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Winter Programme 2014/15

Returf areas

Patches at the start of the 1st fairway and semi-rough, front right of the 1st green.

The right of 2nd right greenside bunker & the track at the start/left side of the 3rd fairway.

Patches around the 3rd green semi-rough & right of the 5th green.

Stone patches on the left of 6th fairway, level with 7th black tee.

Patches left of the 6th green & right of the right-hand fairway bunker on 10th including patches at the rear of 10th green.

Around shelter on 11th and shelter at 16th and left of 1st left bunker on 18th.

All turfing will be done just using basic hard wearing turf but not using any meadow grass.

Over-seeding.

Overseed all aprons, with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 12th getting several passes. Fairways will also be overseeded again, both towards the end of the year when we still have the weather and at the start of next spring.

We will use just fescue grasses for reseeding, as this is drought/disease tolerant and is indigenous to the area and gives a better playing performance.

Gorse renovation.

This is to take place all over the course. Trimming down to the first bud area in the worst of the woody mature gorse, this will help put all the energy of the plant back into re-growth. Most other areas will just require a trim back, to tidy up and prevent branching out.

 Verti-draining.

Greens to be verti-drained using 1/2” tines, no verti-draining to take place on the aprons and fairways as this is causing stones to come to the surface and poke through, shallow tinning would be a better plan of action using the barrel tinner.

All tees are to be aerated using the barrel tinner, for the same reason as the fairways.

Mark Campbell

Head greenkeeper