Good morning all! I hope you have been enjoying the summer and most importantly your Golf course? We are really pleased how Abridge Golf Course has played and how we have presented it this summer to date.
The New Perrot Irrigation system has been a major factor to the Course presentation.
If you have played any other Courses the last couple of weeks you will probably be very aware the it’s time for our ‘ Greens renovations week’
Boo Hiss Boo I hear some of you say! Those with a little more knowledge will fully understand these renovations are essential to continue to improve the quality of the greens with regards to thatch control, root development, overseeding , drainage improvements and general health of the Greens.
Yes it is disruptive and Yes it makes the greens not great for a couple of weeks, and Yes its a lot of hard work for my team! But we definitely no the benefits the work bring and the backwards steps we would be taking if we did not do this work.
So i will give you an insight to what we will be doing from 4.00am this coming Monday . Starting on the back 9 holes , that will be on temporary greens, we will first verti-drain the greens using 3/4 inch solid tines down to a depth of 8-10 inches.
Then we will hollow core the greens using 1/2 inch hollow tines. Then a clear up, a cut and iron and then we will topdress the greens with approx 3 ton of dry sand mixed with ceramic soil amendment product per green to fill the holes up.
The greens will then be over seeded and heavily brushed using our sweep and fill brush as you can see below
Finally the greens will get a nice ‘smelly’ Organic feed to aid recovery and seed germination.
We will water the greens a little over the next few nights if no rainfall occurs and during the next few days continue to vibro roll and iron. If things go to plan (Weather dependant!) we should be all done by Wednesday and in a position to start cutting the greens again by Saturday/ Sunday. Sometimes a further top dressing will be applied if necessary the following week.
So that’s this years Summer Green’s Renovations . We really appreciate your help and understanding why we do this essential work.
Don’t know if you saw how we drained the 18th Green a few weeks ago but here are a couple of pics and Video on the process. The Green has recovered well and it will be so much better in the Winter now this wrok has been done.
A few bits of early information on this years Winter work. We intend to rebuild the 1st, 4th and 18th bunker complexes and also re build the sleeper wall on the 4th tee. We have few other plans but these are still in discussion
We also hope to be introducing a ‘125 club’ with the chance of members winning monthly money prizes and moneys raised going to Special Course projects such as the reshaping of the 14th Pond. More of this next time.
That’s it for now , sorry no Drone footage recently but we are very busy especially with holidays being taken but I will hope to produce a few films soon .
ENJOY YOUR COURSE, ENJOY YOUR CLUB, REMEMBER………… ITS YOURS!