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
During August there was 96mm, mainly in heavy showers. Temperatures were up to 27 degrees. This meant that there has been high levels of grass growth throughout the course. The greens and surrounds have survived the drought we had a few months back, and we have been getting great comments from members and visitors saying our greens are some of the best in the country.
This month we decided to verti-drain, scarify, overseed and topdress greens while we had high growth and therefore the greens recovered from this work within 7 days. This process will improve water movement, relieve compaction, reduce thatch and add much needed fine grass plants to the greens surface.
A new winter tee path has been dug on the 5th which should be complete for the Cock of the North competition. The second pond has been cleared and new stonework edge has been constructed which will be completed in September.
Course maintenance week
Maintenance week will start week commencing 17th September and greens will be hollow cored, and top dressing with 30 tonnes of sand. This year we will be collecting the cores with a motorised core collector that we have just purchased which will make this process quicker and less disruptive. This process will remove thatch and add high levels of sand to the profile before the winter.
The annual Brian Mayo Golf Tournament in memory of our golf-loving original owner takes place on Thursday 6th September. The day is in aid of Meningitis Now and all money raised on the day will support their research into the lifesaving vaccines.
Good luck to all the golfers playing in Finals and Club Championship Day!
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.