The Greenkeeper's Blog
Find out all the latest to do with the Sandburn Golf Course
Winter Work has started!
We hade a start with our winter work....
Alterations are currently being carried to the bunker on the 1st fairway.
Sand has been removed to allow us to reshape (inside and out) and to check/add drainage. It has also been recommended to turf the inside of the bunker, allowing the grass to root, then spaying it with a total weed killer. This should provide us with a good, solid base.
As you can see they are coming along nicely...
Annual Greens Maintenance
Annual maintenance work will be carried out on the greens from Tuesday 23rd Aug-Friday 26th August.
Micro tines (8mm diameter) will be used to remove cores from the green, going to a depth of around 2.5 inch (62.5mm).
They are then removed from the green.
This will be followed by an application of top-dressing and then brushing.
As our soil profile is very good we don't feel the need to use bigger tines or go too deep as some other courses would.
The benefits of this process is that it removes organic matter (thatch) from the profile, aids drainage and promotes new rooting. All in all resulting in a healthier plant.
It is important that this work is carried out at this time of year so recovery is as quick as possible.
We would appreciate your patience at this time. Thank you
Finally a Dry Week!
We managed to get some mowing done. Greens, tees, approaches, club house gardens and even the driving range cut. Greens also rolled.
Iron sulphate has been sprayed onto tees and approaches. This will green up these areas and also blacken off any moss that has developed over winter.
Thank you to those who attended the AGM. Received some great feedback and we look forward to the new season.
Mechanical Aeration work is something that is extremely important on the course and is ongoing throughout most of the year.
'Rocastem' is a product we have incorporated into our maintenance plan over recent years. The article explains the benefits of the liquid and how it supports mechanical aeration. Great read for those interested.
Transplanted trees on holes 5, 10, 12, and one oak on the 16th. We have also been checking tree ties and stakes around the course
A total of 50 tree's have been trans-planted around the course:
30 on the 7th
15 on the 13th
5 on the 17th/11th
New gorse has been transplanted on the 13th.
Please note these are marked as a staked tree.
The first snow
The first week of February has seen our first covering of snow, however the course still remains open.
Machinery repairs and servicing continue in the workshop
Hawthorns in some of the plantations have still been causing problems for golfers. Therefore hundreds have been removed from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th. This should allow better access into these areas.