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Blogtober: Golf Course Managers Blog for September 2018
25 Oct

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

This month we have had 100mm of rain, and still achieving good temperatures for grass growth. 

During the month we had Maintenance Week where we hollow cored the greens with 12mm tines to a depth of 100mm.  This was followed by verti-cutting and applying 35 tons of top dressing sand to the greens.  This process removes thatch and introduces neat sand to the profile.  The week did not start well with heavy rainfall making the process of collecting the cores difficult but the Greenstaff team put in a massive effort to finish the maintenance by Wednesday.

A core harvester was purchased to collect the cores but unfortunately on day one it was too wet to use, so the Greenstaff had to remove cores with wheel barrows.  The greens were then fertilised to improve the greens surfaces which will take 4-6 weeks to recover as the process has taken place at the end of the growing season.  We also hollow tined, overseeded and top dressed the surrounds and tees before the final divoting takes place in November.  The continued good temperatures have meant good growth throughout the month with wall to wall cutting still taking place.

End of the golf season, however Winter Golf continues

Finally as it is the end of the season I would like to thank the Greenstaff for their hard work and the pride they take which results in the great golf course you have all played on this season.

I am off to pick up leaves for the next 2 months!

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

We are taking part in #Blogtober which means we will be posting a different news article every day.  The challenge is to create new and exciting content for you to read throughout October.

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