Every month our Golf Course Manager updates us on what the team have been working on throughout the month, and why the work they are doing is important.
The Golf Course
In July and August there was over 220mm of rain with temperatures between 20-25 degrees, resulting in optimum growth throughout the course.
The weather patterns also bring the threat of Fusarium Disease which attacks the annual meadow grass. It is one of the most damaging diseases of turf grasses and can be difficult to control. This was on a number of greens in July, however it was decided not to spray a fungicide and let the increased growth on the greens to counter act the disease. The greens were sprayed at the end of August with a contact / systemic fungicide to kill the fungal spores and keep us disease free in September, which is usually where we see the disease on the greens.
Course Maintenance Week
Our annual maintenance week took place during the first week of August, when all of the greens were verti-drained. (Verti-draining is basically putting holes in the putting green to allow air to get into the greens subsoil, to break up the thatch in the subsoil and allow the greens to drain properly.)
19mm tines at a depth of 250mm and also hollow cored with 7mm tines to a depth of 75mm, and finally top dressed with neat sand and brushed in. The weather was on our side, and the greens had fully recovered within 7 days.
Construction has started with a new road across the 11th fairway to gain access to the new green keeping facility. In July the current green keepers sheds were demolished, due to further extension developments at the resort.
A new irrigation tank has also been installed which holds 72,000 litres of water that will allow more flexibility when watering the greens.
Cardiff Half Marathon
The Cardiff Half Marathon is on Sunday 1st October, and I will be running for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, which provide lifelong support to children and their families affected by eye cancer, and raise awareness of this little known and devastating condition. My physique is not usually described as ‘naturally athletic’, so at the moment I am just hoping to finish. Sponsors would be greatly appreciated, these can be done by contacting me on the course or with the team in Winners Bar.
Brian Mayo Golf Day for Meningitis Now
The annual golfing event took place on Thursday 7th September, and with 22 teams playing the greens needed to be in top condition. The money raised on the day was £2,500 (with donations still being received), and will be donated directly to the charity Meningitis Now who use the funds to research live saving vaccines, spreading disease awareness and provide specialist support and helping to people and families to rebuild their futures.
It has been a busy couple of months for the green staff, especially with the golf season in full swing. Alongside the construction, the cutting regime and a reduced height of cut are providing quality surfaces throughout the course especially on the greens.
David Jakeway the Golf Course Manager has been at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa for nearly 20 years. He has worked in the industry for 30 years, and has worked as a Green Keeper in high profile golf clubs in the south Wales area.