 30 July 2015


Our latest overseeding has germinated .
Germination is the easy part , it's getting these new seedlings to establish into an existing competitive Sward that is difficult along with the cutting and foot traffic from golf ! 

The correct balance of nutrition and irrigation is needed to give these new seedlings the best chance of surviving and thriving ! 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Summer Aeration & Overseeding

The last 6 weeks the weather has been very unsettled with lots and lots of rain , we have been out with both verti drains with 8 mm solid tines to help drainage and feed the soil some air ,apart from the putting green we have finished the big course already . 
After an iron with our True Turf we have also taken the opportunity to overseed the greens with Fescue using our Super Compact Vredo then Drop seeding Brown Top Bent into the Slits left behind.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Summer Aeration

We have been out today spiking the greens and top dressing , this will be the last spiking and dressing before this years Challenge Cup , in order to keep the surfaces settled and smooth.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

9th hole update

A few photos below of the newly completed 9th hole . All turfed areas have settled in well and been in play since April . Seeded areas have struggled with the very cold spring temperatures!! We have even had a light frost this morning  : (


Friday, 13 March 2015

Winter Project Update 13

The Project is in the final stages now ! Nearing Completion :  )
The pathway to the 10th fairway has been completed.
The Turfing Job around the 9th Fairway Bunkers is almost completed.
The pathway upto the 9th tees and down to the fairway has been completed .
Along with finishing turfing around the fairway bunkers on the 9th we still have to fix the path up from the 8th fairway , there is a lot of tidying up to do and lots of Overseeding of Roughs .

Friday, 20 February 2015

Winter Project Update 12

This week we have completed the building of the fairway bunkers on the 9th this leaves the sand to go into the bunkers and then turfing around them .

Preparation of the path down to the 10th fairway is completed and turfing has started : )
We have also started to tidy up any scruffy whin bushes on the 9th.
We will dig out the roots prep and turf this area nxt to the 9th tee .

Monday, 9 February 2015

1st Dressing of the Year

Today we are giving greens and surrounds their first topdressing of the year , with lots more to come ! 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Winter Project Update 11

The weather through to Thursday this week has been no use for moving forward with the project , snow at first which turned to sheet ice means hard weather jobs for Greenkeepers !

                                         Gorse Trimming and Clearance.
                                                   New Tilt Bucket .
                   On Thursday we started Revetting Bunkers on the 9th Fairway .
    We have now finished Turfing the 10th medal tee ,leaving only the Yellow/red tee left to do .
    The new 9th green has been rolled again and is settling in well with plenty of roots driving down into the new rootzone . 
The main tasks left to complete the project are prepping ,turfing and rubber matting Pathways up from the 8th fairway ,up to and down from the new 9th tees , from the 10th tees down to the fairway.
The Building/Revetting of the 9 th fairway bunkers .

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Winter Project update 10

     We have now finished turfing the front approach to the 9th Green .
Panoramic view of the old 9th fairway we are stripping.
The view from the new 9th fairway looking south.
We have installed extra drainage between the new 9th Green and new 10th tees ,prep and turfing of this area will start in a week or so after giving the drain time to do its job .
We have also been busy turfing the haul road over the 8th fairway and turfing the 9th tee complex pics to follow .
The new tee complex @ the 9th