During September we have carried out he following work to the greens.
- Early September. Tined all greens using 8mm tines to a depth of 200mm
- An application of Fungicide has been applied before coring which commenced on the 21st of September
- All greens were cored by the 24th of September to a depth of 100mm and with 10mm hole centres. An application of Blockade was applied to help neutralise the soil and help reduce the black layer
- All greens have now been top-dressed. Approximately 30 tonnes of sand has been applied
- Localised seeding will be carried out on all greens. A liquid feed will then be applied to help de-stress the turf after the mechanical and maintenance work that has been carried out
- The three-flag green has had an application of granular fertiliser applied (7-0-14)
- Height of cut on the greens is now 5mm. Cutting will now be reduced to 2-3 times per week with 1 roll
The tees are being cut once per week and the height of cut is now 11mm. The tees have been sprayed with Acelepryn to control leatherjacket activity within the soil. Divoting of tees is carried out on a daily basis.
The surrounds have had localised overseeding carried out on new turf or worn areas especially around the bunker tops using a fescue / rye mix. I plan to verti-cut and hollow core all surrounds and then apply top-dressing as well as a granular feed (6-0-28).
I have started spraying the fairways with Ammonium Sulphate, iron and seaweed to help improve the turf quality. I plan to spray the fairways 5- 6 times between now and May with wetting agent to help improve the turf condition.
All drainage outlets on the beach have now been cleared and I have organised for a drainage company to come in and put a camera into the drain between 7 and 13 before any digging work takes place.
I have had the tractor mounted Sisis scarifier in on demo which was tried on the 4th surround and 4th green. This machine would be great on the tees and surrounds but I felt was to severe on the greens. The Greentek scarifiers would be more beneficial for the greens.
We have received delivery of the new Toro machines. These machines are used on the tees and for greens refinement. Both machines will be a great addition to the fleet.
Our new greenkeeper Martin Gibson who came from Turnberry has settled in well and is thoroughly enjoying to his new position at West Kilbride.
Rainfall for September is now over 120mm.
The R&A recently had an agronomy visit to the course and this report can be viewed in the members section of the website.
Finally, the winter programme this year will consist of several bunkers being rebuilt or added in line with the course architect’s plan. Some areas have been identified for planting gorse and there will be management of the existing gorse. Drainage work and aeration of all surfaces will be carried out as well as other general maintenance on the course. The rubber matting at hole 18 will be lifted, a gravel drain will be installed and the ground will be reshaped and re-turfed using a fescue/rye turf. During periods of extreme weather, machinery will be serviced and grinding of all cylinder units will be carried out.