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
In January there was 155mm of rain, which meant that the course was heavily waterlogged. Surprisingly the course was only closed for 12 days, to protect the grass plant and to keep the sward (the amount of grass) healthy before the competition season starts. Historically January has the highest rainfall and course closures.
This year, the team feel the greens have been drier than previously because of the aeration, top dressing and thatch removal that has been taking place over recent months. However, the walk off areas and surrounds were saturated. Going forward, we will be addressing these areas with drainage, new paths and slit tinning.
Winter Tees and Course Maintenance
Again in January the winter tee mats were topped up with sand and rubber crumb. The fairways were slit tinned and low hanging branches on trees have been cut back. Alongside this the greens have been fertilised, and when the weather allowed were mowed by hand.
We survived! The deluge of rain in January is over and with an excellent grass sward on the greens and with the aeration programme in place for this season we will again see continued improvement in the putting surfaces for the next 12 months of the year.
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.