Course Up-Date

Toro 4500 mowing rough

As we head into June preparations for the years major tournaments is well under way. We continue with our programme of verti-cuting, brushing, grooming and top-dressing fortnightly. Once again we are seeing the benefits of the work carried out through the year to date. Equally this work will set the course up to be good shape as we move towards August. We have already had more rain since the beginning of June (32.7mm to date) than we had in the previous 3 months combined. The course has responded well with the fairways greening up. To aid recovery and promote the over-seeded fescue the fairways and approaches have received a folia feed. The greens are due a soil and wetting agent application this week which will coincide with the rain nicely. With the Captains Weekend approaching and the East Berkshire Stag only a couple of weeks away maintenance will step up a gear. Course conditions are tweaked as we strive to set the course up for the years biggest tournaments. Pin positions/hole placements have already been identified some weeks ago in order for us to keep these areas free in the run up to competitions. This week will see us work on presentation and increase both mowing and rolling frequency as we push the greens along in the build up for the weekend. The forecast looks set to remain unsettled with temps around or slightly below average.

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One response to “Course Up-Date

  1. Since playing the course 10 days ago I imagine growth has improved dramatically due to the recent rain. Whilst I’m sure this is welcome it must put some pressure on the greenkeeping staff to get all the mowing done. The spring greens’ maintenance regime seems to be working well as the surfaces were very smooth despite the seasonal problem of poa seedheads. Given the recent result I am not anticipating an invitation to test them out again too soon!

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