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 December there was a total rainfall of 86mm. Both heavy rain showers and snow affected play on the golf course. The total rainfall in 2017 was 984mm with the course closed for a total of 13 days due to water logging and the snow.
Clearing the roads up to the resort and the car park during December
4g Winter Tees
During December the team mainly concentrated on leaf clearance when the conditions allowed this. Six 4g winter tee mats were also fitted. The remaining tees will be completed as soon as weather allows the team to construct the bases. Some holes also require new paths to alleviate wear.
Last month the greens were treated with a granular fertiliser to strengthen the grass plant to help during the wet and freezing conditions. A small fusarium disease attack (where patches of yellow-brown is noticeable) happened on some of the greens leaving some scarring. With continued slit tinning (which aerates and improves water movement), fertilising and verti-draining (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), to recover early in the new season.
Review of 2017
This season has seen the golf course presented to the highest standards with members and guests commenting on the consistent condition of the golf course. The weather was changeable with continued improvements to the soil profile and thatch removal on the greens has continued to improve the grass sward (the amount of grass plants on the greens), and increase percolation speed (movement of water through the soil profile) after heavy rainfall.
Plans for 2018
The thatch removal programme and aeration will continue along with the top dressing programme to further improve the greens. New irrigation tanks and new turf products will be used, which will only see the golf course improving year on year so visitors and members can expect high standards on the golf course.
A final note…
I would like to wish all of our members, visitors and staff a Happy New Year! And hopefully it will be a dry one (unfortunately it is raining as I write this blog)…
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.