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 Weather and Golf Course Conditions
Throughout September there was 120mm rain fall in total with 110mm in October. This meant that growing conditions were good, and cutting and maintenance had to be done around the heavy rain. Disease pressure on the greens was still high, and any fertiliser we used was low in nitrogen not to give a flush in growth during the ideal weather conditions for Fusarium Disease. It is also known as snow mould and is the common cause of brown patches on greens during autumn and mild winter spells. The heights of cut on the greens, tee’s and fairways was also raised ready to start winter golf. Winter is now upon us, and the green-keepers are continuing to blow and sweep leaves daily when possible.
Visit from an Agronomist
An agronomist is concerned with the health and well-being of grass plants. They also develop methods for protecting from weeds, pests and harsh climates. Following the visit and feedback we took the decision to scarify the greens to a depth of one inch to aggressively remove thatch. This was followed by top dressing with twenty tonnes of sand and a granular fertiliser. This did mean that there was a small amount of disruption to the putting service but is has recovered quickly with good growth. This process will be added to our annual aeration programme to prevent build up. In October the greens were verti-drained with 19mm tines to a depth of 225mm and top dressed with neat sand to aid water movement and firm the greens surface.
The main objective during September was to complete the 4G winter tee’s before the start of the Cock of the North Competition. All of the white tee bases were installed, but due to the heavy rainfall the artificial grass could not be laid. Once these have been laid, we can then start to change to the yellow winter tee’s in the coming months.
Building the new Fairway Suite
There has been increased traffic in the car park with building work continuing on the new conference and wedding function suite, The Fairway Suite. We have been working closely with the builders, and have been able to keep the course condition at its high standards, which has been reflected with great comments from both members and visitors.
Cardiff Half Marathon – Update
As mentioned previously, On Sunday 1st October I ran the Cardiff Half Marathon for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust – a charity very close to my heart – who provide lifelong support to children and their families affected by eye cancer. I was hoping to do it in under 2 hours, so was only slightly disappointed to finish in 2 hours and 6 minutes. However, a fantastic £760 has been donated by golf members and my colleagues. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me!
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.