Work to the final phase of bunkers continues to progress well. Heather has been placed around the 9th green side bunkers. In total 1200 squared metres of turf has been laid on the 9th, 10th and 12th holes. The contractors are currently working on the last two bunkers on the 16th. These should be shaped and soiled by the end of the weekend bringing the final phase of bunker work to a conclusion. The focus will then shift to the remaining projects scheduled for this winter : water catchment/flood prevention area in front of the 5th green, shaping/drainage work to left of the 4th green and the rebuilding of the 12th tee/reshaping of 11th approach. We are undoubtedly seeing the positive results of starting the bunker work earlier this year coupled with the decent weather of late allowing the contractors to complete on schedule.
Elsewhere on the course the main task has been collecting leaves. This involves the tractor mounted blower and vac working together collecting between 6-8 vac loads of leaves per day. The greens have received a folia soil feed combined with a wetting agent application.
The purpose of the wetting agent is to drive water down through the soil profile thus helping to keep the greens drier through the winter months. The height of cut has been raised by half a millimetre as winter approaches and growth slows. Members are reminded to play from the winter mats on the 5th and 9th tees. This is in order to protect the small tees from excessive damage which would not recover through winter. During the month of October we received 63mm of rain and experienced a high of 21 degrees at the start of the month and a low of -3.7 degrees.