As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the greens' surfaces we recently used a "Thatch-Away Verticutter" on them.
There are several benefits to the greens in using this appliance. The first is that it helps in the process of reducing organic matter levels by removing any dead plant and vegetation or weak grasses as well as helping in the reduction of moss (over one and a half trailer loads were filled carrying out this work).
By doing this we are thinning the greens out which we hope will make them quicker. Applying sand after we have done this makes them firmer as well because the sand has more space to get into the sward.
The thinning out process also helps discourage disease and makes them more tolerant by also reducing the thickness of the sward. This then lets the plant breathe more freely and reduces the sweating process which is a contributing factor for some diseases. It also helps promote vertical growth by lifting up any lateral growth which in turn helps younger grasses underneath by allowing them to breathe better and thereby become stronger giving them a better chance of survival.
The "thatch away" units are also very good at reducing seed heads in the sward as it lifts them up and a sharp, tight, greens cutting machine coming in directly afterwards, shaves off the seed heads. This in turn should give a much more even, truer and smoother surface on which to putt on.
To try and reduce the time taken searching for a ball in the rough we have again marked some O.B. fence posts along the 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes (white tops) to hopefully give players a better sense of where their ball might be. Also, some O.B. posts along the 1st hole have been marked as well (black tops).
I am disappointed to have to again ask members to observe the trolley signs on the course as some are being ignored by our own members eg. as recently as this morning at the 2nd green and 4th tee.
Please as always remember to repair pitch marks, replace/fill all divots and rake bunkers.